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Cat5 or coax

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by timchi29, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. timchi29

    timchi29 Member

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    I purchased a new mini for the family room (already have one in bedroom via coax) and have the option of cat5 or coax? What is recommended? The mini with coax drops occasionally, but have no idea what that's about.
    Thanks
    Tim
     
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman Well-Known Member

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    IMO, the answer depends, first, on how many DVRs you have and how they're connected, via Ethernet or MoCA(coax).

    And then, even if all the DVRs are networked via MoCA, I'd be hesitant to recommend a MoCA connection for your new Mini, with an Ethernet connection available, if the recurring MoCA "drops" aren't addressed. If you want help troubleshooting the MoCA issue, you'll find TCF a helpful place, fed enough information.
     
  3. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    I would do whatever is cheaper and easier. A/V performance will be the same either way. Pulling cat5 into the room opens up more LAN connection possibilities should you decide to add more devices in the future. I would say most Moca users don't have much choice. You're lucky that you can do both.
     
  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman Well-Known Member

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    From a bandwidth standpoint I doubt they'd notice much of any difference, but the "TiVo whole home" uptime may be affected by how the MoCA network is created and how things are wired.
     
  5. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member

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    Atlantic...
    BRiT wtfdotcom and fcfc2 like this.
  6. alex_h

    alex_h New Member

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    I wired my house during the HDirecTivo with OTA via antenna era... I wasn't sure on technology, phone, etc... so my house has something like 4 Cat 5 + 3 Coax (1 Phone, 2 Ethernet, 1 Spare, on Cat 5, and 2 Satellite + 1 OTA) at each location. I've lit up a few of the Ethernet ports...
     
  7. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Member

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    Cat 6 with 1GhZ connectors, hubs, routers, etc., for future proofing. Mine works great!
     

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