I’d like to take a moment to praise a tiny little piece of equipment that I bought this past weekend that completely changes the way I use my TiVo for the better. The TiVo Wireless Adapter.
About three or four months ago, my crappy cable modem crapped out and I bought a spiffy new wireless Motorola cable modem. It was sweet, but I really didn’t have a piece of equipment that could take advantage of the wireless connectivity. I don’t own a wi-fi laptop computer (yet), but I thought I might plan for the future.
Backing up a bit, about two years ago I got rid of my land-line phone. I still have an active account, but I pushed everyone to call my cell phone and that my old phone line would not be answered. It was a test to see if I could get by with just a cell phone. It worked like a charm. I switched to Verizon service so I could talk with my girlfriend anytime for free (my parents and brother just made the switch to Verizon as well so we all now have the ability to contact each other for free). The only thing I was using my land-line phone for was TiVo.
For those of you who don’t know, TiVo uses the phone line to get updates on upcoming programming. Keeping that phone line cost me $35-$40 a month. I hated it and was trying to come up with a way to eliminate that cost when TiVo came to the rescue.
The TiVo Wireless Adapter cost me $65 at Best Buy (I know I could have bought it cheaper online, but seriously I don’t care) and it was Apple Computer-easy to set up. I plugged the USB cord in, went through the simplest TiVo setup ever and voila my TiVo now can use my broadband connection to get upcoming programming. It took about five minutes. I did a test call and an actual call and it worked beautifully.
I can’t wait to call SBC and cancel my phone. In two months, the TiVo Wireless Adapter will have paid for itself. In eight months I can upgrade my cell phone.
I love technology.