IBTL? In between the lines? +1? Sorry, but I'm lost.
In case my post was cryptic, I want WPA wireless encryption. My TiVo is the only device on my network stopping me from upgrading my network from WEP to WPA. The hardware manufacturers of my network components have all released free WPA firmware upgrades for my 802.11B components...but TiVo is holding me back.
Has TiVo made any announcements for WPA support? I recently upgraded all my hardware to 802.11g, and I was really disappointed to find that my TiVo doesn't support WPA. Everything else, including my PDA, supports it.
I was hoping to use WPA since I deal with some financial stuff over the wireless net. It's not absolutely critical that I have WPA, but hey, I'm a geek, so I want it!
On two other notes:
1. If you guys haven't seen Apple's Airport Express, take a peek at it on their homepage. That thing is awesome! It allows you to stream music from iTunes on your Mac or PC to your home theatre receiver. Just a note: It will have momentary pauses if you have a 2 GHz cordless phone or if you're running an 802.11b network (even though it only streams at 128 kbps). The buffer on the Airport Express should be larger. Nevertheless, with my 5 GHz phone and 802.11g, I haven't had any problems yet.
2. Has anyone seen the 802.11n proposal? 250-400 Mbps!!! NICE! That should do wonders for streaming video, especially between TiVo's and DVD players, and it will only be better when MPEG4 is more widely available. Unfortunately, 802.11n isn't going to come to life until 2006.
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Instead of using a wireless adapter, use a wireless access point. The access point connects via Cat 5 cable not USB and to TiVo it looks like a wired connection. The security is handled by the access point instead of TiVo and if it has WPA, you're good.
Given the relatively small number of TiVo-compatible adapters, and the difficulty of finding them (since most are obsolete - who makes 802.11b-only hardware these days?) that's pretty much the only path anyway.
I guess if you set up a wireless router in bridge mode that would work too.
Wireless routers being as cheap as they are (the Netgear WGR614 series is usually free or get paid $$ after rebate), I have two routers: one for WEP (which the TiVo connects to) and my main one for WPA (which everythign else connects to.) The WEP router is actually configured as an AP, and connects to the WPA router. It's a bit cumbersome, but works fine.