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Does anybody know which MoCA versions are on the different revisions of the Actiontec routers, specifically Rev I [actiontec.com] (with the red stripe)? I'm pretty sure my earlier versions (rev F) are MoCA 1.0. I have seen people online state that Rev I is 1.1 and others claim that it's 2.0. Does anybody know for sure?


Background: I currently use three, one Rev I and two Rev F, as my network. They're linked via MoCA and all act as APs. I get about 50-80Mbps thoroughput on LAN wired connections. However, the wifi is pretty spotty and slow -- usually around 5-15 Mbps. We've lived with it for five or so years because it was cheap, but we've decided to upgrade. We bought the TP Link Deco M4 mesh system for our WAPs. I'm willing to let that be the entire network, but I'd prefer to have a wired backbone, at least for the two main floors of the house -- I don't care as much about the basement. I was thinking about buying a pair of Actiontec MoCA adapters [amazon.com] but they're expensive. If I could just buy another Fios Rev I router, I would do that. I still might anyway, since 1.1 is probably fast enough for my needs ATM and removing the 1.0 nodes will speed it up.

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I found an Actiontec support page that says revisions E-I are 1.1. Since the Rev F routers are 10/100 ethernet, that must be the bottleneck. I should be receiving a Rev I in the next few days -- I'll see if replacing my Rev F bumps my LAN speeds to 175ish Mbps. Even though that's supposedly slower than the new router, I think I'll use it as the backbone just for reliability.
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So I'm updating this thread just in case it helps anybody on SD or wandering around on the internet. I have set up my house with a MoCA network with three nodes. Two are running Actiontec Rev I 10/100/1000 routers and one is running an Actiontec Rev F. I did a real-world test with LAN Speed Test going from a desktop with SSD to eight year old laptop. The desktop was always connected to a Rev I node, the laptop changed its connection.

When it's Rev I <-> Rev F, the average speeds in Mbps were 26 write and 56 read. When it's Rev I <-> Rev I, the average speeds were 51 write and 107 read.

In the past, I had my SSD desktop hooked up to my HTPC Rev F <-> Rev I and would get about 45 write and 75 read. Now, I get about 60/95. If I reverse the direction and ping the SSD from my HTPC, I get about 80/115. I never tested this direction when I had the Rev F on the SSD machine, so I have no comparables.

Moral of the story? It seems that Rev I is indeed faster than Rev F, but I cannot tell if it's because of MoCA version or fast ethernet vs GigE. I get nowhere near the supposed MoCA 1.1 speeds of 175Mbps. I'm not sure if that advertised speed is for a single device or total network thoroughput, while capping individual devices at a certain amount. It also seems that hard drives are a large bottleneck on my network speeds. At this point, I think I'll leave my network as is. Hopefully by the time I need higher speeds, MoCA 2.0 or 2.5 adapters will be at a similar price point to the $15 I paid for the Rev I router.

Oh -- one other thing of note: I have my Deco M4 mesh nodes plugged into my MoCA nodes. In the Deco app, I can see that the Rev I nodes are connected via ethernet (in reality, MoCA bridge to ethernet, of course). However, the Rev F node is still meshed via wireless. So clearly there's something about the Rev F that makes the Deco unhappy to switch its backhaul. I may pick up one more Rev I off ebay for this reason alone.

Hope that helps somebody!
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