TiVo has never taken the Mini wireless for television programming due to MPEG2 bandwidth considerations … and the resultant experience, which would be highly variable dependent upon ones home network. Of course, I told you how to take matters into your own hands (five years ago!). But for those still looking to something other than Ethernet or MoCA to beam content from a TiVo DVR to a Mini Extender, the company will be offering a new wireless adapter mid-year for $60.
Unlike my most recent 802.11n bridge suggestion, the upcoming TiVo USB dongle implements the more current, capable 802.11ac (which we’re now calling WiFi 5, not to be confused with 5G cellular or 10G cable). Good news in and of itself, not to mention this development should assuage concerns that Minis are going away in light of the upcoming streamer apps. TiVo’s giving us options. And options are nice to have.