How Do I Convert Coax to Ethernet?

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You can convert coaxial to Ethernet by using an adapter. Specifically, you would need to use a MoCA adapter.

Defining Coax

Coaxial cable, sometimes abbreviated as coax, is the type of wiring in your home that delivers cable TV, Internet and other services. The coax cable is a single wire with a metal rounded or cylindrical end that screws into a coax jack. Take a look at your cable box or cable modem and you will see this wire.

If your home has been wired for cable TV service, then you have coax in the walls. It’s likely that when you first signed up for cable installation, the Internet service provider (ISP) technician came to your home and connected the modem to the wall with a coaxial cable. They should have also provided Ethernet cables for connecting routers or other devices directly to the modem.

Using the existing installed coax wiring, the Ethernet cords and a device like a MoCA adapter is how you can convert coax to Ethernet.

Defining Ethernet

Ethernet refers to the most common type of Local Area Network (LAN).  The LAN could be your home, apartment building, office, school, etc. Wherever a group of computers and other devices are connected together over a single network and are all in the same location. What you need to know is that Ethernet is a direct wired connection that transmits data over a cable or wire. (Similar to coax.)

An Ethernet cable resembles old, or traditional, phone cords. The single wire has a squared-off plastic piece at the end that plugs into Ethernet jacks, which are commonly found on laptops, computers or other adapter devices.


Using Ethernet and Coax

Ethernet over coax or MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) is a technology that uses your coaxial cable wiring in your home. You can “convert” coax to Ethernet by using them together in the appropriate places. This requires MoCA adapters.

MoCA adapters require coax wiring and an Ethernet cord. All you have to do is connect one MoCA adapter to a coax jack and into your router. Then, connect the other MoCA adapter into the device you are using to connect to the Internet with the Ethernet cable.

When everything is setup, the MoCA technology will help boost your Internet network. This means faster speeds, reliable connection and better coverage throughout your home.

Want to learn more about coax, Ethernet and MoCA technology? Check out Hitron’s Learn Page for more resources on these topics. By simply using HT-EM4 MoCA adapters, you can enhance your Wi-Fi connection and Internet experience in every corner of your home.

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