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Old 03-05-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Tivo in an RV

I have an older Sony SatT60 Tivo that needs a powersupply to be made operational. I can buy a working power supply and install it myself for about $40.

Many years ago we tried to take it with us in the RV and it only worked for a few days before it started complaining about not having a phone connection. Shortly after that it stopped working at all until we got it home and allowed it to make it's daily call.

I know that some on this site have Tivo's in their RV's. Do Tivos no longer shut down if they are without a phone line? Specifically the older ones.
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I have an older Sony SatT60 Tivo that needs a powersupply to be made operational. I can buy a working power supply and install it myself for about $40.

Many years ago we tried to take it with us in the RV and it only worked for a few days before it started complaining about not having a phone connection. Shortly after that it stopped working at all until we got it home and allowed it to make it's daily call.

I know that some on this site have Tivo's in their RV's. Do Tivos no longer shut down if they are without a phone line? Specifically the older ones.
Don't know about old DVRs, but the one in my fairly new DirectV receiver doesn't need a phone line.
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According to the Tivo Community site it should not need a phone connection to work.

You may need to update your firmware the most recent is version 3.1.0c2-01-1-011.
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I have a TiVo Premiere unit (the current model being sold) and it works fine in our RV. I just give it the new zip code of where we are and away it goes, a new setup and schedule download takes about 30 minutes (mostly processing time, not download time... the download itself doesn't seem to be very large.)

All newer units work via the Internet so as long as you have a way of connecting it then you are in good shape (there are wifi adapters if you want to go that way.) Older TiVos used a phone line but you can adapt those to TCP/IP (Internet) if you want. They will not shut down if they don't have a connection but if not then they can't get program guide info and without that functionality is pretty limited.

I usually don't bother setting it up for short stops but it's great for longer stays, don't know what we'd do without it.
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Our TiVo worked in our coach. It was an old model. We do not have a land line at the house. The unit was not connected to a land line for the last couple of years. It did not complain at the house and the same in the coach. I speak of the unit in past tense as it has passed away for other reasons. Direct TV replaced it with the current model DVR.
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I have a TiVo Premiere unit (the current model being sold) and it works fine in our RV. I just give it the new zip code of where we are and away it goes, a new setup and schedule download takes about 30 minutes (mostly processing time, not download time... the download itself doesn't seem to be very large.)

All newer units work via the Internet so as long as you have a way of connecting it then you are in good shape (there are wifi adapters if you want to go that way.) Older TiVos used a phone line but you can adapt those to TCP/IP (Internet) if you want. They will not shut down if they don't have a connection but if not then they can't get program guide info and without that functionality is pretty limited.

I usually don't bother setting it up for short stops but it's great for longer stays, don't know what we'd do without it.

we have the same Tivo- once you download the guide and info do you need to be hooked up to the internet or is it good to go for a few weeks?

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we have the same Tivo- once you download the guide and info do you need to be hooked up to the internet or is it good to go for a few weeks?
You don't need a continuous connection. When the program guide info runs short you will see a warning to that effect from the TiVo, at which time you can reconnect.
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I have an older Sony SatT60 Tivo that needs a powersupply to be made operational. I can buy a working power supply and install it myself for about $40.

Many years ago we tried to take it with us in the RV and it only worked for a few days before it started complaining about not having a phone connection. Shortly after that it stopped working at all until we got it home and allowed it to make it's daily call.

I know that some on this site have Tivo's in their RV's. Do Tivos no longer shut down if they are without a phone line? Specifically the older ones.
Check the setup menu in the TIVO for an item about phone connection (if there is one).
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You don't need a continuous connection. When the program guide info runs short you will see a warning to that effect from the TiVo, at which time you can reconnect.
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we have the same Tivo- once you download the guide and info do you need to be hooked up to the internet or is it good to go for a few weeks?

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The tivo will download up to two weeks worth of guide data. So as long as you connect to the internet every two weeks you'll be fine.
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