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I'm confused about "bridges"

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by malayphred, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. malayphred

    malayphred Underpowered User

    Jan 29, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Being confused is a normal state for me, so this is not that unusual.

    But, I am trying to wrap my head around the "bridge" devices and how I can connect my S3 and Premier to communicate with my wireless router. Right now I am using a Tivo N adapter on my Premiere and a Tivo G adapter on my S3. I am going to purchase a new Premiere unit and also hook it up to the existing network (somehow) and don't really want to shell out another $90 for an N adapter.

    I have gathered that hard wiring the DVR's to my router is the preferred setup, but routing the ethernet cables will be problematical due to the distances and home architecture layout. I have done a bit of research into the MOCA system, but am not convinced it's the way to go for me (but my mind can be changed).

    Can someone explain the "bridge" system to me? A diagram would be most helpful.

    Thanks in advance. You folks here on TC are the best :)
  2. cheese toast

    cheese toast New Member

    Jan 29, 2006
    A bridge is basically another wireless router in bridge mode. You would connect devices to it and it would make those devices wireless. Not all routers can be bridges and getting it to work can be tricky. I went another route, powerline networking. It runs at about 170Mbps and is fast enough to stream HD. I have one WD LiveWire connected to my router and another behind the entertainment system. Both are 4 port and work very well. Plus it's expandable by adding in more units in other areas. The starter kit runs $60 on amazon and includes 2 units.

    To learn more about home networking, check out this site: http://compnetworking.about.com/od/homenetworking/Home_Networking_Setting_Up_a_Home_Network.htm
  3. Davisadm

    Davisadm TiVo is awesome!!!!!

    Jan 18, 2008
    MoCA is the best way to go. It is very simple, plug & play, and pretty much bulletproof.

    Just install one moCA adapter near your router, hook up the ethernet cable to the router and coax cable. Now you have set up MoCA. Where ever you need access to your LAN(ethernet), install another MoCA adapter to the coax, and an ethernet cable to the device. That is it!

    Exceptions: MoCA is built into the TiVo Premiere 4 and XL4, and the upcoming Mini. So in these instances, the MoCA adapter has to be installed by the router only.

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