A MoCA network adapter is designed for use in households that use Cable. They are used when you need an internet connection over a long distance and your wireless connection isn’t fast or reliable enough.
The typical situation is where you want to stream HD video through your home, without the unreliability of a wireless connection, and without ultra-long Ethernet cables all over the place.
Instead you can just run your internet connection through the cable wiring already in your home (assuming you have cable wiring). Using a Coax-Ethernet bridge you can use the existing coax wiring in any home for fast network connections.
The ActionTec ECB2200 is designed specifically for this purpose and will bridge your internet signal from Ethernet to Coax and back again. I got a hands-on look and brief walk through of the device while at CES:
How to set it up is best explained in the video below which shows a Wii being hooked up to the home network via Coax, but it could be done for any device that requires internet:
Full instructions on this can be found here. Here’s an example of what your setup might end up looking like:
As you can see you’ll probably need a couple of Coax splitters. You can grab them on eBay here.
Where to Buy an Ethernet CoAX Bridge
Buy a pair on Amazon
- The Actiontec MI424WR – A Cheap alternative Ethernet to Coax Bridge on eBay
- That’s a bit more difficult to setup so here’s the instructions on using the Actiontec MI424WR
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