The newly unveiled PlayStation 4 (PS4) is “Sony’s most powerful platform ever” according to Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House. However, it will be the PS4’s ability to stay attuned to consumer’s changing behavior and the gamer’s change of play that will make it standout. One of PS4’s priorities is “ease of access regardless of location or device” that will drive the need for a robust home network. Adding a MoCA coax to Ethernet adapter in the home can bring out the best of the platform’s capabilities.
Clearly, Sony’s ambition for PlayStation 4 to deliver a revolutionary experience for gamers and average consumers relies on reaching the Internet reliably and consistently. PS4 promises a new way to receive games, to deliver and view content, a new gamer’s social networking with real-time peer interactivity – all delivered through the Internet. Bringing the Internet directly to the PS4 is the only way to take advantages of these new and exciting features.
The consumer’s PS4 experience will certainly be influenced by the performance of their in-home network. Using Wi-Fi to connect the PS4 to the Internet is the way that first comes to mind. However, with Wi-Fi’s range challenges, contention with cellular phone radios for the same frequency band and bandwidth, its proximity with microwave ovens, and the sharing of bandwidth with DECT wireless phones, Wi-Fi could be PS4’s Achilles heel. Contrary, MoCA Ethernet adapters are not affected by these constraints and can provide a direct connection to the internet without adding new any wires.
Today,“Gaming consoles have transformed into entertainment hubs for people to stream movies or YouTube videos” from the internet. Unknown to most consumers, MoCA networks already exist in many US pay-TV cable, satellite and Verizon FIOS homes. Many of these game consoles can already be found in these MoCA enabled homes (cable, satellite, and IP STB’s that support multi-room DVR). Adding a MoCA adapter to the back of a PlayStation 4 brings the Internet directly to the back of the game console and connects it to the existing MoCA network. Once on the network the game console can also be used for sharing photos, home movies and any other personal media on the TV.
Moreover, MoCA is not solely applicable to MoCA enabled households. MoCA can be added to any household with an Internet connection and cable TV wiring – otherwise known as coax wires. In the US, for example, over 90% of the homes have coax that can support MoCA. Therefore in the majority of homes, the Internet can be extended directly to where it’s being used (living room, bedroom, den, family room) vs. receiving it from across the house wirelessly where the signal can be greatly attenuated due to the distance and obstructions such as walls and floors.
Gaming consoles capable of video streaming have become an integral part of our lives and we expect PS4 to affect us similarly. Designed to entertain, these consoles have become gateways of electronic interactivity that take us to different places, sometimes to different worlds through the power of our imagination, some software, maybe a cloud, but certainly through the Internet. However, existing home networking technologies have left us wanting more. Limited network speed and the lack of available bandwidth have forced us to accept poor images, buffering, and dropped programs. But MoCA can change that.
Today MoCA delivers up to 175 Mbps for on-demand, interactive games, and the streaming of video’s and music through the homes cable TV wiring. The fact that MoCA is the choice of most multi-room DVR companies for networking is a strong endorsement of its capabilities. In the very near future, MoCA will reach speeds of 1 Gbps. Who knows what else the future will bring us with a blazing network connection, maybe holographic characters in our home? Remember, all we want is great user experience: no delays! No buffering! No stuck downloads – MoCA is here today.
After a long wait it’s finally here! The TiVo Mini is the first non-DVR set-top box with the TiVo badge, and MoCA makes it all possible. Now you only need 1 DVR and can add Mini’s in every room where you want the TiVo service. USA Today gave the Mini a test drive and MoCA fit right in:
The other recommended alternative is to take advantage of something called MoCA, not a coffee-flavored drink but rather networking technology. I was lucky. MoCA, which stands for Multimedia over Coax Alliance, is built into my FiOS router. So all I had to do was connect a coax cable to the Mini.
Read the full review here.
More good news for MoCA home networking and acknowledgement that it’s the standard for wired video networking in US homes. With all the new streaming services and internet devices also being introduced, consumers will be even more excited about connecting their devices to the MoCA network already in their homes. From the analyst:
“While we’re still in the early stages of MoCA device growth, we expect MoCA to become the de facto wired technology for video distribution to devices in the home. Going forward, multiscreen video will be a key driver for MoCA.”
Read the article here.
The TiVo Stream is generating a lot of buzz among TiVo fans for it’s ability to stream shows from your DVR to mobile devices in your home or transfer shows to your devices to take with you. However, with this great power comes the need for great networking and TiVo is recommending that users have a wired Ethernet network or MoCA network to provide reliable HD streaming.
Check out the TiVo MoCA networking page here about how TiVo users are expanding their DVR features on new devices and outside of the home.
FiOS customers can now use compatible Samsung Smart TV’s and Smart Blu-ray players to stream live TV channels as well as Flex View video-on-demand through the FiOS TV App. iPad and Xbox360 users are already familiar with this feature which is already available, but they can now take advantage of the App on their new Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. The FiOS Coax-Network Adapter (based on MoCA) is perfect for connecting the TV or Blu-ray using the same wired networking through the coax that’s used by the FiOS set-top box. Why bother with WiFi when FiOS users have access to MoCA networking already built into the FiOS BHR (router) at 170Mbps speeds.
FiOS is just the first Pay TV provider to offer support for Live TV apps on networked CE devices like TVs, Xbox360, Bluray, etc… just like they do for iPads. MoCA networking is the “Go-To” solution for connecting those devices via wired coax cable to deliver HD video as smooth and reliably as through any set-top box.
See the Samsung press release here.
Read about the FiOS TV App here.
It’s no secret now that MoCA has made such a big impact on the home networking market that it’s driving most of the market growth especially in North America.
What might be surprising to folks in the US is that MoCA is probably in their router, set-top box, or DVR and they might not even know it. Everyone from DirecTV to Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and recently DISH Network have been deploying MoCA networks into millions of consumers homes. The next wave of MoCA growth will be in connecting your Xbox, PS3, PC, iPad, and other Internet device to the MoCA network through a MoCA Coax-Ethernet adapter or Coax-WiFi adapter.
Stay tuned to MoCAblog for the latest news regarding new MoCA products and exciting developments.
Read the article here.
MoCA in Europe: Echobox promises Ethernet through your aerial, an end to Wi-Fi woes | News | TechRadar
After building up so much momentum in the US market, MoCA is now starting to show up in Europe most recently with the Asheridge Communications Echobox which is being marketed from the UK for Cable TV users as well as Over-The-Air TV viewers. The Echobox is a nifty design that enables connections to Smart TV’s, HD set top boxes and online gaming consoles for customers who need a more reliable stable connection than WiFi can provide (see chart below). We hope to see the same growth of MoCA across the pond as we’ve seen in the US.
|ASH -EOC-01 – echoBox||802.11n WiFi (3×3 MIMO)||Homeplug AV 1901|
|Best average network speed||136 Mbps||10 – 40 Mbps||30 / 40 Mbps|
|Interferece Immunity||Excellent (with shielded coax cable).||Poor. Sensitive to RF signals, surrounding environment & neighbouring WiFi networks.||Weak. Sensitive to appliances, chargers, fluorescent lights, dimmers etc.|
|Download MP3 (1000 songs)*||6 minutes||10 minutes||13 minutes|
|Download HD Movie (2hours DVD Video)*||6 minutes||12 minutes||16 minutes|
|Backup (2000 songs, 5000 photos)||37 minutes||1hour 14 minutes||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Furthest latency to your online gaming buddies||6000km||1000km||1600km|