Is MoCA to Blame!
It really concerns me that so many people are having major problems, while others are enjoying a fairly trouble free experience. I had my Gateway and three portals installed over two months ago and have had virtually no problems at all. I have never had a device hang or reboot and have never had to power cycle anything. I have had no pixelization issues and 95% of the time, the trick mode functions are reliable and almost instant. None of the portals has ever lost contact with the gateway.
So, my question is why. I posted in an earlier article that the installer was a bit rushed and had to move on to another job. He left me a handful of MoCA filters for me to place in front of any non MoCA compliant devices. My home wiring is 35 year old RG59 and there are there are five splitters throughout the network.
The network is configured with the Gateway and Portals connected directly to the MoCA network. All other devices including my Pace PVR, three older cable boxes, and the DOCSIS modem, are behind individual MoCA filters. All unused ports on any of the splitters are capped with a terminator. The theory here is to keep the MoCA network as short, simple, and uncontaminated as possible.
I understand that the way my network is wired, may not reflect the way Shaw configures many of the installations, with all the extra MoCA filters and terminators. But, it works.
Anyway, this is my two cents worth. I feel for those who are going though so much pain and just though I might detail what works for me. I have a detailed drawing of my network and can email a copy to anyone that is interested. Just let me know.
Also, many thanks to the Shaw employee that gave me so much help (you know who you are).