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Paul555 said:
Thanks Roy. Getting an ethernet card just for the daily call would be an expensive way to go though. I'm interested in whether anyone has successfully done this and if so what percentage of calls are successful (and which provider).

TiVO is old technology now as we all know so I don't want to spend money on it when it is likely on it's way out in a year or two for HD.
But Tivo is so much infinitely better with a Cachecard and 512MB of RAM and a larger hard drive and you can do all that for about £120 now with a 250Gb drive.

All the other supposedly more modern boxes are still inferior in functionality.
 

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Paul555 said:
Sounds complicated but I would have a go. However my PC is upstairs and the tivo downstairs. Laptop does not have a serial slot.
I would suggest that a Cachecard connected to your broadband router is much simpler and more reliable and also allows you to access your Tivo remotely using Tivoweb etc.

Do you have a Sky subscription? If so how much a year do you pay for that compared to a one off £120 or so to upgrade your Tivo? After all £120 is only about the same as the cost of an annual tv license.

See www.steveconrad.co.uk/tivo for more info on what is involved.
 

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mikerr said:
I'd also keep an eye on ebay for a networked tivo... its a buyers market at the moment, with networked & lifetime machines going dirt cheap (£150 for a lifetime+cachcard?)
Cheapest I have seen is the £215 I paid and another that sold soon after that for the spec you mention. And that is plus £15 to £20 p&p

I have seen Lifetime Sub machines with only a Turbonet card and a smaller hard drive around say 80Gb go for the kind of price you mention. Also there was one with a hooky Status 11 evaluation sub with a Turbonet card and the original hard drive that went for arond £135 a couple of months ago.
 

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mikerr said:
tivo + lifetime + 512Mb cachecard - £181 - 190115078655
It only had the original 40Gb hard drive though, which makes me feel the extra £34 + £5 postage I paid was worth it for a 250Gb drive with Tivoweb properly installed and working and the drive properly formatted. Also a proper ethernet socket on the case too.

Obviously a 40Gb drive is damn all use with a Cachecard and 512Mb of RAM and it looks like someone has taken the original large hard drive out, which would make me concerned as to whether this install even ran reliably. Either way you would have to get hold of a new hard drive and go through the upgrade process which to most people is a lot more than £39 extra of their valuable time..........

However cheap the other machines appear you obviously have to allow for the fact that a Lifetime Sub is £199 more.
 

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Paul555 said:
Damn. Which provider was that please?
My impression is that modem tone does not seem to be supported on any voip connection. I suspect the way it compresses all the quiet bits in the call etc may be the problem.

Getting a Cachecard and 512MB of RAM plus a big 250Gb or more hard drive would be a far more sensible way to go.

Consider yourself lucky that you can have broadband without paying for a phone line at all. Out here in the countryside I have to pay for a BT wholesale provided phone line (whoever I pay the phone bill to) to support my broadband connection, even if I make all my calls by Voip.

Good old Ofcom supporting its business friends in the entrenched monopoly operator once again...............
 

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mccg said:
I know I'm breaking Sky regs by not having a phone line connected... but it works OK.
You aren't breaking them so long as you have completed the first year's contract.
 

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But so far as modems are concerned the moral of the story is clear that if you get rid of your landline you need to move on to only using IP based data communication technology that can use your broadband connection.

Seeing as how not having a BT landline saves you at least £132 a year whereas I in the countryside am not permitted that option by Ofcom (due to having to pay BT for a voice service with them I don't even use in order to get broadband) surely the best bet is to put the £132 towards the £80 or so now needed for a Cachecard and 512MB of RAM, as and when the discount Ebay seller starts selling them again after his summer holidays are over.
 

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AMc said:
A turbonet at 9thTee.com is $69.25+$26.25 shipping = $95.50 delivered or a cachecard $94.95+$26.75=$121.70 delivered. Assuming you don't have to pay duty and handling charges at the current exchange rates that brings them in at about £50 or £60 respectively.
Yes but the Ebay seller based in the UK was offering a Cachecard (not Turbonet) and 512MB of RAM delivered from the UK for about £82 the last thing I saw.

And don't forget that if you order direct from 9th Tee in the USA then the customs may decide to levy duty if you are unlucky and this will cost you about £20 extra due to Parcelforce International also levying a £12 admin fee if they have to pay any duty on your behalf on an overseas item.

That cheap Ebay deal is not currently there but I suspect the seller may be away on their summer holiday.
 
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