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Entone opens triple-play NID/gateway

Tue, 05/30/2006 - 6:58am
Brian Santo, CED

Entone Technologies has introduced a network interface device it is positioning as a combination NID and residential gateway. Incorporating either an ADSL2+ or VDSL2 modem, or a GPON interface, Entone's "Crescendo" intelligent Network Interface Device (iNID) is aimed at service providers with FTTx networks.

Entone's iNID features: 
* high-speed IP over coax to facilitate IPTV without new wires;
* two voice-over-IP ports that work with standard phone equipment;
* 10/100 Base-T Ethernet;
* networked powered and residence powered options; and
* IP-layer services, including DHCP, NAT, firewall and others.

The unit also supports HomePNA 3.0 over coax or phone line and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)-based technology over existing in-home coaxial networks, supporting in-home networking rates of 100 Mbps for advanced services including IPTV, room-to-room DVR, VOD, and high-speed Internet.

Crescendo also provides one FXO port for connection to a standard POTS subscriber line, and two FXS ports for connection to standard telephone devices inside the home. The FXO port allows the gradual migration from analog voice to VoIP service. In the event of a power failure, a relay connects the home's primary line directly to the FXO to provide lifeline service.

Crescendo enables remote monitoring for troubleshooting, but is designed to be mounted to the outside of the house for easy technician access, the company said.

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