How to fall in love with your Wi-Fi® this Valentine’s Day

Your significant other isn’t the only thing that deserves attention this Valentine’s Day.

Your Wi-Fi® isSocial Media Vday now a vital element of your home life. Show it some TLC, and it’ll love you back by not ruining your night in front of a romcom.

These three tips will give you Wi-Fi to make Cupid proud.

See other people – You don’t have to be faithful to your gateway if you can get better performance from someone else. Not all gateways are created equal. You can stay with your current service provider but, investigate in a new gateway that will boost the service you’re currently receiving. Look for options with more download and upload channels to boost speeds.

Choose a better position – Moving things to the bedroom? Not so fast! If your gateway is all the way downstairs, you might not get the streaming quality you expect. Make sure your gateway is in the heart of your home to get the best coverage throughout, even in the bedroom.

Set the mood – When you achieve full coverage in every room of your house, you’ll have more options to connect more devices, apps and services. For example, adding connected lighting to your home will make use of your enhanced broadband. And by using voice commands, you’ll be able to get the lighting just right without breaking the mood by fiddling with buttons and menus.

It’s Valentine’s Day after all, so why not become more affectionate with better broadband and entertainment without the flaws?

Love, ARRIS.

PS. You can find more info on our SURfboard® portfolio that will steal your heart at www.surfboard.com

Putting a Box around Wi-Fi® Performance @ Cable Tec 2016

People of ARRIS

Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” declared science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Said another way, great technology is seamless and invisible: it shouldn’t get in the way of the experience. And the same is true for Wi-Fi.

But there are myriad measures and underlying forces that must align perfectly to make Wi-Fi indistinguishable from magic and meet today’s customer demand.

This month at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS, will discuss how service providers can readily address Wi-Fi issues using existing technology and data and talk about alternative metrics for evaluating and diagnosing Wi-Fi problems at home.

In her panel, she’ll provide answers to questions such as:

  • What do consumers define as “good” Wi-Fi performance?
  • What factors—such as environment and services—can affect Wi-Fi performance?
  • What is the impact of a customer’s choice of Wi-Fi antennae, frequencies and channel bands on display devices?

Learn more by attending the “Home Wi-Fi Optimization” panel on Thursday, September 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Maria Popo, President of Ubee Interactive and also include insights from David Urban, a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast.

ARRIS Introduces the SURFboard® SBG7580-AC at CEDIA Expo

UPDATE 10/24: The SBG7580-AC is now available at Best Buy.

CEDIA is one of the year’s most important showcases of hot new home technology. That’s 91MHq0rXZGL._SL1500_why we’re at the show introducing our latest wireless gateway: the SURFboard SBG7580-AC. It’s made for consumers who want to take the Gigabit revolution into their own hands.

Gigabit gives you the freedom to surf, game, and stream in 4K Ultra HD to your heart’s content. And our SBG7580-AC features DOCSIS® 3.0 with 32×8 channel bonding for getting every last drop of Gigabit speed into your home. Meanwhile, the SBG7580-AC supports integrated dual band current Wi-Fi® and 802.11ac, to ensure your Wi-Fi network is equally as fast —for enjoying your favorite content on all your favorite devices.

Pre-order your SURFboard SBG7580-AC on Amazon today for $229.

Until then, be sure to stop by our booth (#7224) at CEDIA to see the future of Gigabit technology.

Actual speeds are dependent on the level of service subscribed to by the consumer.

ARRIS @ The Independent Show

TIS16_std_webWe’re at The Independent Show in Orlando this week to showcase our portfolio of turnkey solutions for regional service providers. Combined with our recently expanded Channel Program, to now include the US and Canada, we offer a variety of customized resources for accelerating delivery of the most advanced new services to consumers—including Gigabit broadband, Service provider Wi-Fi, and Cloud & IP video.

Some of our featured booth demonstrations will include:

  • Delivering better Gigabit broadband to the home
  • Achieving stronger high performance Wi-Fi solutions for service providers
  • Full IP adaptive bit rate (ABR) solutions for set top and multiscreen devices

If you’re at The Independent Show, be sure to stop by Booth #501 & 503 to check out our demos and speak with our experts. We look forward to seeing you there!

ARRIS @ ABTA 2016

This week, we’re at the ABTA Expo and Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil to showcase our IMG_3802leadership in pay-tv and broadband technology for Latin America.

Latin America is an important growth market for ARRIS as we continue to capitalize on significant business opportunities outside of the United States. We’re working with top service providers in the region to usher in the next era of connected entertainment. And our growing portfolio of solutions in the cloud, network, and home are the foundation. Our booth at ABTA will feature demonstrations of how these technologies are supporting new services like Wi-Fi®, Gigabit speeds, IoT, and more.

In addition, our Chief Regional Technologist of CALA (Caribbean and Latin America), Hugo Ramos will be speaking on three panels at the Transamerica Expo Center.

·        IoT: Opportunities & Challenges, 29th June 1:00 – 1:30pm

·        DOCSIS 3.1 -New Generation of Technology, 29th June 9:30 –10am

·        User Interfaces for the Set-Top, 30th June 3:30 – 4pm

Join us at Booth #72 at ABTA, and stay tuned to our blog for more highlights from the show!

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.

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