[ale] Slightly OT: Retro-fitting Gigabit Ethernet in House?

Brian MacLeod nym.bnm at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 16:01:01 EDT 2022

I second Solomon's suggestion for ease of use.  I have an older house with
some shady coax lying around but sure enough I was able to get 1Gb speeds
using MoCA.  Technically, from what I can tell, the MoCA devices say the
cable is good and could support the 2+Gb rate, if only the ethernet
connection on the adapter did that fast.  That said, that means there is
headroom on that coax line to have another MoCA adapter (or even two) to
expand using the coax instead of pulling without worrying about degrading
the speed.

I am, however, also getting stuff together to eventually do a pull of
Cat6E, finicky as it is.  I figure I might as well try for that 10Gb
goodness if I'm going to pull, and who knows, maybe I'll even prep some
fiber runs.

Options are nice to have, and punching holes in the walls should be done
with intent to expand (yes, I'm going to do conduit).


On Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 10:10 AM Solomon Peachy via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 09:52:57AM -0400, Neal Rhodes via Ale wrote:
> > His office is on the 2nd floor.   Yes, for his job he can make use of the
> > extra speed. The only provision for ethernet is some coax of dubious
> > caliber.
> IIRC MoCA 2.0/2.1 devices will give you real-world Gigabit speeds, and
> newer stuff will go even faster.  So I'd say it's worth a try before
> going through the hassle of trying to pull Cat6+ through the place, and a
> hell of a lot better than pwerline.
> > He's wondering if any of the powerline adapters really work at gigabit
> > speeds.
> In theory, the current-gen stuff will get you there but it's very
> distance dependent.  Performance falls off rapidly, and they're very
> suceptible to interference.
>  - Solomon
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