How To: Connect TiVo to Your Wireless Network

If you are reading this how-to guide then odds are you are either as a big a fan of TiVo as us or you soon will be. The freedom to thumb your nose at commercials as you whiz by them with your remote has created a revolution among television viewers. One of the key features of your TiVo is its programming guide, which is updated through a phone connection or network connection. Assuming you have a wireless network around your house, this is a great opportunity to harness the power of that network TiVo style. Besides programming data, you’ll also be able to download TiVo content and share recorded content with other TiVos and computers with TiVoToGo software installed.

To get your TiVo up and running on your wireless network, you’ll first need a wireless adapter which is compatible with your digital video recorder. TiVo offers their own branded wireless adapter for sale, but others will work as well. You can see a complete compatible list of TiVo compatible WiFi adapters here. Once you have your adapter connected to the USB port on your TiVo, you are ready to go via the steps we’ve outlined below:

1) From TiVo Central, select Messages and Settings

TiVo Messages and Settings
TiVo Messages and Settings

2) From Messages & Settings select Settings

Settings Menu
Messages and Settings, Settings (goofy eh?)

3) From Settings select Phone & Network

Phone & Network Settings
Phone and Network Settings

4) Select the appropriate command to access your network (i.e. Use network instead or change network settings)

5) You should be greeted by the Wireless Network Setup screen. This screen will remind you about needing security information related to your wireless network if it is password protected.

Wireless Network Setup
Wireless Network Setup

Click here for the finishing steps!

6) The TiVo will check for wireless networks in range and prompt you to choose the one you wish to use. Alternatively you can also enter the name of the network if you know it.

Wireless Network Name
Wireless Network Name

7) The TiVo will now ask you about what type of security you have. Select the one appropriate to your password (either alphanumeric or hexadecimal).

8) Input your network password per the on-screen keyboard which appears.

Network Password Screen
Network Password Screenshot

9) Your TiVo may now ask how it should be assigned an IP address, which is basically its virtual location on your home network. In most cases you should select the automatic assignment option.

IP Address Screen
IP Address Screen

10) Assuming you’ve configured everything properly, you should get the Network Setup Complete screen.

Network Setup Complete!
All Finished!

Congrats! Your TiVo is now ready for wireless Internet connectivity.

Product Review

Chris is the virtual co-pilot phone-obsessives need in their car

Driving while using your phone is dangerous, and often illegal. Meet Chris, the digital assistant for your car that wants to help keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road.
Home Theater

How to connect your Roku device to your hotel room’s TV

Staying at a hotel, but can't bear to be parted from your favorite streaming shows and movies? Take them with you with our complete guide to using your Roku on the road when staying at a hotel.
Mobile

This is the easiest way to save your iPhone data to your computer

Living in fear of losing your contacts, photos, messages, and notes on your iPhone? Fear no more -- in this guide, we'll break down exactly how to back up your iPhone to your computer using Apple's iTunes or to the cloud with iCloud.
Computing

Sending SMS messages from your PC is easier than you might think

Texting is a fact of life, but what to do when you're in the middle of something on your laptop or just don't have your phone handy? Here's how to send a text message from a computer, whether you prefer to use an email client or Windows 10.
Gaming

Here's our Champion's guide to picking the best character in Apex Legends

Apex Legends' use of heroes with different abilities helps separate it from other battle royale games. To help you choose your legend, we've put together a legend guide detailing their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
Computing

Still miss Windows 7? Here's how to make Windows 10 look more like it

There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
Computing

Go hands-free in Windows 10 with speech-to-text support

Looking for the dictation, speech-to-text, and voice control options in Windows 10? Here's how to set up Speech Recognition in Windows 10 and use it to go hands-free in a variety of different tasks and applications within Windows.
Gaming

How to break Posture and deal a Shinobi Deathblow in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an incredibly difficult game, and managing the Posture system is a key part of improving and tackling the latest From Software title's most challenging sections.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Master Shinobi combat with our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice beginner's guide

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the hardest games of the generation, and it can be overwhelming, even for those who have played From Software's other games. Here is what you need to know to get started.
Smart Home

Need some help? Here's our handy step-by-step guide on how to Airbnb your home

Getting ready to make your home a great rental? Here's how to Airbnb your home with the right amenities, insurance, supplies, and everthing else that you need. Use this guide to get started without making beginner mistakes!
Mobile

Wring the most out of iOS with the best commands for Siri

You may not know all the things you can say to Siri -- after all, Apple never released an official list of commands for its virtual assistant. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of the best Siri commands to help you out.
Computing

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.
Mobile

Here’s how to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone or an iPad

Find out how to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone or any other iOS device with this easy step-by-step guide. We'll show you where you can review your subscriptions and precisely how to cancel them.