ARRIS VIDEO SERIES: CABLE MODEM & GATEWAY DEMO, SET-UP, AND HOW-TO

In the latest installment of the ARRIS Video Series, our Director of Global Retail Sales, Tom Boshell, takes a detailed look at the ARRIS SURFboard® cable modem and gateway portfolio.

These five videos offer an overview of the primary products in our line-up as well as detailed demonstrations, set-up procedures, and more.

  • Gateways: This video reviews the standard features and set-up of our SURFboard Wi-Fi cable modems—some of the fastest and most reliable solutions for connecting to the Internet.
  • Cable Modems: Tom covers the wired cable modem components of our SURFboard line-up, which are all about boosting your home network bandwidth and speed.
  • Speed Test: This video features a real-time demonstration of the operating capabilities featured in our cable modems.
  • Advanced Settings: Tom dives into the advanced settings that allow SURFboard users to enjoy a truly personalized experience—including custom network names and passwords, guest network management, parental controls, firewalls, and more.
  • MoCA Technology: Tom offers a rundown of MoCA technology—a game-changer in delivering the ultimate connected experience.

Check out all of these videos using the links above or find them all here.

ARRIS Speakers Demonstrate Technical Thought leadership at ANGA

Walking the floor at ANGA, you don’t see any programmers: this conference is all about the technology. This year, four ARRIS speakers drove that conversation on a variety of subjects, from CCAP to Wi-Fi…

Engineering Fellow John Ulm led off, joining a heavyweight panel, including Jorge Salinger of Comcast, in a wide-ranging examination of Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) spec and upcoming potential offshoots from the original spec. Introduced by moderator Daniel Howard, CTO of the SCTE, as ‘the father of the DOCSIS MAC protocol’, Ulm laid out the current state of CCAP and then progressed to the pros and cons of its potential offspring: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP. Service providers will have several options to ensure the continued reliability and increased capacity of their networks, options which are dependent on deployment timing, headend space and powering constraints, new generations of silicon, and individual network architectures.

On Day Two, ARRIS CTO of CPE Charles Cheevers addressed the increasingly critical subject of Wi-Fi optimization. Consumers continue to experience a gap between advertised speeds and the actual experience, especially within the home. There, issues of building construction, user overlap (especially within MDUs), and contention between a competing and constantly increasing number of devices are impacting real-world results.

Cheevers proposed the concept of deterministic Wi-Fi delivery, prioritizing usage and implementing a remote resource management system to create a self-organized network within the home Wi-Fi domain to improve the customer experience.  Finally, he previewed the anticipated 802.11 AX, a next-generation Wi-Fi spec that seeks to deliver a 4X improvement in efficiency. It will be a welcome release, coming in at a time when 4k television will be widely-adopted, requiring bitrates between 15Mbs-30Mbs, and 8k will be waiting in the wings, with bitrate needs from 30Mbs-60Mbs.

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Day Three featured Cornel Ciocirlan, ARRIS Regional Chief Technologist, speaking on the Conference’s Connected Home Summit. Panelists discussed global device proliferation (8-10 per user in Western Europe), smart/connected home technology, security concerns, and the need to educate consumers on the cost-value equation.

By 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, necessitating a commensurate network infrastructure.  Ciocirlan pointed out that the “killer app” driving broadband growth currently is video content consumption, and that the industry needs to develop a killer app for the connected life: machine-to-machine interaction will not drive broadband growth.  As service providers become software companies, they will need to better understand how the Internet of Things will affect the consumer.

Rounding out Day Three, ARRIS Sr. Director of Marketing, Duncan Potter, presented a paper on Dynamic ABR Format Repackaging to optimize network infrastructure. With the increasing number of devices able to consume video expected to reach 7 Billion by 2017, the impact of multiscreen on operator video infrastructure costs has far outstripped the ability of caching to reduce the cost of that video distribution.  Potter referenced a case study conducted with a major US service provider to mitigate the costs of storage, packaging, and backhaul by using dynamic repackaging from a single format such as Apple HLS to whatever the client requires, at various points in the network.

Some food for thought as we close out ANGA. Check back for more from Canitec and beyond.

ANGA: New Additions to European Cable CPE Portfolio Unveiled

To mark the first day of ANGA COM 2014, we’re unveiling five new CPE solutions for European cable operators to transform broadband and video delivery in the home. New EuroDOCSIS gateways and DVB set-tops pack performance and features into sleek, cost-effective designs for enhanced content experiences in the home

These solutions address consumer demand for quick and reliable content access on a variety of devices—with the latest wireless technology in cost-effective, attractive form factors. The announcement demonstrates how ARRIS is driving the global transition to an all-digital content delivery platform and is at the forefront of developing a high-performance broadband DOCSIS and DVB STB portfolio.

ARRIS TG2492

ARRIS TG2492

For an overview of the new solutions we’re launching today, details are here. To summarize, there will be two new products in the ARRIS Touchstone CPE line for providers to enable superior wireless performance (Touchstone TG2492 and Touchstone DG6800), and three new products in our HMC product line to assist with the shift to video digitization (HMC4120, HMC3000 and HMC2010).

 

 

ARRIS HMC2010

ARRIS HMC2010

The success of our set-tops and gateways in so many geographies speaks to service providers’ ever-growing need for innovative solutions to deliver tomorrow’s services on today’s networks. If you want to hear more, please come and visit our team at ANGA on Booth #E21!

ARRIS Powers Verizon FiOS Quantum TV

ARRIS believes that TV should continue to evolve—becoming smarter, more personalized, and better connected. This month, when you sign up for Verizon’s new FiOS Quantum TV experience, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

We teamed up with Verizon to give subscribers your media, your way. On FiOS Quantum TV,VMS1100_front that means you can store over 200 hours of HD content, record up to 12 programs simultaneously with two Verizon Video Media Servers (VMS), pause and play live TV in different rooms, and watch live, recorded, and VOD content, on any connected device, anywhere in your home.

Welcome to the future of TV.

FiOS Quantum TV is powered by the Verizon Video Media Server, which is built around the ARRIS VMS1100 media server and IPC1100 video client. The server manages all of your content and delivers it to your connected devices around the home and up to five IPC1100 clients, which connect to each of your TVs. It’s a centralized, more efficient way of getting content where you want it.

The bottom line: everyone gets to watch what they want, at the same time, all throughout the house.

This new system for video distribution is just the beginning. As the gateway evolves to become the hub of tomorrow’s connected home, we’ll be working with customers like Verizon to bring you the new apps, media formats, and services that are defining tomorrow’s TV experiences.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite content. Leave Inventing the Future of TV part to us.

Cable Congress Continues with Charles Cheevers Q&A

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Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment

The role of the set-top device/gateway is changing, how?

I think of the gateway and set-top device as Batman and Robin – an inseparable double team. Together they provide network services, high-quality IP Video images, and true entertainment platforms capable of new multi-room, multiscreen services. This will continue to transform our experience around various types of video content – gateways will become more powerful with greater bandwidth capabilities, alongside set-tops getting more powerful in both Graphics and Decode ability. Ultimately, Wi-Fi services will also become more important as MSOs increase their managed IP Video services as well as higher speed Wi-Fi High Speed Data expectations.

How will these changes impact devices? 

We’ll see a refresh of gateway devices, incorporating new features such as additional memory to allow for new applications and future services. We aim to keep the gateway form factors as small and ergonomic as possible as we see these devices potentially moving to different demarcation points in the home. Set-top devices are becoming smaller and smaller, but these devices are now expected to deliver richer and more powerful user experiences which typically means more CPU and GPU capabilities as well as more robust WiFi functionality.

What are the three largest challenges the industry is facing and what can service providers do to overcome these?

The user experience – as consumers look to ‘cord shave’ and rely more on over-the-top (OTT) services, providers need to ensure the best customer experience in terms of quality, content and overall user experience. Initiatives like Comcast’s  X User Experience and ARRIS’s own Whole Home Solution and DreamGallery™ offerings ensure the service provider experience stays ahead of the pure OTT experience.

Wireless transmission of high bit rate video in the home – consumers love wireless technology and the flexibility it offers and as our set-top devices become more connected, this connection needs to be as reliable as a wired connection. WiFi will be a key factor as more client devices appear in our homes.

Simplifying the consumer viewing experience – with a bewildering array of connected devices and multiple ways to access content, it can overwhelm consumers who just want a simple means of interacting with their entertainment services in a way that is affordable and incorporates the highest quality experience. Constant vigilance from service providers will be necessary to make the user experience rich but simple – something we think we understand well at ARRIS.

How is ARRIS looking to drive The ‘Connected Experience’ e.g. the ARRIS gateway?

ARRIS offers everything you need to provide a high quality and robust solution with routing capability for the home. We get the consumer connected quickly and reliably to all home and connected devices.  We also strive to add innovative new interfaces like ZigBee® as we know consumers are becoming increasingly connected. Finally, we pride ourselves on our test and interoperability procedures as well as our huge existing population of gateway devices connected to hundreds of millions of end devices.

What does ARRIS predict the entertainment system will look like in 3-5 years’ time?

People talk a lot about moving to a completely unicast world but the statistics still don’t support this – real-time content is still something that people want to watch live for the most part. There is no one-size fits all trend, but the movement towards accessibility of all content types on any device will continue to grow and simplify – to a point where we will wonder what all the fuss was about when we could first pause and resume across devices! Also, we’ll see a new interaction with entertainment services – new viewing styles like “binge watching” will rise alongside people still wanting to catch the news or sports events live, as well as familiar watching such as viewing late night shows late at night.

What or who inspires you on a day to day basis?

To me it’s not about being happy that we can download a full DVD of content in under a minute with emerging Gbps DOCSIS networks, it’s about challenging why we can’t do it in 2 seconds. I’m inspired by how technology has changed so much in such a short time. If this pace continues we may actually reach a no wait/no latency world in my lifetime – or find new services that will demand even more bandwidth. Both are exciting prospects and if we can keep our focus on using technology, and not being used by it, then this new world of low latency interaction will help us multi-task less and give us more time to create and learn things.

If you’re at Cable Congress, check out Charles’ panel on the changing role of the STB on March 14. See you in Amsterdam.

Peek Inside ARRIS @ SCTE

If you can’t make it over to booth #868, we’re bringing our booth to you. Take a virtual tour with our own Jonathan Ruff. Whether its network innovations, video gateways or our latest cloud and multiscreen solutions, Jonathan’s got you covered in this brief tour.

But if you’re still here and have time to chat, swing by our booth. We’d love to connect!

 

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