DIRECTV GigE DECA ATT Approved Network Adapter (DCAGE11)
- Brand: ATT
- P\N: DCAGE11
Great upgrade from the CCK if you need additional bandwidth.
I'm a long time DirecTV customer. I currently have an HR24, HR54, 2x C61K, and a C41. I've been piggybacking ethernet for PCs, Smart TVs, Game consoles, etc on the MOCA network provided by the CCK's (DECABB1MRO) for several years.
I was able to transmit about 85Mbps over my home network when the traffic was traversing the CCK supplied MOCA network. I decided to try an upgrade to the DCAGE11's so I bought a pair to create a higher speed leg on the MOCA network. I now get around 400Mbps over the exact same path.
I can say that the HR54 seems fine and passes a network test without issue while I can still get the higher speeds on my clients. So when the description says its compatible with DirecTV MOCA 1.0 networks they mean it will run at its higher speed while supporting those clients. I was afraid the network would downgrade to the lowest version of the protocol but that has not been the case.
There is also one other useful feature that is not called out. The article mentions that you must have the power adapter to use these units. When mine arrived I noticed the ethernet port was label as supporting IEEE 802.3af (PoE). Since my ethernet switches (Ubiquiti US-8-60W) can support 802.3af I gave it a try and the unit powered right up. When I'm running a speed test the switch reports about 6W of power draw so the budget for PoE should be easy to meet. If you don't know what PoE is and/or if your switches support it, maybe stick with the power adapter. It's cheaper than a switch upgrade.