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Win2k serial ppp connect to Tivo ??????

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Posted by: acadianman2000

Hello all,

Sorry, upfront, for revisiting this, but it is driving me crazy. I an trying to get my Win2k box connect to my TIvo "on-demand". I have an Philips Series 1 HDR212 with 3.xx software setup with a serial cable to my pc. I have both Linux and WIndows setup on the PC.

When I log into LInux, I can fire off the pppd daemon and then subsequently telnet, ftp and TivoWEB to my tivo. No problem.

When I log into Win2k the only way to make a connection to the TIvo, or recevie a response, is to reboot the Tivo while Win2k is running. Then I can make telnet, ftp, and TivoWEB. From what I have read, with Win2k you can have the Tivo make a call out over ppp which will initiate a connection to the Win2k box. Beyond that one would have to reboot the TIvo each time one reboots the Win2k box in order to have an "on-demand" connection.

Also, from what I have read, the reason for this is that Win2k only allows for "incomming" connections. Is there a way to get Win2k make "outgoing" connections to the Tivo like Linux does, i.e. on demand.

Again, from what I have read there is a hack by which the Tivo can initiate connections. It works by a special script on the Tivo which continually checks to see if there is a ppp connection. If not, it starts up ppp and attempts to make a connection. After three minutes if there is no connection, it trys again.

Now this is a possible solution, but is seems awfully brute force. It also seems like it would take up a lot of cpu cycles.

Anwya, is there any other ways to get the Tivo to initiate a connection besides the daily call? Is there a way to configure the Tivo to go out over ppp for guide data, then hi-jack ppp to use for telnet and such; i.e. request a test call from the menu to force a connection to the Win2k box.

Thanks a bunch and any help will be appreciated.



Posted by: classicsat

When it makes it's call, you can telnet in, but only for as long as it needs to be.

IMO the best way is to have the PPP keepalive script running, it doesn't take that many cycles (it checks once every 3 minutes AFAIK)




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