Netgear MoCA 2.0 Certification



MoCA continues to reach new milestones of successes.  Earlier this year, the MoCA alliance announced the availability of a MoCA 2.0 certification program.  This is where companies certify their products to ensure compatibly across suppliers. 

On 2/28/14, an announcement of first MoCA 2.0 certified product from Netgear was made.  The WM2500RP is a MoCA 2.0 and Wi-fi adapter.  The product is designed to improve whole home wireless coverage using MoCA as the backbone.  According to ABI Research, a technology research firm, MoCA will be available in more than 25 million homes.  Read the full announcement by clicking here

March 3, 2014 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

Motorola/Arris SBM1000 MoCA Adapter kit




The retail market continues to grow with MoCA adapters.  Recently, Arris/Motorola introduced the SBM1000 MoCA adapter kit.  Known as the Surboard Smart Video Adapters, the kit includes two devices and all the hardware required to install your MoCA to adapters in your home.  The kit say’s its compatible with cable, Verizon, and direcTV networks.  Despite not saying on the box, the kit should also work on most cable networks including ATT and others.  Dish networks, however, require a different filter so this adapter is not compatible. 

Recently, NewEgg started carrying these adapters.  They created this great video explaining MoCA, the SBM1000, and demonstrating how easy they are to install.  Checkout the video.  The kit is also being sold at Best Buy.  Check the adapters out – I bought one and they are great!

February 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

what is MoCA?


Many people ask what is MoCA.  Most responses are a cup of Joe or Java.  However, MoCA (Multimedia of Coax Alliance) is a worldwide accepted wired networking technology, initially for home entertainment networking, capable of delivering the fastest networking connection to any device needing to reach the internet.

As consumer viewing habits evolve, the market demands networking solutions that are future proof.  Streaming your favorite show from the cloud, OTT services from Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, or “out of this world” gaming experiences all demand low latency, high bandwidth, error free network connections – this where MoCA excels.

Surfing the Internet I ran into this article from Jason Palmer discussing MoCA.  Take a moment and read it; he gives a good explanation of MoCA.

February 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Verizon, the next WebTV


WebTV lives on.  Co-Founder, Steve Perlman invented the concept back in 1995 along with fellow partners Bruce Leak and Phil Goldman.  Nineteen years later, the concept has blossomed to include OTT, cloud services, TV everywhere and other services yet to be seen. 

Recently, Verizon acquired the Intel Media assets that include OnCue (a combination of cloud assets) that are planned to bring life back into Verizon.  The OnCue acquisition, along with an investment in CDN Edgecast, helps Verizon enhance its WebTV position.  Within the home, Verizon is likely to use MoCA to connect their OnCue solutions from within the home to the outside world.  MoCA enables the best in home network connection.

February 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

PlayStation TV


Sony TV

PlayStation 4 (PS4) has been all the craze since its announcement at PlayStation Meeting 2013 for its gaming capabilities, especially its social game play capabilities.  But PS4 is not limited to just gaming.  Sony recently announced PS4’s capabilities to support a new cloud base TV/DVR Service, a fancy OTT service.  Click link to learn more.

Here is where home network performance makes all the difference.  Multimedia over Coax Alliance Ethernet cable adapters (MoCA ECA), Aka “Ethernet over Coax” adapters, delivers unparalleled performance in the streaming of HD and 4K TV content within the home.  Streamed from the cloud, movies and TV shows are delivered over broadband to your PlayStation, TV, PC, or mobile device.  Once in the home, the video is affected by network interruptions, delays caused by wireless interference, harmonics, and other network wireless network traffic.  MoCA is the low latency, highly reliable networking technology designed for streaming video content. Neither Wifi nor HomePlug are its equal.

January 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

ULTRA HD Coming in 2014



Ultra High Definition (U HD), or 4K as it’s commonly referred to, is coming to us soon.  Consumers are slowly turning to 4K and buying 4K TV sets but where is the content?  And, According to technology blogger Peter Nowak some, “Streaming ultra HD will likely require a dedicated connection of about 15 megabits per second, which translates into about 7 gigabytes of usage per hour…”  To get those data rates reliably to the 4K TV set, consumers should consider adding a MoCA connection to their home network to get a cleanest No New Wires connection from their modem to the TV. 

Coming to the rescue is Netflix – at least from the content perspective.  In an article in CMO read what industry insiders have to say about 4K, the challenges, and what’ happening regarding content at Netflix.  See complete article by clicking here

December 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Motorola Surfboard SBG6782-AC Gateway by ARRIS


Check out this revolutionary gateway product: A single box with the DOCSIS 3.0 + 802.11AC and MoCA 1.1.  Upgrade your home’s gateway to DOCSIS 3.0 and enable a high-speed Ethernet network via your home’s coaxial cabling by using MoCA 1.1.  Use this network to stream high quality HDTV video to any room in your home.  MoCA 1.1 delivers 175Mbps of uninterrupted bandwidth to where you need it, i.e. your connected TV and Blu-ray player to get the best Netflix, Hulu, or other OTT service experience. Additionally, the MoCA 1.1 network off loads congestion often found on WiFi.  This improves the users overall WiFi experience on tablets and other mobile devices.  Finally, get connected directly to your gateway from any room by adding a MoCA ECA (Ethernet cable adapter) or WECA (Wireless Ethernet Cable Adapter) in that room.  No need to run a long Ethernet cable draped across the floor.  The SBG6782 can be purchased at Best Buy and Target.  Image

October 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

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