Faster downloads and enhanced streaming over existing coaxial (coax) cable appears imminent as industry association Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) announced network data transfer speeds of over 400 Mbps net throughputs (MAC rate) in 90 percent of coaxial cabling outlets used in a field test of the MoCA 2.0 connected home networking standard. Net throughputs exceeded 350 Mbps for 95 percent of outlets, according to a news release.
Delivering MoCA 2.0 testing kits and MoCA-certified devices from Broadcom and Entropic to 108 volunteer homes across the U.S., a testing application “created an operational MoCA 2.0 network and ran measurements between each pair of MoCA devices in the network at frequencies from 500 MHz to 1.6 GHz,” MoCA explains. The objective, the industry association continues “was to collect results from a diversity of real-world, coax-based installations.”
This is the latest field test of MoCA home network standards. MoCA field tested MoCA 1.0 in 250 U.S. homes back in 2005. That verified its ability to deliver over 100 Mbps net throughput over coax in 97 percent of all outlets. With “minor remediation,” MoCA was able to achieve that rate over 100 percent of in-home network outlets.
MoCA joins a variety of home networking and content distribution technologies for the home, including HomePNA, HomeGrid, HomePlug, and Wi-Fi. Faster in-home networks are in greater demand as broadband speeds to the home continue to rise, including Gigabit services.