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UPDATED: No longer able to use BT Functionality. ORIGINALLY: Great remote, but doesn't work with just any USB hub
, September 9, 2010
This review is from: TiVoSlide C00240 Keyboard Remote Control, Black (Electronics)
UPDATE: 1/4/2012 - Demoted from 4 stars down to just 1
I should have gone back and read other people's reviews a long time ago. For about the last 10 months, I can no longer use most of the Bluetooth functions of this remote, due to the ridiculous amount of response lag. If I need to search something with a long title, I'll plug the dongle back in, but otherwise I now use only the IR functionality, and for this I paid $72.00! I tried repositioning the BT dongle, replacing the batteries, repairing the remote, just about everything. The only thing I didn't try was calling TiVo support, since the remote was already out of warranty. Like I said, I wish I'd gone back and read the reviews of others, since this problem doesn't seem to be at all uncommon.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 9/9/10 - 4 stars
I was so excited to receive this remote, but I was dismayed to discover that I would need an extra USB port to plug in the Bluetooth receiver, since all compatible TiVo models only have two of them, and in my case, they're both in use (one by the cable company's tuning adapter, and the other by my wireless network adapter). To further the problem, while new TiVo Premiere DVRs have several options for supported USB hubs, apparently, my TiVo HD/XL DVR is only compatible with one model of USB hub, which is USB 1.1, not 2.0. So, after speaking with TiVo support, my options are to use an old technology USB hub, or buy a new N wireless network adapter that plugs into the ethernet port on my TiVo, freeing up a USB port for the Slide remote. Seems needlessly complicated, and I'm left wondering why my TiVo HD/XL, which is just a year and a half old, supports only USB 1.1. (USB 2.0 has been the standard for what, 5 years now?) Anyway, TiVo graciously offered me a free USB hub that is compatible but the old technology (when they get them in stock) or half off a new N wireless adapter. I bought the discounted adapter; it's a bit pricey, but at least it's new technology.
All that said, I did unplug my current network adapter to try out the Slide remote's Bluetooth functions, and they work VERY well. I only wish TiVo had better advertised the fact that many of their customers would need some sort of workaround in order to get the remote to a fully functioning state. After all, more and more cable companies are requiring the use of tuning adapters in order to broaden their HD channel lineup. Sure, I could switch to the cable company's DVR, but it's nowhere near as intuitive as TiVo's interface.
So to sum up, -1 star for lack of full technical disclosure on TiVo's part when marketing this remote.
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