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Setting Up A MoCA 2.0 Ethernet-Over-Coax Network, LAN Benchmarks

You know, back in the day, before Ethernet, there was a way to network PCs together using a technology called "Token Ring".  It was limited to 10Mbps and required that all computers on the network be connected together in a series.  

That connection was made using BNC connectors over Coax cable.  It was slow and a computer could only transmit when it had the "Token" which was the packet broadcast to every computer on the "Ring".  There was no real switch, though they did exist to help connect different rings together.  

It is old technology like this that makes me question "Ethernet over Coax" as a viable "new" solution since it actually existed and has been deemed obsolete.

The MoCA 2.0 specification is six years but there still aren't many consumer devices making use of this "Multimedia over Coax Alliance" standard nor the newer MoCA 2.5 standard. But in looking for alternatives to Ethernet over powerline when expanding my network, I ended up setting up a MoCA 2.0 system while running some Linux performance benchmarks along the way.

Phoronix has given the new network layer a shot and came up with some interesting results.  Could it replace powerline networking?  Honestly, I never thought powerline networks should have been a thing but, people seem to like them.

Related Web URL: http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=23952

 

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