ARRIS @ NCTC

NCTCNext week, ARRIS will be exhibiting at NCTC’s Winter Educational Conference in Phoenix, AZ from February 15-16th. Our focus is on the technical underpinnings of delivering advanced new entertainment services like Cloud DVR and Multiscreen.

Our booth (#303/305) will feature active demonstrations of our industry-leading Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and network solutions supporting the new bandwidth and technology requirements of these services. We’ve organized them in four relevant experience areas under the following topics: Cloud & IP Video Solutions, Gigabit Services, Wi-Fi® Without Limits, and Next Generation Devices.

We’ll run a remote demo of IP video over our DCX3635. Our E6000® Converged Edge Router will showcase Gigabit service using DOCSIS® 3.1. We’ll demonstrate our Hosted Service Provider Wi-Fi Solution for public, commercial and domestic deployments—which played a key role in our recent collaboration with Suddenlink to roll out carrier-grade Wi-Fi to its commercial customers.  And we’ll have a variety of new CPE devices on display, including new IP gateways.

Also, be sure to catch Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of the CPE business, talk on Preparing for IP Video, which will cover the evolution of network and CPE technologies and—like ABR, DOCSIS 3.1, and Gigabit Wi-Fi—that’s driving new IP video experiences.

The Three Biggest Trends Behind Tomorrow’s TV

TVThe Future of TV was one of the hottest topics of discussion at CES last week. But while newer, bigger, thinner displays; virtual reality goggles; and LED and HDR innovations may have gotten most of the headlines, the underlying technology that enables those innovations was the focus of meetings in and around the show with the world’s leading service providers.

In fact, it really boils down to three incredibly important developments that are quietly transforming TV and the way that service providers will deliver it:

Multi-gigabit Services: This is the biggest development powering the future of TV.

Service providers are upgrading to multi-gigabit pipelines, because today’s TV services sip bandwidth compared to the waterfall of bandwidth that tomorrow’s applications—from 360-degree entertainment, to holographic video and virtual reality—are destined to use.

4K Video over Wi-Fi: 4K is here, but it needs faster Wi-Fi to be everywhere.

The 100 Mbps it takes to stream 4K content to a single device is sorely lacking from most Wi-Fi networks. Given our current appetite for HD content, the inevitability of ubiquitous 4K makes the case for upgrading the content delivery pipeline not only to the home, but throughout it. The answer: gigabit Wi-Fi access points and extenders in the home.

Over the Top (OTT) Set-tops: All of the world’s content is coming to a single screen.

We watch traditional TV, and we watch OTT TV. For most of us, they’re two separate experiences, but soon we’ll be able to enjoy both over a single user experience on our TV, because OTT capabilities are coming to set-tops. Service providers are preparing to deploy these new devices so that we easily can watch anything we want, on the best screen available.

As the hottest technology starts making its way into our local stores and shopping lists, these three trends will be making it all work in millions of homes around the world.

What to Do When Holiday Lights Slow Down Your Wi-Fi

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Like most of us, you’re focused on family 1750_DecBanner_4_Treeand friends, baking cookies, buying presents and stringing holiday lights. But that last one on your list might actually slow down your Wi-Fi. Holiday lighting creates electrical interference that can affect the wireless network in your home.

What’s important to note is that most electronics also have the potential to cause interference—lighting in particular. But you don’t have to cut down on your holiday décor to get your binge-watching fix this season. There are two easy ways to make sure your Wi-Fi is as festive as you are…

Start by upgrading your router. A new 802.11ac router—like our SURFboard® SBR-AC1750—can connect you faster over the less susceptible frequencies and uncrowded channels. Another good trick is to use a network extender which lets you boost your Wi-Fi strength wherever you need it.

For more ideas to help speed up your connection this holiday season, check out our Buyer’s Guide and the rest of our products at Surfboard.com.

Mastering In-Home Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi connects us to everything in our lives—from our entertainment, to our friends, and the outside world. But that very dynamic is putting more and more strain on our home networks. As a result, there’s a new impetus and opportunity for improving the quality of Wi-Fi in our lives. We talked with ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers about how service providers can leverage the latest technology to revolutionize this lifeblood of our digital world.

Wi-Fi: Connecting You to Everything You Love

Valentine’s Day is an annual reminder that Wi-Fi connects us to everything we love—whether ValentinesSocialMedia Bages_9Feb2015-02that’s entertainment, information, communication, automation, or someone special.

Planning a date for Valentine’s Day? These days, the way it works is: you sit down, look up movies and restaurants, buy tickets, make reservations, and tell your date where to go and when—all without ever picking up the phone. Thanks Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi is so entrenched in our daily lives that sometimes we take it for granted… until it doesn’t work. And with 71 percent of all mobile communications happening over Wi-Fi (according to the Wi-Fi Alliance®) on more and more devices, that’s more likely to happen. So this Valentine’s Day, start with good Wi-Fi to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch, whether that’s kicking back and watching TV or setting up something nice for that special someone.

Find all the things you need to make the best connection this Valentine’s Day by visiting us at surfboard.com.

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.

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