Spring Clean Your Network with ARRIS

Spring has sprung. It’s time to clean house, and ARRIS can help.

All your family’s gadgets fight for bandwidth – making things messy… and slow. But ARRIS has two products that will put you on the fast track to a clean home network.

Our SURFboard® SB6141 Cable Modem ($99.99), with DOCSIS® 3.0 & IPv6 support, and SBG6782U_RIGHT (revised2)our SURFboard SBG6782-AC Gateway ($219.99), an all-in-one device with 802.11AC WiFi®, give you new levels of connectivity matched with the fastest available wired and wireless Internet speeds. They’ll also save you more than $200 over five years vs. renting equipment from your service provider.

That’s like 60 cups of coffee… Which you’ll need, when our SURFboards put you hours ahead of your spring cleaning schedule, and make it easier than ever to stream your way through a marathon of last season’s House of Cards.

So, as you begin to organize your closet, make sure to give your home network some attention as well. A slow connection is so last season.

Happy cleaning!

SURFboard® SBG6782-AC — The Perfect Teammate for EA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Soccer fans, you don’t have to wait until summer for the World Cup.  This week, EA Sports’ “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™” is bringing the main event to your gaming console—connecting you to SBG6782U_RIGHT (revised2)players around the world.

Online gaming is serious business! Fast-paced action means no room for lag or high latency. There is no “slow” in GOAL!

Today’s high-performance, streaming, multiplayer games demand the fastest and most reliable Internet connection. Your gaming experience is only as fast as your weakest link… So if that old modem is still a part of your lineup, do yourself a favor and pick up the award-winning Motorola-ARRIS SURFboard SBG6782-AC.

Whether you’re streaming or wired-in on your PS3® or Xbox 360™, you can rest assured that the SBG6782-AC DOCSIS® 3.0 Cable Modem and 802.11AC Wi-Fi® router has you covered. The fastest Ethernet and the fastest Wi-Fi give you the home field advantage when your winning play comes down to split seconds.

And with ARRIS’s leading interoperability, you can trust that all of today’s popular devices and services will work with your SURFboard right out of the box… just plug and play. No lengthy pairing sequences or wondering why your console won’t connect.

Fast, simple Internet, and the 2014 World Cup—here, today.

Score the SBG6782-AC from Target or Best Buy today.

Six Reasons to Make Your Cable Modem Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is the time to show love and appreciation for that special someone in your life. Graphic_crop But don’t forget that behind the scenes, it’s your cable modem that’s working hard to let you place last-minute flower orders, score bulk candy purchases, and expedite make-up gifts this February 14th. There are so many reasons to love your Motorola-ARRIS modem. Let us help you count the ways…

  1. Plays well with others. Have a tablet? Gaming console? Connected TV? Check, check, and check. These and all your favorite connected devices work right out of the box with your modem. It’s the kind of interoperability that lets you kick back, relax, and watch, click, surf, and play the latest media to your heart’s desire.
  2. Ultimate speed.  Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, Netflix aficionado, or that person who’s always sending PowerPoint presentations, you’ll be thrilled with the incredible speeds that Motorola-ARRIS cable modems deliver, especially with the blazingly fast new  802.11ac Wi-Fi, letting you game, movie marathon, and hustle better with Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,800 Mbps.
  3. Saves money.  Why rent when you can own? Take the $72 in annual savings and buy your loved one a couple dozen long-stem roses… or a gym membership (we kid)… or throw it into the savings account for a rainy day.
  4. It’s ready for the future.  Be future-proof.  With support for DOCSIS 3.0, which provides download speeds of up to 343 Mbps – speeds that are well beyond today’s maximum cable speeds — you’ll be good for some time to come.
  5. Your cable provider knows SURFboard® by Motorola-ARRIS.  The SURFboard® suite of products work with ALL major cable providers (i.e., Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, Charter, Cablevision and more) so your home network stays the same, even if you switch providers.
  6. The leading brand. The SURFboard®  line represents one of the fastest, reliable, and most diverse set of cable modems in the world. We’ve been making Surfboard modems for more than 20 years and have sold 80M+ units. So when you’re looking for innovation you can trust, the choice is simple.

Five Questions with…Bob Swanson

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Bob Swanson, Regional Vice President of Sales

To continue our “Five Questions” series, we spoke with Regional Vice President of Sales, Bob Swanson, about the evolution of the retail industry, expectations for the retail sector in the coming year, and some of the industry’s biggest trends.

How has the retail industry evolved since you started, and what changes do you expect to see over the next three to five years?
As a 25-year veteran of the retail industry, I have seen it change quite a bit.

Shopping is no longer limited to brick-and-mortar retail stores, and consumers now crave an omni-channel experience. Years ago, a customer might research a product using catalogs or mailers, but there’s been a shift in power to the everyday consumer. Today’s consumers now rely on the Internet to find information and already know what they want before stepping foot into the store.

Over the next three to five years, I believe mobile will continue to expand as a channel consumers leverage to research and purchase products. For retailers, it’s important that all those channels (online, mobile, and physical stores) work together to present a seamless experience for consumers.

What did ARRIS show from the retail sector at CES?

Multiscreen was a popular topic at this year’s CES (Jan 7-10). For us, it’s about bringing the home networking experience to the next level to enable those experiences—making it easier to connect to the home network and ensuring that the network can support all the new connected devices…smartphones, laptops, gaming consoles and more. At the show, we had several connectivity solutions—such as modems and gateways—that are the focal point of this new connected home ecosystem.

In your opinion, what are two to three of the biggest trends in the retail industry?
The largest trend centers around reinventing the customer experience by delivering a seamless retail experience.

There are three driving forces behind that: mobility, customer-centric support, and the online experience. In addition to the use of mobile apps and online resources, customers also expect personalization when they shop. They don’t want to just be a number. Therefore, retailers are looking at more service-oriented products. All of these channels come together to create an overall customer impression.

Another key trend is customer data and analytics to personalize marketing. Retailers today have a better understanding of their consumers’ needs and shopping behaviors, which enables companies to adapt sales approaches and preference to provide a personalized retail experience for individual consumers.

What should the industry do to hire and inspire more people to drive the future of home networking and enhance the overall user experience?
There is pressure from Over-the-Top (OTT) video content providers that should be embraced. The whole ecosystem is evolving to a “TV anywhere” concept. Consumers want any video, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. But these multiscreen experiences rely on the network to deliver a smooth, fast, and easy-to-use experience.

The more we showcase how these innovations drive tomorrow’s problem solvers—whether that’s creating and operating a new business, researching insights for new technologies, or enabling people to see things from across the world online that they might normally not be able to see without a reliable connection—the easier it’ll be to find savvy people to work in this particular industry.

So, what’s next in retail for ARRIS?
In the near-term, we continue to invest in our retail business, with a focus on expanding our home networking presence—through new products like cable modems, gateways, and MoCA adapters.

Further out, we have an opportunity to build on that investment by bringing other product categories to retail with guidance from our Service Provider customers. This addresses the growing CE trend of home networking devices being sold at retail and becoming self-install (vs. sold and installed via service providers). We can see this trend possibly evolving into a hybrid retail model, which gives consumers greater flexibility to choose their home networking equipment and have the option for either self install or operator install with device management still supported through the operator network.

Our unmatched retail presence in the retail modem/gateway market, along with our outstanding relationships with global service providers, uniquely positions ARRIS to deliver this next stage for the industry.

Ensuring Connectivity in the New Year

Connected devices are ubiquitous. Today, more than a third of children under the age of two are using mobile devices—like smartphones and tablets—before they can even speak complete sentences!

ARRIS innovations ensure that our Internet connections and home networks can keep up with this paradigm shift in the way that we live and work with connected devices. Here are a few examples that we introduced this week at CES…

At the show, we showcased two ultra-broadband (D3.0) cable modems from our ARRIS-Motorola CES retailSURFboard® line of products: the SB6183 and SBG6700-AC. Both ensure the fastest possible Internet into the home, while the latter utilizes an ultra high-speed Wi-Fi® connection that lets users stream digital multimedia at lightning-fast speeds with minimal lag and buffering.

We also showcased the WECB460 Wi-Fi adapter — a great way to reduce the strain on the home Wi-Fi network now connecting up to 8-10 wireless devices in a typical U.S. household. These adapters use the home’s existing coax wiring to deliver a strong, wired connection to devices all over the home. And our Touchstone Telephony Gateway TG862 is a great solution for voice hook-up and perfect for triple-play users.

Also on display: our current Wi-Fi and wired connectivity solutions for delivering content throughout the home, including the SBG6580, SBG6782-AC, SB6121 and SB6141 SURFboard Wi-Fi Gateways as well as our SBM1000 SURFboard SMART Video Adapter.

Did you attend the show? Let us know in the comments what you enjoyed the most.

ARRIS Recommends a Festively Fast Wi-FI Cable Modem for the Holidays

According to the CEA, three quarters of consumers plan to purchase consumer electronics as giftsholidays this holiday season, so there’s a good chance that your family of connected devices is about to get bigger…

But guess what. Your connected experience is only as good as the weakest link in your home network. And that 20th century cable modem is holding back your shiny new tablet from getting the latest, fastest, most immersive, and awesome new media experiences.

SBG6782-AC- lo resSo this holiday season, get all the fun you deserve and upgrade your cable modem with the Motorola-ARRIS SBG6782-AC Gateway.

It’s the world’s first retail cable modem to support the blazingly fast WiFi 802.11AC standard. And it sports a host of connectivity features like dual-band concurrent WiFi radios, a 4-port gigabit router, and support for MoCA networking and DOCSIS 3.0—all of which is cable geek slang for your buffering days are over.

Tell us below how you will connect your home this holiday season.

Happy Holidays from ARRIS.

ARRIS Brings Home CES Innovations Award

2014_INNhonoree_LogoToday, the Motorola SURFboard® SBG6782-AC Gateway by ARRIS continues our long tradition of CES Innovations wins with yet another award in the Home Networking category.

Our SBG6782-AC is the first all-in-one cable modem on the market with next-generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi—for groundbreaking wireless speeds. It enables multi-device networking, faster download and upload speeds and supports MoCA ®. So as more connected devices enter the home this holiday season – tablets, PCs, smartphones, game consoles and Smart TVsthe SBG6782-AC seamlessly handles the increased network traffic with your high-speed, high-definition experiences intact.

Check out recent reviews from CNETBooredatwork.com, and PC Magazine.

If you’re currently using this product, let us know how it’s changed your in-home entertainment and work experiences in the comments section below.