How Do I Connect My Cable Modem to My MoCA Adapter?

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First, let’s review our understanding of the fundamentals of creating an Ethernet over Coax network:

A cable modem is the device you use to get a cable Internet connection. It is the device that communicates directly with your Internet service provider (ISP). When you want wireless Internet (WiFi) in your home, you pair the cable modem with a router.

When you have WiFi that is struggling to reach devices or spaces in your home, you can use WiFi booster devices like MoCA adapters to create a better network connection capable of up to 1 Gbps speeds and extend the reach of your WiFi signal. With this wired network boost, you can get better coverage throughout your whole home and increase your network’s performance.


What is a MoCA adapter?

A MoCA adapter, also called an Ethernet over coax adapter, is a device that uses MoCA technology over existing coax cables in your walls to create a wired backbone for your wireless network. By doing this, heavy-bandwidth devices can wire up for a solid connection while the other wireless devices can connect to a stronger WiFi network.

MoCA adapters connect with a cable modem router or a router. The adapter is a wired solution to convert your coaxial wiring into an Ethernet-like connection to improve the performance of your network to end-devices as well as extend the reach of your WiFi network when connected to your router or access point.


Why would you want a MoCA adapter?

MoCA adapters create a solid wired network connection that can make your wired devices faster and help extend the reach of your WiFi signal. Depending on how many devices you need to connect to your MoCA network, will depend on how many MoCA adapters you will use, and where you place them.


How to connect your modem and MoCA adapter

Setting up and connecting a MoCA adapter is easy and the set up takes three steps:

  1. Get one (or more) MoCA adapters.
  2. Connect your router/modem directly to the coax outlet with a coax cable.
  3. Connect the MoCA adapter to a different coax outlet with a coaxial cable and then to your device with an Ethernet cord.


Knowing If Your Modem Supports MoCA

Most routers and modem/router combos do NOT have MoCA built in. Ask your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for more details if you are unsure.

The following Hitron Cable Modem Routers support MoCA:

It’s important to note, that if your router or modem/router does NOT have MoCA technology built in, you will need a 2nd MoCA adapter. With MoCA adapters, you can connect your router to a Mesh WiFi access point, an HDTV, gaming console, streaming device or any other devices that have an Ethernet port.  You can connect up to 16 MoCA devices on a MoCA network.

Hitron MoCA Adapters are available on Amazon.  If you require additional information and resources on MoCA technology or MoCA Adapters, please check out Hitron’s Learn page or Blog for more articles on this topic.

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