What's Going On?
As more and more content reaches
consumers over digital broadband networks, distributing it
around the home has become a major pain point for service
providers around the globe. Users are now consuming
conventional content, such as television, music, and more on
new multimedia-enabled mobile devices of all shapes and
What's Been Done?
Having built high-speed networks based
on VDSL and FTTH technologies, service providers can provide
10 to 100 mbps or more broadband capacity thereby enabling a
host of new digital services - such as high definition IPTV,
multimedia gaming, and voice over IP.
Because content now comes into the
premises over the broadband connection and is wrapped in the
Internet Protocol, a computer network within the home is now
required. This is often a daunting reality for consumers,
What are the Options?
While some homes are equipped with
coaxial cabling and even Ethernet cabling, these
technologies aren't ubiquitous and the cost, time, and
disruption of cabling homes is often a non-starter for
everyone. Running a computer network over the power lines
inside homes is another alternative, but isn't always
reliable and still doesn't support wireless devices such as
laptops, and emerging UMA phones.
What's the Solution?
Wi-Fi represents the best and most
promising alternative to solving these problems if, and only
if, it can be made reliable, long range, and fast. Ruckus
Wireless has developed 802.11a/b/g/n systems specifically
designed for whole-home distribution of multimedia content
and services. Purpose-built for service providers, all of
these systems are equipped with an advanced and patented
smart antenna array and a quality of service engine that
automatically prioritizes traffic, and directs Wi-Fi signals
over the best possible RF path in real time - avoiding and
mitigating interference that causes packet loss.
What is the solution?