TiVo turbonet card for £30 - anybody used terbonet@canada.com ?

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  1. DJW

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    Found the following on an OZ TiVo forum, under a thread describing cheapest options for TiVo's

    A Terbonet (Turbonet compatible hardware) is available from terbonet@canada.com shipped for A$75.

    Also found another thread from the guy selling these things, stating he accepts paypal & to UK = £30 incl postage.

    Anybody dealt with this guy before ?

    Cheers Dave
     
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    I'm the terbonet guy. They are real, and I've already shipped (edit-2) 20+ to the UK so far with no issues. There are more in the US, even more in Australia and a whack of them in Canada. I have had zero returns (not surprising since each is tested before it leaves).

    I've posted a lot of info (open registration) here:
    http://ca.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/terbonet/

    If you are really keen, send me your email, and I'll try to get the UK customers to send a reference. I can accept GIRO payments as well as PayPal in the UK too.

    I'm not making much money at this (terbo's cost more than turbo's to make)...it's just my response to exhorbitant international shipping fees by a certain company, and my own way of giving back to the community.

    D.
     
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    Seems to be a bit of disbelief around Terbonet. So here's my attempt to debunk it. Most terbos have sold in Canada, and unfortunately the tivocanada.com forum is a closed one, so the history, development and feedback are not publicly available. That said, quite a number have gone to Australia, where some individuals at least, have posted positive notes:

    Here's a general search:
    http://minnie.tuhs.org/cgi-bin/webg...100&query=terbonet&autosyntax=ALL&autonegate=
    And two references:
    http://minnie.tuhs.org/pipermail/oztivo/2004-October/019189.html
    http://minnie.tuhs.org/pipermail/oztivo/2004-November/019557.html

    I haven't yet found any UK refs, but I shipped 4 more this AM, so hopefully there will be one soon :smashin:

    [EDIT] Just found one...
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=2619143&&#post2619143
    and a new one:
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=2652829&&#post2652829

    History

    I'm sure you're familiar with the US$25 international ship fee for Turbonet, well that annoyed me enough to get started, especially since exactly $1.02 was spent on postage and absolutely zero paperwork filled out. Fortunately, the driver supplied with the US Tivo 3.0 source code is GPL'd (posted on yahoo forum), and that allowed me to figure out how to setup the ethernet controller. Since it has exactly the same addressing, it will respond perfectly to any valid Turbonet driver. It was a ground up design, and so it's decoupling follows the App notes from the manufacturer's datasheets, ie filtering between digital, analogue and the analogue PLL power planes.

    If you don't like the idea of Paypal'ing the ether, then I have a Barclays account too.
     
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    Does anyone know if these are still available? I tried e-mailing the address given and just got a bounce back.
     

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