I am thinking about getting Telus Optik services after they roll out the 50mbps plans in 2013. My question is what is the best way to hook up a Optik PVR to the Actiontech modem and how to step by step. I looked at the manual for the HCB1000 HPNA device and it was confusing where to hook up each cable. In the worst case I will run a Ethernet cable through the wall.
If you have access to Ethernet wiring from end to end it is the best choice. If you use existing RG6 coax that is already in your walls with the HPNA support that is built into both devices then that's the typical setup.
So if you were building a new house, run network cable to all points of the house where a TV could be located.
If you are like most people, just use the built in RG6 cables your old cable or satellite service has left in the wall.
Why is the Ethernet better? In most cases you would never tell the difference so usually it's not worth any extra effort to install. Sometimes the TV coax wiring in the walls is the lower quality RG59 cable which can still work but at much shorter distance and with possible problems due to lower streaming speeds not keeping up with the content. Thats when you would probably notice that ethernet is the superior choice. If you have good quality RG6 cables from end to end its going to be fine.