MoCA Adapter: Use Coax Cables, Connect to Internet!

How to Connect MoCA Ethernet to Coax Adapter:

MoCA stands for Multimedia Over Coax Alliance that enables you to use existing coaxial cables (provided for Cable TV) to connect network devices to the LAN/Computer Network and access the Internet. A pair of MoCA adapters is all you need (at either end of the coax. junction box) to enable data, voice and video to be transported over the coaxial cable, instead of the regular Cat5/6 twisted pair network cable. MoCA enables one to use coaxial cables instead of network cables.

Why are MoCA adapters required?

Most homes have a network of coaxial cables running into major areas like living rooms, bedrooms, etc. These are provided for extending Cable TV connection, but today, the same coax cable can also carry data/Internet signals, along with Cable TV signals.

The best alternative would be to create a wired network using Cat5/6 cables and switches but that can get expensive (or) it may be difficult to create a new network/not possible to conceal the wires, in many houses. Wireless network is another alternative, but that has its own issues like interference, dropped connections, limited coverage area, etc. Powerline networking, that carries data signals over electrical power cables is another consideration, but that may not be the optimum technology to carry HD video and other bandwidth-intensive signals. Continue reading

Cable Modem & Wireless Router: Netgear N600 C3700

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The Netgear N600 C3700 is a DOCSIS 3.0-enabled Cable Modem (and) Dual-band (300 + 300 Mbps) a/b/g/n Wi-Fi-enabled wireless router (and) 2 Gigabit Switch ports, all three combined into a single unit! Advantages of combining them include: Lower cost, lower space requirements, less cables, and a single management interface.

This unit can save you money if you replace your cable ISP provided modem with this one, as most charge a rent of $6 per month, for the modem. Since it supports the latest DOCSIS 3.0 standard, and N600 Wi-Fi standards, the Internet speeds and Wi-Fi LAN speeds will be good. Continue reading

Multi-brand IP Camera Monitoring/Management Software

Bule Iris Software is a multi-brand IP Camera/ Webcam/ DV Camcoder/ Analog Cards Monitoring & Management software for video surveillance (both live and recording). When you buy IP Video Cameras from different companies for different applications, each camera comes with its own management software. But it’s a headache to monitor multiple cameras using multiple dashboards/multiple systems.

Blue Iris Software integrates all the multi-brand/vendor cameras into a single application and enables people to monitor and manage surveillance videos through a single dashboard. You can view live & record video footage from any IP camera in your home or office, from any location – over the LAN, or remotely over the Internet.

The (optional, but highly recommended) mobile app lets users do everything that the web application does, using their mobile phone! Continue reading

Cable Modem + Wi Fi AC Router: Motorola SBG6782-AC

Video Introduction:

The ARRIS Motorola Surfboard SBG6782-AC Cable Modem + Wi-Fi Router is an excellent choice if you want to buy both cable modem and wireless router for your home or small office. This is a DOCSIS 3.0 enabled cable modem, hence you can be assured of getting the fastest Internet speed provided by your cable Internet service provider. This device also offers the highest Wireless LAN speeds possible today, inside your home. Wireless AC can provide a theoretical bandwidth of up to 1750 Mbps (in both 2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz channels combined). The SBG6782-AC also has four gigabit Ethernet ports, and is MoCA compatible. (Enables you to create Ethernet network using coaxial cables.)

Note: Check if modem is provided by your cable Internet provider. If so, check if they are charging exorbitant rent on the modem every month. If so, you can benefit by outright purchase of this modem and returning the modem provided by the cable Internet provider. Also, Wireless AC offers higher speeds over Wireless N (for Wireless LAN), but the devices in your wireless network should also be Wireless AC enabled to take advantage of the higher speed. Backward compatibility to 802.11 b/g/n devices is supported, though. 

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