Well, I raced home on Monday night to do a number of things in preparation for the Syracuse/Kansas game. I ordered pizzas, ran the Swifter over the floors, chilled the beer, uncorked a bottle of wine, upgraded the operating system on my TiVo, installed a wireless network adapter and got TiVo's Home Media Option up and running. All in time for the game and ahead of company arriving.
The service update took the longest, and is required in order to make use of the Home Media Option (among other things
). The download of the service update took 30 minutes or so, which was followed up by a manual restart and an automated 15 minute installation process. While that process was underway, I headed to my computer to download, install and configure the TiVo Desktop software
and then paid the pizza delivery guy. Pretty standard version one media management software, top notch pizza.
Once the service update was applied, I plugged my Netgear MA101 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter
into one of the two TiVo Series 2 USB ports on the back of the unit. The adapter was detected right away, at which point I carried out the straightforward installation steps (DHCP settings, wireless network identification, 128-bit WEP key entry, etc.). The next thing I knew, I was listening to Underworld
through my A/V receiver, all courtesy of TiVo. Very cool.
The skinny? Well, the remote scheduling interface, streaming music and digital photo viewing capabilities are rudimentary, but functional. While the remote scheduling works, it currently relies on your TiVo to pull requested recording changes down on its next scheduled reconnect, which currently only happens once per day (and I haven't found a way to adjust that setting). That obviously leaves much to be desired as far as just-in-time recording goes. I don't have two TiVos, so I have nothing to say about the TiVo-to-TiVo sharing outside of I think that it's crap that you have to pay $50 bucks to install HMO on the second unit.
All in all, it's a pretty cool version one feature package that will, no doubt, get better with age, but remote scheduling needs the most work. The package is well worth the up-front cost for one unit, especially if you are able to cancel your home phone line once TiVo is downloading updates from your network.