Pros: Truly plug and play. The only configuration I had to do was to disable wireless on my laptop. I've been getting at least 75 Mb/s across multiple tests (Speakeasy, DSL Reports) for the last week, with other loads on the network active. Has not interfered with the cable tv or VOIP at all. With MOCA enabled on the gateway, these devices connect directly to it.
We recently switched to Comcast after AT&T jacked up their rates when the contract ended. I had had a switch connected to a network port on the back of AT&T's DVR, and a smart TV, Blue Ray, receiver, and Roku connected to the switch - nothing too fancy, but working fine. Although I spent a lot of time checking to see which cable boxes had network ports, and the DVR that was installed had one, it didn't work, even after I enabled MOCA in the router admin website. Of course, the help desk had no idea what I was talking about, and "2nd-level" told me it was wireless or nothing.
In my house, wireless (~15 Mb/s in the living room) is ok for streaming music but problematic for video, and eats up bandwidth needed for PCs. I needed a better answer. These MOCA 2.0 devices are it.
Cons: - my wife complained that the LEDs were too bright. Electrical tape.
- expensive at $60+ each, but worth it to know I won't have to depend on any "service" provider to support their own equipment for this purpose ever again,
Overall Review: Info on whether this would work in my situation was difficult to find, so I'll post about it here in case it helps someone. Comcast installed a filter at the entry point, and then a coax amplifier ( Commscope CSAPD U5VP). 3 coax cables run unbroken to the back bedrooms, the master bedroom, and the living room. For the back bedrooms, a 3-way splitter (from Newegg) feeds 2 cable boxes (Xi3) and one of the Actiontecs, connected to my laptop in the office. In the master, a 2-way splitter (Comcast) feeds another Xi3 and the gateway/wireless router. In the living room, another 2-way splitter (Actiontec) feeds the DVR and the other Actiontec device, connected to the switch. All devices and functions (streaming movies, on demand, Spotify, Pandora, etc) are working. Great device!
Pros: When trying to implement a wired network and the only available wire is RG-6 (coax) this product provides amazing performance. It is easy to setup, has been dependable, and I have consistently had speeds of 650 Mbs.
Cons: I really want a true Gigabit version of this product.