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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by buscuitboy, Apr 24, 2013.
That must be it. Otherwise, it wouldn't have made any sense to not have MoCA.
Well (with only one coax input) MoCA certainly couldn't have worked while the TiVo was connected to an OTA antenna.
Maybe that's why it got left out/disabled. Considered too confusing to have it work on one mode (cable) but not the other (OTA)... <shrug>
I sense FCC compliance. I've never seen an OTA/Cable device that could support MoCA... How would they ensure that the MoCA isn't active if it's connected to an antenna, but in cable mode?
Software. On the Elite you can turn MoCa on/off via software and on the Roamio you choose OTA/Cable via software. So it seems easy enough that they could combine those and only allow MoCa to be turned on if the TiVo was setup in cable mode.
What if someone put it in cable mode while it was connected to an antenna?
You could do that now by connecting your antenna to the cable port of an Elite/XL4. It's not TiVo's job to prevent misuse.
Less likely though, since it can't be used for antenna at all.
My point was that I doubt it was any sort of FCC regulation that prevented this.
My guess is that the Broadcom chipset used in the basic does not support MoCa bridging, only basic MoCa connection similar to the Mini. Adding a MoCa bridge as a separate chip would have been too expensive and having MoCa without bridging would have been confusing and a lot less useful, so they just turned it off and sold it without MoCa.