How to Set Up a Network With TiVo

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How to Set Up a Network With TiVo
You must connect your TiVo box to a router to set up a network. (ADSL Router image by Phil2048 from Fotolia.com)

There are advantages to connecting your TiVo DVR to a computer network. For instance, having your TiVo DVR set up to a network allows you to use the TiVo Desktop software to transfer programs saved in your DVR to your PC. Setting up the network is not that difficult. The most complicated part of the process is the cable connections. Once this is done, all that remains for you to do is to go into your TiVo menu options to reset your TiVo box for a network, instead of a phone, connection.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Network router
  • Modem
  • 3 Ethernet cables
  • Telephone cable
  • Ethernet adaptor (if using a Series 2 Single TiVo DVR)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set up your computer modem to connect to the Internet. Use a phone cable to connect the telephone line jack on your modem to the telephone jack in your wall.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of one of your Ethernet cables into the Ethernet port on your computer's modem. Plug the other end of this cable into the port on your network router labelled "Internet," "WAN" or "WLAN."

  3. 3

    Connect your network router to a power source and turn the device on. Wait for the "Internet," "WAN" or "WLAN" light to come on. This light indicates that your router has a stable link with your modem.

  4. 4

    Run your second Ethernet cable from one of the available Ethernet ports on your network router to the Ethernet port on the back of your computer.

  5. 5

    Reboot your computer (if it's already turned) or turn it on (if it's powered down).

  6. 6

    Insert one end of your last Ethernet cable into one of the available Ethernet ports on your network router. Insert the other end of this cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your TiVo DVR. If you're using a Series 2 Single TiVo DVR, you have to plug an Ethernet adaptor into one of the USB ports on the back of your TiVo DVR, then plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the adaptor.

  7. 7

    Turn on your TV and TiVo DVR.

  8. 8

    Press the "TiVo" button on your TiVo remote control. Use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight "Messages & Settings." Press the "Select" button on your TiVo remote to select the highlighted option. Select "Settings." Select "Network & Phone." Select "Use network instead." Choose "Get automatically from DHCP server" when the IP address screen appears. Your TiVo DVR box will do the rest automatically.

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