Netgear Ships MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit

Just a day after Netgear announced that its Digital Entertainer Elite media streamer was shipping worldwide, the company has issued a similar announcement for its MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit. Said kit, which was launched to much fanfare earlier this year at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, enables high performance home networking (up to 270Mbps under ideal circumstances) using the coaxial cabling that is already installed within the walls of most newer homes.

Officially known as the MCAB1001, the box was specially designed to handle high-definition video streaming and online gaming applications. Put simply, the kit enables users to seamlessly distribute HD digital video and multimedia content, and connect Ethernet-ready devices, such as HDTVs, Blu-ray™players, Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and game consoles, to a high-speed home network and the Internet. The device can be used in conjunction with both wired and wireless routers and gateways, and it removes the fear of wireless dropouts yet doesn't require a new gaggle of Ethernet cabling to be ran throughout one's house.

Chris Geiser, the company's product line manager for MoCA networking technologies, had this to say: "In order to support the increase in bandwidth-intensive applications like HD video streaming and online gaming, consumers require broadband connections throughout their homes that are higher performing, more reliable, and easier to use and install. We’ve been able to develop the ideal plug-and-play solution for connecting areas of the home network where uninterrupted streaming of high-definition entertainment applications over wireless or powerline connectivity is challenging. The Netgear MoCA Kit is the top-of-the-line solution for in-home distribution." It's available now in North America for $229.