TiVo stream via VPN on iPhone or iPad while away from home. How to get it to wo

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  1. Gaidin43 macrumors regular

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    I have been a user of TiVo for a couple of years now and love the new stream they just released. However it is lacking Internet streaming which just isn't gonna work for me. I know Slingbox or even HDhomerun would work away from home via their app or vpn to watch TV but the advantage to the stream is it only uses one tuner on the main TiVo and doesn't hijack the TV if someone else is watching it.

    So does anyone have ideas or suggestions on how to get the stream to work while away from home? VPN seems to have some issues with bonjour.
     
  2. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    Another downside you need to consider is that since the Stream is designed to work on a home network, it doesn't possess the ability to alter the quality of its stream based on your network quality. Either you are going blow through your bandwidth at an alarming rate or (more likely) the video will be extremely choppy.
     
  3. Gaidin43 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have LTE with incredible download speeds on my iphone 5 with unlimited and my FIOS at home I have no issue with bandwidth.
     
  4. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    I wrote the VPN How-To for the Optimum LiveTV App in the iOS Hacks section. Buy me a Tivo streamer and I'll write a how to for that to. hehe :p
     
  5. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    This isn't really helpful to you, but my DISH Hopper with Sling Adapter works perfectly for providing this kind of connectivity for both live TV and DVR content streaming.
     
  6. Gaidin43 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking a 350 Slingbox is gonna be the best way to go. It's $100 more then just the stream and $15 for the app, but for now eh it will work.

    I really wish the stream had away from home wifi capability or the VPN hack worked.
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I had a slingbox for years and its great. You get your TV content anywhere you got internet.
     
  8. Gaidin43 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The only issue to along box is you need another TV and dvr or need to set it up on the main TV.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Why do you need another TV or another DVR?
    When you're not at home you use the DVR box or other box to view your content.
    Personally I have cable and all I need to do is plug in a splitter and a cable line going to my slingbox HD and then I can view all my channels live without using another TV's signal or box.
     
  10. Gaidin43 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I want to use my TiVo interface and recordings while away not just the basic cable broadcasts. And when the wife is home watching TV and if I'm away I am sure she would not be happy when the TV all of the sudden starts changing channels or playing recording.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Sounds like the wife will need to make sacrifices and watch tv in another room when you're slinging:D
    Not much you can do about that though. You cant both use the same Tivo box at the same time to watch different content.
     
  12. Gaidin43 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh I know you can't use both and we only have one tivo box hence the issue.
     
  13. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    I got the Tivo app working over VPN with a caveat. Open the Tivo app first and have it connect to your Tivo before leaving the house. Then hit the home button. While outside on LTE, connect VPN, then open the Tivo app. It stays connected to the Tivo. I was able to control the Tivo and use the scrubber to fast forward back and forth.

    The problem, if the connection is lost and it needs to look for the Tivo again, it will not find it over VPN. That part I haven't figured out yet.
     

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