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Connect your TiVo® box to your home network

Your TiVo box needs a high-speed Internet connection to receive program listings, TiVo® service updates, and on-demand content. 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 your TiVo box(es).

If you plan to stream shows to mobile devices but not other TiVo boxes, you can use a wireless connection (Option 1). However, if you plan to stream shows to/from other TiVo boxes, a wired connection is highly recommended. Choose Ethernet (Option 2) or MoCA (Option 3). 

But don’t worry, no matter which one you pick, you can always change your mind later.

Choose a connection type to learn more.


Option 1: Wireless

Use this option if you want to stream shows to your mobile device (not to other TiVo boxes).

This option lets you:

  • Stream shows from video apps like Netflix and Hulu
  • Stream or download shows to iOS® and Android® devices
  • Transfer shows to/from other DVRs (using TiVo Online)

Note: TiVo Mini does not support a wireless connection.

To connect wirelessly:

  1. Make sure your wireless home network is working properly. You'll need your Wi-Fi network name and password to connect.
  2. If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose "Wireless" as your network connection type.
  3. If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to Wireless, select the Menu icon from the Home screen (or press 0 on your remote control), then choose 'Settings' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings' > 'Wi-Fi.'

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Option 2: Ethernet

Use this option if you have wired Ethernet connections available to all TiVo boxes on your home network. Otherwise, use Option 3: MoCA.

This option lets you:

  • Stream shows from video apps like Netflix and Hulu
  • Stream or download shows to iOS® and Android® devices
  • Stream shows to/from other TiVo boxes
  • Transfer shows to other TiVo boxes (using TiVo Online)

To connect using Ethernet:

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable from the TiVo box to an Ethernet port on your router or wall.
  2. Using the TiVo menus, select the "Ethernet" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, your TiVo box should automatically connect using Ethernet if you have an Ethernet cable plugged in correctly. However, if you are prompted to choose a network connection type, select 'Ethernet.'
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to Ethernet, select the Menu icon from the Home screen (or press 0 on your remote control) > , then choose 'Settings' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings' > Ethernet.'

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Option 3: MoCA

A MoCA connection is a great option if you want to stream shows to/from other TiVo boxes reliably, but your boxes don't have easy access to Ethernet connections. MoCA delivers the same high-speed network connection you get through an Ethernet cable, but delivers it through your existing coax wire (the wire you use to receive cable TV). When you set up MoCA in your home, your TiVo box can receive cable TV and connect to your home network through the same cable.

A MoCA network lets you:

  • Stream shows from video apps like Netflix and Hulu
  • Stream or download shows to iOS® and Android® devices
  • Stream shows to/from other TiVo boxes
  • Transfer shows to other TiVo boxes (using TiVo Online)

If you already have a MoCA home network, you can add your TiVo box to your network in a snap. If you don't have MoCA yet, no problem. You'll be up and running in no time.

Choose from the following options:


Create MoCA network

If you don't have a MoCA network yet, you will soon! Once you've created a MoCA network in your home, you can connect your devices to it through a coax cable.

Based on your TiVo box and home network setup, choose the best way to create your MoCA network:

  • Use your TiVo box: Choose this option if your TiVo BOLT or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro has easy access to a wired Ethernet cable.
  • Use the TiVo Bridge: Choose this option if you are using a TiVo Roamio OTA series, or if your TiVo BOLT or Roamio Plus/Pro does not have easy access to a wired Ethernet cable. (Requires purchase of a TiVo Bridge.)

Create using TiVo box

CAUTION: Some cable providers enable MoCA by default during router/gateway installation. Before you proceed, call your cable provider to verify that MoCA is not turned on in your home.

  1. Connect a coax cable coming from the wall to the coax port on the TiVo box.
    IMPORTANT: If you are using a TiVo BOLT/BOLT+ with MoCA and you have an antenna connected to your home's coax network, you MUST also install a 70 dB POE filter.
  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your home network (wall outlet or router) to the Ethernet port on the TiVo box.
  3. If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose "Ethernet" as your network connection type.
  4. After completing Guided Setup, or if you're changing your TiVo box's connection method to create a MoCA network, select the Menu icon from the Home screen (or press 0 on your remote control) > , then choose 'Settings' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings' > 'MoCA.' When prompted, select "Set up as Bridge."

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  5. Congratulations! You've just created a MoCA network, and your TiVo box is connected to it. To connect your TiVo other boxes to your network, see Join MoCA Network.

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Create using TiVo Bridge

CAUTION: Some cable providers enable MoCA by default during router/gateway installation. Before you proceed, call your cable provider to verify that MoCA is not already turned on in your home.

  1. Connect a TiVo Bridge (available from the TiVo Store) to your gateway or router.

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  3. Congratulations! You've just created a MoCA network. To connect your TiVo boxes to your network, see Join MoCA Network.

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Join MoCA network

TiVo BOLT series, Roamio Plus/Pro, Mini

  1. If necessary, disconnect the Ethernet cable from your TiVo box.
  2. Connect a coax cable coming from the wall to the coax port on the TiVo box.
    IMPORTANT: If you are using a TiVo BOLT/BOLT+ with MoCA and you have an antenna connected to your home's coax network, you MUST also install a 70 dB POE filter.
  3. Using the TiVo menus, select the "MoCA" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose "MoCA" as your network connection type.
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to MoCA, select the Menu icon from the Home screen (or press 0 on your remote control) > , then choose 'Settings' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings' > 'MoCA. When prompted, select "Set up as Client."

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Roamio OTA series

  1. If necessary, disconnect the Ethernet cable from your TiVo box.
  2. Connect a TiVo Bridge (available from the TiVo Store) to your TiVo box.

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  3. Using the TiVo menus, select the "MoCA" networking option:
    • If you are setting up your TiVo box for the first time, during Guided Setup choose "MoCA" as your network connection type.
    • If you are changing your TiVo box's connection method to MoCA, select the Menu icon from the Home screen (or press 0 on your remote control) > , then choose 'Settings' > 'Network Settings' > 'Change Network Settings' > 'MoCA.' When prompted, select "Set up as Client."

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