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I've got two Tivos, a Premiere XL and a Bolt in a cabinet. I have two remotes and each one only controls its associated Tivo. I want to put a Slingbox 500 in the same cabinet hooked up to the Bolt. I've done this, but when the Slingbox blasts signals to the Bolt from its internal IR blaster, both Tivos respond. The Bolt remote is RF and the XL is IR, but they both respond to the Slingbox. I have the Slingbox pyramid blaster, but haven't tried it. But I suspect it will do the same thing. Any ideas on how it might get the Slingbox to control only the Bolt (short of moving the XL)?
 

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The slingbox IR is set to the IR address of 0, which will control everything in sight. Even though the Bolt is set for RF, it also will respond to IR signals at the same time. You should set each Tivo to their own IR address (not 0) of 1-9. Its set in system Information in response to the remote in IR mode (Hold Tivo+C, Flashes red), then Hold Tivo+Pause, then any number 1 to 9. Press left arrow to leave System Information and it will be set. Repeat for other Tivo with a different number on the other remote.
Don't forget to set back the Bolt remote to RF (Hold Tivo+D, flashes yellow).

You would need to setup the Slingbox with the Bolt's IR address.
 

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If you cannot change the IR code for the slingbox, I suggest you "tent" the emitter and the IR window. Tape card (thick) paper over.

You do not need to use the IR window on the Bolt if you are using RF on the remote.
 

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I have the same situation as you. In one room I have both a Romeo and an S3 648, and in another room I have an HDXL and a premiere. As the previous post just said, you need to assign each TiVo box its own remote code. Now the other part: fortunately the Slingbox 500 allows you to configure using your TV as your display so that you don't have to go to a computer to set everything up.

Unfortunately, at least the last time I checked, all the Slingbox Romeo virtual remotes are set to 0 remote code, meaning that comnands will affect all tivo's in the room. On the other hand, there are a variety of other TiVo virtual remotes provided by the Slingbox that can be assigned other remote code numbers. In my case I just decided to use one of the S3 virtual remote to control my Romeo set on a different remote code then the real S3 TiVo in the same room. I found the S3 virtual remote to be the best match for the Romeo remote as a substitute, in my opinion.

Considering I use the Slingbox for playback and related functions to that, I haven't found any problem at all using an S3 virtual remote to control the Romeo. It is true that the S3 virtual remote does not have the colored letter buttons and a few of the function buttons are placed in a different location than the Romeo remote, but since I never use my Slingbox to configure any of my tivo's, using an S3 virtual remote to control the Romeo through the Slingbox has provided no problems nor lack of access to any of the features I need when playing back and even recording. In fact, I think there are more than one way to do the same thing on a Romeo and it's remote so if something requires a letter color button there may be another way to do that on the S3, but I've never had need to use any of those functions on playback.

I presume you know how to go into your Slingbox 500 and very easily and intuitively go through each step answering each question on the TV screen to find your list of TiVo remotes, and there are a lot of them, quite a long list. you may want to scroll through the entire list of TiVo virtual remote just to be certain that you didn't miss anything and you know all your options. The specific remote code is clearly indicated in the list next to each TiVo virtual remote that offers it. Just be certain to pick two different remote code numbers for each TiVo in the room and not a 0 code.

You should have things connected from your TiVo into the Slingbox then out of the Slingbox to the television or switch or a AV receiver because that way you can access the Slingbox on your television and see the screens to set things up and select the appropriate remote control for the TiVo connected to the Slingbox 500 (or even if you choose to connect both TiVo's).

I'll also add that if you want HD from both of your TiVo's or one TiVo and another HD device into the same Slingbox 500, you can use an HDMI splitter that removes DMR allowing you to connect one of the TiVo's (or other HD device) into the HDMI in of the Slingbox 500 and then you can use the component (Analog HD) jacks from the other TiVo (or other HD device) to the component input of the Slingbox 500, and then you can switch between either TiVo or other HD device to sling to your location. The nice thing about the Slingbox 500 is that it allows for on-screen E-Z configuration, and up to two different sources connected using 2 of the 3 video inputs into the Slingbox and then you can choose between those two to sling. Slingbox 500 has HDMI, Component (both HD), and composite (SD) connections.

I have mine set up that way and it works extremely well and as far more reliable than my TiVo Stream, but in my case I have one TiVo and one Dish DVR or client plugged into the two a different HD inputs, and then I can easily switch between the two to Sling and watch, one at a time of course. Please let us know how things turn out and if you haven't working well. Good luck.
 

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I forgot to add that if you didn't understand the instructions posted on this thread from a very helpful member of the community on how to change the remote codes on your physical Tivo remotes and TiVo boxes, you can go to TiVo support Pages at their website and get very clear step by step instructions on how to change the remote codes on your physical real remote controls and TiVo boxes. Again let us know how things go. The best of luck to you
 

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I give up. I've tried just about every Slingbox remote with different IR codes on each Tivo and everytime, the Slingbox blaster activates both Tivos. It just doesn't make any sense. This should have worked. So I guess I'll get a Mini and hook the Slingbox up to that and the Bolt.
 

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The alternative is to "tent" or cover the IR window with the emitter within, using thick paper or card stock and/or aluminum foil.

Using a Mini is a good solution as you can still use the Bolt/DVR to watch Live TV or recordings on the TV, while the slingbox is using the Mini's own output for Live TV or recording.
 

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I got it working. Since it didn't make any sense when it wasn't working, when all else fails, reboot the Tivos. Now it works with this setup. The IR address on the XL is 2 and the IR address on the Bolt is 4. The Bolt remote is connected Bluetooth. The Slingbox virtual remote is Generic with address 4. The Slingbox Generic remote controls the Bolt and not the XL and the Generic remote buttons are close enough to the Bolt's. Life is good. Thanks for everyone's help!
 

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Well, I am very happy for you. I LOVE my TiVo and Dish on my Slingbox 500. I am glad you did not give up. Yes, life is VERY good with Slingbox! Glad you have the virtual remote you want, but S3 (virtual) remote was desinged with buttons and access to virtually all the latest features of High-Def capable TiVo's including S4 and S5. Keep that in mind if you find the Generic virtual remote not allowing easy access to your Bolt features.
 

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What section of that first link should I read and execute in order to change the slingplayer/slingbox to have the same IR code as each tivo box?
First 4 sections plus the linked instructions for loading a BIN file. Post in the linked forum under Slingbox for more assistance from our Slingbox expert. I can also help with the BIN file creation. My username is the same on that forum, and I'll keep an eye out for your posts.
 

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What section of that first link should I read and execute in order to change the slingplayer/slingbox to have the same IR code as each tivo box?
You could also just load the remotes from the Slingbox list that shows the different numbered remote codes. The Slingbox Virtual remotes that have the greatest number of different remote codes are the S3, and that is my solution, and it suits me fine because it accesses everything I need when viewing OOH, although different buttons paths to get to the same things, for all the most used functions OOH, all the correct buttons are there and still fells like the TiVo experience. There are only a few things you can not do with the S3 virtual remotes on later TiVo's such as no letter button, but you can achieve the same result with a few more button clicks just like the olden days that the letter button provide instantly--BUT most other things have to do with initial set-up or making big changes, and that is stuff I never need to do remotely. I do that stuff (like NEVER) from home at the DVR itself.
 

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You could also just load the remotes from the Slingbox list that shows the different numbered remote codes. The Slingbox Virtual remotes that have the greatest number of different remote codes are the S3, and that is my solution, and it suits me fine because it accesses everything I need when viewing OOH, although different buttons paths to get to the same things, for all the most used functions OOH, all the correct buttons are there and still fells like the TiVo experience. There are only a few things you can not do with the S3 virtual remotes on later TiVo's such as no letter button, but you can achieve the same result with a few more button clicks just like the olden days that the letter button provide instantly--BUT most other things have to do with initial set-up or making big changes, and that is stuff I never need to do remotely. I do that stuff (like NEVER) from home at the DVR itself.
I don't have the slingbox in front of me, it's at my brother's home. So if I have any questions, I will message you when I have access to it. All I need access to the tivo boxes and remote are to set up manual recordings and be able to restart the boxes in the event the boxes lose connection to my brother's wifi.
 

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You could also just load the remotes from the Slingbox list that shows the different numbered remote codes. The Slingbox Virtual remotes that have the greatest number of different remote codes are the S3, and that is my solution, and it suits me fine because it accesses everything I need when viewing OOH, although different buttons paths to get to the same things, for all the most used functions OOH, all the correct buttons are there and still fells like the TiVo experience. There are only a few things you can not do with the S3 virtual remotes on later TiVo's such as no letter button, but you can achieve the same result with a few more button clicks just like the olden days that the letter button provide instantly--BUT most other things have to do with initial set-up or making big changes, and that is stuff I never need to do remotely. I do that stuff (like NEVER) from home at the DVR itself.
So under the TIVO option, it lists Default Remote Address 1, Remote Address 2, 3, and 4.

Are these the codes I should be using for the 3 separate Tivo Bolts?
 

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So under the TIVO option, it lists Default Remote Address 1, Remote Address 2, 3, and 4.

Are these the codes I should be using for the 3 separate Tivo Bolts?
It will show the TiVo Series Remotes and address # if provided. For example, the list shows "Series 3 #remote code" and then another "Series3 #remote code." Series 3 remotes have the greatest number of different remote codes--the last time I was selecting remotes on my Slingbox. I think the Roamio, for example, offer NO other remote codes than 1, which is the code to control all TiVo's. That is why I use a Series 3 remote and different # code to control my Roamio that is just below my S3 in the same room, and it is a good solution. I hope that helps.
 

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I don't have the slingbox in front of me, it's at my brother's home. So if I have any questions, I will message you when I have access to it. All I need access to the tivo boxes and remote are to set up manual recordings and be able to restart the boxes in the event the boxes lose connection to my brother's wifi.
I think you can set things up on the Slingbox on a PC, as well, so you might be able to set it up where you are. At least that is the only to set-up for Slingboxes other than the Slingbox 500. I only have Slingbox 500's so it is easier for me to just use the TV on screen to set-up a 500.
 
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