Registered: Apr 2000
Location: Carson City, Nevada
Originally posted by dmdeane
The point of my dialogue posted above is that non-TiVo users aren't interested in hearing about our "backdoor" features, tricks, tweaks, and other excuses for why the dang thing just doesn't work out of the box like it should.
It does work out of the box! Your friends, with their home networks and no phone line, just happen to be in the minority of the population. The vast majority of people in this country have the exact opposite setup, and can easily connect a TiVo by simply plugging it into the nearest phone jack.
Not only that but USB does have one major advantage over a built in Ethernet adapter... cheap and easy wirelesss connections. With a built in Ethernet adapter your friends could easily connect to a wired network, but if they wanted to connect to their wireless network they would have to buy an expensive wireless bridge ($100+), configure it via a PC, then connect it to the Ethernet port. With a USB port you can buy a cheap USB adapter (~$25), connect it directly to the TiVo, enter a few settings via the TiVo interface and be good to go. This is especially convenient when dealing with customers who don't have a home network, or even PC, but still want to take advantage of features like Multi Room Viewing. They can buy a couple of USB adapters, configure the TiVos to talk directly to one another, and be ready to go. In that same situation, with only an Ethernet port, they would be forced to either run a cable, or buy two bridges at $100+ each and try to find some way to configure them.
Now I know what you're going to say... "Just put both in there". Well TiVoPony has specifically told us that that is not an option due to space issues. Not only that but I believe the chip they're using only has one PCI bus, so even if they didn't have a space issue they still wouldn't be able to add both.
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