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Old 12-19-2005, 11:53 AM   #1 (Print)
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Advice needed . . . modem protection

Hi all,

I have had 2 modems go out on two different tivos and would like some advice on how to protect the tivo I have just ordered.

Is it better to use a surge protector with a phone jack or is the wireless modem jack a better option? Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks.

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Old 12-19-2005, 12:06 PM   #2 (Print)
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just unplug it
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Old 12-19-2005, 01:07 PM   #3 (Print)
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cmtar: don't I need a phone line connected to my Tivo for it to work??? LOL

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Old 12-19-2005, 01:35 PM   #4 (Print)
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cmtar: don't I need a phone line connected to my Tivo for it to work??? LOL


No you don't. Programming info is received through the satellite
After the initial call, all you need to connect the phone line for is the occasional software update and, as the support for TiVo is coming to an end, I doubt there will be many of those! You will, however, get a nag screen after about 30 days and then regularly thereafter, which you can ignore. There are people on this forum who have not connected a phone line for two years or more.


A SA TiVo is another matter though.

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Old 12-19-2005, 03:01 PM   #5 (Print)
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I'd follow the advice already laid out and disconnect it. If you absolutely must leave it connected (for helping you sleep at night or something), then do the wireless phone jack route.

When I lived in Florida...my modems would get blown out all the time. That was back when a 14.4K was $275...so, I learned the very hard way that you unplug 'em when you aren't using 'em!
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Old 12-21-2005, 03:04 PM   #6 (Print)
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I connect my modem once or twice a month and then do any downloads immediately, then disconnect the modem - it takes only 5-10 minutes - the modem is always disconnected otherwise, but I live in Florida too
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:19 PM   #7 (Print)
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You can use a good surge protector, but very few really spend any money on the phone part.

I use the RCA RC930 wireless phone jacks (same as Phonex 441) on the TiVos I have hooked up to the phone (my current unit is networked, so no longer hooked up to phone - it calls in over IP).
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