Cable-Tec Expo: MoCA Touts 2.0 Field Tests

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) said new field tests of the speedier 2.0 version of the home networking platform achieved net data rates of 400 Mbps or more in 90% of all coaxial outlets, or paths.

Those tests also showed net throughputs of at least 350 Mbps were achieved in 95% of paths, the organization said. The chart shows the percentage of paths delivering a specific data rate or higher for both raw data (PHY) and net (MAC) throughput.

MoCA said the results were based on trials conducted in 205 U.S. homes, noting that all homeowners were volunteers, and that no homes were screened or selected based on construction materials, age, condition of coaxial wiring, or the type of pay TV service being delivered to those homes .

“The completion of the MoCA 2.0 field tests confirms the speed, ease of installation and reliability of our technology,” Charles Cerino, MoCA’s president, said in a statement. “This proves that coax is the high-speed backbone of the home network.”  

MoCA, a technology used in multi-room DVRs and in bridge devices that extend the reach of home WiFi networks, is also conducting similar trials in China, Israel and South Africa.

The organization announced in April that all new product certifications conducted in the first quarter of 2015 were for devices based on MoCA 2.0, a platform that’s designed to support usable throughputs of more than 400 Mbps in “Basic” mode and 500 Mbps in a “Turbo” point-to-point setting when utilizing a single channel. MoCA 2.0 also supports an “Enhanced” mode that uses channel bonding to provide throughputs of between 800 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

More than 30 products have been certified for MoCA 2.0.