Connecting Two DVRs Without a Home Network Via Crossover Cable

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This article explains how to connect two DVRs with a crossover cable. You should only do this if you do not have a home network and can't use a Wireless Peer-to-Peer Network.


  • Crossover cable—You will need a special Ethernet cable called a crossover cable to complete this setup. Crossover cables are available at most electronic stores and will have "crossover" clearly printed on the packaging and on the cables themselves. If longer cabling is needed, do not use more than one crossover cable.

  • NOTE: Series2 Single Tuner DVRs do not have built-in Ethernet. To connect a crossover cable, you must have a compatible wired network adapter See Which network adapters work with my TiVo DVR? for more information.

  • All TiVo DVRs must also be running software version 9.1 or later. To learn more, go to TiVo software version information.
  • All TiVo DVRs must be on the same TiVo billing account.
  • All TiVo DVRs must have an active TiVo service plan.
  • Transfers must be enabled in on each DVR prior to disconnecting them from the network.


  1. If you have a USB to Ethernet adapter, connect the USB end of the Ethernet adapter to the USB port on both DVRs.
  2. Connect one end of the crossover cable to the Ethernet adapter of one TiVo DVR and the other end of the crossover cable to the Ethernet adapter of the second TiVo DVR.
  3. The two TiVo DVRs are now connected using an Ethernet adapter.

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