Multimedia over Coax Alliance

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Multimedia over Coax Alliance, or MoCA, logo

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is an international standards consortium publishing specifications for networking over coaxial cable.

There are three versions of the specification currently available, MoCA 1.1, MoCA 2.0, and MoCA 2.5.

History[edit]

MoCA was established in 2004.

MoCA 1.0 was approved in 2006, MoCA 1.1 in April 2010, MoCA 2.0 in June 2010, and MoCA 2.5 in April 2016.[1]

Membership[edit]

The Alliance currently has 45 members including pay TV operators, OEMs, CE manufacturers and IC vendors.[2]

MoCA’s board of directors consists of Arris, Broadcom, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Echostar, Intel, MaxLinear and Verizon.

Technology[edit]

Within the scope of the Internet protocol suite, MoCA is a protocol that provides the link layer. In the 7-layer OSI model, it provides definitions within the data link layer (layer 2) and the physical layer (layer 1). DLNA approved of MoCA as a layer 2 protocol.[3]

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.[4]

MoCA 2.0[edit]

MoCA 2.0 offers actual throughputs (MAC rate) up to 1 Gbps. Operating frequency range is 500 to 1650 MHz. Packet error rate is 1 packet error in 100 million.[5]

MoCA 2.0 also offers lower power modes of sleep and standby and is backward interoperable with MoCA 1.1.[6]

MoCA 2.5[edit]

MoCA 2.5 (introduced April 13, 2016[7]) offers actual data rates up to 2.5 Gbit/s, continues to be backward interoperable with MoCA 2.0 and MoCA 1.1, and adds MoCA protected setup (MPS), Management Proxy, Enhanced Privacy, Network wide Beacon Power, and Bridge detection.[8]

MoCA Access is intended for multiple dwelling units (MDUs) such as hotels, resorts, hospitals, or educational facilities. It is based on the current MoCA 2.0 standard which is capable of 1 Gbps net throughputs, and MoCA 2.5 which is capable of 2.5 Gbps.

MoCA performance profiles[edit]

MoCA 1.0 MoCA 1.1 MoCA 2.0 MoCA 2.0
bonded
MoCA 2.1 MoCA 2.1
bonded
MoCA 2.5
Mbit/s actual throughput 100 175 500 1000 500 1000 2500
Number of channels bonded 2 2 3~5
Power save (standby and sleep) X X X X X
MoCA protected setup (MPS) X X X
Management proxy X X X
Enhanced privacy X X X
Network wide beacon power X X X
Bridge detection X X X

Frequency band plan[edit]

Channel Frequency (center), MHz[9]
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

Notes:

  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home Networking Gets a New Performance Standard". www.mocalliance.org. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  2. ^ "MoCA Members". MoCAlliance.org. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ MOCA FAQs
  4. ^ http://moca4installers.com/moca_faqs.php
  5. ^ "Introducing MoCA 2.0". MoCA website. June 15, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "MoCA FAQs". MoCA web site. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ KMCreative. "Home Networking Gets a New Performance Standard". www.mocalliance.org. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  8. ^ "MoCA 2.5 News". MoCA web site. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "MoCA 1.1 Specification for Device RF Characteristics" (PDF). MoCAlliance.org. Multimedia over Coax Alliance. 
  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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