I got three X1 DVRs, and an XB3. I also use one Actiontec MoCA adapter, ECB6200 to extend the network WiFi using MoCA as the backbone. Since this has been setup. I've seen changes but, one thing has been consistent. I can only get about 1/4 of the advertised speed.
First, the XB3 would allow me to keep the MoCA enabled and it was set to the Preferred Network Controller. So I assumed the X1 boxes would then connect to it. Well, over time, that changed, MoCA is enabled but is no longer the network controller as the page says "Preferred Network Controller: No". My X1 DVRs still can communicate with one another and haven't seen any issues in that regard.
I would disable the MoCA network on the XB3 and the Actiontec adapter would show connection but connection would be gone, the DVRs appear to still talk to one another. I asked Comcast on Twitter and they told me the DVRs are themselves creating the MoCA network at 1.1. I've gotten confused as to how this is all really working.
My end result that I'm aiming for is that I'm trying to get better speeds with the Actiontec MoCA adapter and thought if I could get the adapter and XB3 to communicate via MoCA 2.0 that things would improve. However, the XB3 only shows MoCA channel D1 which is 1.1 and no apparent settings to be able to change it.
What is the latest and greatest on this subject? Is there anything I can do to improve the adapter's connection?
I've read somewhere that Comcast has or is releasing a WiFi Extender that uses the MoCA network. Where is that? I'm looking for all details and possible advise to improve the network.
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Anyway, I thought all the XB3s were MoCA 2.0. I also know Comcast has changed something. MoCA on the XB3 stays on and before it was set to be the preferred Network Controller, now it says No. It doesn't give any option to change it. I've unplugged all devices, plugged in the XB3 first and let it finish starting up and did one X1 DVR box at a time after that and it didn't change anything. I'm trying to figure out why they changed that so the DVRs stick with their own network and have the XB3 all by itself. I thought having the XB3 was required for X1 because of the MoCA requirements.
I pulled up a PDF with specs and it says its both 1.1 and 2.0 which I'm guessing they mean its 2.0 that is also backwards compatible with 1.1
I'm going to try and contact Comcast on Twitter and ask for the Arris Model you're talking about.
Here is something else as well. Like I mentioned, I have 3 X1 DVRs, one XB3 and the Actiontec ECB6200. The XB3 is saying its not the preferred controller anymore. Yet, if I turn off the XB3's MoCA, the Actiontec will stop working. The lights come on but, no internet connection. This entire setup is really weird. It appears the DVRs are creating the network, the XB3 connects to it and somehow allows the ECB to go through it. I can never get over 100Mbps on the ECB.
Well, I swapped out the gateway. I got the ARRIS model. It made a whole world of difference. I can get 200 or more on the Actiontec ECB6200 upstairs. The gateway is now stating its the primary controller (but for how long, who knows) and its capable of 2.0 but is currently operating at 1.1
I thought maybe swapping the gateway would also solve the signal issues Comcast is seeing. I guess the signal levels aren't in spec. I got them coming out on the 25th. I'm hoping it isn't because of the MoCA 2.0 splitters I put outside.
Interesting, I wonder why Comcast would have their gateway software showing direct misinformation. The ARRIS I now have tells me on the setup GUI that its capable of 2.0 but, current operation is 1.1 It has this neat MoCA diagram showing the nodes with lines and I assume connection speeds.
Are you using one Actiontec MoCA adapter or two? I am trying to get this going and trying to figure out if I only need one adapater (for the basement) where I plan to use it. Is another required on the modem? Or since it is MoCA capable only the one Actiontec adapter is needed.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
By default Moca on the Comcast modem is turned off unless someone goes in and manually turns it on, this is an installation practice for a reason. The way the boxes communicate with each other is thru this MoCA network, therefore the DVR's are considered the preferred network controller. If preferred network controller is turned on inside the Comcast gateway, then the boxes and DVR's start looking at the modem as their primary hub so to speak causing them to stop working and no video feed. The only time Moca is enabled on the Comcast gateway is when and if you have a wireless box, xi5 or xi6, this enables the wireless boxes to communicate with the modem and to be part of the MoCA network, however the primary network controllers still needs to be turned off so the wifi boxes after connecting to the modem and become part of the MoCA network then get their video feeds from the DVR tuner. Preferred network controller is something only Comcast can turn on and off and is not intended or even accessible to the regular end user. That is why you cannot access this function, and depending on whom logs into your modem when you call in for a service call, either turn the network controllers on or off. They should always be off in the modem as the modem is never the primary network controller in a MoCA network providing tv service to all of the Comcast X1 boxes. While Comcast uses Moca technology as a way for their boxes to communicate, if you introduce another Moca device to the network that is not part of the tv service then Comcast or their customer service can do very little to help accommodate your requests other than verify the settings on their devices are set properly for their equipment to work. While they will make an attempt to help you, they are not trained in 3rd party hardware that gets added by the customer.
Thanks for your contribution. Year old dead thread now being closed.