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post #481 of 1198
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Originally Posted by Franke46 View Post

Really?? Wow, normally those little power adapters suck at least some power when they are plugged in the wall, even with no load on them. Well they used to anyway, when they were miniature versions of the typical transformer-rectifier ac-dc adapter.
This is much too small to have that and put out 3A, more than likely is a type of solid state switching power supply.

So that is nice, I think I will switch my downstairs router off when not in use.

Thanks

Franke46

I forgot to mention, one of my Actiontec routers has an aftermarket power adapter. I forget whether the one I measured was the original or aftermarket.
post #482 of 1198
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Originally Posted by npradeepkumar View Post

If I switch the power off, would I not be able to use the additional ethernet ports on the actiontec to connect my other devices? Currently I use up all the ports as I connect multiple devices to it.

No, if it's off there is no energy on it. All the ports are dead.

Franke46
post #483 of 1198
Think I'm having a rev.A begin to fail on me. Everything worked well for months, and now something is taking out the Cable Internet/TV. If I unplug the MI424WR's, it eventually comes back after a few minutes. If I then plug them back in, they will work fine for a few days and then the Internet/TV will get taken out again.

This is the 3rd rev.A I've used now, and the other end is a rev.C/D.

Probably just going to look for another rev.C/D and be done with these rev.A's.

I bought 3 of them in bulk from one of the guys on eBay that has a glutton of them.
post #484 of 1198
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Originally Posted by Franke46 View Post

No, if it's off there is no energy on it. All the ports are dead.

Franke46

I am sorry, this may sound dumb. If all the ports are dead, how would we even use it. Is the idea that we switch this on everytime we plan to use it?

Thanks,
post #485 of 1198
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Originally Posted by npradeepkumar View Post

I am sorry, this may sound dumb. If all the ports are dead, how would we even use it. Is the idea that we switch this on everytime we plan to use it?

Thanks,

You leave it on all the time. Or plug it into a power strip with your PC and turn them on/off together (assuming you don't need the router to be on for any other reason).
post #486 of 1198
I have a Rev A device that has a failed AC/DC power supply. I think that I have found a source on eBay that should work as a replacement. Can someone help to confirm? Is there a better/cheaper alternative?

Thanks,
Kevin

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-5V-DC-3A-Swi...item25573a42ad
post #487 of 1198
The one I posted previously is a little cheaper and it works fine:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=180434587056
post #488 of 1198
I bought one from the following seller. It is the Actiontec branded router power supply. He's actually selling from Hongkong, so it took a couple of weeks, but no problems. It's for versions A through D. E versions use a different voltage.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Actiontec-power-...-/230471554882
post #489 of 1198
I have the MCAB1001 kit.

I am looking to extend my network to an additional third outlet, and I am looking to pick up a MI424WR Rev E.

1 - Can this mod be done on the new Rev E version?

2 - Does anyone know if this will work along with the MCAB1001 since both are MOCA 1.0/1.1 compliant?

3 - Will this slow down my network, theoretically the MCAB1001 supports up to 270Mbps. Since this only supports 175Mbps will it slow down the entire network? Or will this mesh fine with the MI424WR only running at 175 and the MCAB1001's running at 270Mbps?
post #490 of 1198
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Originally Posted by Maverick0984 View Post

Think I'm having a rev.A begin to fail on me. Everything worked well for months, and now something is taking out the Cable Internet/TV. If I unplug the MI424WR's, it eventually comes back after a few minutes. If I then plug them back in, they will work fine for a few days and then the Internet/TV will get taken out again.

This is the 3rd rev.A I've used now, and the other end is a rev.C/D.

Probably just going to look for another rev.C/D and be done with these rev.A's.

I bought 3 of them in bulk from one of the guys on eBay that has a glutton of them.

Hey Maverick...any luck with your setup? Mine was working fine too and TV started to cut out on me a few weeks ago when I got a new line added. I initially had a 3 way splitter outside and was replaced with a 4 way splitter. I thought the signal loss from the new outlet was wiping out my tv but after I turned off the actiontec, the picture came back.

I also tried changing the MOCA frequency but that didn't work. Hopefully its a simple fix of replacing my Rev A Actiontec with a newer Rev.
post #491 of 1198
If you can, try another power brick first. My router seemingly failed with various red and amber lights and no communication. I switched bricks and it's working fine now. Reading online, it seems that the power supplies fail often.

Kevin
post #492 of 1198
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Originally Posted by estoyloco View Post

... and I am looking to pick up a MI424WR Rev E.

1 - Can this mod be done on the new Rev E version?

I have one revision C, one D, and one E. They all seem to work well together.
post #493 of 1198
What is the stp setting on this router for?
post #494 of 1198
Ok, I have quite an exotic setup here and I was wondering if anybody can help solve the mystery of the LAN MoCA light flashing.

I do have awesome LAN connectivity, best my Xbox has ever ran thru MoCA. But the light is blinking.

Here is the setup:
1.) ONT to Westell Router
2.) XBox to ActionTec MoCA bridge with these instructions
3.) LAN switch/MoCA bridge. Xbox (MoCA), DNS/DC/DHCP (Eth), Media Center (Eth), ISA LAN Ethernet (Eth)

I have subnetted the entire system to ensure there are no addressing conflicts.
WAN with a Class C and LAN with a Class A.

The xbox has great speed, better than ever. I just wish I knew how I could get that LAN MoCA light to go solid.

Is it because I have the Wireless enabled on one of the Actiontec's? Through reading, I found very little information about using the wireless along with the MoCA bridging.

I have tried MoCA privacy and switching channels, none of it works to get that light solid.
post #495 of 1198
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Originally Posted by AnthonyB View Post

Ok, I have quite an exotic setup here and I was wondering if anybody can help solve the mystery of the LAN MoCA light flashing.

I do have awesome LAN connectivity, best my Xbox has ever ran thru MoCA. But the light is blinking.
[...]
I have tried MoCA privacy and switching channels, none of it works to get that light solid.

I don't understand what you're trying to accomplish. Does the blinking light bother you? A small piece of electrical tape should take care of that.

Beyond that, who cares if it's blinking or solid?
post #496 of 1198
I am just trying to figure out if there is a way to make it go solid. In the end, I'll probably put some electrical tape over it.

The problem was/is that the bridge is in the bedroom..

Blinking lights are annoying. I can handle the lan traffic light but not the lan coax..
post #497 of 1198
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AnthonyB View Post

I am just trying to figure out if there is a way to make it go solid. In the end, I'll probably put some electrical tape over it.

The problem was/is that the bridge is in the bedroom..

Blinking lights are annoying. I can handle the lan traffic light but not the lan coax..

I believe it means the connection is not optimal. If you connect it directly(same room using a coax cable) I assume it is solid?

xnappo
post #498 of 1198
Yes, it was fine before I added the LAN router/bridge.
post #499 of 1198
what kind of splitter can I use? This works?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...mat=4#feedback

Also, will it interfere with cable internet and OTA?
post #500 of 1198
Thanks for all the info. Got two of these on the way to try out. Trying to avoid tearing apart the house to run cables lol
post #501 of 1198
I got it to go solid by NOT plugging Coax into the WAN router.

First, I thought it was really odd that I needed to plug the WAN router into COAX in the first place. Since I have a DHCP server, it grabbed an IP address right from the pool and everything works with the box, Widgets and VoD. I haven't gotten a call so, I don't know about caller ID yet.

Thankfully it DID get a Class A address, I thought those boxes were hard coded to get a Class C.

All is well and it's working great.

EDIT: Not sure about how well it's working now 36 hours into it. It seems better when the WAN/Westell router was plugged in and the MoCA lights were flashing on the LAN side.

EDIT2: Hooking the westell router back up to the MoCA network seemed to take some of the load off and made the XBox function perfectly again.

FINAL RESOLUTION: Using a subnet for LAN computers seems to take some sort of a load or interference off the WAN/Cable boxes. This required 3 MoCA routers; 1 WAN 2 LAN, all on the same cable network though.
post #502 of 1198
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Originally Posted by MrPPhung View Post

Hey Maverick...any luck with your setup? Mine was working fine too and TV started to cut out on me a few weeks ago when I got a new line added. I initially had a 3 way splitter outside and was replaced with a 4 way splitter. I thought the signal loss from the new outlet was wiping out my tv but after I turned off the actiontec, the picture came back.

I also tried changing the MOCA frequency but that didn't work. Hopefully its a simple fix of replacing my Rev A Actiontec with a newer Rev.

I'm about done using these. I've been through so many now it is ridiculous.

My initial setup was a Rev A and Rev D. That ran for months, until the Rev A "went out." Long story short, I replaced it with another Rev A (price) and all was well for a few months. Later on, the replacement Rev A failed as well, so I bit the bullet and bought another Rev D.

I had been running 2 Rev D's for a couple months and now the original Rev D seems to take out the entire cable network now. I have ~38SNR at my cable modem router before plugging it in, and it drops to ~29SNR after...without even powering either Rev D on! (and only 1 is connected via coax)

I'm at a loss, and I've spent way too much money trying to get it to work consistently. Sure things fail once...heck, even twice, but three times? Ugh.
post #503 of 1198
Well I got the two setup but thought i would try the wireless stream for gits and shiggles Turns out my wireless N is working to stream 1080p to 3 rooms on 2 levels of my house Gonna keep these as backup just in case.
post #504 of 1198
For anyone that is interested in MOCA products.
You can actually buy NETGEAR MoCA Coax-EN Adapter Kit MCAB1001 for around $113 +tax. (Includes 2 adapters)

http://www.cowboom.com/store/product...ntentID=663322

Might save you the hassle of these Actiontec routers which has come up on price a bit and are harder to find in good quality with power adapter nowadays.
post #505 of 1198
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by estoyloco View Post

For anyone that is interested in MOCA products.
You can actually buy NETGEAR MoCA Coax-EN Adapter Kit MCAB1001 for around $113 +tax. (Includes 2 adapters)

http://www.cowboom.com/store/product...ntentID=663322

Might save you the hassle of these Actiontec routers which has come up on price a bit and are harder to find in good quality with power adapter nowadays.

This is a good deal, and certainly I expect the price to continue to drop on the retail solutions.

Did you buy from this vendor? Never heard of them and the web page is a little... Lo-fi.

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Cowboom

xnappo
post #506 of 1198
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Originally Posted by ntrance View Post

The one I posted previously is a little cheaper and it works fine:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=180434587056

Thanks. Mine just went bad recently and I ordered a couple
post #507 of 1198
I'm going to jump on one of these ebay auctions shortly, but have a quick question. When they built my house, the builder pre-wired the house for coax and has home-runs ran to each room. They all exit the house in the same location and when the Fios installer came out, he installed a multi-port splitter adjacent to the ONT. At first glance, I didn't think this would be an issue, until I ran across this ebay auction here.

Specifically:

***FOR THOSE OF YOU WANTING TO SET UP A MoCA NETWORKPLEASE READ ON*** (and check out my other auctions)

I am selling 3 Actiontec MI424WR Rev.E 4-Port Wireless Broadband Routers. I decided to sell each in a separate auction but, if you're interested in purchasing multiple routers that have been tested and are guaranteed to work together, you might want to track all 3 auctions.

I originally purchased each router through ebay with the intent of setting up a MoCA network in my home following the steps in this post at AVS Forum: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hlight=mi424wr

Unfortunately, I discovered that my home consists of multiple runs of unconnected coax cable. Therefore, this setup won't work for me and I've decided to go with a more traditional setup of a new router and runs of Cat5.

However, I did go through most of the steps to set up the MoCA network and can verify that each modem works, is configurable, and can connect to one another when linked directly with a coax cable (Step 15 in the guide). Like I said, I couldn't test all the way through Step 16 as my designated router locations were on different cable runs but, based on their performance, I'm confident they would work in a MoCA network.

If you buy 2 or more modems I will also throw in a pair of brand new 2-way splitters (5-2400MHz) that you'll need at each router location.

If you have questions, feel free to ask.


His setup sounds eerily like mine. Will I have a problem?
post #508 of 1198
You should be fine. The Moca signal gets distributed through the splitter.
post #509 of 1198
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Originally Posted by HazelW View Post

You should be fine. The Moca signal gets distributed through the splitter.

Thanks. I was 99% sure I would be alright, but the comment in the ad was puzzling.
post #510 of 1198
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Originally Posted by b15nut View Post

Well I got the two setup but thought i would try the wireless stream for gits and shiggles Turns out my wireless N is working to stream 1080p to 3 rooms on 2 levels of my house Gonna keep these as backup just in case.

Well the wireless signal started to go iffy on me causing stuttering so I hooked these up and back to watching flawlessly. Gotta love these things!!
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