Multimedia over Coax Alliance

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Multimedia over Coax Alliance, or MoCA, logo

Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is an industry standard alliance developing technology for the connected home. MoCA technology runs over the existing in-home coaxial cabling, enabling whole-home distribution of high definition video and content.

There are two versions of the specification currently available, MoCA 1.1 and MoCA 2.0.


Products integrating MoCA technology are found in the service provider, custom installer and consumer/retail channels.[1]



The Alliance currently has 53 members including pay TV operators, OEMs, CE manufacturers and IC vendors.[2]

Promoters (Board of Directors): Arris, Broadcom, Cisco, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Echostar, Entropic Communications, Intel, Verizon.

Contributors: Alcatel-Lucent, ComplexIQ, MStar Semiconductor, Pace, STMicroelectronics, Technicolor, Time Warner Cable, ViXS Systems.

Associates: Actiontec, ADB, CableLabs, Cal Comp, Cogeco, D-Link, Hitron Technologies, Holland Electronics, Huawei, Humax, JDSU, Jebsee, LG, Macom, Marvell, MaxLinear, MultiChoice, NDS, Netgear, NXP, PPC, PDI Communications, Prime, Sagemcom, Samsung, SMC Networks, Spirent, TiVo, Ubee Interactive, Unihan, WITS Corporation, WNC, Zinwell, ZTE, ZyXEL.[2]


MoCA was established in 2004.

MoCA 1.0 was approved in 2006.

MoCA 1.1 was approved in April 2010.

MoCA 2.0 was approved in June 2010.

The Digital Living Network Alliance approved the MoCA technology specification for incorporation into its guidelines in 2009.[3]


Within the scope of the Internet protocol suite, MoCA is a protocol that provides the link layer. In the 7-layer OSI model, it would be part of the data link layer (layer 2). DLNA approved of MoCA as a layer 2 protocol.[4]

MoCA 1.1[edit]

MoCA 1.1 provides 175 Mbit/s net throughputs (275 Mbit/s PHY rate) and operates in the 500 to 1500 MHz frequency range.[5]

The Alliance publishes a list of certified products on their home page.[6]

MoCA 2.0[edit]

MoCA 2.0 supports two performance modes, Basic and Enhanced, with 400 Mbit/s and 800 Mbit/s net throughputs (MAC), using 700 Mbit/s and 1.4 Gbit/s PHY rates, respectively. Turbo Mode yields 1Gbit/s net throughput. Operating frequency range is 500 to 1650 MHz. Packet error rate is 1 packet error in 100 million.[7]

MoCA 2.0 also offers lower power modes of sleep and standby and is backward interoperable with MoCA 1.1.[8]

Frequency band plan[edit]

Channel Frequency (Center), MHz
E1 500
E2 525
E3 550
E4 575
E5 600
A1 875
B1 900
C1 925
C2 950
C3 975
C4 1000
D1 1150
D2 1200
D3 1250
D4 1300
D5 1350
D6 1400
D7 1450
D8 1500



  • Channel C4 is commonly used for Verizon FiOS for the "WAN" link from the ONT to the router.[10][11]
  • Channels D1-D8 are commonly used for "LAN" links, between Set-top boxes and the router.[10][11]
  • E band channels are commonly used by DirecTV converter boxes.[12] The DirecTV Ethernet-to-Coax Adapter (DECA) uses MoCA on this "Mid-RF" frequency band. [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MoCA Certified Products". MoCA web site. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "MoCA Members". MoCA web site. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "DLNA adds new features to 2009 interoperability guidelines". January 14, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ MOCA FAQs
  5. ^
  6. ^ "MoCA Certified Products". MoCA web site. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Introducing MoCA 2.0". MoCA website. June 15, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "MoCA FAQs". MoCA web site. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ MoCA 1.1 Specification for Device RF Characteristics
  10. ^ a b Verizon Online FiOS FAQ → 3.2 MOCA
  11. ^ a b MoCA Blog: Verizon FiOS Quick MoCA Tips
  12. ^ MoCA Blog: DIRECTV
  13. ^ You Say MoCA, I Say DECA – Which Is It?

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