Connect your TiVo® box to your home network

 Your TiVo box needs a high-speed Internet connection to receive program listings, TiVo® service updates, and on-demand content. The type of network connection you choose will depend on what you want to do with your TiVo box(es), and whether it’s possible to connect an Ethernet cable to your TiVo box(es). 

If you plan to stream shows between TiVo boxes, you must use a wired connection: Ethernet (Option 1) or MoCA (Option 2). If you have no plans to stream shows between boxes, you can use a wireless connection (Option 3). (Wireless connection speeds are typically not fast enough to stream shows reliably.)

But don’t worry, no matter which one you pick, you can always change your mind later. 

Choose a connection type to learn more.

Option 1: Ethernet connection

Use this option if you have wired Ethernet connections available to all TiVo boxes on your home network. Otherwise, use option 2 (MoCA connection). 

This option lets you:

  • Stream shows to/from other boxes
  • Transfer shows to/from other boxes
  • Stream and transfer shows to iOS® and Android devices
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  1. Connect an Ethernet cable from the TiVo box’s ETHERNET port to an open port on your router or to an Ethernet jack in your wall.See it
  2. Using the TiVo menus, select the "Ethernet" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose “Ethernet” as your network connection type (if prompted).
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to Ethernet, go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Connect using Ethernet.'See it

Option 2: MoCA connection

A MoCA (pronounced “Mocha,” like the chocolate-flavored coffee drink!) connection is a great option if you have TiVo boxes that connect to your home network wirelessly, but you want to stream shows to/from them reliably. MoCA delivers the same high-speed network connection you get through an Ethernet cable, but delivers it through your existing coax wire (the wire you use to receive cable TV). When you set up MoCA in your home, your TiVo box can receive cable TV and connect to your home network through that one cable!

A MoCA network lets you:

  • Stream shows to/from other boxes
  • Transfer shows to/from other boxes
  • Stream/transfer shows to iOS and Android devices

If you already have a MoCA home network, you can add your TiVo box to your network in a snap. If you don't have MoCA yet, no problem. If you have an Ethernet connection accessible to your TiVo BOLT™, TiVo Roamio™ Plus/Pro or TiVo Premiere 4/XL4/Elite, you can use the DVR's built-in MoCA network adapter to turn your home network into a MoCA network! If you don’t have an Ethernet connection accessible, or if you have a different TiVo DVR, no problem – you can use a MoCA network adapter (available in the TiVo Store) to create a MoCA network.

Choose from the following options:

Create a MoCA network

Use this option to create a MoCA network in your home. Once it's created, you can connect MoCA-ready devices (like other TiVo BOLT or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro DVRs and TiVo Minis) to your MoCA home network through the coax cable.

Devices that aren’t MoCA-ready, like the TiVo Roamio OTA or the four-tuner TiVo Roamio, can easily join the MoCA home network using a MoCA network adapter, available from the TiVo Store.

If your router or an Ethernet wall jack is in the same room as your DVR, AND you have one of the following:

  • TiVo BOLT

  • TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro

  • TiVo Premiere 4 and XL4/Elite

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  1. Connect the coax cable coming from the wall to the coax port on the TiVo box. See it
  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your home network to the Ethernet port on the TiVo box.
  3. If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose "Ethernet" as your network connection type if prompted.
  4. Go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Use this DVR to create MoCA a MoCA network.'See it
  5. Congratulations! You’ve created a MoCA home network! To connect other TiVo boxes to your network, see Join an existing MoCA network.

If your router is in a different room from your DVR, OR if you are using one of the following DVRs:

  • TiVo Roamio (4-tuner)

  • TiVo Premiere (2-tuner)

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Note: These instructions refer to the input/output ports on the MoCA network adapter available from the TiVo store.

  1. Connect a coax cable from the wall outlet to the MoCA network adapter’s Coax In port.See it
  2. Connect another coax cable from the MoCA network adapter’s TV/STB Out port to the cable modem’s Cable In port.
  3. Connect an Ethernet cable between the MoCA network adapter’s Ethernet port and any available LAN (sometimes called Ethernet Out or Downlink) port on your router.
  4. Connect an Ethernet cable between the router’s WAN (sometimes called Ethernet In or Uplink) port and the Ethernet port on the cable modem.
  5. Connect the power cords to the MoCA network adapter, router, and cable modem.
  6. IMPORTANT: If you are using a TiVo BOLT with MoCA and you have an antenna connected to your home’s coax network, you MUST also install a 70 dB POE filter. Here’s how: Instructions for installing a POE filter 
  7. Congratulations! You’ve created a MoCA home network! To connect your TiVo boxes to your network, see Join an existing MoCA network.

Join an existing MoCA network

Use this option when you already have a functioning MoCA network in your home.

  • TiVo BOLT

  • TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro

  • TiVo Premiere 4/XL4/Elite

  • TiVo Mini

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  1. If necessary, disconnect the Ethernet cable or wireless adapter.
  2. Connect the coax cable coming from the wall to the coax port on your TiVo box. See it
  3. IMPORTANT: If you are using a TiVo BOLT with MoCA and you have an antenna connected to your home’s coax network, you MUST also install a 70 dB POE filter. Here’s how: Instructions for installing a POE filter
  4. Using the TiVo menus, select the "MoCA" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose “MoCA” as your network connection type.
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to MoCA, go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Connect using MoCA.'See it
  • TiVo Roamio OTA

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  1. If necessary, disconnect the Ethernet cable or wireless adapter.
  2. Use a MoCA network adapter (available from the TiVo store) to connect to your MoCA network. See it
  3. IMPORTANT: If you are using a TiVo BOLT with MoCA and you have an antenna connected to your home’s coax network, you MUST also install a 70 dB POE filter. Here’s how: Instructions for installing a POE filter
  4. Using the TiVo menus, select the "MoCA" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose “MoCA” as your network connection type.
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to MoCA, go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Connect using MoCA.'See it
  • TiVo Roamio (4-tuner)

  • TiVo Premiere (2-tuner)

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  1. If necessary, disconnect the Ethernet cable or wireless adapter.
  2. Use a MoCA network adapter (available from the TiVo store) to connect to your MoCA network. See it
  3. Using the TiVo menus, select the "MoCA" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose “MoCA” as your network connection type.
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to MoCA, go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Connect using MoCA.'See it

 

Option 3: Wireless connection

Use this option if you don’t plan to stream shows between TiVo boxes. You can also use this option if you have a TiVo BOLT or TIVo Roamio Plus/Pro and want to stream shows to your mobile device (not to other TiVo boxes).

This option lets you:
  • Transfer shows to/from other DVRs.
  • Stream or download shows to iOS and Android devices

Note: TiVo Mini does not support a wireless connection.

  • TiVo BOLT

  • Roamio Plus/Pro

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  1. Your DVR has built-in wireless capability, so there is nothing to connect. Just start up your TiVo box, and you’re ready to go.
  2. Using the TIVo menus, select the “Wireless” networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose “Wireless” as your network connection type.
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to Wireless, go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Connect using Wireless.See it
  • All other TiVo DVRs

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All other TiVo DVRs can use a Wireless N Network Adapter to connect to a wireless network. Make sure that you are using a wireless N network and have the TiVo Wireless N network adapter (sold separately). You may need to set it up using a PC.
  1. Set the switch on the bottom of the TiVo® Wireless N Network Adapter to "Client."See it
  2. Place the adapter on a flat surface in an open area, and open the adapter until it clicks into place. This is the optimum angle for wireless performance.
  3. Connect the provided cable splitter to the adapter, and then connect the Ethernet cable and power adapter to the splitter. See it
  4. Plug the adapter's power cord into a power outlet.
  5. Connect the Ethernet cable from the adapter to the back of your TiVo box.See it
  6. Wait until the power indicator LED is solid green before continuing.
  7. Complete setup:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, select the “Wireless N” option during Guided Setup.
    • If you are changing your connection method to use wireless, press the TiVo button on your remote control to go to TiVo Central. You will see an on-screen message that will lead you through the installation process. If you don’t see this message, or if you ever need to change your wireless settings, go to 'Settings & Messages' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings.' Then choose 'Connect using Wireless.'See it