Hook up tivo to verizon fios

We are considering getting a TiVo, and wanted to gather some thoughts on the following setup: Would that work? Thanks all. In that configuration, you don't need a second router nor would I recommend one. Remember you will be running two separate layer 2 phys networks.

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What's new New posts New resources Latest activity. Resources Latest reviews Search resources. Members Current visitors. Log in Register. Search titles only. Search Advanced search…. New posts. Search forums. Forum Rules. Log in. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Joined Oct 15, Messages 3, Thanks 1, I looked all over for this information; I found it, essentially, in no one place.

While this is not FreeNAS-related per se hence, it is in Off-Topic , I still decided to put this post here because not only will it be academically interesting to many of you, but I suspect many people just like me minus the FreeNAS will stumble upon it because they are searching for this information, and maybe, they'll join us in FreeNAS. A disclaimer, however, before I begin: I only figured this stuff out to precisely the extent that I needed in order to make correct decisions about what equipment to buy; I am not an expert on Verizon's product line, nor am I an SME on the underlying FiOS technology.

In the United States, and in most suburban areas urban areas are sometimes left out with people with decent incomes, Verizon has had a product out there for just over ten years, called "FiOS". The gimmick with this product is that it's essentially FTTP fiber-to-the-premises: The centerpiece technology aside from the FTTP is something called MoCA , which, in a nutshell, allows ethernet to be carried on coaxial cable, "out-of-band" as it were.

Back in the day, Verizon provided 5, 10, or 20'ish Mbps at first asymmetrically, but later same up and down internet service; that seemed pretty impressive in They had this really monstrous and technologically immature router from ActionTec known as the MI, and this router MoCA'd that internet connection for you into 4 bound ethernet ports right on the MI plus At the time, there wasn't a lot of MoCA equipment people like us could just buy on the market, and there wasn't much call for it.

Net result: You more or less needed that MI inline if you wanted to get things like video-on-demand and program guides, which were all provided over IP to the set-top box es , which themselves were MoCA devices, unbeknownst to anyone really. The main problem here was the MI or at least, the firmware was never a totally satisfactory thing, and higher-level hobbyists that were using FiOS like me lamented both that we were essentially trapped on the MI the only escape came at too high a cost of convenience , and that the thing was just a disaster e.

Over time Verizon got better. The G has MoCA, good routing tables, OK performance, and a much improved but still disappointing wireless access point. While still disappointing, because the router is designed for Aunt Sally, not DrKK, I would have probably lived with it. But now the story gets interesting. Verizon has been using a direct ethernet connection. That direct ethernet connection gets fed in the G, which then busts it out like any switch to its 4 LAN ports.

Ethernet, and the coaxial cable for the cable TV. There is this coax from the G which MEETS with the aforementioned coax, presumably in a splitter, near in the network ingress point. Consider your set top boxes. I will call this the "master" STB. The remaining boxes are these tiny things, with a tiny PCB in them, about the size of a paperback book, they are the "slaves" in my nomenclature. Here's the deal: The slave STBs do the same, and they listen for their master.

You can see this in actiondisconnect your master STB, and you will see that you cannot watch TV now any of the slave boxes, even though all slave boxes have access to the CATV signal on the coax, see. So essentially, this means that any cable TV you are watching on any of the slave STB's, is really IP television provided to you on demand from the master box. But this also means something else: Further proof that you're watching IP television on the slave boxes.

This was the moment of revelation for me. So, I have problems with running Verizon's G router: They open ports, that I cannot un-open, nor control. I do not want Verizon on my LAN. The wireless, while better, is not sufficient. They charge me to run it, and I don't want to run it. If it were up to me, there'd be a far more cuspy network in play, with routers I totally control.

These problems were "annoying". I understand why they have port s open into your LANif they didn't, they're going to triple their hassle and cost with all of the morons using FiOS calling customer server for lost wi-fi passwords and whatnot. I understand they have to charge for things and make a profit. I get it. I would have let it slide. But then the most annoying thing of all time happened: Like, the hardware piece, not something Verizon was doing.

That, my friends, wouldn't fly. The thought of calling Verizon and explaining this to them filled me with dread. I knew neither the first, second, nor third level of person I'd talk to at Verizon would understand what I was saying, and it would take the fourth level. I knew that each level represented a 30 minute wait time. I knew that each level represented 20 units of systolic blood pressure increase.

So I decided it was best not to even call. It was time, now, to cut Verizon's router totally out of the loop, because I knew I couldn't rely on it. The next I'm in China, or Australia, or, hell, even at work for the day, and router drops, and I have a wife and kids going apecrap? No thanks. So that's when I began to try to unravel the mess.

Ultimately, after trying several lower-priced versions, I determined that there was no substitute for the Actiontec MoCA bridges. These are by far the best made, and most reliable MoCA bridges for consumers out there. I went to the Verizon router, I disconnected the LAN MoCA coax from the router and splitter leaving, obviously, the cable TV cable--that is nowhere near the router--in place , and instead ran it to the separate ActionTec MoCA bridge, my own piece of coax, and ethernet connection back to the router.

I used the Actiontec bonded MoCA 2. That worked, and immediately, everything was working better on my LAN. Then, after some discussion, I decided I need a proper Nerd's Router But there's a pesky and horrifying UDP-reordering bug that so far has resisted a fix, for over a year, with the CPU's on those products.

If you've never used something like this before, it's hard core as hell. There are no pretty menus with easy to understand options. You basically have to program these things from the command-line interface, or from a GUI which is only half a step away from a command line interface. You "forward a port", for example, by accessing the Internet Protocol menu, firewall rule submenu, then inserting a routing rule, putting it in the dst-nat chain, tieing that to ether1 on the input and for IP packets that match protocol 17 or 6, or whatever your use-case is , and then triggering the action dst-nat to such-and-such an IP address and port address on such-and-such ports on such-and-such switch chip in the router.

The word "port forward" occurs nowhere, in any of the approximate subsections. Here is one tip you'll need: Most people are accustomed to their ISP-provided router providing "Hairpin NAT" for them automaticallythis router provides nothing at all. Anyway, you'll need that tip most likely So here we are. The G now serves no function in my network, and I have removed it from the network.

Every feature of FiOS works, including all video on demand, all television, all program guides, etc. Join me in liberation, friend. Last edited: Nov 6, Ericloewe Not-very-passive-but-aggressive Moderator. Joined Feb 15, Messages 15, Thanks 3, DrKK said: Joined Apr 9, Messages 1, Thanks Just a note here on Mikrotik. You can install it on x86 components as well.

You pay for the license but the freeish version will still work for testing and some limited things. It's actually designed for use by wireless isp's and it is a pain to work with. But it can be done and if you already have some hardware sitting there you can try it out. The bad news however is most devices are a pay to upgrade. Just because you have a version now it doesn't mean you get to upgrade it later.

They usually give a single version upgrade after that pony up some more money. This sucks since it is actually based on the linux kernel.

View the easy setup guide on Welcome Center | Setup TiVo Bolt with wifi, power cord and If you have Verizon FiOS, your network is already MoCA-enabled!. The type of network connection you choose will depend on what you want to do with your TiVo box(es), and whether it's possible to connect an Ethernet cable to .

Prepare yourself for an entertainment experience unlike any other. This is going to be epic. This easy-to-follow guide gives you step-by-step instructions for installing your new BOLT.

There's a long waiting list in my state, so I signed up in October and had it installed just this last week. This device is the bridge between the fiber optic cable that comes right up to your house but not inside and whatever wiring you have in your house.

With all the equipment options for Fios TV, choosing the right ones can be daunting. Due to the complicated nature of Fios TV a hybrid service combining QAM and IP technologies there are a few different levels of service possible depending on the equipment. Standard Definition Set Top Box:

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If you plan to stream shows to mobile devices but not other TiVo boxes, you can use a wireless connection Option 1. Wireless connection speeds are typically not fast enough to stream shows between TiVo boxes reliably.

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I've just recentley purchased FIOS and i can't seem to get my tivo to work with it, anyone out there that can help with setup? I've tried switching around all my cables, but i still can not get the cable to show up on my tivo input, it keeps giving me an error that it can't find Basic Cable in, any help??? What model TIVO do you have? If it is one with only an analog tuner it will not receive any channels as FiOS is all digital. I have been trying a similar setup with an Older ReplayTV. I am waiting for a new IR Balster to arrive as I believe that mine was no longer working. Accessibility Services Skip to main content. Last Signed In: Search Site. View Bill.

Tivo to connect to my verizon fios cable box

This post is part of a series on using your own router with Verizon FiOS. Check them all out! At the new house, we have Verizon FiOS. If fiber is strung in your area, Verizon taps into the fiber line on the telephone pole and runs it to your house. Verizon will then install a box on your property called the Optical Network Terminal ONT , that converts the fiber signal into a copper signal. Each ONT has multiple outputs and is capable of delivering multiple phone lines, internet data, and TV data. For the internet signal, typically the Verizon technician configures the ONT to have coaxial output, because most homes are already wired for coaxial from the demarc to various rooms in the house.

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Cable Card has a reputation for being finicky and difficult to install, but my recent experiment with a third party DVR on Verizon Fios was pure cake. Remember Cable Card? The latter product was still hanging around the CNET offices so I decided to test it out for myself at home. After trying to convince me to stick with the Verizon DVR, the rep calmly informed me I could pick up a Cable Card at a local Verizon Fios retail location and activate it myself online without having a tech visit my house. When my colleague Joshua Goldman had a TiVo Premiere installed for his review in fall , he said Comcast had to send a tech to his house. The process was quick and relatively painless, but still required the hassle of scheduling the visit and waiting for the guy to show up. The woman behind the desk handed me a slip of paper with my activation code and assured me, yet again, that I could easily activate it myself at Verizon's dedicated web site.

My DIY Cable Card install was simple--how was yours? (poll)

With commercial breaks increasing in length, even on premium, paid channels, innovations such as TiVo and other digital video recorders have saved TV viewers time and frustration. As a result, TiVo has become associated with needing a cable subscription to be able to operate correctly. That is not the case. However, there are other requirements, including a TiVo subscription. The TiVo subscription you buy pays for the updating service the company provides. TiVo needs to know what the TV programming guide is each day so it can record the shows you've programmed it to record.

How FiOS Works, and How To Ditch Verizon's Equipment

Verizon's FiOS fiber-optic cable service enables your business to access digital television in your workplace. What's more, by pairing your Verizon FiOS box with a TiVo digital video recording unit, you can record content being played on your television in order to use it in presentations and other business applications, or simply to watch at a later date. Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since Skip to main content. Warning Information in this article applies to single-tuner Series 2 TiVo digital video recorders.

Does this make sense?? That's more or less what I have. That is very outdated MoCA 1. That converts the Ethernet to cable at the proper frequencies. I have a Roamio, but it's the same principle. Nice drawing Capricorn

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