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 delivers the same high-speed network connection you get through an Ethernet cable, and delivers it through your existing coax cable (the wire you use to receive cable TV) to any room in your home.

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

Why would I want to install MoCA?

When you stream shows between two or more TiVo Premiere series DVRs (Multi-Room Streaming), you need a fast network connection. Otherwise, your shows might pause or skip while streaming, or they might not stream at all.

The same is true if you want to stream or transfer shows to your mobile devices using the TiVo® Stream. The Stream lets you stream shows recorded on your Premiere series DVR to your mobile devices when you’re at home, or transfer shows to your devices to take with you.

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 the DVR, so MoCA is a great alternative.
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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?

here are two steps to installing MoCA:

step 1Enable MoCA networking throughout your home

TiVo Premiere or Premiere XL DVR
Connect one MoCA network adapter (available on tivo.com) to your home network. See diagram

TiVo Premiere 4 or Premiere XL4/Elite DVR without a wired Ethernet connection
Connect one MoCA network adapter (available on tivo.com) to your home network if your DVR cannot use a wired Ethernet cable to connect to your home network. See diagram

TiVo Premiere 4 or Premiere XL4/Elite DVR with a wired Ethernet connection
Connect an Ethernet cable and a coax cable to your DVR. This will let you use the MoCA Network adapter built in to the TiVo Premiere 4/XL4/Elite to enable MoCA throughout your home. See diagram

step 2Connect each of your DVRs to your MoCA network

TiVo Premiere or Premiere XL DVR

Connect one MoCA network adapter (available on tivo.com) to each DVR. See diagram

TiVo Premiere 4 or Premiere XL4/Elite DVR

Connect a coax cable to your DVR. See diagram

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TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL DVR owners

You will need two MoCA Network Adapters: one that connects to your home network and one that connects to the back of your DVR.

TiVo Premiere 4 and XL4 DVR owners

You will need one MoCA Network Adapter if your DVR cannot use a wired Ethernet cable to connect to your home network. If your DVR can use a wired Ethernet connection, you do not need a MoCA Network Adapter; just connect a coax cable to your DVR, and you’re all set!

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

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. 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 on tivo.com.

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

Yes. With MoCA enabled in your home, both Ethernet or MoCA devices can access your home network.

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 to connect each Series3 or Series2 DVR to your MoCA network.

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