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.

Get Awesome Wi-Fi: Our SURFboard SBG6900-AC Gateway, Now Available at Best Buy

The future is here.

Back in December, we told you that we had a new broadband gateway on the way that could 91Ju89x1HAL._SL1500_achieve download speeds of up to 686 Mbps and provide support for the latest DOCSIS® 3.0 and IPv6 Internet standards.

Well, our SURFboard® SBG6900-AC gateway just landed at Best Buy. And this week, it’s on sale for just $199.

It delivers screaming fast Wi-Fi® that squeezes the last drop of Internet out of your broadband connection and lets you get all your media on your favorite devices. If you have high-speed Internet, don’t want to think about getting new equipment for a couple of years, and want to support your growing stable of devices, you owe it to yourself to check out the ARRIS SBG6900-AC.

It works with all major U.S. cable providers*, and it’s available in a sharp, clean white. But if your décor requires more subtle displays of broadband dominance, the SBG6900-AC’s LED lights can be adjusted(on/off), to let you focus on the Netflixing, Xboxing, and Internet surfing at hand.

Check out our set-up video here, and pick up a SURFboard SBG6900-AC today.

*Currently approved for use on Comcast and Cox networks. Approval from Bright House, Charter and Time Warner Cable in progress. Check with your service provider for a list of fully approved devices.

 

Get Ahead at School with Faster Wi-Fi®

It’s almost the fall semester, which means an impending onslaught of eBook downloads, Internet 2_SBG700_rightresearch, and streaming games, TV, and music.

Want to give your kids an edge this back-to-school season? Get them fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Our new ARRIS SURFboard® SBG6700-AC DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Gateway is available for a MSRP of $179.99. It’s easy to set up, works with most major cable service providers, and is packed with convenient features—like one-touch Wi-Fi pairing, preset Wi-Fi security, and Wireless Guest Access.

It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to appreciate awesome Wi-Fi at an unbelievable price. Check out the SURFboard® SBG6700-AC, and get it at Amazon, Best Buy or Newegg today.

Labor Day + Buffer-free Binge Watching = Ultimate Staycation

Labor Day is right around the corner.

If you’re like us, that means extra time to kick back and relax… and binge-watch all the Netflix series you SBG6782-AC-heromissed over the summer.

We think every “staycation” deserves to be smooth and buffer-free. So along with popcorn, drinks, and BBQ, make sure to start your long weekend off right with our SURFboard® Internet solutions.

Our entire SURFboard line is dedicated to delivering fast and reliable Internet to your home, without the hassle of a lengthy or complicated installation. Tom Boshell, our Director of Global Retail Sales, recently covered the ARRIS Wi-Fi cable modem product collection in this video.

This weekend, we’re taking the labor out of Labor Day with our SURFboard collection. Find them at major retailers nationwide.

Happy Relaxing!

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.

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!

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