New Motorola Gateway To Stream Video Content In Home Posted by iTech
Motorola says its new DSL home gateway will be the anchor of advanced home networks and the unit will be sold directly to carriers. The new HH gateway to be unveiled at Globalcomm next month combines an ADSL modem a fourport router a wireless gateway and a VOIP ATA (analog telephone adapter) in one compact device. The device will use TR to let carriers troubleshoot the device on the home LAN and to provision new services. &;We&;re considering the gateway to be the anchor in the home so we are serving VOIP highspeed data service as well as the video applications&; says Motorola home gateways product manager Bill Zhou. Consumers will still need a settop box to display TV content and to record shows. For now the HH will merely tag and forward videorelated packets as they pass through the home. For video quality of service (QOS) the HH tags each video stream that comes in from the optical network terminal (ONT) and prioritizes them for immediate delivery to the settop box Zhou says. This prevents jitter or screen freeze at the TV. &;Video service is a premium data serviceit's all IP packets back and forth. The magic there is how you handle the quality of service." This is the first device from Motorola designed to sit between the ONT on the outside of a customer's home and the settop boxes inside. And the company says it will be flexible about how it addresses home networking. Motorola says it has not yet locked its DSL gateway in to either of the two most popular home networking standards Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) or Home Phone Networking Association (HPNA). Company spokesman Paul Alfieri says his company will probably market several different versions of the gateway to accomodate different carrier preferences. Motorola says it will launch another home gateway product planned for release later this year that will have more video management and routing capabilities. For now Motorola settop boxes are still responsible for routing video to other rooms in the home and for handing off video to USB connected devices. Zhou says the HH supports the Mbit/s delivered by an ADSL network into the home. That should give those homes enough headroom for two highdefinition TV channels. &;So far in the marketplace we typically see telco customers asking for one channel or two channels of HD which can be supported by ADSL today&; he says. Motorola has been supplying the cable industry with VOIPready gateways for some eight years Zhou notes. In fact the vendor says it has shipped more than million cable modems to date. But Netgear Inc. Wire Inc. DLink Systems Inc. Cisco Systems Inc.'s Linksys division and a dozen other players are all more established than Motorola in the DSL modem/gateway market so the company's got some catching up to do. &;We pulled the trigger about this time last year and decided we wanted to be a solid player in the DSL space&; Zhou says. Zhou adds the market for DSL modems might end up being bigger for Motorola than the cable modem business has been. He says the increasing interest among carriers in selling VOIP is the primary reason Motorola entered the DSL gateway market to begin with. &;VOIP especially SIPbased VOIP is becoming a very compelling business case for most of the carriers especially in the European market."