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Q. I have a Tivo, game console, PC, TV, etc. that needs an ethernet connection in a room that has only a coax connection. Is there some way I get a remote ethernet connection?

A. To do this, you need to install a MOCA LAN bridge. A MOCA LAN bridge converts ethernet over coax to/from ethernet over cat5.

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A list of available MOCA bridges can be found here: »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ »What is a MOCA Bridge?





1) Using a simple MOCA LAN bridge (NIM-100, ECB2200, etc.)


    If you have an unused (working) coax jack:

    • Connect the MOCA bridge RF-IN jack to the coax jack.

    • Connect your ethernet device to the MOCA bridge ethernet jack.

      If you have a coax jack with an existing STB:

      • Disconnect the coax from the STB.

      • Connect the coax jack to a 1x2 splitter. Make sure the splitter is rated 1 GHz to pass all signals to the STB.

      • Connect one leg of the splitter to the MOCA bridge RF-IN jack.

      • Connect the other leg of the splitter to the STB.

      • Connect your ethernet device to the MOCA bridge ethernet jack.

    • The RF OUT connector on the MOCA bridge can not be used to feed a Verizon STB since it blocks the MOCA signals needed by the STB. If you were to do so, you would lose VOD and guide data on that STB. The RF OUT connector can be used to connect a non-MOCA device, such as a TIVO.

    • Except as noted in the MOCA Bridge FAQ linked above, a MOCA LAN bridge can not be used between the ONT and the WAN port of a user router unless it has been certified to operate on channel C4.



    2) Using a MOCA router (Actiontec MI424-WR, Westell 9100EM) as a MOCA LAN bridge.
      2.1) If you want the secondary router to have a static IP address on your network (recommended), you will need to reserve a range of IP addresses on your PRIMARY router.

      • From a PC connected to your primary router, Login to your primary router at 192.168.1.1

      • Click on the My Network icon.

      • Select Network Connections from the left menu.

      • Click on the Network (Home/Office).  The settings page should be displayed.

      • Click on the settings button.

      • In the Start IP Address field, select where you want your DHCP range to start.  e.g.  Change this field to 192.168.1.10 to reserve 192.168.1.2 through 192.168.1.9 for static IP addresses.  192.168..10 through 192.168.1.254 will be reservered for DHCP addresses.

      • Click APPLY.

        2.2) You will need to reconfigure the remote router, BEFORE you connect it to the coax.

        • Perform a hard reset on the secondary Actiontec to restore factory defaults.

        • Connect a PC to a LAN port of the Actiontec. By default, DHCP server should be enabled on the Actiontec, so no need to set a static IP address on the PC.

        • Login to the router at 192.168.1.1

        2.3) Before we can assign a static IP address to the secondary router, we need to reserve a static IP address range on the secondary router.

        • Click on the My Network icon.

        • Select Network Connections from the left menu.

        • Click on the Network (Home/Office).  The settings page should be displayed.

        • Click on the settings button.

        • In the Start IP Address field, select where you want your DHCP range to start.  e.g.  Change this field to 192.168.1.10 to reserve 192.168.1.2 through 192.168.1.9 for static IP addresses.  This step may seem unnecessary since we ar later going to disable the DHCP server, but the firmware in the router checks that the IP address we are assigning is outside the current DHCP range.

        • Click APPLY.

        2.4) Change the remote router's LAN IP LAN address. This will allow the remote router to be accessible at a known IP address for admin purposes.

        • Click on MY NETWORK icon at the top

        • Click on NETWORK CONNECTIONS on the left menu.

        • Click on Network (Home/Office)

        • Click on the Settings button

        • On the IP ADDRESS line, enter an available IP address on the same subnet as your primary router (e.g. 192.168.1.2).

        • Click APPLY.   The router will reboot. 

        2.5) If your primary router's broadband connection is provisioned over coax, you need to disable the remote router's coax WAN connection to prevent it from attempting to become the primary router. If your broadband connection from the ONT to your primary router is ethernet, this step is unnecessary.

        • Click on the MY NETWORK icon at the top.

        • Select NETWORK CONNECTIONS from the menu on the left.

        • Click on Broadband Connection (coax)

        • Click on DISABLE

        If you're using the Westell 9100EM as the remote router, the Westell does not have a button to disable the Coax WAN interface. Instead, follow the directions in this post: Re: Using second Westell to get Ethernet from Coax

          2.6) Disable the remote router's DHCP server:

          • Click on ADVANCED icon at the top.

          • Click yes

          • IP Address Distribution

          • Select Network (Home/Office)

          • In the IP ADDRESS DISTRIBUTION pull-down, select DISABLED.

          • Click APPLY.
        You may or may not want to disable the wireless section in the remote router. If you leave it enabled, you should set the SSID to the same as your primary router, and set it to use a different channel. This can extend the wireless range of your wireless network.


        2.7) Connect the remote Actiontec to the coax (you may need a 1Ghz 1x2 splitter).



        Having completed #1 or #2, any devices connected to the MOCA bridge should now be able to get an IP address from the DHCP server in your primary router and connect to the internet.
      Notes:




      Please use the feedback link below only to suggest improvements to this FAQ. If you have questions about this FAQ, please post them in the »Verizon FiOS forum.




    Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
    • Awesome, awesome guide. I had my second router up and running like a charm as a range extender in 30 mins. It's all there! The only thing I had to guess/deduct was the part where you use the same SSID - and then obviously enter the same password. Also, I left both routers on Automatic channel and it works. Thanks guys for an awesome guide.

      2014-11-07 10:18:58

    • http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r24773687 is a dead link, is there an updated one?

      2014-11-02 22:00:46 (shortkud See Profile)



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    last modified: 2014-11-03 11:12:48