Powerline vs. MoCa Alternative Networking Technology

Bethany Walsh

Jun 28, 2022

Your wireless router networking may not be able to give enough coverage for the whole of your house, depending on the dimensions and layout of your property (or workplace). Access points and repeaters are only two of the numerous possibilities available to you to expand the range of your wireless network's coverage. However, increasing the content of your wireless network does come with one crucial caveat: every time you increase the capacity of your wireless network (by using a WiFi repeater or extender), the throughput will decrease to around half of its original speed.

The simplicity of the process is what draws the majority of users to the option of extending the range of a wireless signal. There is no need for you to make any holes in your walls or to run any cables. These solutions may be implemented with ease. Instead, these solutions make use of the infrastructure that is already there in your facility.


MoCA adapters make it possible to construct a network connection by using the coaxial cable already in your house. Because most modern homes already have coax wiring installed, MoCA is an excellent alternative for gaining a dependable, hardwired network without the need to make holes or run wires. MoCA adapters provide high-quality network connections, are reliable, have little latency, and are fast. Users can enjoy 2.5Gbps download speeds with a latency of fewer than five milliseconds while using MoCA 2.5. MoCA 3.0 is now being developed, and it intends to attain speeds of 10G.

MoCA has the shortest reach of the three alternatives that have been described in this article since its range is just 300 feet; however, to make up for this, it enables you to utilize 16 adapters concurrently on one network (more than the other two options that will be discussed). The actual throughput that MoCA offers is the highest of these three alternatives.


Like MoCA, HPNA technology enables customers to share an Ethernet connection across their homes by using the in-building coaxial cable already present in the building as a conduit (or office). In contrast to MoCA adapters, certain HPNA adapters can also build a connection via copper telephone phone cabling. Because it operates on a distinct set of frequencies than speech or television, it may be sent via telephone lines without interfering with the continuity of established services such as voice or fax transmissions.

The highest speed performance of the HPNA technology is 320Mbps, which is slower than the MoCA technology. On the other hand, HPNA adapters can reach greater distances than MoCA or Powerline adapters, with a maximum separation of 5,000 feet (within an entire total space of 1000 square feet). You are limited to using a maximum of ten HPNA devices on a single network.


Powerline technology, in contrast to MoCA and HPNA, creates a connected connection by using the electrical wiring that is already there in your house. Powerline may go by various names depending on where you are from; Power-line communication (PLC) and Ethernet over Power are two of the most prevalent alternative words. (It is important to note that Power over Ethernet (PoE) is not the same as Ethernet over Power).

Powerline adapters are not very bulky and connect to a wall power outlet by being plugged into that outlet. Because they are plug-and-play devices, powerline adapters are incredibly easy to use. In the same way, you need two MoCA and HPNA adapters to get a network up and running, and you also need two Powerline adapters. The operation of MoCA and HPNA adapters is similar to that of powerline adapters. You will still need to connect a Powerline adapter to your router, and then you will need to use a new adaptor in a different section of your house.

You can connect up to eight different adapters to a single network when using Powerline. Over the pre-existing electrical wiring in a building, the transmission range of each adapter is up to 984 feet. Mixing and combining the various kinds of Powerline adapters in your house enables you to create a Powerline network that is unique to your needs (WiFi Powerline adapters, adapters with built-in power outlets, etc.).

Moca against HPNA vs. Powerline

It's not going to be possible to implement all of these technologies in every single house or setting. Everything boils down to the resources that are accessible in your own home or place of business. Because certain houses do not already have a coaxial cable connected throughout the building, MoCA and HPNA adapters are not an option for all scenarios in which those two technologies are used. There are certain houses where the electrical grid is not designed to work with Powerline adapters. Additionally, certain service providers are not compatible with MoCA or HPNA.

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