Thursday, June 22, 2006

TiVo's Secret Dongle

If you have a Series 2 TiVo and the latest software (both of which you probably do), and your TiVo is hooked up to your home network with a wireless adapter, you should think about heading over to the TiVo store and picking up one of these unassuming Linksys adapters.

It lets you plug an ethernet cable into your TiVo via USB. This gives you improved reliability... and I definitely noticed a speed bump on those big file transfers. I don't know why they're not making a bigger deal out of this.

TiVo sells them for $29.95. You'll definitely find them for less elsewhere, but this is one of those deals where it only works with certain manufacturing lots with a particular firmware and a specific model number and the box has to have a copy of the Declaration of Indepence with a treasure map on the back...

You get the idea. Better to be safe than sorry.

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