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HenryFarpolo
Premium
join:2003-08-31
Andover, MA
reply to tennisman94

Re: MoCA-> Ethernet bridging

Do what??



Zero

join:2009-07-01
Collegeville, PA

The TiVo Elite (Premier XL4) supports MoCA with the added feature of functioning as a MoCA to Ethernet bridge.

Users can plug in an Ethernet device (including a switch for more ports) and get network connectivity shared from the MoCA connection.

Several have posted on the forum asking for this functionality to be added for the Motorola/Cisco STBs in the past since the Ethernet port is unused. This functionality would make it easier to connect other network devices without needing to split the coax again for a MoCA bridge or running an Ethernet line.


knordrw

join:2007-09-07
Bethel Park, PA
kudos:1

That's not how it works with the Elite - if you connect something to the ethernet port while MoCA is enabled, the Elite becomes the host, which is the Actiontec's job. If you don't remove the Actiontec or disable the coax LAN in it, setting up the Elite like this will break the MoCA network. The Elite receives internet from the ethernet port, and distributes it to other devices via MoCA - it's designed to be used with the upcoming TiVo IP STB. You could, theoretically, use the Elite to eliminate the Actiontec if you have ethernet wan and want to keep some VZ stbs around, and they'd still get guide and vod access thru the Elite's MoCA host.



Thinkdiff
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-07
Bronx, NY
kudos:11

said by knordrw:

That's not how it works with the Elite - if you connect something to the ethernet port while MoCA is enabled, the Elite becomes the host, which is the Actiontec's job. If you don't remove the Actiontec or disable the coax LAN in it, setting up the Elite like this will break the MoCA network. The Elite receives internet from the ethernet port, and distributes it to other devices via MoCA - it's designed to be used with the upcoming TiVo IP STB. You could, theoretically, use the Elite to eliminate the Actiontec if you have ethernet wan and want to keep some VZ stbs around, and they'd still get guide and vod access thru the Elite's MoCA host.

This is semi-correct. The two interfaces on the TiVo are simply bridged when you active MoCA - the TiVo doesn't care if one or the other is the "main" network. Yes, if you had the Actiontec set to do MoCA LAN and then also had the TiVo set to do MoCA and still plugged an ethernet cable into the TiVo, it would cause problems (it'd be like connecting two switches to each other using two ethernet cables).

But Zero's post was also correct. If you already have a MoCA bridge setup via the Actiontec or another TiVo, the MoCA -> Ethernet connection on the TiVo will provide network access to any devices connected via Ethernet to the TiVo.

The issue with the Verizon STBs is that the ethernet port is disabled. If they just bridged it with the MoCA interface like TiVo does, then you'd be able to use it in the same fashion (or even provide guide/VOD data over ethernet, but for some reason Verizon is completely against that - it could be for the reason you outlined. People trying to connect the Actiontec to the STB via ethernet when it's already connected via MoCA).
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HenryFarpolo
Premium
join:2003-08-31
Andover, MA

If you are using an Actiontec as a MoCA bridge, the ethernet port is not available.