What Can I Use Instead of an Ethernet Cable?

In the past you might have relied a lot on Ethernet cables for fast internet in your home. You might have used an Ethernet cable connection because the times were pre-Wi-Fi or because you needed a wired solution. Either way, Ethernet resulted in feeling cluttered and outdated for you and your home.

The upside to an Ethernet internet connection is that it is direct and fast. However, it’s inconvenient because it tethers you and your device in one place and clutters your home. Ethernet internet requires expensive wiring and installation and uses individual wires per device. Not ideal.

But some aspect of Ethernet might seem like a great solution, because it is a fast, direct connection. So, how do you get reliable internet instead of using Ethernet cables? Is there another way? Yes, with MoCA.


What is MoCA?

MoCA (Multimedia over Coaxial Alliance) is a more convenient wired solution. MoCA technology uses the existing coaxial cable wiring in your home so you don’t have to do any additional (and expensive) installation or drilling projects.

All you have to do to get MoCA in your home is invest in MoCA adapters (and/or a MoCA router if you do not have one or if you want one). With MoCA, you still need wires for your connection, but instead of running every which way across your home, they are localized to specific areas, like tucked back by your router and wherever you need it for your device, like gaming consoles or PCs.

MoCA and Ethernet are different but do have a few similarities:

  • Both are wired Internet solutions
  • Both offer faster Internet connection than wireless
  • Both require a direct connection to the user’s device
  • Both lower latency and lag for gaming
  • Both avoid network interreferences compared to Wi-Fi

They might sound virtually the same, however they are not. What makes them different?


Ethernet vs MoCA

MoCA and Ethernet share features, but overall are different. Let’s take a look at Ethernet cons and how MoCA pros (or benefits) combat them:

Ethernet cons:

  • Installation is expensive and requires professional help
  • Your home’s structure needs to be able to support the installation in the first place, which poses a challenge
  • Each device in the home needs its own Ethernet cable, which gets expensive and creates clutter
  • If too many people connect to the Internet at once, speeds will fall


MoCA benefits:

  • Uses existing coaxial cable wiring in your home
  • No expensive or messy setup, which reduces cable clutter
  • Easy to set up
  • Full coverage means lower latency and reduced lag to every corner of your home
  • Less interference risk than Wi-Fi or powerline networking
  • Secure technology


Why You Should Use MoCA Instead of Ethernet

So, why choose MoCA over Ethernet? Overall, MoCA is a less expensive, more convenient and more versatile option for any home, whereas Ethernet can get pricy and is more particular.

With MoCA you get the same benefits as a direct wire connection, including fast internet, reliable connection, lag-free gaming experiences, and better performance overall. And set up is as easy as plug-in-and-go.

Looking to boost your Wi-Fi? MoCA technology is the way to go. You can enhance your Wi-Fi connection in every corner of your home with HT-EM4 MoCA adapters.

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