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Old 09-27-2004, 07:51 PM   #1 (Print)
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Lightbulb Suggestions for use of the un-used USB connection

I keep looking for how the USB connection on the back of my TIVO can be used. To date, I have found none! I think I saw somewhere it is for future planned uses?
I have a couple of suggestions:

1) allow the TIVO to be connected to my computer, where my computer sees TIVO as an external disk to move recorded video to my computer.

2) Allow the connection of an external USB drive to the TIVO to save video to it also. TIVO software could be set up to recognize and format the external USB disk as it is needed.

Your inputs welcome,
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Old 09-27-2004, 08:27 PM   #2 (Print)
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What model of Tivo do you have? Many of them with USB connections do indeed have uses, such as networking, home media features, and soon a solution to your #1 suggestion.

However, if you have a Directivo, then your outta luck (atleast for the forseeable future).

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Old 09-27-2004, 10:16 PM   #3 (Print)
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Old 09-27-2004, 10:20 PM   #4 (Print)
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Re: Suggestions for use of the un-used USB connection

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1) allow the TIVO to be connected to my computer, where my computer sees TIVO as an external disk to move recorded video to my computer.


The only current use for the USB connections, on non-DirecTV TiVos only, is to connect an Ethernet or 802.11b wireless adapter (support for 802.11g is supposed to get here eventually.) This would let your machine download guide data over your broadband connection, and give you the ability to look at pictures or listen to MP3s stored on your Mac/PC, do limited show scheduling online, and share shows with other TiVos you own that also have network connections.

If you do a search for TiVoToGo, you'll find plenty of discussion about moving shows from your TiVo to your PC over the network.

Just FYI, you can't connect 2 computers together over USB with just "regular" cabling -- USB can only have a single host on the bus (unlike Firewire/IEEE1394, where everything on the bus is a host.) Because your computer and your TiVo are both host devices, you can't just plug the two together -- the connectors won't even fit on a regular cable. There are some "cables" (that actually have some electronics embedded in them) that would let you connect two hosts together, but they work by making 2 separate USB busses talk to one another and acting as the intermediary.

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Old 09-27-2004, 10:51 PM   #5 (Print)
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Mine is a DirecTivo, Philips DSR704.
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:50 AM   #6 (Print)
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Re: Suggestions for use of the un-used USB connection

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I keep looking for how the USB connection on the back of my TIVO can be used. To date, I have found none! I think I saw somewhere it is for future planned uses?
I have a couple of suggestions:

1) allow the TIVO to be connected to my computer, where my computer sees TIVO as an external disk to move recorded video to my computer.

Something DirecTV doesn't want at all.
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2) Allow the connection of an external USB drive to the TIVO to save video to it also. TIVO software could be set up to recognize and format the external USB disk as it is needed.

I don't think eve SA Tivos look like they will support that any time soon.

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Old 10-25-2004, 02:52 PM   #7 (Print)
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Adding a USB memory card reader to view/save digital Photos (and MP3s).

This gives you two things: A quick way to view your pics (or listen to your tunes). And a backup solution for your

(Assuming we get the functionality to store MP3s and Photos actually ON the Tivo Hard Drive)

Unfortunately this would open up the Tivo box to potentail viruses from a foreign file ( NOT created on a Tivo box, as the video from a TV signal is all native to the Tivo system)

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Old 10-25-2004, 08:28 PM   #8 (Print)
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It might, but probably not for:

1: the virus would have to be written for the TiVo system.
2: The TiVo would have to have a vulnerability where code could be executed from stored media.

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Old 10-28-2004, 08:55 AM   #9 (Print)
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USB uses

My Scientific Atlanta 4200 has a USB port on it. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to connect them to change the channels on the cable box?
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Old 10-28-2004, 01:28 PM   #10 (Print)
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It depends on what sort of USB port the cable box has. USB is a host-client system, so since the TiVo is a host, the box needs to be a slave. Now on the cable box side, if the software developers were so inclined, they could put drivers for a USB RS232 serial adaptor, and software to allow a TiVo to control the box.

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Old 09-19-2005, 10:57 PM   #11 (Print)
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TiVo ToGo to a USB harddrive

Since TiVo now allows shows to be copied to a PC via the network, why not
allow the same files to be copied to and from a USB harddrive? They would still
be protected by the Media Access Key and be in .tivo format. One problem might
be that the drive would have to be formatted with FAT32 which has a 4GB limit on
the file size. I don't think there are linux drivers that can safely write to a drive
formatted for NTFS.

I'd just use the drive to archive programs that I don't want to dump to DVD but would like to be able to plug in to one of my two TiVo's or my PC and start playing without the slow real-time network transfer rate.
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