SMC Networks’ Broadband Development Group, which makes consumer and commercial products for the cable and customer premises equipment (CPE) markets, said today that it has started shipping its wireless cable modem gateway.

The SMC DOCSIS 2.0 Draft 11n wireless cable modem gateway (SMC8014WN-RES) is an all-in-one platform that blends a DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem, dual-band draft 802.11n wireless access point, four port 10/100 router and SPI firewall together in one device.

SMC Networks said the SMC8014WN-RES offers dual-band 2.4 Ghz and 5 GHz 802.11n to provide higher throughput, while maintaining compatibility with legacy devices based on the 802.11b/g technology.

The new cable modem gateway delivers speed enhancements on both the wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) side in order to help MSOs meet their premium speed tiers in a DOCSIS 2.0 environment.

"As a function of the economic climate, capital expenditures are tightening up. Subsequently, DOCSIS 3.0 deployments aren't as aggressive as planned 18 months ago," said Todd Babic, vice president of sales for SMC Networks’ Broadband Business Development for North America. "However, competition in the telecommunications and retail sectors is driving consumer demand for speed enhancements on both the WAN and LAN sides. In true SMC fashion, we've developed a unique product that addresses these current and real challenges facing our MSO partners."

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