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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) You will need to reconfigure the remote router, BEFORE you connect it to the coax.
- Perform a hard reset on the 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
2.2) 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
2.3) 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.
- Login to the router at it's new IP address.
- 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
2.4) Disable the remote router's DHCP server:
- Click on ADVANCED icon at the top.
- Click yes
- Select 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 primary router.
2.5) 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.
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:
- I have followed this guide exactly, and for whatever reason the bridged router constantly drops internet connection. I have to unplug the AC an reboot the Router every time this happens in order to get my internet connection back. On some occasions that doesn't work. Any ideas what could be causing this issue?
I'm using 2 frontier provided routers.
2013-10-20 20:31:32 (nickj360 )
- Thank you sooo much for this glorious tutorial. I've been trying to get this to work for as long as I can remember. I feel totally awesome accomplishing this.
- The distribution pool is referring to the primary router's list of IP addresses that it assigns to devices. By default, it starts at 192.168.1.2. This prevents the secondary router from using this address. Go into the primary routers setup and change the IP address pool to begin at 192.168.1.3... This bypasses the secondary routers IP address.
- I spent a good hour and a half trying to use a MI424-WR Rev. F to create a wireless access point via MoCA using Section 2 from this tutorial.
Even though it's extremely straightforward I couldn't for the life of me get it to work. At step 2.2 I kept getting this error:
"The device's IP address should not be in the range of the IP pool."
I couldn't figure that out, and so I kept hard resetting the router, or going through the settings in my primary router to see if something in there wasn't allowing me to choose an IP address.
In the end, after much Googling, I somehow luckily stumbled upon this thread:
Where user DGGSLF very correctly points out that you must do Step 2.4 BEFORE you do Step 2.2 to make this work. Obviously a mere noob like myself would never have figured that out, and I am forever grateful to him for that.
He also mentions another key point, which is that once you finish Step 2.3 you will no longer be able to connect to the new router via your ethernet cable, and you'll need to go through your primary router and then type in your newly created IP address. I would have never figured that out either, and assumed I had failed yet again, and moved on to another hard reset and started over for the umpteenth time.
Anyway, I bring this all up not to complain (well, a little) but to ask that somebody who has the power update this particular FAQ to reflect his suggestions so that other poor souls like myself aren't pulling their hair out wondering what they're doing wrong.
2012-12-04 18:37:24 (ALbino )
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