Setup and UI
Physically setting up the WCB6200Q and ECB6200 was actually extremely easy and it’s about as ‘plug and play’ as you can get. First, you hook up the ECB6200 Network adapter in a location that has access to both your wired home network and Coax port. Unlike some other MoCA Network Adapters, you do not need a dedicated Coax Port, and can ‘pass-through’ your TV signal to your TV as well.
On the other end of your MoCA network, you’ll simply plug in your WCB6200Q into an open Coax port. If that port is being used by another device, you can use a splitter to feed both the WCB6200Q and the other device. Once that’s done, you can then connect directly to the WCB62000Q through its pair of Ethernet ports, or wirelessly connecting to its 5Ghz/ac or 2.4 Ghz a/b/g/n networks.
I didn’t have to do a thing for the two devices to just start talking as if they were two devices connected directly with Ethernet. You can have up to 16 of the MoCA network adapters on your MoCA network, which should be more than enough unless you live in a 50 room mansion.
Using WPS you can easily synch your WCB6200Q extender if your base router/gateway has WPS functionality built in as well, but if not, you can manually configure the Extender by going to its web based user interface.
WCB6200Q UI Overview
Stamped on the back of the WCB6200Q is the default information for the web based admin interface. Like most normal routers, you can log onto it from any other device with a browser and view the current status of the extender, as well as get access to configuration settings for the wireless network, the MoCA network and some other advanced features. As with any router or network device, prior to any testing, I checked Actiontec’s website to ensure I had the latest firmware for the WCB6200Q, which it did, coming pre-installed with v188.8.131.52.
The web based UI is pretty minimalistic, but then again, you really don’t need a lot to be able to administer the WCB6200Q and your MoCA network. The initial landing page shows you a high level stats including the current state and configuration of the ‘Extended’ 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz Wi-Fi networks, any other MoCA devices attached to the MoCA network (listed as ‘Network Stations’) and then finally information about the device itself including Model Number, Firmware version, Up Time and other general info.
Clicking on the ‘Wireless Setup’ menu gives you access to your Wireless Networks. You’ll be presented with a list of any/all Wi-Fi networks the WCB6200Q is currently broadcasting as well as access to various Wireless Settings that are available through submenus. You can configure all the Basic settings of your Wireless networks, including their security settings. Additionally, you can adjust WPS settings for each of those networks and some advanced configuration for beacon and access control.
The MoCA Setup menu is pretty straight forward and allows you to configure various configuration settings for the MoCA/Coax network. You likely shouldn’t need to adjust anything in here as the MoCA just works with the right devices on your network.
Finally, the Advanced Setup menu gives you access to various management features to configure your extender IP address settings, upgrading the firmware, changing language settings or resetting the extender to factory defaults.