CEDIA Expo Report: MoCA Booth Tour

Everyone loves MoCA. Cable, satellite, even computer folks. If you’re not familiar with MoCA networking, it’s the art of sending computer data over a coaxial cable in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with your TV enjoyment. (Curious about more? Read on.) The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) was on hand at the CEDIA Expo to gloat about their success, and they have every reason to.

As you can see from the picture above, it’s not just DIRECTV getting into the MoCA game with its DECA line. DISH uses it for the Hopper, and cable boxes from Motorola and Cisco use it too. Even Actiontec and D-Link make external adapters.

The folks at the MoCA booth were quick to point out that adding networking to any room is easy with the right MoCA adapter. There are several flavors of MoCA — you can’t use a DIRECTV DECA with a Verizon system, for example. A universal MoCA adapter isn’t available yet, although one was shown last year.

The potential of MoCA is limitless, but one way it’s being used today is home security systems. The smooth video stream that MoCA provides is perfect for security cameras, and wiring with coax instead of ethernet is both inexpensive and durable.

Yes, it certainly looks like MoCA’s hit its stride this year. We are hoping to feature more MoCA products in the coming months, and we’ll review them here!

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