RV mini (coaxial or Cat5e)

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  1. Pacomartin

    Pacomartin Member

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    My cable company, RCN, uses TiVo as their preferred set top box. They have a special app which allows them to operate Video on Demand. The slave I have is called a PREVIEW which has it's own tuner, and requires connection via coaxial cable to watch Live TV or VOD.

    It was my understanding that mini (see diagram) does not require coax as the Tuner is in the master unit. It is sufficient to connect with Cat5e only. Coax also works via MoCa but it is not required.

    RCN customer service insists that coaxial is required. I have been through three different cable CS reps and some of them insist that I am stupid. The only advantage that I can see with Moca is that if you have a lot of TV's you will use all your router ports.

    I don't know if VOD will work. Can anyone tell me YES/NO?

    My neighbor bought a home that has never been wired for television. I told him he only has to wire with Cat5e as long as he has a single coaxial line for the main TiVo unit. But I am not sure if he will be able to get VOD.
     
  2. thyname

    thyname Well-Known Member

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    Mini would work with Ethernet only as far as displaying live tv and Bolt recording is concerned.

    Regarding VOD - this is specific to your cable provider. No VOD for me with Verizon FIOS
     
  3. Pacomartin

    Pacomartin Member

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    Just Bolt, or Bolt and Series 4 TiVo Premiere (4 tuner) and Series5 TiVo Roamio (6 tuner)?I have a Premier, but I don't have a mini, so I can't just experiment.

    It's good to know about Verizon VOD. If I get lucky maybe somebody who uses RCN will respond, but at least I know one company.
     
  4. thyname

    thyname Well-Known Member

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    I know it will work through Roamio Plus and Pro. Not sure about earlier versions.


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  5. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    It's easy enough to borrow a test unit from Best Buy or Amazon.
     
  6. fcfc2

    fcfc2 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    I am pretty certain that any cable company which supplies their own Tivo devices does not support the use of retail Tivo equipment combined with their rented Tivo equipment. If you want to use your own purchased equipment, it's an all or nothing option, retail with retail only.
     
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yes, excellent point. Thanks for catching my error.
     

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