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Wi-Fi Gateways May Be the New Whole-Home Gateway Answer

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Cable has been working on Wi Fi gateways to combine IP video and advanced Wi Fi for the home. While providing many challenges, these new Wi Fi gateways offer numerous possibilities, according to Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider.

"For the past several years, the cable industry has been working on combining the traditional STB and cable modem into a powerful gateway platform that can handle both TV signals and high-speed Internet," notes Craig Leddy, research analyst with Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider and author of the report.

"New, Wi-Fi-enabled 'unified gateways,' as some are calling them, can serve as media centers inside the home for all types of media and video devices."

Cable's developing strategies with wireless offer intriguing possibilities, Leddy says.

"The wireless video gateways, along with cable's continuing reliance on IP technologies and RDK, will enable cable providers to establish a powerful IP platform for cloud DVR, branded user interfaces, VoD and linear TV on thin client receivers and any Wi-Fi-connected devices," he continues. "Cable providers will need to engage in vigilant performance monitoring to assure a QoE for customers."

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