Originally Posted by hookbill
Weirdo, here's something for you to think about. Some say that even when you put your TiVo in standby mode it really isn't down like you think. Want proof? The next time you take that thing off standby see if you don't have a half hour of cached recording on there. If it was truly on standby it shouldn't be recording anything except scheduled recordings), so how does that happen?
I've heard some call it a "placebo" off switch.
I know it doesn't actually turn the TiVo off, but it doesn't have to obey the channel change command from the headend when an EAS alert comes in since it's not "in use", so it doesn't drop recordings on the floor. That's why I was referring to the idiotic CableCARD requirements that make the TiVo switch both tuners to the channel commanded by the EAS signal.
Of course, it's entirely TiVo's fault that they don't pick the recording back up once the alert is over, just as they do when the power goes out.
Before I figured out that turning it off, putting it in standby, or whatever you want to call it did that, a couple of recordings a week would be interrupted, since I started turning it off, only the one has been, and as I mentioned before that's because someone was actually watching the TiVo at the time of the alert.
BTW, a lot of newer equipment has some decent protection against the usual WEP cracking methods. They make it more difficult to gather the required number of packets to do the decryption. It's still a band aid, though, since if the attacker has patience, they can always wait for natural traffic on the network to provide the required number of packets to recover the key.