The SURFboard® SB8200 – Get up to speed, with speed

Picture2It’s here! The SURFboard® SB8200—the latest member of the legendary SURFboard family has arrived!

We’re incredibly excited about the SB8200. It’s designed to deliver the fastest available* broadband service, both now and well into the future. It will let you access the most demanding services—like Virtual Reality, streaming Ultra HD, and high-performance gaming—with bandwidth to spare, and makes every day web browsing and streaming smoother than ever.

We believe it’s going to be a real game-changer for your home network. To prove it, we going to explore some of the unique features of the SB8200, gigabit internet and DOCSIS® 3.1.

What is DOCSIS, and why does it matter?

Simply put, DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) is a standard that internet providers, like Comcast and Cox, and hardware manufacturers, like ARRIS, use to make sure their systems can communicate properly and provide you with home internet.

ARRIS was an early pioneer in the DOCSIS standard, which is used around the world to facilitate fast and reliable internet connections.

What is DOCSIS 3.1, and how is it related to gigabit speeds?

DOCSIS has evolved dramatically over time. Each new version has allowed more data to be transmitted, which leads to higher internet speeds in our homes. DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest version of the DOCSIS standard. It allows for download speeds up to 10+ gigabits per second. That’s 10 times faster than DOCSIS 3.0, the previous version of the standard!

So, when we say that the S8200 is compatible with DOCSIS 3.1, it means that it can relay the fastest speeds available—today, and for a long time to come. You can find more information on DOCSIS on another one of our handy blogs, here.

What’s the advantage of gigabit speed?

A one-gigabit connection is the same as a 1000-megabit connection. That’s about 20 times faster than the average internet speed in the US today, according to Speedtest.net. In other words, gigabit connections are very, very fast.

Gigabit connections will make everything we already do online—browsing, using social media, streaming video—smooth and instantaneous. It also makes entirely new, internet-based technologies and experiences possible, in much the same way that broadband permitted services like Facebook and Netflix.

With gigabit speeds, we’ll see everything from live streaming to virtual reality headsets and ultra-high definition TV, as well as other technologies we have yet to even dream of.

Which cable companies have approved the SB8200 for use, and will the device work with DOCSIS 3.0?

We’re very excited that Comcast and Cox have approved the SB8200 modem for use by their subscribers. And we expect more major cable companies to approve it soon!

DOCSIS 3.1 is being quickly rolled out across the US. In the meantime, the SB8200 is fully backward compatible with DOCSIS 3.0. To check availability in your area, please call your service provider.

What are the standout features of the device?

The SB8200’s compact design, combines a 2×2 DOCSIS 3.1 modem with a 32×8 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, meaning it supports two download and two upload DOCSIS 3.1 channels, plus 32 download and 8 upload DOCSIS 3.0 channels for the fastest and smoothest internet available. Simply put, the more channels, the better.

And here’s a big one: it has two Gigabit Ethernet ports. This essentially doubles the throughput, when you compare the SB8200 to devices with only one port. It makes the SB8200 far more versatile. With one port, consumers only have the option of wiring a router to their modem. With a second port, users can create two separate gigabit-speed networks. Separate networks can be used for different purposes; for example: work and play. We advise subscribers to check with their service provider to ensure they can be allotted a second static IP address for enabling use of the second port.

Users also have the option of wiring certain devices directly to the modem, increasing the quality and consistency of that device’s internet connection, while also directly connecting a router. This is a fantastic option for particularly high-performance and data-thirsty devices such as gaming consoles.

How do you provision the SB8200?

Provisioning the SB8200 is very straightforward. We have prepared this how-to video to guide you through the simple process.

Can you tell us which chips are in the SB8200?

It’s company policy to not discuss which chips are in our devices. However, we are committed to using the very best hardware in all of our products.

Where can I buy the SB8200?

The SB8200 is available for purchase right now through Amazon and the ARRIS store. We expect it to be available at other major retailers in the coming months.

*Actual rates may vary dependent on a number of factors including, but not limited to: the services offered by your cable service provider, network traffic, computer equipment, type of server, number of connections to server, and availability of internet router(s).

Introducing the ARRIS SURFboard® SB8200 DOCSIS® 3.1 — Now Available at Amazon

Picture2Your ticket to today’s fastest speeds and tomorrow’s faster speeds is our new retail modem with DOCSIS 3.1.

Starting today, you can order our new flagship SURFboard SB8200 cable modem on Amazon for $199.99.

It’s made for the future—featuring the latest DOCSIS 3.1 cable technology to achieve the fastest broadband speeds available, for years to come. And it’s the only DOCSIS 3.1 gateway with two available Gigabit Ethernet ports, to deliver those speeds to the most connected devices.

Whether you’re preparing for Virtual Reality and streaming Ultra HD, or just want to experience the SB8200’s addictive speeds on everyday experiences like web browsing, movie watching, and file sharing—check it out today!

ARRIS to Acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch Business

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Bruce McClelland, ARRIS CEO

In the shifting, converging worlds of cable, telco, and wireless, we’ve always been an expert partner to our customers. As we work together to enable the next era of connected experiences, we are beginning to see the lines blur; not just between wireless technologies, but between wired and wireless networking. Five years from now, every service provider will also be a wireless operator.

That’s why today we’re excited to announce that we’re planning to acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX campus switching from Broadcom.

We’ve set an aggressive growth strategy for ARRIS that includes expanding our technology breadth and depth with a focus on wireless broadband. This strategy will also take us beyond the home – and into new, adjacent markets. The acquisition accomplishes all of these goals, expanding our focus into the enterprise networking and wireless spaces, as well as augmenting our portfolio of products serving our existing and emerging customers.

Ruckus is leading the industry in the development of an exciting new approach for delivering very high-bandwidth cellular service – areas that are of high interest to both mobile and fixed Service Providers.  Combining the strengths of ARRIS and Ruckus will allow us to be agile, innovative and evolve our services as those lines blur between wireline and wireless operators.

As you’ve seen from our Motorola and Pace acquisitions, we have a fantastic track record of making investments that significantly grow our business and create value for all of our stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders and partners.

Through our existing collaborations with the Ruckus team, we are very familiar with the amazing talent and innovation that have created this world-class brand. We plan to introduce Ruckus as a dedicated business unit within ARRIS, led by current Ruckus COO and industry veteran, Dan Rabinovitsj. Under Dan’s exceptional leadership, the team’s focus will remain on technological innovation, channel and partner ecosystems and vertical market development.

We look forward to welcoming Ruckus to the ARRIS family – and are excited by the future strides we will take together – as ARRIS continues to power the digital world.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication regarding the transaction contain forward-looking statements concerning the transaction, the expected benefits, and the timing of closing. Forward-looking statements generally may be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects,” “targets,” “forecasts,” “outlook,” “impact,” “potential,” “confidence,” “improve,” “optimistic,” “deliver,” “comfortable,” “trend” and “seeks,” or the negative of such terms or other variations on such terms or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possibility that proposed acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom will not be completed and the possibility that the proposed acquisition of the Ruckus Wireless broadband and ICX Switch business by ARRIS will not be completed, whether as a result of the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, to satisfy any of the other conditions to the transactions or otherwise; adverse effects on the market price of ARRIS shares and on ARRIS’s operating results because of a failure to complete the acquisition; failure of ARRIS to realize the expected benefits of the acquisition; negative effects relating to the announcement of the possible acquisition or any further announcements relating to the acquisition or the consummation of the acquisition on the market price of ARRIS shares; significant transaction costs and/or unknown liabilities; customer reaction to the announcement of the proposed acquisition; possible litigation relating to the acquisition; general economic and business conditions that affect the combined companies following the consummation of the acquisition; commercial acceptance and use of the Shared Spectrum Small Cell market by ARRIS’s customers; changes in global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax laws or their interpretation or application, regulations, rates and policies; future business acquisitions or disposals; and competitive developments. These factors are not intended to be an all-encompassing list of risks and uncertainties. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in ARRIS’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this release could cause ARRIS’s plans with respect to the business acquired from Broadcom, ARRIS’s actual results, performance or achievements, industry results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove correct and persons reading this document are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as at the date hereof. ARRIS expressly disclaims any obligation to update or correct these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Inspired Engineering

ARRIS is a company of engineers. Engineers fuel our big ideas and help us power the digital world for Picture1millions of people… every single day.

So, this week—which is Engineering Week—is basically business as usual at ARRIS: just some of the industry’s greatest minds doing some of its greatest work to bring the future of entertainment and communications to everyone on earth. But it’s also an opportunity for us to take a moment, or a blog, to celebrate some of their more specific contributions.

While we can’t possibly do justice to all of the behind-the-scenes work that our talented team of engineers do to improve the way we watch TV and use the Internet, here are a few announcements from the past year, based on the achievements of our engineers (and other people at ARRIS):

Thank you to our amazing engineers for inspiring all of us at ARRIS as well as the next generation of talent (if that sounds like you, check out our internships and careers)!

ARRIS @ NCTC’s Winter Conference

The NCTC Winter Conference brings together one of the broadest cross sections of independent video wec17logoand broadband providers in the US. This week, we’re in New Orleans to meet with this incredibly diverse mix of operators, so that we can help them deploy the fastest Gigabit services, the latest DOCSIS® 3.1 technology, and the most comprehensive and reliable Wi-Fi® networks.

ARRIS’s industry-leading portfolio is also one of the broadest ones on the market—spanning the network, cloud, and home. But what’s key to NCTC’s independent operators is that our portfolio also offers a variety of solutions to suit providers large and small. At the show, we’ll be discussing how we can leverage ARRIS’s unmatched global scale to power this new digital world for subscriber bases of all sizes.

If you’re in New Orleans, drop by our booth (#300/302) to learn more!

Start Your Engines: The NASCAR Season Begins This Week At Daytona

 

This weekend, we’re kicking off the 2017 NASCAR season with Daniel Suárez and Joe Gibbs Racing at NA_COMM_020317_Social Media Race Season_web_v1the legendary Daytona International Speedway. The action starts on Saturday with the Advanced Auto Parts Clash race, part of the new Monster Energy® NASCAR® Cup Series™ (formerly the Sprint Cup).

As you might recall, ARRIS provides Wi-Fi®to fans at Daytona International Speedway-the most comprehensive Wi-Fi deployment in NASCAR history. We also power the communications between drivers and their teams with our SURFboard® SB6183, E6000™ CER, and integration and support from our Global Services team.

This year, we’re sponsoring Daniel Suárez in the Monster Energy Cup. Daniel returns to the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry as the face of ARRIS and the champion of last year’s XFINITY Series. His 2016 season was undoubtedly one of the most impressive of a rookie driver in NASCAR history. In just his second year of NASCAR racing, he won his first career XFINITY® Series race at Michigan, becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series event.

He’d go on to win two more races and bring the #19 ARRIS car to 19 top-five finishes in his 33 starts—including a final win at Miami, cinching the series title and making Daniel the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR national series championship.

This season, at only 25 years-old, Daniel takes to the track with a little more riding on top of his wheels—with an entry into the sport’s top series with this year’s new three-stage format for each race, promoting a new level of competition for the championship title. But, perhaps most importantly, Daniel represents the future of an aspiring generation of racecar drivers, and we’re proud to continue our partnership with him and Joe Gibbs Racing to continue making history.

Let’s wish Daniel and the #19 ARRIS team a great start to the 2017 NASCAR season!

Don’t forget to check out the ARRIS Racing site, and follow us on Twitter @ARRIS.

Here’s a preview of this month’s ARRIS Racing lineup:

  • Saturday, 18 February @ 8:00 p.m. ET – Advanced Auto Parts Clash: FS1 & MRN Radio
  • Thursday, 23 February @ 7:00 & 8:30 p.m. ET – Can-Am Duel at Daytona 1 & 2: FS1 & MRN Radio
  • Sunday, 26 February @ 2:00 p.m. ET – Daytona 500: FS1 & MRN Radio
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