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Four Options for Home Networks…Going with MoCA and Hoping to Stream Smooth HD Video

November 1st, 2009 · No Comments

There’s pretty much four choices for home networks these days: Traditional Wired Cat-5e/6, Wireless G/N,  Powerline, and MoCA (Multimedia Over Coax Alliance).  I’ve been hunting for a solution that isn’t too expensive, which will allow for smooth streaming of HD video from my Media Center PCs to my extenders (Xbox 360 and two DMA-2200s).  Here’s my train of thought, and plan:

- Traditional wired Cat-5e/6 is way too expensive…too much time running cable, and too much money for drywall repair

- Wireless G doesn’t have the throughput to stream HD video with no artifacts like pixelation or stuttering

- Wireless N is too costly (I’d have to buy multiples and bridge them), and doesn’t guarantee smooth streaming HD video

- I cannot find where anyone has successfully streamed smooth .dvr-ms or .wtv HD video across the Netgear Powerline HD Adapters

So, by power of elimination, and from reading (and watching) many success stories, I’m going to give the MoCA network a shot.  Verizon FIOS is my ISP so I already have the MoCA capable Actiontec MI-424WR Rev E Router.  I just purchased two more MI-424WRs (Rev C), and will put one in the living room with the other in the master bedroom, then configure them as Bridges using xnappo’s instructions on AVSForum.  Click on the image thumbnail above for my planned MoCA network wiring diagram.

As always, I’ll report back with the results!

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