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4. Bring the Internet to TiVo > 47. Running PPP over TiVo’s Serial Port

Running PPP over TiVo’s Serial Port

Make a PPP connection over that serial cable plugged into your TiVo [Hack #33], and make your daily call over the Internet.

In this age of broadband cable and DSL connections, it may well have been a while since you heard the squawks of a modem. Cast your mind back a bit—circa 1994 through 1999 should about do it—and try recall how it all worked. Your computer was connected via serial cable to a modem, which was, in turn, connected to your phone line. To get online, your computer instructed your modem to dial your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The call was answered by a modem at the other end. After a few seconds of whistling and screaming at one-another, a connection was established between your computer and your ISP and, by association, the Internet. Primitive, but effective.


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