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Photo: David Murphy I love fussing with wifi, but when I’m building the backbone of my network in a new location—a house, apartment, or wherever—I tend to go wired as much as I can. Wireless bridges and tri-band mesh/extender setups are great and convenient, but I always appreciate the stability and speed of an Ethernet cable. When I recently offered to help my friends set up their house with a wired backbone, I came across a fun problem: No Ethernet connections in any of their rooms. That didn’t surprise me very much, as that tends to be a more modern convenience that older houses simply don’t have. However, it is a bit annoying, especially when you don’t have a lot of time to get something up and running and you don’t really want to cut holes in the wall and thread cables yourself. (I’ve done it; they just weren’t too keen on this taking so long, especially when they could just use wifi and call it a day.) The ingenious solution to this problem? MoCA, or “Multimedia over Coaxial.” I’ve known about the technology for a long time, but never had the time (or need) to play with it until now. My friends’ house was wired with coaxial cables in every room, which made this an ideal solution. I could just use MoCA instead of Ethernet—MoCA 2.0, technically, which gives up to a full gigabit worth of speed and should be more than adequate (even if it doesn’t run […]