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    Tivos, Game Consoles, and more!

    I wanted to post about my latest pet project on the home LAN front, which is now finished. I have successfully added the Tivo and a Playstation 2 to the home network on a full time basis, and I am punch-pleased with how well things worked out.

    The Playstation setup was simple, and really is only of consequence if there is a game that supports some sort of online activity (such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005). Mainly it has shown me that some people must spend their entire lives in front of their Playstation gaming, because competing against others online for the first time was, erm, a humbling experience to say the least.

    On the Tivo front, being able to download program updates over the DSL connection is a huge relief. The Tivo updates itself silently and relatively quickly, since the download times were cut so drastically. But even better, rather than shell out the money for a Windows Media Center PC, I can now enjoy my audio collection and my pictures in the living room thanks to Tivo Home Media. The only thing lacking in this area is the ability to play music while watching a slide show of digital pictures...perhaps in a future version. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    Setup was also fairly simple, even with static IP addresses. I highly recommend connecting a Tivo to an Internet connection for the digital enthusiasts out there. Sometimes, it's great being a gadget geek!
    -Mark

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    Re: Tivos, Game Consoles, and more!

    Just out of curiosity Mark, the connection on the TiVo box, is it RJ-45, USB, etc ... ??

    Although I can't get TiVo here in Canada (legally that is, and I don't want to chance it anyways), there are similar devices from the various providers here for the Digital PVRs.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Tivos, Game Consoles, and more!

    On my particular Tivo, there are two USB ports on the back. Connecting it to the home network required purchasing a USB to Rj45 adapter, which was smooth as could be. Other Tivo models have the ethernet port built right into the back, this one didn't. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    I will be answering the question "what is that white box with the green blinking lights on it for" endlessly since the hub is parked in the entertainment console... I still have six ports to go, so I guess I should ask Santa for some neat things to plug into it! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: Tivos, Game Consoles, and more!

    Ahh... the mysterious differences between devices of the same name. Don't you just love manufacturing companies?

    That's good to know about your particular setup with the USB ports. When I do decided to switch over, I'll have to look into the WiFi USB devices, and see if they work. I don't really want to keep my office equipment in the living room forever.
    Christopher Baldrey

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