What is MoCA and why do I want it?
What is MoCA?
MoCA (stands for Multimedia over Coax Alliance) is a technology that uses the existing coaxial cables already in most people’s homes. In essence, MoCA creates a wired Internet home network, but without the headache of drilling holes or running wires.
* Requires an Ethernet port.
The WiFi Problem
Imagine watching your favorite streaming movie when suddenly it buffers at a key point. Grrrr – it’s the home WiFi again! We love WiFi when it works, but when it doesn’t, it’s incredibly frustrating. WiFi speeds can vary a lot and sometimes even drop altogether in “dead zones” of your home.
Besides the speed or coverage of your network, a gamer’s worst WiFi nightmare is lag or latency. Latency involves the quality or reliability of your network. In other words, how long in milliseconds does it take for data to reach back to its original destination? When playing online games, low latency is critical and means a better gaming experience. When you pull that trigger, it had better fire immediately!
How can you get more a more reliable and super high-speed network with low latency? MoCA!
How Does MoCA Work?
Coaxial cables are the wires that connect TVs to set-top boxes and to paid TV services. Most homes have a least two or more coaxial ports.
What if those same coaxial wires could deliver over 900 Mbps of reliable Internet to the far corners of your home? No new wires to install or complicated directions. MoCA can do for you.
MoCA Beats Out Standard Mesh WiFi
WiFi networks with good speed can still have poor quality due to high latency or lag times. Low network quality is especially not ideal for gamers who seek a reliable, stable signal with quick response time.
Standard mesh WiFi networks on average have higher latency than wired networks (including MoCA), which means gamers may experience delays and signal interruption. A standard mesh repeater also only extends the WiFi signal while taking up some of the bandwidth for its connection. On the other hand, a WiFi Network Extender with MoCA uses a wired connection to your router* through a home’s existing coaxial wiring. This creates a super-fast backhaul while saving all the Wi-Fi bandwidth for your mobile devices. In the end, you get a reliable, superhighway for your WiFi traffic without dead zones.
* If the router is not MoCA enabled, you will need to pair the MoCA network extender with a MoCA network adapter.