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asbril

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I have Comcast internet but use its modem/router only as a modem and use Google Nest, with 2 extra pods,  as the router.

The modem is placed at a far end of my home and I get around 800 Mps into the router.  Close to the router I get around 600 on Wifi but at the 2 extra pods I get between 250  and 75 Mbs.

I have been reading about the Moca solution, whereby I would connect  one or both of the other pods via Moca and then supposedly get a much faster wifi at the other end of my home.

Has anyone tried this solution (with success)  ?

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3 minutes ago, asbril said:

Has anyone tried this solution (with success)  ?

I haven't tried MoCA, but I know exactly what your issue is what the Nest "mesh" system. Their system was the pits for me when I tried it. It's only dual band and degrades the speed because of the backhaul. So you're probably maxing out what the satellites can give you.

What you'd want to look for is a tri-band mesh system and speeds would be a little bit better. There would still be some signal loss, but they've gotten a lot better through the years. 

Also, STAY AWAY from Aero from Amazon if you're on Comcast. I've heard horror stories of that product not working with the Comcast gateway. Simply because the Aero doesn't have a way to clone a mac address. 

I currently also use their XB7 gateway, but have a TP-link M9+ mesh system and get fairly good speeds on the furthest satellite. (getting about 300-400mb down and 18mb up - about max what I expect for my setup)

Although, I think when my current "promo" period is up I'll be switching to AT&T Fiber. It is now available in my area. I've even considered T-Mobile internet as I get decent speeds on the cell network at home.

NOTE: I see that Nest now has the Nest Wifi Pro that is tri-band, but gives up the "smart speaker" function in any additional units you get. 

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I recently moved to a new house in a more rural area than I used to live in, and the new residence is only serviced by Comcast/Xfinity.  My prior residence had Verizon FIOS and the house was wired internally for Ethernet, but the new place is older and only wired with COAX.  I've deployed MOCA adapters throughout the house so I can use the existing COAX for wired network connectivity. 

I use Motorola MM1025 MOCA adapters, and have six installed.  It's taken me a while to get everything working reliably and I've learned a few lessons along the say, such as having good quality splitters, limiting the number of them used, and making sure the cables, connectors, and even the wall plate connections are in good shape. 

Service to the house is rated at 1.2 Gbps, and Comcast/Xfinity typically over-provisions a bit.  I have my own cable modem, and speed tests from the router to the outside world regularly get 1380+ Mbps download and 40+ Mbps upload.  Internally, the network uses Unifi equipment and is rated for gigabit speed, and I reliably get 900+ Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload from wired endpoint devices to the Internet.  

I also have several wireless access points attached.  Speed from wireless devices varies significantly by device, but being able to use MOCA and COAX as a back haul for the access points on the network works great.  My iPhone gets ~300 Mbps download and 37 Mbps upload throughout the house. 

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7 minutes ago, Geddy said:

I haven't tried MoCA, but I know exactly what your issue is what the Nest "mesh" system. Their system was the pits for me when I tried it. It's only dual band and degrades the speed because of the backhaul. So you're probably maxing out what the satellites can give you.

What you'd want to look for is a tri-band mesh system and speeds would be a little bit better. There would still be some signal loss, but they've gotten a lot better through the years. 

Also, STAY AWAY from Aero from Amazon if you're on Comcast. I've heard horror stories of that product not working with the Comcast gateway. Simply because the Aero doesn't have a way to clone a mac address. 

I currently also use their XB7 gateway, but have a TP-link M9+ mesh system and get fairly good speeds on the furthest satellite. (getting about 300-400mb down and 18mb up - about max what I expect for my setup)

Although, I think when my current "promo" period is up I'll be switching to AT&T Fiber. It is now available in my area. I've even considered T-Mobile internet as I get decent speeds on the cell network at home.

NOTE: I see that Nest now has the Nest Wifi Pro that is tri-band, but gives up the "smart speaker" function in any additional units you get. 

Thanks. I am not really in the mood to change router again as I did so earlier this year with Comcast's own pod system. That was not a good change and purchased the newer Nest router (prob. not the pro).  I am going to explore @dwengrovitz setup.

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