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Does Technicolor/ Cisco IPV5050 Support CableTV Connection?

KanoeKid
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I am looking at Optik TV and have been told that the set top box is Technicolor/ Cisco IPV5050. My condo is pre-wired for Coax Cable TV to the places where you'd put a TV. Does anyone know if this Set Top Box can be connected to Coax Cable? If yes, will all the other functions work: wireless internet, USB for connecting a HDD? Can I connect a HDD to make this work as a PVR?

 

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Upcraft
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The technician will determine the best method to get the set top box connected.

 

The IPV5050 is generally their wireless box and it usually is used for secondary TVs (at first it would only work on wireless but new firmware apparently makes the ethernet port work properly now)  It is likely to be phased out as they now have 4K capable boxes to replace it.  It can work wireless along with a gateway base station unit placed closer to the modem.  

It does not have a coax port for network connections so no ethernet over coax via MoCA or HPNA without adapters on this model.

 

If doing a new install you probably will get the 4k capable boxes.  

Arris VIP5602 is the digital receiver with no hard drive

http://www.arris.com/products/vip5602/

Arris VIP5662 is the version with a hard drive and PVR function.  

http://www.arris.com/products/vip5662/

They are basically identical hardware except for the drive.

These are newer generation based on the Mediaroom software running on Linux developed by Ericsson instead of the WindowsCE operating system from when Mediaroom was owned by Microsoft.  

These new models do not have any coax connectors and it seems likely all future models will not have coax either.  The installs where it's required will likely need external bridge devices with a focus on trying to get cat5e wiring to the TV when possible.

 

The Actiontec T3200M is the latest modem.  It connects to the phone line typically (Ethernet WAN port if you have Fibre ONT) and is your Internet gateway that feeds both your Internet and the set top boxes.  This modem uses the MoCA standard to run IP over coax lines.  The older Actiontec models used HPNA protocol and these two standards are not compatible.  The older WindowsCE based set top boxes all had HPNA protocol coax interface ports so if you have the new modem with older set top boxes a separate bridge device is used to convert ethernet to the older standard.  If you have the new boxes that lack any coax network port then the installer will use a separate coax to ethernet bridge to convert to standard ethernet.  Ethernet over coax via HPNA or MoCA can be problematic as the wiring is not always very good in your walls.  

 

To get the Internet signal from your Actiontec to the set top box in the best possible way is a decision the Technician will make when performing the installation.  Because of the various scenarios and the complexity of options they tend to always have a technician come to perform the installation for you.  If you want the best outcome and can run cat5e network cabling from where you want the modem to where you want your set top boxes then you should do that.  If it's beyond the scope of a basic Telus install then you can (should) pre-wire it yourself or with the help of a third party electrician or structured cabling expert.  You can pull the raw wire and leave it coiled up if you don't have the tools or skills to terminate the ends.  If there is Cat5e wire pulled and ready the tech will be very happy to finish it off for you if you have done the grunt work of fishing it in the wall.  Remember, no splices behind walls allowed to maintain Cat5e rating, no cheating.  If you have to use electrical tape to complete the wiring then you are doing it wrong.  

 

 

 

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NFtoBC
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@KanoeKid wrote:

I am looking at Optik TV and have been told that the set top box is Technicolor/ Cisco IPV5050. My condo is pre-wired for Coax Cable TV to the places where you'd put a TV. Does anyone know if this Set Top Box can be connected to Coax Cable?  


Telus has an adapter that can be installed between the Internet Gateway and the PVR to transfer data over coax. Data is transferred wirelessly to other devices through the gateway.


 


If yes, will all the other functions work: wireless internet, USB for connecting a HDD? Can I connect a HDD to make this work as a PVR?

WiFi is delivered from the gateway, not the PVR. You can't add a HDD to expand the system; the PVR unit is the only device which can host recordings.

 

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Upcraft
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The technician will determine the best method to get the set top box connected.

 

The IPV5050 is generally their wireless box and it usually is used for secondary TVs (at first it would only work on wireless but new firmware apparently makes the ethernet port work properly now)  It is likely to be phased out as they now have 4K capable boxes to replace it.  It can work wireless along with a gateway base station unit placed closer to the modem.  

It does not have a coax port for network connections so no ethernet over coax via MoCA or HPNA without adapters on this model.

 

If doing a new install you probably will get the 4k capable boxes.  

Arris VIP5602 is the digital receiver with no hard drive

http://www.arris.com/products/vip5602/

Arris VIP5662 is the version with a hard drive and PVR function.  

http://www.arris.com/products/vip5662/

They are basically identical hardware except for the drive.

These are newer generation based on the Mediaroom software running on Linux developed by Ericsson instead of the WindowsCE operating system from when Mediaroom was owned by Microsoft.  

These new models do not have any coax connectors and it seems likely all future models will not have coax either.  The installs where it's required will likely need external bridge devices with a focus on trying to get cat5e wiring to the TV when possible.

 

The Actiontec T3200M is the latest modem.  It connects to the phone line typically (Ethernet WAN port if you have Fibre ONT) and is your Internet gateway that feeds both your Internet and the set top boxes.  This modem uses the MoCA standard to run IP over coax lines.  The older Actiontec models used HPNA protocol and these two standards are not compatible.  The older WindowsCE based set top boxes all had HPNA protocol coax interface ports so if you have the new modem with older set top boxes a separate bridge device is used to convert ethernet to the older standard.  If you have the new boxes that lack any coax network port then the installer will use a separate coax to ethernet bridge to convert to standard ethernet.  Ethernet over coax via HPNA or MoCA can be problematic as the wiring is not always very good in your walls.  

 

To get the Internet signal from your Actiontec to the set top box in the best possible way is a decision the Technician will make when performing the installation.  Because of the various scenarios and the complexity of options they tend to always have a technician come to perform the installation for you.  If you want the best outcome and can run cat5e network cabling from where you want the modem to where you want your set top boxes then you should do that.  If it's beyond the scope of a basic Telus install then you can (should) pre-wire it yourself or with the help of a third party electrician or structured cabling expert.  You can pull the raw wire and leave it coiled up if you don't have the tools or skills to terminate the ends.  If there is Cat5e wire pulled and ready the tech will be very happy to finish it off for you if you have done the grunt work of fishing it in the wall.  Remember, no splices behind walls allowed to maintain Cat5e rating, no cheating.  If you have to use electrical tape to complete the wiring then you are doing it wrong.