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Cisco connects home devices via IP home gateway

Posted: 21 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Internet Protocol services gateway? IP? Ethernet?

Cisco has unveiled its Internet Protocol (IP) Services Gateway (Model DRG2800) which is designed to expand consumers' entertainment and personal content choices and bring network-based and home-based applications together in one device. With this product, consumers can use their STB and large-screen, flat-panel TVs to watch videos, listen to downloaded music in surround sound and view photos accessed from their PC.

The Cisco IP services gateway provides consumers with a single device that easily connects to the in-home PC via Ethernet and to a digital STB using coax cable. Then, to multiple devices throughout the home, this all-in-one product is capable of managing and delivering a variety of services including high-speed Internet, wired and wireless home networking, file and data storage (including video and music) from its 160-gigabyte hard drive, and voice/telephone service.

"The Cisco IP Services Gateway represents a significant inflection point where consumers can use a single device to access both the Internet and all of its user-generated content, and the service providers' managed video content network," said JT Taylor, director of product marketing at Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company. "Our new IP Services Gateway is part of Cisco's consumer initiative to create compelling visual networking experiences where streaming digital video technology and social networking merge. It's not that you are connected. People worldwide are connected. It's what you do with the connection."

"Our focus now includes distribution of the next wave of consumer visual and multimedia networking experiences. With its IP next-generation network (IPNGN), Cisco can uniquely help consumers discover content, people and services," he added.

Evaluation/test units are scheduled to be available to our service provider customers by the end of Q1.

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