I have a Linksys WUSB11 (version 2.8) wireless adapter, connected to a TiVo. My wireless router is a Linksys WRT54G, running version1.30.7 firmware.
TiVo recently started distributing an upgraded software revision which supports a new TiVo-to-PC transfer function. A few people (myself included) have reported seeing a problem where the TiVo loses its wireless network connection every few days. Reestab- lishing the network connection requires either restarting the TiVo, or unplugging the USB cable to the wireless adapter and plugging it back in after a while. This is presumably due to some bug in the new TiVo code; the problem never happened prior to the recent software upgrade.
As best I can tell so far, it seems that the TiVo is putting the WUSB11 adapter into a state where it, in turn, is messing up the WRT54G router and preventing anything from seeing the router or making a connection to it. When the TiVo has lost its network connection, I've tried to connect wirelessly from my laptop, but the laptop doesn't see my home LAN and can't connect to it. The activity LED on the WRT54G, however, is =not= on at this time.
If I unplug the WUSB11 adapter from the TiVo (i.e., disconnect the USB cable), the WRT54G remains uncommunicative for about another three minutes -- after which time I can once again connect to it from my laptop. If I plug the WUSB11 back in to the TiVo, it also reconnects after a few seconds.
Can anyone think of anything the TiVo could be doing to the WUSB11 adapter that would disable the WRT54G router in this way?
I thought that perhaps the driver might be causing the WUSB11 to change its channel frequency. Perhaps that would cause enough RF interference in the house that no other device would be able to connect to the router. However, if that were what was going on, I would expect the problem to have cleared up immediately when I unplugged the WUSB11 -- not persist for several minutes. So, presumably, something else must be going on. Any ideas?
Rich Wales email@example.com