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NETGEAR MCAB1001 MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit (Black)

by Netgear
4.3 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews
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  • Kit turns any coaxial outlet into a high-speed Ethernet connection for convenient networking
  • Supports uninterrupted HD video, gaming, and high-speed networking for use with HDTV or gaming systems
  • Provides transfer speeds of up to 270 Mbps and integrated data encryption for secure file transfers
  • Measures 1.0 x 6.75 x 4.38 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 0.62 pounds; backed by a 1-year limited warranty
  • Includes two MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapters, two RG-6 Coax cables, two Ethernet cables, two power adapters, installation guide, and setup CD
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Netgear
  • Model Number: MCAB1001-100NAS
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: This product is no longer under manufacturer warranty. Seller offers 30 warranty replacement. No returns for refunds on this product.
  • Item Display Weight: 2.85 pounds

Product Description

Product Description

Turns coaxial cable outlets into a high-speed Ethernet network connection; Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) supports uninterrupted HD video, gaming and high-speed networking; For use with both wired and wireless routers and gateways; Delivers up to 270 Mbps transfer speed; Connect an Xbox360, PlayStation 3, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, VUDU box, TiVo, Slingbox, DVR, NETGEAR ReadyNAS storage, desktop, or notebook PC; Works with DSL broadband in homes wired for cable; Data encryption ensures privacy and security; Not compatible with satellite television installations (e.g., DIRECTV, DISH Network).

From the Manufacturer

From the Cataloger The NETGEAR MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit turns your existing coaxial cable outlets into high-speed Ethernet network connections, making them perfect for hooking up your HDTV, Blu-ray Disc player, DVR, or your favorite gaming console to your home network and the Internet. The MoCA integrates seamlessly with your existing HDTV setup and supports high-bandwidth applications for fast, continuous HD video streams.

The NETGEAR MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit:
  • Turns any coaxial outlet into a high-speed Ethernet network connection
  • Supports the highest bandwidth applications like HD video
  • Offers transfer speeds as high as 270 Mbps
  • Provides data encryption for air-tight security





The compact MoCA offers transfer speeds of up to 270 Mbps. View larger.

Simple setups let you use existing coaxial cable outlets for high speed networking. View larger.
Blazing-Fast Performance
With transfer speeds of up to 270 Mbps, the MoCA ensures that you won't be curtailed by slow loading and data transfers. The MoCA 's Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) supports uninterrupted HD video, gaming, and high-speed networking for easy integration with your HDTV or gaming system. Downloading HD-quality movies directly to your HDTV has never been faster, or easier.

Quick and Easy Installation
Installing the MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit is as quick and easy as it gets. It features an easy plug-and-play design that installs within seconds of taking it out of the box: simply plug the unit directly into your existing coaxial cable outlet. It will work with DSL broadband, cable broadband, and your existing cable TV service, or in homes already wired for cable where the coax isn't in use. (The MoCA is not compatible with satellite television installations, such as DIRECTV or DISH Network.) Compatible with wired or wireless routers, the MoCA turns any coaxial outlet into a high-speed network connection in a matter of minutes.

Supports a Wide Variety of Applications
Use the MoCA to connect an XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, VUDU box, TiVo, Slingbox, DVR, NETGEAR ReadyNAS storage, or desktop or notebook computer to your home network. NETGEAR AV Series components are built to handle the high-performance needs of HD video, gaming, streaming music, and high-speed Internet connectivity.

Air-Tight Privacy and Security
Security and privacy is always an issue when dealing with a networking setup, but not with the MoCA. Thanks to NETGEAR's integrated data encryption feature that ensures your private information is safe from hackers, your network will be completely secure and private.

Each MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter measures 1.0 x 6.75 x 4.38 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 0.62 pounds. It is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Two MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapters (MCA1001), two RG-6 Coax cables with F-type connectors (1 meter/3.28 ft), two Ethernet cables (1.5 meters/4.92 ft), two power adapters, installation guide, setup CD, and warranty/support information card.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.4 x 6.8 x 1 inches
Item Weight 9.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
ASIN B001N85NMI
Item model number MCAB1001-100NAS
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #252 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Powerline Network Adapters
Date first available at Amazon.com December 7, 2008

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I've been waiting for the Netgear MoCA Kit for awhile now. There were other solutions, but I had high hopes for this model. As it turns out, it was worth the wait.

First things first, installation was a snap. I followed the instructions and all status lights were on and I was able to use a computer on the other end within minutes. Awesome, but now the TVs were not working. I went into the configuration and turned off All Pass and the problem was fixed. There were also options to adjust frequency, but I did not have to go that far. My setup includes a cable box and DVR and the MoCA works great with them. I'll be adding a small switch to allow for connecting gaming consoles and other devices soon.

I have not tested the transfer speeds extensively, although the Adapters are saying they are at 252 Mbps (out of a max of 270 Mbps). I do have some doubts that the speed is that high, but it's not too far off. Files transferred quickly and I was streaming photos, music, and videos from my home server within minutes to my HDTV in the other room. While I did not test all kinds of video file types, I was able to stream 720p and 1080i without trouble and no lag at all. Of course, if you had other devices pulling bandwidth, then it might be an issue.

You receive 2 coax cables and 2 ethernet cables in the kit. However, it would have been nice to have the cables a bit longer. The configuration pages are fairly straight-forward. Although, it requires you to hook a computer directly up to the devices in order to access the setup options, which isn't a big deal because after you get it going I don't really think you will be doing any additional configuration.
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As others have mentioned, this product operates at 1.5 Ghz frequency. However, apparently many (most?) cable company-installed splitters and amplifiers top out at 1Ghz/1000Mhz. What this means is that if you have splitters and/or amplifiers in your line, this product may not work, since the frequency the network data is transmitted on between the Coax units may be filtered out by the splitters and amplifiers. This would be like trying to tune in FM 103 on a radio that doesn't go above 99 on the FM frequency scale. (And any Electrical Engineers out there, feel free to correct me if my layman's understanding strays.)

When I hooked the adapters up on my coax lines, the power LED and the Ethernet LED light up, but the Coax traffic LED does not, indicating network traffic is not being transmitted between units. I tested the units by linking them directly together by coax (as suggested in other reviews) and the Coax LED will light in that configuration, so the problem is not a defective unit.

As to my particulars, I have a four bedroom, 2800sf house with 6 cable outlets and Cox Communications is my provider. I have at least three two-way splitters with a 1 Ghz limit on the high end outside my cable box and a four-way splitter/amplifier at my box, which also has a 1Ghz limit on the high end. And while it may be possible to replace the splitters outside the cable box with 2.3 Ghz splitters, I'm not sure it's possible (or even kosher) to replace the splitter/amplifier at the box with one that operates with a higher top end frequency.

As to alternative solutions, I've previously tried a single wireless N router (insufficient coverage and signal throughput) and a wireless N router with a separate Hawking wireless N range extender (would not configure).
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I bought the Netgear MCAB1001 because I didn't want the router supplied with my Verizon FiOS internet, the ActionTec MI424WR. Verizon configures their routers with a custom firmware that maintains at least one administration backdoor into the device (on port 4567) and explicitly forbids you from creating a rule to block incoming connections on that port. I don't trust Verizon on my home network, so I needed to replace their trojan router with my own network device that could bridge the MoCA "network" (i.e. the Coax connection from the Optical Network Terminal on the outside of the house) to the Ethernet WAN connection on my personal router. This device will do that for you.

In the box is a small setup flyer, which doesn't describe my intended use case at all, and in fact only served to confuse me. There's a slightly better user manual PDF available on the Netgear site, but it's only slightly better.

Configuration of this device can only be done from a Windows system, because you have to run a Windows-only executable from Netgear on the included CD. It's a good thing I had a Windows VM ready to go, because otherwise this would have been a problem.

There are a few crucial things you have to do in order for this device to work with the Verizon FiOS ONT at all. One, you have to find the "Coax interface password" from the Verizon router's admin pages, and enter it as the Netgear's "privacy / encryption" key. Two, you must explicitly release your DHCP lease from the Verizon router! If you don't do this, it will be two hours before your new router can get a DHCP lease. Three, back in the Netgear configuration settings you have to choose 1000MHz under "channel" and "All Pass" under "Diplexer".
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