Cox Communications has teamed with Linksys to offer a home network services package that bundles several elements such as the hardware, installation and ongoing customer service.
The Cox home networking package includes the installation and configuration of a broadband router, a networking card for a second PC, the requisite cabling and installation and troubleshooting assistance. The package starts at $199, plus $9.95 per month for ongoing support.
Though home networking has attracted tech-savvy home PC users, "we see a big opportunity to increase Cox value with the mainstream consumer who may be struggling with home networking options," said Cox Manager of Product Development Mark Bell.
Linksys is providing its 4-port EtherFast Broadband Router, Wireless Router (BEFW11S4) and its line of wired and wireless network cards for desktop and laptop PCs.
In related news, Linksys said it had inked a deal with the UK's largest broadband provider, NTL, to promote and provide wired and wireless networking products to NTL's high-speed Internet customers. As part of the deal, NTL will make Linksys gear available to their customers by phone or via the Web.
Of the handful of networking companies leading the home networking evolution, Linksys has been the most active in signing up service providers as program partners. On the cable side, the company supplies network adapters to Charter Communications, Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications. Linksys is also the exclusive provider of home networking products for AT&T Broadband (now part of Comcast), and is participating in programs at Verizon, Telus and Bell Canada.