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1.0 out of 5 stars Tivo Users Beware, May 16, 2005
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This review is from: D-Link DWL-G120 Wireless USB Adapter, 802.11g, 54Mbps (Personal Computers)
I purchased 2 D-Link DWL-G120 802.11g adapters from Amazon through Office Depot to use on two Tivo DVR's. I wanted the extra speed of these adapters, which were the only 802.11g adapters recommended by Tivo. I bought them specifically to make use of the Tivo To Go features that allows you to watch a show on one Tivo that was recorded on another one via the network and to transfer recordings from a Tivo to my PC. Neither feature worked with these adapters. If you read the Tivo website carefully, you will see they recommend D-Link DWL-G120 version B2. The Amazon website did not indicate what version was being sold. I was shipped the B1 version and they keep losing the connection whenever I try to transfer recordings from one Tivo to the other or to my PC. A Tivo person on their community forum verified that a different chipset is on the B2 and that the B1 causes hangups and freezes like what I experienced.

By the way, I don't think the 802.11g makes the transfers any faster than 802.11b. Even when the transfers were working before freezing, the speed was about the same or slower than real time. I've read technical reviews on other adapters and they all say the same thing. Of course, Tivo doesn't mention this in all their hype about Tivo to Go.

I emailed Office Depot to see if I could get a refund or exchange them for the proper version. So far, no reply from Office Depot. To be fair, the first adapter was defective, but Office Depot shipped me a replacement within 3 business days after I phoned them, not that it mattered as it turned out. I'll give them a great review as a merchant if they take back the two I still have.

My advice, pay the extra cost and buy adapters direct from Tivo. Then you only have one vendor to deal with if problems develop. If I ever get the B2 version and they work well, I'll post a new review, but for now I'm giving these adapters the lowest rating possible - 1 star.
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Initial post: Dec 14, 2006 7:31:33 AM PST
LA Rockstar says:
I don't understand your justification for the low rating when it's obvious that TiVo is the problem and not these adapters. If you read TiVo's forums, you'll find that TiVo only supports very, *VERY* few USB adapters. Does that mean 9 out of 10 USB wireless network adapters from various manufacturers deserve a low rating? Of course not! This is TiVo's problem, not D-Link's problem.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 10:28:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2007 8:45:33 AM PDT
First Last says:
I got a version B1 from Amazon.com, the TiVo Series 2 was able to detect it and download the program information. Yes TiVo officially supports very few adapters (most are already out of production), so if you want to use it for TiVo you have to keep your fingers crossed and just try it. It may work for some.

Overall I found this adapter to be quite ok.

Additional info: The version B1 worked fine with TiVo Series 2 to download program information, but the it keeps crashing TiVo when using TiVo to go to download the programs.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 5:36:10 PM PST
Yuliya says:
Doesn't Tivo only have usb 1.1 anyway? G adapter cannot make that any faster.
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