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TiVo AN0100 Wireless N Network Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Mixed feelings 07/23/2013

This review is from: TiVo AN0100 Wireless N Network Adapter

Pros: Unit works as expected. Unit is to make the Tivo DVR have Wi-Fi capability. Unit is not what I would call plug & play. More like plug & pray. For someone with limited knowledge or lacks patience, this addition could be frustrating. I have years experience and a BSEET in electronics and still found this addition a bit convoluted compared to other off the shelve streamers.

Cons: Though this review should be about the wireless adapter, the real problem was the Tivo unit it's self. I bought a Tivo DVR no realizing it needed yet another $90 addition to be able to use with Wi-Fi. (My ignorance for not researching - Do not have cable and intended to use with antenna and Wi-Fi). So, I ordered the $90 Wi-Fi adapter so I could stream TV. Hooked it up. It requires yet another computer to program the adapter (sadly too difficult for the average person - especially when other streamers connect automatically). Once up and running, I discover that I can't stream anything without purchasing a $16/mo prescription just to use the Tivo. NOT. Packed up the unit and returned it. Picked up a Roku for less than the cost of the "adapter", and got back another $150 for the Tivo. Plugged in the Roku and watched it automatically connected to my Wi-Fi in seconds and start working in seconds. A far cry different than the Tivo.

Other Thoughts: It's kind of sad. Tivo is a "high end high quality" product. To me, it's just a bit "dishonest" in that fact that the unit costs $150 bucks (basically paying for the DVR) but comes with NO wifi support unless yet another additional $100 unit (and a PC to program) just to stream. Then requires yet another $16/mo just to be able to use it all. There is small fine print on the box that says I needed the adapter, but after looking at six other brands on the shelf I missed it. I call Tivo dishonest because there is NO mention of the monthly service fee. Forget you Tivo. Roku costs $68 bucks and has no hidden fees. There are half a dozen streamers on the shelf that are all easy to use, automatically connect to the already built in Wi-Fi capability and cost nearly nothing compared to your difficult to use "hard drive" with no Wi-Fi support.

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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works as expected. Looks nice. Simple. Smooth door open/close.

Cons: Not really any. Saw a few people say it was noisy. Guess all the noise shook out on shipping because can barely hear this one.


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Display Name: Daniel K.

Date Joined: 08/14/07

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  • Last Review: 07/23/13
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