Tivo Mini Vox on ethernet, all other Tivo on Coax MOCA?

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  1. kincade

    kincade New Member

    Oct 3, 2004


    Good afternoon everyone.

    I'm hoping for some advice. I currently have a Roamio and 2 Tivo Mini's in my home all connected through Coax/MOCA, and wanted to add one more Tivo Mini Vox. The room I would be adding the Vox in does not currently have Coax ran to it, but it is networked through a switch that is also connected to the Tivo Roamio.

    My question is, can I add the Mini Vox with just an ethernet cable (Vox -> Switch -> Roamio Pro) while all the others function on Coax, or must the entire network of Tivos be on the same type of connection.

    If I add Coax I'll need to pull wire (not a huge deal), but also may drop the strength of the signal too much as I had a hard time getting the system working a few years ago on install - Tivo told me it was due to a low signal from Xfinity, and I had to buy a signal booster. No problems since.

    Thanks for any help you can give!
  2. marktaylor22

    marktaylor22 New Member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Hello - I have a Tivo Edge and 3 Mini's using MOCA via coax and my Tivo Mini in my bedroom is using ethernet into my router. You could look at a powerline to help solve the lack of router access. Good luck but I think it works
  3. kincade

    kincade New Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    Thank you for this! I can get ethernet to this Mini but I didn't know if combining both ethernet and MOCA/Coax would create a problem. The 'tech support' guy at Tivo didn't even know that they worked at all over ethernet (said I had to run 'cable' to each box), so they weren't much help unfortunately.
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  4. High Technology

    High Technology Member

    Apr 16, 2006
    Using both MOCA and Ethernet isn't a problem at all -- but you need something that speaks both MOCA and Ethernet (i.e., act as a MOCA - Ethernet bridge). The Roamio Plus/Pro can do that IF it is connected to both (which it sounds like it is). I don't think the base Roamio works as a bridge, but I am not 100% sure.

    I don't have a Roamio, so I can't test it myself. But you have everything you already need:
    Assuming none of the other rooms you already have Minis in have Ethernet, just "borrow" one of those Minis and connect the switch via Ethernet and see if it connects. You may have to tweak some settings:
    - set the Mini's network settings to use Ethernet (not MOCA)
    - make sure MOCA and Ethernet are both enabled in the Roamio. If there is any setting to make the Roamio a MOCA Bridge, enable that.

    Here's a TiVo document you might find helpful (or confusing?) -- basically if you have a Roamio Plus/Pro (or Bolt), you don't need the MOCA bridge as those devices already have that functionality. Tivo Customer Support Community

    One of my Minis is in a similar situation, no COAX in that room (but it has Ethernet) - since I have FiOS, my router acts as a MOCA bridge (so I am not using the Bolts for that, they are just MOCA clients), and the Mini works fine via Ethernet.
  5. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006


    if the Roamio has internet access you don't need moca
  6. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

    May 28, 2005
    New Mexico...
    I only skimmed the answers above, but most of them are bogus.

    YES, your new Mini will work just perfectly with only an Ethernet connection and all other devices in your house on MoCA. You need NOTHING else. Just plug the box in an use it.
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    The first two answers were both fine, confirming that a mixed MoCA+Ethernet setup works fine. They may have had some excess that needed cutting away, but the key issue was confirmed.

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