#3 Use MoCA
. And it can be cheaper and easier than you think if you're just looking for acceptable throughput, rather than maxing-out what's possible with the latest MoCA technology.
Originally Posted by mr266
Ok, so currently I have Frontier Fios for TV, Internet and landline phone. My single unit Frontier provided Modem/Router is the ActionTec MI424W ... I also have Frontier Fios cable tv boxes at both tv's.
Given this evidence, you already have a MoCA network active on your coax lines, as the FiOS set-top boxes require MoCA and the MI424-WR has a MoCA bridge built-in, as you noted in post #2
.. But questions remain...
The MI424-WR has built-in MoCA, but you'd want to check the specific version of the unit to know its full specs. (Rev. E, Rev. I?; see here
) Hopefully you have the MI424-WR Rev. I, which is MoCA 1.1 and has GigE WAN & LAN ports, but you almost certainly have a MoCA 1.1 gateway, since only the Rev. F or later have wireless-N; so it's just a question of whether you're able to get the extra 50 Mbps available via the Rev. I's GigE ports.
Assuming you can stick with your current gateway, you could grab some pre-owned MoCA 1.1 WCB3000N units ($18 per via Amazon
) as your MoCA adapters to provide the needed wired network connectivity at the remote location for up to 2 Ethernet devices (more using a network switch), employing a MoCA-compatible splitter
to connect the adapter where necessary. If you have the Rev. I gateway, you should see upwards of 150 Mbps throughput between MoCA nodes.
And, yes, you could use MoCA 2.0 adapters to achieve higher throughput (see here
), which would then probably require that you maintain the MoCA 1.1 network for the FiOS set-tops, and operate the (optionally-bonded) MoCA 2.0 network in the "D-High" frequency range ... running two separate MoCA networks over your coax lines, per pg. 6 of the MoCA 2.0 specs doc
The MoCA 2.0 frequency plan defines, within the new extended band D, two sub-bands for independent network operation. These sub-bands comprise the D-low and D-high, as follows:
Sub-band D-Low (DL): 1125 to 1225 MHz edge to edge (100 MHz wide)
Sub-band D-High (DH): 1350 to 1675 MHz edge to edge (325 MHz wide)
Guard-band between sub-bands: 1225 to 1350 MHz (125 MHz wide)
Relative throughputs of a multi-node setup for each MoCA spec:
- MoCA 1.1 w/ GigE ports can achieve up to 150 Mbps.
- Standard MoCA 2.0 up to 400 Mbps.
- Bonded MoCA 2.0 up to 800 Mbps.
Of course, if the budget allows for a MoCA 2.0 network for the non-FiOS gear, your coax would be handling more than just the spec'd MoCA 2.0 speeds, since you'd still be simultaneously running the MoCA 1.1 network for the FiOS gear.
p.s. If you go w/ the WCB3000N option for your remote MoCA adapters, you can choose to keep or disable each unit's wireless access point functionality, per your needs. You may find the WCB3000N's wireless function useful for addressing dead zones in your current wireless coverage, or simply to provide a localized wireless connection for the co-located entertainment gear lacking Ethernet capability, to keep that traffic off the longer range home wireless network. (See this TCF post
if looking to disable WCB3000N wireless)