Rejoice, fellow geeks! For I have solved a #firstworldproblem.
Bear with me here while I tell you about the complexity of the issue.
You see, I lost control of the master television.
That is because we got a dog.
And the dog does not get along with the cat.
And the cat lives in the master bedroom.
That is where the big TV is. And it is connected to the TiVo. Which is where all my programs stack up, unwatched for lengthy periods of time.
Because I stay downstairs during evening relaxing time.
Because he needs company. And someone to encourage him to stay out of trouble. And a helper to let him in and out the door to the back yard, over and over and over and over and over.
So I got this thing that seemed like a good solution. It’s called a TiVo Stream, and it will transfer programs from the DVR to a portable device such as an iPad.
That is good news for people like me.
Except the TiVo stream needs to be plugged into the TiVo — which, I’ll remind you, is upstairs in the master bedroom, along with the cat — but it also needs access to the Internet router, which is downstairs with me and the dog.
That meant I needed yet another additional thing I’d never heard of called a MoCA, which stands for “multimedia over coax alliance.”
Not as zippy as “League of Nations,” is it?
Sounds like something you’d order at Starbucks. “Can I get a MoCA? Along with seventeen episodes of my favorite shows?”
Well, a MoCA will help you send your Internet through the coaxial cables in the walls of your home.
In my case, it means a way to make sure the programs I want to magically zip to myself in the other room don’t aggravate me by buffering all the time. Smoooooooth.
So I went to Best Buy to ask for a MoCA adapter or two, and the guys on the Geek Squad (at least the ones I asked) did not know what I meant. Boy, did I feel marvelously geeky!
I wound up ordering my Internet-enhancing miracle gadgets over the Internet, which felt very circular.
And now I can watch television over my portable device while also hanging out with man’s best friend.
I solved a problem you never knew needed to be solved.