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A MOCA Bridge is an layer 2 ethernet bridge that passes ethernet frames between a MOCA (coax) network segment and a cat5 network segment.
The Verizon provided Actiontec or Westell router includes two MOCA bridges.
• A MOCA LAN bridge which provides connectivity between the router and the Verizon Set-Top Boxes (STBs).
If you have FIOS-TV with Verizon STBs and also want to run your own router as primary, you will need a MOCA LAN bridge between your router and the STBs. You can use the MOCA LAN bridge in the Actiontec for this, or you can use a third-party MOCA bridge.
See »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ »What are the tradeoffs between the various router configurations for connectivity options.
A MOCA bridge is also a good way to extend connectivity into rooms that do not have a cat5 connection.
See the following FAQ: »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ »Can I get an ethernet connection in a room with only coax?
Several third-party MOCA bridges are currently available:
• Motorola NIM-100 #
• Actiontec ECB2200 #
• EBC2500 - Available new.
• Netgear MCAB1001 #*
• D-Link DXN-221 #* - Pair or DXN-220 single.
• Linksys MEB200 #* - No known retail outlet.
All listed devices have been certified for channels D1-D8 (MOCA LAN).
* Indicates device has also been certified for channel C4 (MOCA WAN).
• Westell 9100EM - Also available on eBay.