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Review GoCoax Multi-gigabit MoCA 2.5 Adapter with 2.5 Gig Ethernet Network Extender for CATV Wires


hey everybody it’s la inside and we’re taking a look today at a couple of new mocha adapters from gocoax these are their new two and a half gigabit adapters and you might be saying well lon didn’t we look at a couple of mocha 2.5 adapters last year we did but the problem was that although the adapters ran at two and a half gigabits per second over coax you were only getting a gigabit out of the ethernet now they have 2.5 gig ethernet on the end so you can theoretically make use of the entire bandwidth through a pair of these adapters now we have covered mocha in detail in the past in other videos so we’re not going to go over all of the basics of this technology i would definitely suggest you take a look at some of those videos if you want to learn more but in a nutshell moca allows you to use your cable tv wiring as computer wiring and it allows you to do that without interrupting your cable or satellite television service this is a standard that the industry has agreed upon so your data for internal network communications runs alongside all of your tv signals and whatnot so you can really get the best of both worlds here without having to rewire your home ethernet is always the best but if you can’t rewire for whatever reason and you’ve got these wires in the wall already go with mocha and i think you will really enjoy things and again we’ve covered the technology in a good amount of depth in prior videos now i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that gocoax sent these to me free of charge

however all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded and i should also add that the mocha alliance which is the standards body for this technology is a past sponsor here on the channel but they are not sponsoring this video so let’s get into it now and see what these new adapters are all about now the price point on these is 74.99 you might be wondering why would i buy this more expensive one over the lower cost one that they’re selling that also supports the moca 2.5 standard and the answer is is that if you have a multi-gigabit network or a multi-gigabit internet connection in other words a network that runs faster than one gigabit per second then you might want to consider these because you can get two and a half gigabits out of the ethernet on the more expensive version here the lower cost one supports 2.

5 gigabit again over the coax cable but the output is only one gigabit now what’s nice about the moca standard is that it is a standard that’s been around for a while and like all the other mocha devices we’ve looked at here on the channel these will interoperate with older versions of mocha so if you’ve got a 1.0 out on your network somewhere it will communicate with that just fine at a lower speed but it will also communicate at the faster speed with newer devices and in my testing these have been working fine with some of my other moca devices that are slower and from other brands which is nice to see now one thing i was disappointed about on these new units though is that there’s no built-in splitter for sharing the coax connection with a television or cable box so the other version allowed you to run your cable out of the wall to a mocha jack and then there was an output to plug your tv in so you didn’t have to get another splitter to get everything to work at the same time these will require you to purchase a

splitter and i would strongly recommend you get a mocha compatible splitter and if you do a search for one you will find a splitter kind of like this one that will cover the frequency ranges that mocha 2.5 requires and i found in my experience that your house likely has a bunch of older splitters all over the place so my suggestion if you’re doing this as a project is to go through and identify the location of every split you’ve got and just swap out the splitter with one that is mocha compatible or at least verify that the splitter you’re using covers the frequency range here so you don’t have any disappointments or more aggravation and again i would have liked to have seen the splitter built in otherwise though the hardware is just as simple as it was before in fact for the most part if you just plug these things into your coax network they’ll find each other and start communicating with each other and what you typically do is you take one and plug it into your router and then every place you want to add another network connection you just plug it into the coax connection and you’re off and running now there is a security function on these which i would suggest you use there is one setup procedure that you have to do first so let me show you the control panel where you can get it that now each of these adapters has a web-based control panel oddly they did not give you any information in the instruction leaflet as to how to get into that control panel on these new adapters but the information as to how to do it on the old adapters is valid for these new ones so what i would do is go to their website download the instructions for the old one and that’ll get you into the control panel i’ve since assigned it

an ip address on my local network so i can more easily get into it so that was something they’ve got to do a little bit of work on i think but when you’re in here if you go over to security settings and then enable and wait for the page to come up here and then enable the d e x t band and then set your own password here you will then get your first unit encrypted and that way it will not be as easily snoopable if somebody were to gain access to your coax network and then as you bring new adapters on the network what you can do is push down the mps button on the main unit and then go to another unit that you’re bringing onto the network and push its button to and then they will pair themselves up without having to go into the control panel again so it’s a very convenient way to get encryption going i set it up on a live stream a little while ago it wasn’t very difficult at all and i would strongly suggest you do that now one other useful feature of this control panel is the mocha link rate section and what’s cool about this is that you can take a look and see all the mocha devices on your network and the speeds that they’re operating at so in this instance mocha adapter number zero can communicate with mocha adapter one at this bit rate now of course there’s a lot of overhead which is why eventually you’re down to about two and a half gigabits but this will give you an idea as to how all of your devices are interoperating and this is a really useful page for troubleshooting any issues you might run into all right let’s step through a couple of different speed tests and i want to explain how we’ve got everything set up here i did swap out ethernet cables just because i rearranged how i had things connected in case you’re wondering so this

adapter here is plugged into my windows computer and that windows computer is connected via a thunderbolt ethernet connection at two and a half gigabits out of this green cable so all of the data that comes into that computer is going to come through the coax and out the green cable to the ethernet adapter and then of course any data that we send out is going to come through the green cable into the box and then out through the coax connection it will then travel through the coax network here through the cable to this adapter which is connected to the rest of my network so picture this one as being next to your router and this one being in the remote room that you want to connect now for the purposes of our test today i’ve got a 100 foot coax cable here that’s running all the way in my room and back again in one big loop just to kind of simulate a longer cable and you will encounter performance variability based on how many splits you have and the power that you’re able to get on the other end of the cable and so in many cases if you’re going a really long distance you might want to look at a mocha compatible amplifier if you’re seeing speeds dropping off at farther distances but right now we’re going to go about a hundred feet now not to brag here but i’ve got a super fast internet connection it’s two gigabits symmetrical so let’s hit the go button here and we’ll see where we end up so the first thing that will happen here is it’s going to ping the server in boston and as you can see here we are well north of a gigabit so we’re downloading data from the comcast server here at two gigabits per second through the mocha adapters here over the coax cable and then we’re able to shoot data back at around that same speed this test often varies a bit because sometimes actually max out the server

but as you can see here we had an awesome connection very similar to what i would get on ethernet the ping rate there of 10 milliseconds is about three or four milliseconds higher than what i get on ethernet and so these will add roughly three or four milliseconds of latency to whatever you’re connecting to not a lot and again the speeds here i think speak for themselves at least with an internet speed test now a little bit earlier we ran an iperf test which is a local network benchmark test and as you can see here when we were sending data from the client computer to a server on the local network here we were pushing about 2.3 gigabits per second that’s what i would expect out of a 2.5 gigabit ethernet connection and then we reversed the test and went the other way from the server to the client and here we also saw results similar to what we saw on the internet test and that we were getting the same speeds here in both directions so as far as these network bandwidth tests are concerned we are getting 2.

5 gigabits now one thing to note about mocha is that it is not symmetrical so you get two and a half gigabits total in either direction and these devices will negotiate how to divvy up that available bandwidth but if you’re downloading and uploading at the same time you’re dealing with a total pool of two and a half gigabits per second not two and a half gigabits simultaneously in either direction so let’s take a look at a real world example here some file transfers we’re going to grab this file here about 1.6 gigabytes and copy it to my pc i’ll just agree to the security issue here and

click continue and as you can see we’re transferring this at what we would expect out of a 2.5 gigabit connection so all is good in that direction let’s see how fast we can copy files back all right so i’ve got the file here i just renamed it and we’re going to drag it back over to the other computer and as you can see we’re able to send files back over the network at the same speed we received them at again remember that mocha is not a symmetrical network so if there’s other network activity going on in either direction you will see different performance here but by and large these mocha adapters are delivering two and a half gigabits all the way through so all together this is working as advertised and just remember if you do not have a multi-gigabit network you do not need to buy the more expensive version here the other gocoax adapter that is moca 2.5 compatible costs less and has gigabit ethernet which is what most networks are currently running at at least at the time i’m shooting this video this will not be any faster than those unless you have a multi-gigabit switch or router so if you’ve got one great you’ll see the speed increases if not go with the other one and then if you ever upgrade to a faster switch or router you can use these devices along with the other ones seamlessly they really interconnect quite well power consumption is very reasonable about five or six watts so all in a great way to extend your network if you don’t want to run ethernet that’s going to do it for now until next time this is lon seiben thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters including gold level supporters chris alegretta tom albrecht jim callagher hot sauce and video games and brian parker if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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