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Need Phone Tech Advice Wireless Phone Plug?
purpleraine | 1-4-08 | self

Posted on 01/04/2008 10:40:08 AM PST by purpleraine

I am trying to hook a phone line into my DirecTV TIVO box. I have no phone plug in that room or the two adjoining rooms. I don't want to run a wire open from the back rooms to the TIVO box.

Is there such a thing as a wireless phone plug. Anyone recommend a fix?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Technical; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: directtv; telephone; wireless
Looking for the traditional good Freeper advice and humor of course.
1 posted on 01/04/2008 10:40:09 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine

Hi, if you go to your neighborhood radio shack you can get a wireless phone extension, it’s basically two devices, one plugs into your tivo, the other into your phone jack, and it creates a wireless connection between the two devices so you can make phone calls from the Tivo. Both devices also need a power outlet.

I have used one for well over a year without any problems.


2 posted on 01/04/2008 10:42:45 AM PST by imdref
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To: purpleraine

Radio Shack used to carry a device that would plug into your electrical outlet that would give you a phone line.

They may still carry it.


3 posted on 01/04/2008 10:42:54 AM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: purpleraine
here's one from Amanzon: RCA RC926 Wireless Phone Jack
4 posted on 01/04/2008 10:44:47 AM PST by imdref
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To: purpleraine

You could start with this.

http://www.smarthome.com/4509i.html


5 posted on 01/04/2008 10:45:00 AM PST by Anonymous Rex ( For Rent)
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To: purpleraine

I don’t use a phone with my DirecTV TIVO box. It’s necessary only for PPV, which I don’t use...........


6 posted on 01/04/2008 10:45:29 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Best Buy also has the wireless plugs.


7 posted on 01/04/2008 10:47:17 AM PST by RichRepublican (Good fences make good neighbors.)
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To: Red Badger

I don’t use a phone line either for my tivo.....the Direct TV people won’t tell you that though.


8 posted on 01/04/2008 10:50:02 AM PST by RichRepublican (Good fences make good neighbors.)
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To: purpleraine
Is there such a thing as a wireless phone plug.

Yes. They've been on the market for years. I've never used one.

Here's a press release that seems on-point:
http://www.powerlinecommunications.net/powerline-communications-news-8.htm

Looks like Dish Network sells one for $40.00

http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/our_products/accessories/index.shtml

9 posted on 01/04/2008 10:51:34 AM PST by PAR35
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To: purpleraine

Depending on what model TiVO it is, you can also purchase a wireless networking adapter for it so it can use your existing wireless network and talk to the server directly instead of making phone calls.


10 posted on 01/04/2008 10:51:48 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: purpleraine

Put a wireless router on your dsl internet for the house, go wireless on your computer and hook tivo directly on your network.

Tivo has a nice feature where you can download saved movies and show to your computer and watch them.


11 posted on 01/04/2008 10:53:52 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Red Badger
"I don’t use a phone with my DirecTV TiVo"

Don't you get frequent "nag messages" telling you to attach your TiVo to a phone line?


12 posted on 01/04/2008 10:56:15 AM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: RichRepublican

Can you still order PPV on DirecTV without it? I have been curious.


13 posted on 01/04/2008 10:56:35 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

You can still order PPV. Just not through you remote. You just call the 800 number and order using your touch-tone phone. I wouldn’t reccommend attaching a phone-line to your DirectTV TIVO box. It is likely inclined to report a number of things about your viewing habits back to DirectTV.


14 posted on 01/04/2008 11:01:23 AM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: edcoil; purpleraine
I put my Tivo on the wireless adapter, and it's great. Now it gets schedule updates every hour, my Tivo server has scores of movies ready to view, and I can logon to Tivo central from any computer in the world and tell my Tivo to catch an upcoming recording. I can also view all my photos on my server, play all my MP3 music on the TV, listen to hundreds of streaming radio stations, and buy movie tickets. I expect Tivo will have a web browser soon, so I can FReep from bed.

If you have two Tivos on wireless, you can even view the movies stored on the other Tivo.

15 posted on 01/04/2008 11:02:07 AM PST by Sender (You are the weapon. What you hold in your hand is just a tool.)
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To: goodwithagun
On Dish network you can order PPV over the phone (800 number) instead of directly through your box, but they charge you an extra dollar or something.

The real reason for the phone line connection is so they can collect your viewing information and upload it. Dish waives a "2nd TV" fee if you keep a phone line connected.

16 posted on 01/04/2008 11:03:16 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: goodwithagun

You can with dish. You just have to call an 800 number and order it from your home phone (has to match the number listed on your account).

They charge you a $1 premium but for as much as we do it it’s no big deal.

To be honest I’d rather pay the $1 than give them direct access to my box so they can download who knows what.


17 posted on 01/04/2008 11:04:01 AM PST by Anonymous Rex ( For Rent)
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To: imdref; Jet Jaguar

Thanx, the technician today didn’t know about wireless or he’s afraid to put himself out of business.


18 posted on 01/04/2008 11:10:33 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: imdref; purpleraine
I have had a wireless (worthless) jack from Phonex (PX 211 D) that was supplied (for a fee) by an installer for Dish. The original did not work after the first day - too much static interference. The second was the same. As a result, I have to run a wire nightly and plug it in in my kitchen (25 feet).

With DirecTV/TiVo I only had to run the wire about every two weeks and it took about 5 minutes to do the update. I was going to run a new phone wire and fish it myself, but it's on an outside wall and the insulation is a pain.

The only obsticle between the sending and receiving units was the entertainment center itself. I used a phone and plugged it into the jack to see why it wasn't working - more static than between radio stations...

19 posted on 01/04/2008 11:11:05 AM PST by IYAS9YAS
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To: imdref; Jet Jaguar

Thanx, the technician today didn’t know about wireless or he’s afraid to put himself out of business.


20 posted on 01/04/2008 11:11:14 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: IYAS9YAS

Thanx


21 posted on 01/04/2008 11:12:11 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: Anonymous Rex; RichRepublican

Thanx


22 posted on 01/04/2008 11:14:15 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine

Others have already shown you your options. A word of warning - if you have DSL and plan to plug a phone line into your DirecTv box, you MUST install a DSL filter on that line. DirecTv box makes electronic noise all the time, and will essentially destroy your DSL connection (personal experience).


23 posted on 01/04/2008 11:14:45 AM PST by bobsatwork
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To: purpleraine

No phone with my TIVO, I just connect it to the service using a cord once every few months. Works fine without the nightly calls, except pay for play services won’t work

As others state, a wireless phone jack is available, last time at Home Depot they had one. I was doing house wiring so it’s in that department.


24 posted on 01/04/2008 11:14:47 AM PST by Tarpon (Ignorance, the most expensive commodity produced by mankind.)
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To: Red Badger
LOL! Thanx for stoppin buy to tell me you don't do what I want to do.

Guy goes to the doctor and says "It hurts when I do this." Doctor says, "Don't do that."

25 posted on 01/04/2008 11:15:35 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: Spktyr; PAR35; edcoil

Thanx


26 posted on 01/04/2008 11:17:13 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: IYAS9YAS; Sender

Thanx


27 posted on 01/04/2008 11:19:48 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: bobsatwork; Tarpon

Thanx


28 posted on 01/04/2008 11:20:41 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine

Look on ebay for them to get the best price.
I picked up a brand new set for $25 on ebay less than 2 months ago.

Most all of them are made by RCA but sold under different brand names

They work fine for Satellite receivers.


29 posted on 01/04/2008 11:26:34 AM PST by stlnative
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To: goodwithagun

Yes, you can order PPV without the phone line. You can either call to place the order (with a several dollar surcharge) or on-line (which doesn’t have a surcharge).


30 posted on 01/04/2008 11:31:09 AM PST by Tree of Liberty (Islam delenda est)
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To: purpleraine

BTW...

The brand I bought was a “Phonex” and it works great.


31 posted on 01/04/2008 11:32:13 AM PST by stlnative
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To: purpleraine

I don’t use PPV because I buy DVD’s instead. Usually the “pre-viewed” DVD’s at Blockbuster for just 2 or 3 for twenty bucks. That way I can watch the movie many times and don’t give money away for nothing................


32 posted on 01/04/2008 11:41:38 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Anonymous Rex; goodwithagun; purpleraine
To be honest I’d rather pay the $1 than give them direct access to my box so they can download who knows what.

Or UPLOAD who knows what!.............

33 posted on 01/04/2008 11:43:44 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Tree of Liberty; stlnative

Thanx


34 posted on 01/04/2008 11:54:58 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine
Also I wanted to tell you you need a electric outlet near the main phone jack you plan to use for the main wireless base (receiver) and then you need another electric outlet to plug the wireless phone outlet into.

You must use a wall electric outlet for both units and not a surge protector strip.

Basically you plug in the wireless receiver to a electrical outlet near an existing phone jack - run a regular phone line plug between the wireless receiver and the existing phone jack. (there is a second phone plug on the wireless receiver that allows you to plug in a phone since you have now taken up the existing phone jack)

Then take your wireless phone outlet and plug it into a electrical wall outlet where you need it (near your TIVO) and plug in a regular phone line between the wireless phone outlet and your Tivo.

Also once you have one wireless receiver you can add several more wireless phone outlet units off one receiver. Typically you get one wireless receiver and one wireless phone outlet with the original purchased set but you can add more wireless phone outlets if you like.

35 posted on 01/04/2008 11:55:58 AM PST by stlnative
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To: stlnative

Got it. We’re all set with the electric plugs.


36 posted on 01/04/2008 12:02:44 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: Spktyr
Depending on what model TiVO it is, you can also purchase a wireless networking adapter for it so it can use your existing wireless network and talk to the server directly instead of making phone calls.

That only works for series 2 TiVo's, the DirecTiVo doesn't support WiFi.

DirecTV is in the process of phasing out their Tivo, it won't support their new HD line-up for example.

37 posted on 01/04/2008 12:07:15 PM PST by imdref
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To: purpleraine

That’s cool!

When I bought mine I had no idea I “had” to use wall electrical outlets for both units. I ended up having to put the receiver in a different room than what I had originally planned and I had to make sure I had a free electrical outlet open near the satellite receiver.

(I had planned to plug them into surge protector strips but you cannot do that with them.)

Really... check out eBay for a set or buy it from Dishnetwork for $40. I have seen them listed for $60.00 or more elsewhere.

:-)


38 posted on 01/04/2008 12:11:59 PM PST by stlnative
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To: purpleraine

Don’t know if it still works this way, but both DirecTV and DISH Network used to use the phone line to upload the information of the PPV movies you purchased through the remote. If you didn’t have a phone line connected you could still buy the movie with the remote but it wouldn’t get uploaded and you wouldn’t get billed. The catch is that the receiver can only hold so many purchases internally before it would fill up and not let you “buy” anymore. Connecting the phone line would perform the upload and clear the internal memory.


39 posted on 01/04/2008 12:23:34 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper
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To: Red Badger; purpleraine
purpleraine said: "I am trying to hook a phone line into my DirecTV TIVO box."

Your reply: "I don’t use a phone with my DirecTV TIVO box."

So your suggestion is to tell puepleraine not to hook up a phone line because you don't?

40 posted on 01/04/2008 12:55:17 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Red Badger; purpleraine
purpleraine said: "I am trying to hook a phone line into my DirecTV TIVO box."

Your reply: "I don’t use a phone with my DirecTV TIVO box."

So your suggestion is to tell puepleraine not to hook up a phone line because you didn't?

41 posted on 01/04/2008 12:55:40 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Cobra64

No, in case he didn’t know it was not necessary to operate the system, which DirecTV won’t tell you. Their instructions and installers tell you “IT MUST BE CONNECTED TO THE PHONE LINE AT ALL TIMES!” If you don’t watch PPV, which I don’t, phone connection is unnecessary. Even if you do want to watch PPV, they have a 1-800 number to call to order. I don’t trust DirecTV or the cable company...........


42 posted on 01/04/2008 1:01:05 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Red Badger

Whether you like or trust Direct TV was not the point.


43 posted on 01/04/2008 1:07:36 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: imdref

Yes it will. I have a linksys wired ethernet adapter. I believe i remember wireless also would work..if not then just use a wireless bridge. There’s more info on google.


44 posted on 01/04/2008 6:31:19 PM PST by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: edcoil; RichRepublican; Spktyr; imdref; Bogey78O

semi- on topic you all might have some advice for...

We have Direct TV (finally liberated from Slime Warner Cable) with 1 DTV DVR, and one regular non-recording DTV receiver, each connected directly to separate (non-HD) TVs.

Of course now the wife now wants to be able to watch the shows we recorded on the DVR, but on the tv with the non-recording receiver...

Is replacing the DTV DVR with a Tivo and connecting to our wifi network a solution for this? (we have wifi in the house with a linksys/vonage router, and one older Mac laptop....)

TIA for any suggestions...


45 posted on 01/05/2008 4:49:39 PM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!) SAY YES to Waterboarding Jihadist!)
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To: Yehuda

I have DISH - so not sure, can your dvr’s each handle a wireless modem and have an address like Tivo? then its just a configuration issue. You might have to cable one to the other which I understand defeats the issue. Tivo has a pretty impressive Q&A area for customers, maybe Direct has some advice.


46 posted on 01/05/2008 5:52:29 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Red Badger

That too!


47 posted on 01/07/2008 5:38:57 AM PST by Anonymous Rex ( For Rent)
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