What Is MoCA?

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MoCA is a technology that creates an extremely reliable and fast, wired internet backbone in your home using your existing coax TV wiring.  MoCA can give you the best of both worlds – wired Internet and wireless Internet in your home. Once you have a MoCA network backbone, you can connect virtually any Ethernet device to it using MoCA Adapters, including a WiFi router or extender to increase the speeds and coverage of your WiFi!  For a deeper dive into MoCA, check out our complete guide.


MoCA technology

MoCA stands for Multimedia over Coaxial Alliance and is the standard protocol for transmitting Internet data over coaxial wiring, or Ethernet over coax. MoCA works by transmitting Internet data over coax TV wiring. Coaxial TV wiring is known for its high-bandwidth capabilities to transmit video and MoCA technology harnesses this super power to create a bigger pipe, giving you faster network speeds and performance. When you connect to this incredibly stable and fast internet backbone, any connected device will receive that increase in speed and performance, such as your Wi-Fi.


MoCA as a network backbone

MoCA technology is a point-to-point wired connection that requires a minimum of two MoCA-enabled endpoints, such as a MoCA-enabled router and a MoCA adapter, or two MoCA adapters with your existing router/gateway to create a MoCA network.  You can convert your existing coax wiring into a wired Ethernet-like connection by using MoCA adapters or a MoCA-enabled router.

To set up MoCA technology in your home, you need MoCA Adapters. These are the devices that help extend the Wi-Fi coverage in your home. MoCA adapters act as a wired solution to eliminates any dead spots or other network issues in your home.

Setting up and using a MoCA adapter is easy. All it takes are two quick steps:

  1. First, plug a MoCA adapter or a MoCA-enable router into a coax jack and connect it to your traditional router with an Ethernet cable.
  2. Second, connect a second MoCA adapter to a different coax jack in your home.

If you have a large home, you may consider more than two adapters.

That’s it. They automatically find each other to create a network connection.  No extra wires. No holes in walls. No interruptions to your Internet connection.


Benefits of a MoCA network

is a great addition to your home wireless network because it creates a wired backbone to support your Wi-Fi needs. For example, devices like PCs, gaming consoles and other devices that tend to be stationary often require a solid, reliable connection to have the best experience. Think about all of the times that your video games lagged, or your video streaming buffered. MoCA can help take those frustrations away.

When your PC and gaming devices are on a wired connection, your Wi-Fi network has less congestion, therefore giving you better experience on your mobile devices, like smartphones and laptops.

Using a MoCA adapter like the Hitron HT-EM4 has many benefits, such as:

  • Improving Internet connection for streaming, gaming and video calls.
  • Creating a wired backbone for your wireless network, therefore delivering faster Wi-Fi speeds.
  • Providing a secure and reliable connection.
  • Being a cost-effective way to get better Internet.
  • Being small and compact, which helps reduce clutter even though they are a wired solution.

Hitron’s MoCA Adapters can improve your home Wi-Fi network and your overall home network performance.  For more information on MoCA technology, MoCA adapters, and related topics, check out Hitron’s ​Learn Page​ and blog.

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