Actiontec Electronics today announced the upcoming release of a new broadband home router featuring support for the new Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) networking standard.
ACTIONTEC ANNOUNCES COAX -ENABLED BROADBAND HOME ROUTER
SUNNYVALE, CA (November 8, 2005) - Actiontec Electronics today announced the upcoming release of a new broadband home router featuring support for the new Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) networking standard that permits digital entertainment and information content to be transmitted and distributed to multiple devices in the home over coaxial cable. The router supports Ethernet and Wi -Fi as well as coax networking, and it allows telcos to assign bandwidth priorities for data, video on demand and voice over IP traffic to ensure quality of service in triple play environments.
The new router (MI424 -WR) comes standard with a four -port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch for wired networking, a built -in 802.11g wireless access point for wireless networking, and both LAN and WAN MoCA support allowing IP streams carried over fiber networks to be distributed to TVs, PCs, VoIP -enabled phones and other devices through high speed coaxial cables.
A high -end CPU capable of processing as much as 80 times the throughput as earlier -generation broadband routers makes it possible for the MI424 -WR to handle multiple high -throughput media streams simultaneously, including standard and HDTV -based video programming. Networks can be set up to feed personal video recording functionality from a single set top box or other digital storage device to any TV in the house.
"The rise of triple play services has created a need for a home networking solution that can support the increased throughput and complexity inherent with the addition of video and voice streams. This router addresses that need with a robust design that can accommodate many times more bandwidth than before and also gives service providers the option to distribute content in a variety of ways," said Dean Chang, Actiontec President and CEO. "This is one of the final ingredients required to enable IPTV as well as a truly integrated home network that connects all entertainment and information devices throughout the house."
The new router also features:
• Enterprise -level security, including a fully customizable firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection, denial of service protection, content filtering, intrusion detection, and WPA and WEP wireless encryption to keep unwanted visitors from accessing the user's network.
• End -to -end quality of service (QoS) support, including the option to tag and prioritize IP packets through DiffServ or 802.1p/q prioritization, configurable upstream/downstream traffic shaping, and random early detection according to queue size and CPU load.
• Parental control capabilities, including user -defined site blocking by URL, the ability to customize filtering policies for each computer, and user notification of attempted access to restricted sites.
• Modular design with multiple configuration options, allowing service providers to replace the standard four -port Ethernet switch and MoCA coaxial port with eight Ethernet ports, remove the MoCA WAN/LAN port or the wireless access point, and/or add anti -virus and anti -spam protection.
• Remote management capabilities based on the DSL Forum's TR -069 specification, enabling service providers to configure and control subscribers' routers remotely.
• Easy end user setup and network management with a completely new interface that includes easy configuration of network devices, live identification of connected devices, network status displays for both Internet (WAN) and local network (LAN) connections, and instant visibility into portals and other telco -provided services.
The new router is sampling now and is scheduled for general availability in Q4 2005.
About Actiontec Electronics, Inc.
Actiontec Electronics is a supplier of products and services enabling consumers to leverage broadband Internet connectivity to simplify and enrich their lives. Covering the full spectrum of the "digital life," Actiontec develops devices and services including broadband modems, home gateways, wireless networking devices, routers, VoIP adapters, and digital entertainment devices. Actiontec products are sold through both retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Reading, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, phone 408 -752 -7700 or visit http://www.actiontec.com.