XFINITY

Home>Topics>XFINITY
Refine Results
  1. All
  2. Articles
  3. Online Articles
  1. The Smart Money's on Smart Home

    The rise of smart home technologies and their adoption is one of the safer bets to come out of the CES show floor in Las Vegas last week. Let's take a look at some of the smart home-related news that has come out both in the last few days and just before the end of the year. Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has made a slew of announcements of late, including the introduction of a whole-home networking solution. The cloud-based platform, which will be included at no extra cost for customers with a Comcast  WiFi gateway device, is intended to allow people to add devices, pause device use during dinnertime, pair WiFi extenders to boost signal strength and use voice controls to see who's on the network. The new service is scheduled to be automatically enabled in the first half of 2017 for the approximately 10 million existing Xfinity Internet customers who have a compatible Xfinity wireless gateway. That number is expected to grow to more than 15 million by the end of the year as Comcast's new Advanced Wireless Gateway becomes available. Comcast also revealed that a connected thermostat from Zen Ecosystems has been integrated into the Xfinity Home ecosystem. This is a step toward the relaunch of EcoSaver technology that will help customers reduce energy usage with real-time weather analytics. Other devices that have been integrated into the Xfinity Home ecosystem are August Smart Locks, Chamberlain MyQ garage controllers, Lutron Caséta wireless controllers and dimmers, and thermostats. Comcast also recently announced new lighting partnerships with Sengled and Jasco. More partnership announcements are expected in 2017. TP-Link is introducing Deco at CES, which is a line of whole home WiFi systems, and includes the Deco M5Router and the Deco M5 Plus Router with Powerline. The first uses WiFi mesh technology for connectivity in every room in the house. The second version adds Powerline technology to WiFi in one form factor. TP-Link also is adding two networking products - the AC2300 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router and the RE650 AC2600 WiFi Range Extender with MU-MIMO. The first talks to multiple devices, placing each on the best WiFi band. This allows users to prioritize games, movies and other content or assign bandwidth to devices. TP-Link says that the RE650 eliminates dead zones, drop outs and spotty signals. It works with any WiFi router, access point or modem router to boost WiFi coverage and performance throughout the home. ARRIS' (NASDAQ:ARRS) Secure Home Gateway portfolio will embed the McAfee Secure Home Platform by Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). This will provide security for all devices connected to the home network, including gaming consoles, cameras, wearables and smart TVs and appliances. The CPE product line is intended to offer network-level security to protect all devices connected to the home network against threats like viruses, malware, and phishing scams. The products are designed to act like a home security system, managing the flow of data between the Internet and the home's connected devices. A mobile app is intended to let consumers manage their home gateway security settings. The ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580-AC will be the first device to embed the McAfee Secure Home Platform. The SURFboard SBG7580-AC with McAfee Secure Home Internet is expected to become available around the first half of 2017 at Amazon, Best Buy (in-store and online), and Surfboard.com. Future ARRIS broadband devices will also feature this embedded security - adding to the portfolio of Secure Home Gateway solutions. Qorvo and ubisys, a smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) company, have developed a gateway solution intended to allow various devices to communicate by integrating a ZigBee 3.0 and Green Power-based smart home network within the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) IoTivity framework. This framework provides specifications for device-to-device connectivity across physical media, transports and application layers. The Qorvo IoTivity plug-ins are intended to support a single, multi-stack radio chip. Qorvo's GP712 chip is intended to simultaneously handle multiple IoT network layers, including Thread, ZigBee 3.0 with Green Power and RF4CE networks. The GP712 is intended to simplify the design of IoT gateways, routers and set-top boxes by reducing components and antennas. Qorvo also introduced the GP712 voice-activated radio chip and software for smart home applications. The chip is intended to be integrated into virtual personal assistants (VPAs) to enable the VPA to respond to voice commands and communicate directly with smart home devices that use ZigBee and Thread protocols. The prognosticators also are talking smart home, particularly how much voice control will be a part of the future. ABI Research reports that voice control will account to close to a third of smart home device revenues by 2021. Voice control smart home devices, typified by the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Echo, are expected to represent almost 30% of smart home device spending by 2021, despite being a device category that barely existed two years ago. Amazon's market leadership with its Alexa products and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) emerging Home platform strategy reflect not just the popularity of voice control devices within the home, but also how voice will become a key smart home interface in the still emerging market for smart home managed systems. Alongside Amazon and Google, Apple, Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) all have the impetus to bring similar devices and functionality to market. While voice control is expected to take a greater share of device revenue spending, it is also expected to push into and help drive all smart home markets and device categories. By 2021, more than 600 million smart home devices are expected to ship annually, up from 40 million in 2015. Parks Associates agrees, saying that smart home applications are increasingly shifting to voice control. The research house says 44% of U.S. broadband households have used voice control functions on at least one of their connected smart home platforms, including 64% of heads of household ages 18-24. The high usage rates among Millennials suggest that voice controls are quickly becoming the preferred means of interaction with Internet-connected devices, and younger consumers especially will see greater value in new smart home platforms with voice control as standard in the user interface.

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  2. CES Video Trends: Wheat vs. Chaff

    As the 2017 International CES wraps up in Las Vegas, it's time to sort the wheat from the chaff. Amongst the Internet-connected scarves and WiFi hair brushes (I am not making this up), a number of interesting ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  3. Comcast Aims to Make Smart Homes Smarter, Greener

    At the Smart Home Marketplace at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced a partnership between Xfinity Home and ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  4. NETGEAR Intros Comcast-OK'd DOCSIS 3.0, 3.1 Retail Modems

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) has introduced two Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA)-approved retail modems, one in DOCSIS ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  1. Comcast Previewing 'Digital Home' at CES

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  2. Rogers to Deploy Comcast X1 Cloud Video

    Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.A) announced a long-term strategic partnership with Comcast NASDAQ:CMCSA) to deploy Comcast's X1 ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 16 Dec 2016

  3. Comcast Adds Voice Control for Smart Home Lighting

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) plans to add two new lighting partners to its Xfinity Home smart home platform, while also enabling new home ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  4. Comcast Picks UEI for CPE Auto-Setup

    Universal Electronics (NASDAQ:UEIC) announced that Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is the first service provider to deploy the vendor's QuickSet ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  5. Gigabit Internet Accelerating on All Fronts

    With the march to the end of the year underway, the gigabit Internet craze has shown no sign of slowing. In November alone, there already has been an onslaught of announcements. Let's take a look at a few of them.

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  6. Comcast Boosting Internet Speeds in OR/WA, MN, KC

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is increasing Internet speeds for both new and existing customers in the Oregon/SW Washington region, the Twin ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  7. Denver MDU Gets Comcast Fiber-Based Gigabit Internet

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) says the Coda in Cherry Creek multiple dwelling unit (MDU) will be the first in Colorado to deliver gigabit Internet ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Wed, 16 Nov 2016

  8. Comcast-Netflix X1 Mashup Going Nationwide

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) says it will launch Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) on millions of X1 devices across the country next week. Through the ...

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 4 Nov 2016

Get More Results

Webcasts

Improving Multiscreen Services

This new collaboration between SCTE/ISBE and BTR begins with a look at how to overcome the challenges operators have discovered as they meet subscribers' req...

Sponsored by

2016 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Wrap Up

Whether you couldn't make it to Cable-Tec this year or want to see if you missed anything while you were there, you'll want to join BTR editors Stephen Hardy...

October 12, 2016
Sponsored by

Counting the cost: Efficiently transitioning from HFC to FTTH

HFC networks are uniquely positioned to provide compelling and competitive services, and are also uniquely positioned to transition to symmetrical FTTH as co...

Date:September 22, 2016
Sponsored by

Featured Hangout

4K 4 U: How to Prepare for UltraHD Video

4K/UltraHD video is coming - consumers are buying the TV sets, and more content is becoming available. Watch this informative Hangout on demand by clicking the link above.

Sponsored by Verimatrix.

FEATURED COMPANIES


Visit Our Buyer's Guide