I'm hoping y'all can help me with a few questions. I am sure a lot of these have been covered here, but I am struggling to find the appropriate threads, as so many point me back to the 2007 FAQs, which all involve the NIM100s.
(If I ramble too much, you can jump straight to the end to my main questions)
I recently got a new Tivo. Previously, I had been using the TiVo wireless adapter plus TiVo Desktop on my computer to send video files from my computer to my TiVo Series 2 (I use Videora to convert the files first). This system has been working very well for me, as it transfers the files a little bit faster than real time, which is generally good enough. But I just upgraded to a new TiVo HD, and moved the old TiVo downstairs.
I now want to connect all 3 TiVos to the network (since I'm going wired for the one TiVo, might as well do it for both). But I live in a big, old house, and the wireless signal struggles all the way downstairs. So clearly I need to go wired. The reviews of the HomePlug adapters all mentioned that wiring could impact performance, and since my house (and wiring) is old, that's clearly out.
MoCa seems like the only viable option. And the process described of just hooking up some NIM100s seemed simple enough. But the only sale listing I could find for the NIM100s was on ebay. I believe I would need 3 (one for each TiVo and one for the router). But they only appear to have one, not to mention $70 apiece for refurbished units seems a bit steep.
I see a lot of people mentioning Actiontec in more current threads, but I have not seen a link to the actual product I would need to buy. There also seems to be a more involved setup with the Actiontec. Someone mentioned it was like setting up a router. Well, that was a giant flashing warning light to me. I can do a lot with my computer. But routers are my black hole. In my defense, there appears to be some difficulty with my location, as the cable guys I called to set routers up (and fix it several times in the past) have really struggled with them as well. Either way, talk of router set up makes me very nervous.
Long story short -
Are NIM100s still a viable, purchasable option, and, if so, where?
What exactly are my other, non-NIM100 options (with links, if possible)
How difficult are they to set up? Is there any sort of plug-and-play option, like the NIM appeared to be?