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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:46 am    Post subject: Tivo Setup Reply with quote Back to top

I know that this is sort of an old topic, but I still can't get my Tivo to dial in properly. Here is what I have: I have a Philips DSR704 Series 2 DVR. The Software is version 6-01-2-301. It Has been set up using a standard phone line. I changed over to Vonage about a year ago, and still cannot get the ugly thing to dial in and get updates. I would like to set it up to go over broadband, but I have absolutely NO clue how to do this, and I can't seem to get any GOOD step-by-step instructions. Can anyone save me from this extreme annoyance?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You definitely want your TiVo to be connected via broadband, Vonage or not. There is too much content available only when the TiVo is connected to a broadband network not to do this.

If you have a wireless router on your home network the best, most foolproof option is to get the TiVo brand wireless adapter. It's guranteed to work and the thoughput will be higher than with a generic adapter. Other wireless adapters may work but slight differences in the adapter hardware version will make the difference between the adpater working with the TiVo and not. Best to go with the one that TiVo supports.

If you know how to connect a laptop to the router you should not have much trouble connecting the TiVo to the router. I did mine close to 2 years ago and I've never had to redo anything. There are some subtle differences in how the network encryption is set up so I won't try to explain that here, sorry.

As I recall, once you connect the adapter to the TiVo it will automatically recognize it and configure to use it. You then have to set up the wireless network settings, and then force a connection to make sure things are working fine.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

A little software modification to one's TIVO and there's no need to call in. Ever. Wink

I've got many TIVOs, including two of the aforementioned Phillips, and none of them are connected to a phone line. At all. And all of them work just fine. Plus, they do a lot more now that I've modified them. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks. I purchased the wireless adapter, and the isstructions say that I need software version 7.01 or newer to use. I have version 6.02. , which means that I still need to dial in to upgrade! By the way UMP25, how did you modify your software? Where do I find instructions to do so?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Send me a PM and I'll pass along the information.

Permit me to preface this by stating that hacking one's TIVO is NOT illegal. "Hacking" one's TIVO refers to the ability to add many backdoor features and tricks, expanding the hard drive capacity, disabling the phone call (so one doesn't have to have a line connected), the ability to download the recordings and burn them to DVD, and more.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Just so there's no confusion, it's not necessary to hack a Series 2 TiVo to connect it to the home network (that is what you're interested in, right?). Broadband connection, transferring shows to and from your PC, downloading purchased and rented movies from Amazon, etc. are all part of the capability of the TiVo as provided - but you do need to have version 7.01 or newer for some of the features. Loan it to a friend with a phone line for a couple of days and it will upgrade itself.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I mention hacking a TIVO primarily because it eliminates the need to connect a phone line, which is often problematic when one has Voip service.

BTW, hacking one's TIVO makes it much easier to download recordings and burn them to DVD.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK... I took the DVR to my brother's house and used his phone line to force a connection. I got a message saying something about not being able to get a satellite signal, because my brother doesn't have DirectTV. Anyways, it seemed to have still downloaded an upgrade. I rebooted the DVR so that the upgrade would install, and now my DVR says that it has version 6.2a-01-2-301. I re-dialed twice to see if it would get another upgrade, but no. What's the deal?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

No further upgrades are possible on that unit. It's a Series 2, which has been upgraded from 6.2 to 6.2a to account for the DST change.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

So are you telling me that I am NOT going to be able to set this up with my wireless adapter that I just purchased (and won't be able to return now)?
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