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  1. How to Improve In-Home WiFi

    It is not hard to visually affirm that new homes have been increasing in size, but Pew Research Center confirms it: A statistic indicates that new homes are 60% larger than in 1973. At the same time, the number of client devices is also rising. One access point (AP) for WiFi often is not enough to allow for reliable connection and ubiquitous speed to multiple devices throughout a large home. "One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to provide whole-home WiFi coverage is by using WiFi itself to connect together the APs in the home," John Bahr, CableLabs ' lead architect, wireless technologies, wrote in a recent blog. "In the past year, there has been a dizzying array of product announcements and introductions for home WiFi coverage, with many of them using mesh networking." A mesh AP network is a self-healing, self-forming, self-optimizing network of mesh access points (MAPs). The ideas is that the MAPs communicate with each other to determine the optimal path for moving data. Both client-steering (making sure each WiFi client is connected to the best AP) and band steering (keeping clients on the optimal band, 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) are important. Otherwise throughput suffers and latency issues could occur. "The (client) could be sitting next to the repeater, but the AP isn't very far away either. The iPad will connect to the repeater, but (then it) sends its data twice over the air. It may be better to connect to the access point directly," Bahr said. CableLabs is working toward standardization of an AP Coordination protocol, which will allow all APs in a home network to share information in order to make client steering decisions, among other things, Bahr said. "We have been working with vendors and talking about this problem for about a year. A lot are doing work independently, and a lot is proprietary," Bahr said. "There is some work starting up now in the Open Source area where hopefully we will get contributions … that will help define this standard." If the Open Source route does not pan out, CableLabs will go to standards bodies. "We are not sure which horse is going to win," Bahr said. Cable operators, for their part, have been helping to determine the goals of AP Coordination, which include client and band steering. These will be encapsulated, however, inside a larger protocol which helps also with communication between access points at initial powerup to help with auto-configuration, for example. There could also be a proactive network management interface to allow operators to pull out key performance indices. "AP Coordination is a very large project. Client steering is the first goal we are trying to tackle. It is the most immediate problem heard from our members," Bahr said. As for a timeline, Bahr said that open source projects are hard to predict, but the hope is that something will be seen mid-2017.

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016

  2. Estudio: 9 de 10 latinoamericanos conectados a internet tienen un teléfono inteligente

    Resaltando la importancia del acceso móvil a servicios de internet, una nueva encuesta de comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) e IMS Internet Media Services (IMS) revela que 9 de cada 10 personas que se conectan a internet en Latinoamérica poseen un teléfono inteligente. Los detalles provienen de la ...

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  3. Demystifying Home WiFi

    By Monta Monaco Hernon - As WiFi continues its march to ubiquity, customer expectations are growing. When they experience problems, such ...

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    Tue, 25 Oct 2016

  4. SCTE Plans Expo Energy Highlights

    At Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia later this month, the SCTE will be highlighting solutions that draw on the principles of its Adaptive Power ...

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

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  2. DVEO Upgrades Multiscreen Servers

    DVEO has revamped its Atlas Media Server family to include catch-up TV and live time-shift functionality (rewind/fast forward) over HLS for ...

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    Tue, 30 Aug 2016

  3. Study: 59% of U.S. Homes Subscribe to OTT

    According to the Leichtman Research Group, 59% of all U.S. households have an OTT subscription video on demand (SVOD) service from ...

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  4. GMIT Releases iOS Video Monitoring App

    Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary GMIT has released virtuWall, an iOS version of its BMM-810 A/V video monitoring platform for broadcast and OTT delivery networks. It's intended to...

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    Tue, 19 Apr 2016

  5. PlayStation Web TV Expands Nationwide

    PlayStation Vue , the cloud-based OTT video service from Sony Network Entertainment International , is expanding nationwide ...

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    Tue, 15 Mar 2016

  6. NCTI, opXL Team on Cable Courses

    NCTI and opXL are launching nine courses for frontline cable and broadband industry technicians. The courses, a three-part series focused ...

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    Wed, 27 Jan 2016

  7. U.S. Home Broadband Penetration 81%

    According to the Leichtman Research Group , 81% of U.S. households get a broadband Internet service at home, an increase from 26% ...

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    Thu, 3 Dec 2015

  8. Cox Launches Comcast-Based Video in San Diego

    Following customer and employee trials, Cox Communications has launched the latest version of its Contour video product to its customers ...

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    Wed, 11 Nov 2015

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