Originally Posted by jasta
Thanks for the replies. I don't know what you call it (modem, black box, etc), but I connect one end of a Cat5e cable to the back, and the other end to my computer. Why does Tivo require a router? I unplug from the internet, when not in use, so it would be easy to hook into the Tivo, to get tv listings. How long does it take to get a week of listings?
You could connect the Cat5e cable directly to the TiVo from the modem once a week, If all you wanted was Guide data. Just reboot the modem and the TiVo so that the TiVo can get the IP address. But by doing this you loose most of the functions of the TiVo except basic DVR, and you would need to use the SDUI (Standard Def User Interface), You would also need to manually connect to the TiVo servers or leave connected overnight for updates.
A Router is basically a switch to connect multiple devices up to the same Cable or DSL modem. Each device, computer and TiVo need an IP address which the router automatically assigns to each device connected by a process called DHCP.
In order for the TiVo Premiere to work properly and have full functionality it needs an always on internet connection. The HDUI (User Interface) and TiVo Central depend on that internet connection for the interface to work properly. Also for Netflix and all the other internet applications it requires internet access.
The Premiere and Premiere XL can use a phone adapter for Guide Data only, But I would not recommend it. The TiVo will be neutered to very basic DVR functionality.https://www3.tivo.com/store/accessor...king.do#A00903
The Premiere Elite (4-Tuner) TiVo cannot
use the phone adapter.
Purchase a Wireless N Router and a Wireless N Bridge or Gaming Adapter.
This is a very good inexpensive Wireless N Router, This Router can also be configured as a bridge. so if you purchased two of these you would be good.http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-RT-N12-Wi...dp/B002SQ9ZX2/
The TiVo Wireless N Adapter I feel is too expensive (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036OR924/
I'd get a 4 Port Bridge instead: http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Wirel...dp/B004FMI3DA/
or just get the same two Routers I listed above.
Purchase any Router and run a Cat5, 5e, or 6 Ethernet cable between the Router and the TiVo.
Another option is to get a Router and 2 MoCA adapters:http://www.amazon.com/Actiontec-Ethe...dp/B0022NHMZY/
Here is some useful info:http://www.myaccount.charter.com/cus...articleid=1783