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CableLabs details home network specs

Thu, 07/19/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

CableLabs' CableHome project just went public with an interim specification for Quality of Service, CableLabs says. It also released a home-network architecture framework technical report, and set a vendor meeting for July 31 in Westminster, Colo.

CableHome is a project aimed at extending the multimedia capabilities of DOCSIS and PacketCable into the home network, CableLabs says.

The QoS specification document outlines "a comprehensive mechanism for home network client devices to request and maintain QoS resources across different home networking technologies and the HFC network," CableLabs says in its overview.

It intends to define the home network QoS architecture needed to interface home client devices to PacketCable and DOCSIS QoS resources at the "access" point of the cable network, or where the cable HFC network terminates in the home devices with a DOCSIS RF interface.

CableLabs says the architecture technical report "describes the home and cable infrasstructure needed to manage and deliver quality, cable-based services to home networked devices." Architecture is independent of any physical network technology and focuses on supply management, QoS and security capabilities, it adds.

The CableHome meeting will update participating vendors on the reports.

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