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Router resets transferring from Tivo. Will 3rd party FW fix?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by clemon79, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    First, apologies if this has been gone over before...I did a search of the forums and nothing immediately jumped out at me.

    I have a WRT54G v2, using the most recent firmware, which is 4.20.7, dated 8/25/05. I also have a Tivo connected to a wireless USB adapter, a D-Link DWL-122, which (at least at the time, I assume it still is) was on the approved list from Tivo for adapters that would work with their hardware.

    So here's the deal: When I use the Tivo software to transfer a show to my PC, along the way, and seemingly at random, the router will reset itself; all of the lights turn on for a second, Windows tells me it's disconnected, and then it tells me everything has reconnected and everything continues. It's as if I cycled the power, and it's annoying, because it will often cause other connections to drop, too.

    Note that near as I can tell, this problem ONLY seems to happen when I transfer from the Tivo...I don't notice a problem when I am using my Wireless-G laptop in the other room. (The DWL-122 is an 802.11b adapter.) And wired connections all seem to do everything just fine.

    So my questions are these:

    1) Is the DWL-122 a known crappy adapter? Would replacing that improve things?

    2) Could this be a shortcoming of the Linksys stock firmware, and would switching to a 3rd party firmware help matters? If so, can someone recommend a good free one?

    3) Have other people complained here about the union of a WRT54G and their Tivo?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    Sorry to bump this, but I know someone here knows more than I do about this and can help me. I'd really appreciate it if you could help me out!
  3. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    First I've heard of this problem. Search some more forums!

    I have a TiVo but use the Linksys USB200M and a *wire*, trying to do show transfers over wireless is too slow.
  4. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    I've heard that. But I've also heard that getting a wired network adapter doesn't speed it up all that appreciably much. Can you speak to that? How long does it take you to transfer stuff? Say, a half-hour 372MB show at Basic quality?
  5. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Oh Basic is pretty quick, 10 minutes or so. Anything higher quality gets more like real-time rates, kinda pokey. But yeah it's probably not a big difference. Mainly for appliance-type devices I don't like messing with WiFi. Cat5 ethernet is nice and simple. Never have to worry about the microwave oven or a cordless phone or dodgy driver messing things up. The main problem in TiVo transfer rates is the CPU is too pokey, wish I could overclock it to make the transfer faster.

    By the way there'll be another TiVo update pushed out before too long, might be some driver fixes in there. If you are sticking with WiFi I would reconsider D-Stink and check the current adapter list. I have had bad experiences with D-Link all around I just avoid them now.

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