With the majority of today’s data traffic running on WiFi networks, ensuring reliable, secure and consistent WiFi performance is becoming more important for service providers. To solve common connection problems like WiFi dead zones and eliminate bandwidth hogs, Arris launched its SURFboard family of home networking devices with RipCurrent G.hn technology this week.
Using a combination of next-generation networking technology and intelligent software, the technology seeks to tailor consumers WiFi to their needs, featuring plug-and-play installation. The system’s smart auto-configuration software automatically gives new hotspots the same name, password, and security settings as consumers’ router, so all of the Wi-Fi devices can move seamlessly from one part of their network to another. The RipCurrent-enabled system provides whole-home networking by relaying data over the existing electrical lines to one or more of its extenders, using next-generation G.hn technology. The offering also moves bandwidth-hogging devices like Smart TVs, gaming consoles, and streaming video players to ultra-fast wired connections to free up consumers’ WiFi network for wireless-only devices and applications.
Meanwhile, the new technology aims to allow users to customize their network via an app. “Scan the QR code from your smartphone or tablet and automatically connect to your network. You can also control your Wi-Fi settings and parental controls,” Arris said in a release. Users can download the free ARRIS SURFboard Manager app—available on the iOS and Android app stores–to get set up. The RipCurrent-enabled devices are available now on Amazon for pre-order, with the price starting at $119.99. The extenders feature 2 models, for $59.99 and $99.99.
There will be plenty of talks around in-home WiFi at INTX. A panel on May 17 will discuss how in-home WiFi networks are getting faster, stronger and smarter. Speakers are Leigh Chinitz, chief wireless strategist with Casa Systems, Manish Jindal, head of strategy development and portfolio management with Ericsson and Kelly Williams, vp of product strategy with Cox.