What is MoCA?

MoCA (pronounced "mocha," like the chocolate coffee drink!) networking is a great option if you don't have easy access to a wired Ethernet cable.

MoCA, which stands for “Multimedia over Coax” delivers the same high-speed network connection you get through an Ethernet cable, and delivers it through your existing coaxial cable (the wire you use to receive cable TV) to any room in your home.

When you set up a MoCA adapter in your home, your TiVo DVR can receive cable TV and connect to your home network through your existing coax cable!

 
 

Why MoCA?

When you stream shows between two or more TiVo devices (TruMultiroom),you need a fast network connection. Otherwise, your shows might pause or skip while streaming, or they might not stream at all.

The only way to ensure a fast enough network connection for streaming is to use a wired Ethernet or MoCA connection. Many people don’t have a wired Ethernet connection available to each DVR and TiVo Mini in their home, so MoCA is a great alternative.

Note: Wi-Fi and Powerline (also called HomePlug®) networking are not sufficient for streaming shows reliably.
MoCA, on the other hand, provides 170 Mbit/s Net TCP throughput!

How do I install MoCA in my home?

For detailed instructions, visit Connect your TiVo® box to your home network.

 

How can I secure my MoCA network and improve its performance?

Poe Filter

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 (available in the TiVo store). Here’s how:  Instructions for installing a POE filter.

Because MoCA connects your home network to your coax cable, it is possible for the MoCA signal to carry your network signal out of your home (and out of an antenna, if you have one!). That means that if a close neighbor has a MoCA adapter of their own, it might be possible for them to connect to your home network. While this isn’t very likely, the way to avoid it completely is to install a Point-of-Entry (POE) filter where the coax cable enters your home. Installing a POE filter also prevents signal conflicts with other MoCA networks and improves your MoCA network’s performance. A POE filter is easy to install and can be found in the TiVo store.  Learn how to install your POE filter here: Instructions for installing a POE filter.

Does MoCA work if I use an antenna?

Yes. You can use a MoCA network and still continue to receive your TV programming over the air.

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 (available in the TiVo store). Here’s how:  Instructions for installing a POE filter.

Can some of my DVRs connect via MoCA, and others via Ethernet?

Yes. With MoCA enabled in your home, devices can connect to your home network using either Ethernet or MoCA.

Can I use MoCA to connect my older TiVo (Series3 or Series2) to my MoCA network?

Yes, but it’s probably not necessary. Older TiVo DVRs (Series3 and Series2) don’t allow you to stream shows from other DVRs or use TiVo Stream, so a wireless or powerline connection is generally good enough to use. However, if you find transferring shows is too slow on your current network, you can upgrade to a MoCA connection. You would just need to use a MoCA Network Adapter (available in the TiVo store) to connect each Series3 or Series2 DVR to your MoCA network. For instructions, see Connect your TiVo® box to your home network. )

 

 

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