Spring is Here – Buy an ARRIS SURFboard® SB8200

 

Picture3It’s spring. We’ll spare you the surfing and spring cleaning references, if you just remember to keep our new SURFboard® SB8200 modem in mind when you upgrade your home network this season.

Why upgrade your network, you ask? Just think about all that video streaming you’ve been doing, and all that wishing for faster Internet. Well, now, you can give yourself the gift that keeps on giving you the fastest possible Internet speeds and the best video streaming experience. You can buy our SURFboard SB8200.

It’s true. Our SB8200 is one of the first modems available for purchase using DOCSIS 3.1 technology, which means it can deliver ridiculously fast speeds….today and into the future. And with its two Gigabit Ethernet ports, it’ll give you more broadband speed to more connected devices*.

Why is that important? It’s important because you’ll get to speed up every aspect of your digital life—from streaming the latest 4K movies to sending email and browsing the web. All of this, while you pluck money off of your money tree every month waiting for your broadband service to catch up… which could take years. That’s not just brilliant technology making your world a better place; that’s common sense. Yours for $199.99 at Amazon.com and the ARRIS SURFshop.

*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).

 

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!

Flexible Deployment Approaches for the Gigabit Services Evolution

By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

For many operators, the gigabit evolution begins with the shift from DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1. But that move represents a change not only in the protocol itself, but in the approach to architecting their entire DOCSIS delivery chain—from the headend to the outside plant and home gateway components.

Operators are choosing from many new approaches based on the nature of their deepening fiber deployments and their desire to make more efficient use of headend facilities in addressing the increasing demand for new gigabit services.

ARRIS has a unique perspective on the aggregate decisions that these operators face, due to our pioneering work in DOCSIS 3.1 deployments and the market-leading success of our E6000 CCAP platform. Our operator customers look to us for evolutionary pathways that enable them to make full use of their HFC plant and fiber deployments, while building on their installed base of E6000s and their outside plant.

In our close collaboration with these customers on network evolution, one of the biggest challenges we see is that there is no one decision or path to choose from that is expected to reach the market in the next few years. In other words, operators will choose different approaches. As a result, many opt to support multiple approaches in their networks: HFC with Node+0 splits, Remote PHY or Remote MACPHY, Remote PHY shelf, Full Duplex DOCSIS, RFoG, Node PON, EPON and GPON, etc. And they pace the cadence of their evolution based on how their subscriber usage evolves and the availability of capital investment. Some operators plan to spend as much as $1B in each of the next few years to address the demand they are experiencing.

These are some of the most important factors that impact decision making for operators:

  • Headend Capacity – where space, power and other facility considerations constrain the ability to add more equipment, operators have two choices: seek denser more power efficient solutions or move capabilities and functionality into the outside plant. This is one of the cases for Remote PHY.
  • Economics – CAPEX and OPEX costs come into play as operators replace old equipment (nodes, amplifiers, and headend equipment) and move to support 1.2GHz and 85Mhz return expansion. Where this requires new equipment purchases and truck rolls, it creates an imperative to minimize the number of times outside plant has to be accessed while making service groups smaller to cope with the increased bandwidth demands.
  • Greenfield – with new housing developments, it makes economic sense to put in FTTH from day one, especially when replacing the coax cable to a home with fiber can cost as much as $1,000 per home passed. PON becomes the logical choice here, especially when the system can still support DPOE, the DOCSIS specification for cable modem provisioning on the headend.   Similarly, for urban Multi-dwelling units where fiber can be pulled past a high density of subscriber dwelling units, PON may be more efficient from a capacity and cost perspective.
  • Environment – depending on the socio-economics of neighborhoods, pulling the intelligent, expensive components back into the secured environments and using lower cost outside plant systems can allow operators to manage failures and loss while offering similar traffic and service level performance.
  • Timing/Availability – the range of approaches will be impacted by silicon availability, finalization of specifications, and levels of testing required to verify deployment capabilities

ARRIS offers operators an extremely flexible approach to the evolution of their networks. For example, our E6000 chassis offers software options and upgrades, new cards such as the DCAM2, UCAM2, RSM2, and EPFM (EPON Fiber Module), and a modular upgrade path for the OM6000 and NC4000 to Remote PHY. This enables operators to select their ideal architecture as they look to support multi-gigabit data services and migrate from QAM to IP Video services without having to make massive changes to their provisioning and headend systems.

In many cases (for example, DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1 support, I-CCAP to RPHY support), the transition from one stage to the next can be accomplished with simple software upgrades, permitting the operator to activate the change in a convenient, cost-effective fashion. All of these attributes of ARRIS’s solution set allow operators to make decisions as their strategy determines the optimal time for them, their subscribers, and their financials.

The E6000 can support various combined configurations of these HFC, RFoG, and Fiber capabilities— allowing operators to deploy mixed architectures such as I-CCAP and Remote PHY, or I-CCAP and EPON, for example. As deployment proposals evolve to include Full Duplex DOCSIS, Extended Spectrum DOCSIS etc., the E6000 can evolve with each new stage, thanks to its modular physical architecture and its software upgradability, allowing it take advantage of new capabilities that increase the number of subscribers served and total data traffic capacity per chassis.

It’s clear that the demand for bandwidth is only going to increase in the near future, and having a flexible platform like the ARRIS E6000 platform that can be modified wherever it makes strategic and financial sense is extremely valuable. Our solutions are also designed to expand to support future demands. Indeed, the ability to quickly support and adapt to all of tomorrow’s technology choices puts operators who have deployed and are deploying the ARRIS E6000 platform in a leadership position for the future.

Navigating Network Migration: The DOCSIS® 3.1 Era and Beyond

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Ayham Al-Banna, Systems Architect at ARRIS

As we begin to move into the DOCSIS 3.1 era and look toward ever-evolving network technologies and standards, it can be daunting to know how best to meet growing bandwidth and traffic needs within your existing network.

The spectral efficiency of DOCSIS 3.1 networks is well-documented. DOCSIS 3.1 has the potential to help meet bandwidth needs and prepare you for blistering-fast Gigabit speeds that will transform the consumer experience.

At INTX this year, I will discuss network migration to DOCSIS 3.1 during a session on the networked future. I will also demonstrate how you can choose the technology enablers that will best meet traffic demands at the lowest cost. Finally, I will discuss various long-term network evolution scenarios as we look to the DOCSIS 3.1 era and beyond.

Please join me on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 pm ET when I will present the highlights from my paper, “Network Migration Demystified in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era and Beyond” during the session “Architecting the Networked Future: Part 1.”

New DOCSIS® 3.1 Devices @INTX

Next week at INTX, we’re previewing the latest additions to our portfolio of DOCSIS® 3.1 Picture2devices.

Last year, we introduced the first DOCSIS 3.1 modems: the Touchstone CM8200 and its retail counterpart, the SURFboard® SB8200 Cable Modem. They marked the beginning of a new era of multi-gigabit CPE—delivering unprecedented data rates of more than 5 Gbps downstream and 2 Gbps upstream. When we introduced them, we promised to expand the portfolio with new DOCSIS 3.1 devices in 2016. And at INTX, we’re making good on that promise by showcasing three additions.

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Our new Touchstone TG3462 and Touchstone TG3472 telephony gateways offer premium, video-grade Wi-Fi performance. They also support personal area networks—like ZigBee, Thread, and BLE—to round out the connected home experience. And our TM3402 eMTA modem offers operators a modular option for bringing DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-gigabit speeds into the home.

Stop by our booth (#1214) at INTX (May 16th-18th) for a preview of our newest solutions, as we continue to expand our leading DOCSIS 3.1 portfolio.

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