If you experience slow WiFi, dead spots and overall poor Internet connectivity when streaming video, music, or gaming, chances are that your WiFi needs some help. Usually, it’s because your WiFi signal simply isn’t reaching far enough to the spaces where you are using your wireless devices.
That’s where MoCA comes in to help you out. MoCA technology creates a wired network backbone to carry faster speeds and a more reliable connection to your Access Point or router to extend your WiFi coverage and increase its performance.
What You Need for a MoCA Network
Extending your WiFi with MoCA is incredibly easy to do. If you have existing coaxial cabling in your walls, and MoCA adapters (see below), you are good to go. These are the three things you need to create a MoCA network (also referred to as an Ethernet over Coax network) in your home.
- Coaxial Cables for MoCA
Coaxial cables are what is used for Cable TV services. If you live in a home that has ever had cable services, then you have coaxial cabling in your walls and you can create a MoCA network.
- MoCA Adapters for MoCA
MoCA adapters are the devices that make the Ethernet-like connection happen. They transmit data over the coaxial wires to extend the reach of your WiFi network. They are very easy to set up.
A MoCA network is a point-to-point wired connection, which means it is a direct connection. This direct point-to-point connection is what makes it stable, reliable, and fast. MoCA network speeds are determined by the MoCA Adapter you choose. The latest MoCA standard is MoCA 2.5 and is capable of network speeds up to 2.5 Gbps.
Creating a MoCA Network
To create your MoCA network you need to get at least two MoCA-enabled endpoints to create the complete network. There are two options for endpoints:
- A MoCA-enabled router and one MoCA adapter, or
- Two MoCA adapters with your existing router/gateway (cable modem router).
The steps to set up are:
- Connect one MoCA adapter to a coax outlet or wiring with a coax cable (usually included with your MoCA adapter) and into your router with an Ethernet cable.
- Connect the second MoCA adapter into the Ethernet device (for example, an Access Point) you want to use to connect to the Internet. (You will need an Ethernet cable to connect to your device.)
Proper Connections for MoCA
A MoCA network is secure and can be set up in almost every size of home or apartment. It is especially effective when you have multiple stories or floors, or a basement or garage that needs a connection. The only thing you need to make sure of is that there is active coax wiring or coax outlets (wiring is carrying a broadband signal) in the areas where you want to extend your network coverage.
A MoCA network can have up to 16 nodes and can deliver speeds up to 2.5 Gbps to end devices.
MoCA instead of Ethernet
A MoCA network is the way to go if you want to simple solution to improve your overall home network, without the hassle of running Ethernet. MoCA creates an Ethernet-like network connection for reliability and faster speeds. You can extend and enhance your WiFi connection to every corner of your home with Hitron’s HT-EM4 MoCA adapters that are available to purchase on Amazon. With MoCA, you get the best of both worlds – wired and wireless connectivity!
Need to learn more about MoCA technology or MoCA Adapters? Check out Hitron’s MoCA Learn Page to get more.