Disruption and development… don’t you wish sometimes things would stay the same? The next big change coming soon will affect not only our homes, but possibly our TV and leisure time too. We’ve asked Tekkie Help – the ones with the technical knowhow – to give us the inside scoop and help us minimise any drama.
I’ve heard StarHub is discontinuing cable services on 30 June; how will this affect me?
The move from the old coax network to the latest generation fibre network is causing many people a problem, not only with the loss of cable TV services but also for overall Wi-Fi coverage at home. This is because the fibre termination point may not be installed in the right place to enable the router to effectively transmit Wi-Fi and for the TV to be connected to the internet.
What can I do to make sure I don’t lose my TV shows and Wi-Fi?
You’ll need to have your TV connected to the fibre network via a data point in order to watch StarHub or MioTV. If your Wi-Fi signal is poor, you’ll also need the data point to access internet TV services like Netflix. If you don’t have a data point close to your TV, additional wiring can be installed but it can be costly and disruptive, and often requires installing unsightly trunking around the house.
One great solution is to use specialised equipment called MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) that utilises the existing coax StarHub cables to connect the TV to the fibre network.
But how can installing MoCA help me?
By installing MoCA equipment, you can easily get access to fibre TV services. Plus, all the old StarHub cable points in your home can then be used as data points. In most cases, this means that fibre internet can be distributed around the house to areas that may have lacked good coverage, at speeds of up to 1gbps.
How can I get MoCA installed and how much does it cost?
Tekkie Help can ensure your home is fully functional after the switch to fibre network. MoCA installation starts at $360 for the connection of one main point.
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