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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by leepoffaith, Apr 25, 2014.
$599 was from tivo.com ? Do they still have the deal for the Roamio Plus?
That's the price you get if you buy and use one of those retail sales associate codes off of ebay. If you are going to buy a Roamio with lifetime service and throw in a lifetimed mini or two in at the same time, then buying one of those codes will probably save you a couple hundred bucks.
RG-6 has a larger center conductor and as mentioned, better shielding. It is designed for use with higher frequency systems such as digital cable and satellite, so I'd highly suggest you use that instead of RG-59. You're just asking for trouble if you don't, especially if you want to use moca also.
The problem is the wires are already in the wall, and can't be replaced.
Does tivo.com charge tax? Thanks.
At least make sure any coax going from the wall to the TiVo is RG-6. I thought all of my cables in my house were RG-6, but when I got my Roamio and Minis, I checked all the cables and actually found one that was RG-59.
I think it depends on what state they are shipping your order to. Last time I ordered something directly from them, they did not charge me tax when shipping it to me in North Carolina.
If you're paying for digital cable then they should upgrade and run new cables where needed throughout your home if you tell them you're going to be utilizing MoCA frequencies. If they say they won't, then threaten to go to DirecTV, who will have to run all RG-6.
Another strategy (if you want to be less confrontational about it) is to upgrade to the cable company's whole-home DVR so they have to come out and upgrade the wiring as needed to allow the MoCA frequencies. Just make sure that installation is free, which most cable companies offer. Then, after they have upgraded it, just switch to TiVo and return their equipment to them.
I have one Mini on an old RG-59 run and have had no issues with MoCA, but that run is less than 25 feet. I wouldn't recommend 59 on a long run cable.
I'd still replace any RG-59 just to be on the safe side. It's really not that expensive to do so. 25 feet will run you about $11.
If by 'on the safe side' you mean replace a working cable with another working cable, sure. But I'm not going to waste my time.
By "on the safe side" I mean replacing a cable that was never designed to carry the higher frequencies that you are running over it with one that is.
RG59 might be fine unless it is a very long run.
I have an original RG59 run in my condo from thirty years ago. If I use it I can still view the same digital content (and run MoCA on it) as with the RG6 runs I put in. But there is certainly more signal loss with the RG59 which will come into play with a longer run or a weak channel.