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4. Bring the Internet to TiVo > 49. Getting Your TiVo Series 1 Online

Getting Your TiVo Series 1 Online

The Series 1 TiVo was not designed with networking in mind. But being the most hack-worthy of TiVo units means it didn’t take long for some crafty hackers to get it online.

While the Series 2 was designed from the start with networking in mind—albeit via the USB port—the earlier Series 1 units simply were not built for a networked world. Case closed, right? Not by a long shot! A bunch of inventive Australian TiVo hackers, who simply wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, came up with a rather crafty solution: the TiVoNET.

The TiVoNET (http://www.9thtee.com/tivonet.htm) provides a bridge between a PCI-shaped adapter on the Series 1’s motherboard and a standard ISA slot into which you can plug in a standard Ethernet card. The TiVoNET board has since been superceded by the TurboNET (


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