ARRIS Tech Talk: Modems, Routers, Gateways, and Extenders Demystified

Fact: We need fast, reliable Internet. And increasingly, we need it everywhere.

Nearly three-quarters of us believe that having high-speed Internet in every room of the house is either vitally important or very important. That’s according to our latest Consumer Entertainment Index study.

High-speed Internet is so important because it is related to almost everything we do, from image1video chatting with our family and friends to streaming movies on Netflix® and gaming over the Playstation® and Xbox One networks. A lot of things run expressly on the Internet, and the Internet, in turn, relies on the devices that deliver it throughout our homes.

Today we’re going to talk about the four most important ones: modems, Wi-Fi® routers, broadband gateways, and extenders.

The first piece of the puzzle is your modem: it brings the Internet into your home. Because it’s your home’s primary connection to the Internet, it’s arguably the most important device.

Of course, we all just want Wi-Fi without limits, and for that, you need a Wi-Fi router. It takes the Internet from your modem and creates a wireless signal that you can access throughout your home. But keep in mind that the strength of that wireless signal changes based on things inside your home, like the type of walls or floors it has to go through or how far away it is from the devices that it’s communicating with (i.e. tablets, cellphones)

A gateway is a device that combines the modem and Wi-Fi router into a single device. It brings the Internet signal into your home and also transmits it wirelessly.

So now we have our modem, router and gateway—but what happens when there’s a room in your home where the Wi-Fi is very weak or non-existent? There are many ways to improve the range of the Internet in your home, but one of the simplest and most cost-efficient is using a Wi-Fi network extender or repeater. It receives the wireless signal from your router or gateway and boosts it a further distance than the router may be capable of broadcasting on its own—like a megaphone does with your voice. But keep in mind that each wireless repeater cuts your bandwidth in half. So while it allows you to cover more ground, you’ll also lose some effective speed.

Now that we’ve talked about how these networking pieces work together, how do you know which one to buy? Check out our SURFboard web site for more information.

Unboxing the New SURFboard® System with RipCurrent™ G.hn Technology

Today, we’re taking the wrapping paper off of our new family of SURFboard® RipCurrent™-enabled devices to give you a peek at the Future of Wi-Fi®.

Our engineers rethought the entire concept of home networking to bring you the fastest, most reliable connection, anywhere in your home—the Wi-Fi that you’ve always wanted. Our RipCurrent-enabled portfolio uses existing electrical lines wiring, smart software, and next-generation G.hn technology to dramatically improve your wireless router’s performance, completely eliminate dead zones, and put bandwidth hogs in their place.

And we’ve hidden all of this advanced technology under bright, clean curves, making every RipCurrent-enabled device an easy fit for today’s modern décor—no more antennas or black boxes to clutter your home.

Ready to rip? Let’s go!

Introducing the Wi-Fi® You’ve Always Wanted

In the future, dead zones are extinct. Movies don’t buffer. And your dog just set up your Wi-Fi® network Picture1with an app, in under five minutes.

Well, guess what. The Future of Wi-Fi is here (depending on your dog). It’s called SURFboard® with RipCurrent™ G.hn technology. And it doesn’t just work; it works better than anything else you’ve ever tried.

ARRIS SURFboard with RipCurrent G.hn technology is a new family of routers and extenders from future-loving geniuses who brought you digital TV and the first cable modem gateway. We rethought the entire concept of traditional home networking to solve all the little frustrating things that have plagued your Internet experience for years.

The SURFboard RipCurrent-enabled family transforms Wi-Fi in a unique way: with wires. Our system uses Gigabit home networking technology called G.hn to build a smarter network using your home’s existing wiring to create new hotspots, feed high-bandwidth devices, and lighten the load on your wireless network. As a result, we’ve drastically improved wireless router performance, helped completely eliminate dead zones, and put bandwidth hogs in their place.

“The reality is that everyone’s home is different, making it hard for any one router to provide a fast connection in every corner of every house,” said Bob Swanson, our VP of Retail Sales. “RipCurrent G.hn technology is the solution.”

Our new SURFboard RipCurrent-enabled portfolio works with our ARRIS SURFboard Manager app for iOS and Android to help you set up your network faster than you can walk your dog. And it lets you tailor your Wi-Fi to your exact needs. Ever better: our system will grow with you as those needs change, letting you add more range and bandwidth with additional extenders, so that the future of Wi-Fi stays in your home, for years to come.

Pre-order your ARRIS RipCurrent-enabled devices today on Amazon (see links below), or purchase them in the ARRIS Store.

RipCurrent Routers

RipCurrent Extenders

Are you ready for a better Wi-Fi?

You normally don’t think about your wireless connection… until it stops working. And if you’ve WiFiTips_BlogPost_3Oct2014noticed that happening more and more often lately—as you stream movies from Netflix, multiscreen your TV, and level up your multiplayer gaming—the culprit could be your modem.

The easiest way to update your home network—and the first step to getting a flawless connection—is upgrading your cable modem. We offer a number of class-leading examples in our SURFboard line.

The second step is placement. While most people tend to tuck their modems away in the furthest reaches of the home, that’s usually not the best place when it comes to wireless networking. The fewer walls, floors, and general obstructions a wireless signal has to travel through, the better your signal strength is going to be. So get your modem out of the basement or broom closet and find a tasteful place to for it on the main floor of the house, in a reasonably centralized location.

The third step is extension. Larger houses present a unique challenge to wireless networks: more square footage means more ground for your modem to cover and more potential signal obstructions. Enter network extenders, like the ARRIS Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender WR2100. By placing these throughout a large home, you will be able to enhance existing Wi-Fi coverage and eliminate all of those dreaded “dead-spots.”

For more tips, tricks and general information on home networks and ARRIS’s wide range of networking products, be sure to visit surfboard.com.