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.

Happy International Internet Day!

Today is a big day for all of us—all of us who enjoy connecting to the world and everything we love over IIDbadge_720x720the Internet.

Fourty-five years ago today, the first electronic message was transferred from one computer to another in California, giving rise to the Internet. Now, most of us can’t imagine what we’d do without it.

ARRIS has been responsible for how people experience the Internet since the 90s, when we brought it into homes with our legendary SURFboard® cable modems. This month, we continue that legacy with the world’s fastest modem—the ARRIS SURFboard SB6183. It’s one more step towards our vision of connecting you to all your favorite things, wherever you want, however you want, faster.

Check out our Buyer’s Guide to find the right solution for your Internet needs, and surf on!

Designing Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi — with ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers

Wi-Fi is the glue that brings connected experiences together in our homes—-from streaming video to online gaming, browsing the Web, and more. It’s the foundation for tomorrow’s entertainment too. But, how will it scale to new experiences like 4K, multiscreen HD, and fiber Internet speeds? How can we ensure that it’s reliable when so many new services depend on it to work perfectly, everywhere, all the time?

Our CPE CTO Charles Cheevers, reviews these topics and more. Check out his videos, below:

Ultimate Gaming Experience with the ARRIS SURFboard® SBG6782-AC

Hey, football fans! Get a jump on the fall season by pre-ordering EA Sports’ latest installment: MaddenNFL15_Buy_AllMadden NFL 15.

Thanks to innovation in network and broadband technology, gaming experiences like Madden have broadened the playing field to the world of online gaming. Now, instead of settling for competition with your siblings and the neighbor down the street, you can do battle with the country’s top players from the comfort of your own living room.

SBG6782-AC-heroBut that overtime Hail Mary pass on 4th and 18 doesn’t have room for buffering. So if you are still counting on that ancient modem to get you into the game, it’s time to take a look at this year’s first round draft pick: the ARRIS SURFboard® SBG6782-AC.

The SBG6782-AC packs DOCSIS 3.0, an 802.11ac WiFi router, 4-Port gigabit Ethernet router and MoCA® networking for smart devices–all in one device.

Bottom line: the SBG6782-AC will take you to the end zone and through the post season for many years to come. Pick it up at Amazon or Best Buy today!

Network Advocacy: The Technology Behind the Experience

Ray Bontempi, VP, Strategy & Business Development @ ARRIS goes into the mind-blowing technology behind even the simplest consumer entertainment experiences—-explaining how network scalability is integral to sustaining the mass consumption of cat videos on the Internet, and why better networks make better TV for all of us.