In like many older homes, including my parent’s house has a limited amount of possibilities to run ethernet cables and of course, Wi-Fi does not cover the whole house due to having metal mesh inside the walls. In this guide, I will be taking my spare Verizon Fios router and converting it into a coaxial Wi-Fi bridge to add coverage.
What is MoCA?
Moca is a technology that stands for Multimedia over Coax Alliance. It is basically a coaxial network that acts as an extension of a normal network with Ethernet and Wi-Fi. You might even have a MoCA network without even knowing that you have one. If your Internet and TV provider offers a Multi-Room DVR, you are certainly on a MoCa network.
Three things that I needed to complete this project.
1. Verizon Fios router
2. Old 2010 Macbook (PC is good too.)
3. A network cable
Before continuing on with this guide reset your router because we want to start configuring it from the factory settings. Also, REMOVE your laptop off the current Wi-Fi network. We want to only configure this router and not your main one.
First task: Take your network cable attach your laptop to a LAN port of the router and now login into http://192.168.1.1 in your web browser.
You will be presented with this screen.
Click on My Network link in the title bar.
Click on Broadband Connection (Coaxial)
From this screen, click on disable. This will prevent this router from picking up a WAN IP from your ISP.
Navigate back to the My Network page and click on Network Home/Office.
Click on the settings button on the bottom.
Now here is the tricky part, You have to give the router an unused IP address. Normally you would look at your DHCP scope and find an unused address. It’s pretty safe to say that if your gateway is 192.168.1.1 and your DHCP pool is 192.168.1.1/24 or 100/24 that using anything IP address in-between 200-254 is fine for a home network. Unless you have that many devices on your home network then I’m not sure why you’re playing with Verizon routers? Joking 😀
On the same page, change the DNS Server to No DNS and IP Address Distribution to disable.
You will now need to reboot the router and connect it to a coaxial cable anywhere around the house.
You successfully configured a fully functional coaxial Wi-Fi bridge.
To make any changes to the device (like changing the Wi-Fi settings) you will have to use the IP address that you gave it before. For example, http://192.168.1.204 in my case.