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Adding Moca to Comcast Triple Play Modem

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by aaronbooker, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. aaronbooker

    aaronbooker New Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    I've read all that I can find on this topic but not exactly what I'd need. I am wondering if someone can help me with the specific equipment I need. I'm hoping to order it all from Amazon today.

    I have a Roamio Plus and a Mini coming next week - and I have Comcast Triple Play. My internet/voice modem is in a different room than my two TVs and I am currently using wireless to cover my house. (Airport Extreme)

    In my reading, I can't use Wireless to stream live TV or recorded shows to my Tivo Mini, so I'm going to need to use Moca. All well and good, but I'll need a Moca Adapter at my modem, correct? I'd like to order one today, but I'm not sure which one (Actiontec looks like it's best?) and if I'll need splitters (which one?) or filters?

    It's all a bit confusing, and I'd love to order known good components based on someone else's experience. Thank you for paying it forward!

  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Not necessarily- the roamio plus can output MOCA if connected to hardwired ethernet. Running ethernet is relatively easy, hopefully close by for your use!

    You may need a filter to keep the signal within your walls and not share with neighbors.
  3. aaronbooker

    aaronbooker New Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Yup running ethernet would be ideal - but Ethernet is not close by either TV and fishing it through walls isn't any fun in an old house... I love the idea of Moca - as the Coax is already in all three locations.

    I need to go the Moca adapter route at the modem location. What known good products should I be buying?


  4. donnoh

    donnoh Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    Here is what you need to do.
    1. Get an ActionTec ECB2500C and connect it at your cable modem, incoming cable to input and then the output coax to the cable modem.
    2. Connect a short Ethernet cable from the MoCA adapter to your router.
    3. Set up your Roamio to use Ethernet + MoCA.

    The Mini and the Roamio will go through the MoCA adapter to get their internet connections and the Mini and Roamio will connect to each other via MoCA. This is how I have mine set up and its worked right out of the box.
  5. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    For your setup, you'll need a single adapter as you've already determined. The only real MoCA Ethernet adapter manufacturer I've ever seen is Actiontec. These are the same brand that Tivo sells as well. Since you only need one, the best price I've seen is from Tivo directly. Amazon is currently out of stock, and it's $70 anyways. Tivo's price is $50. I recently purchased the 2-pack of these adapters, but haven't had time to set them up yet. I can tell you that the 2-pack came with (2) short coax cables, (2) short Ethernet cables, and a two-way splitter. I'm guessing the single adapter would come with one of each cable, and maybe the splitter.

    Another reason to go via Tivo is they also have POE filters for $9 each. The only Amazon seller is $20. You'll want at least (1) POE filter, and probably (2) to be safe. One is installed where your cable service enters your house. The other might be needed right before the coax enters the cable modem. If it's relatively new, it may have it's own MoCA filter built-in. There is potential for the MoCA signals to interfere with the modem, but I've not seen anyone ever complain of that on this forum.
  6. aaronbooker

    aaronbooker New Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Thanks guys! Will get it ordered...

    Really appreciate both of you chiming in.


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