Calix introduced a pair of home gateways based on a version of Wi-Fi – 802.11ac – that enables symmetric wireless transmission at rates up to 1 Gbps inside customers’ homes.

Available to be private-labeled by Calix customers, the 844G and 854G GigaCenters are the first in a family of customer premises service delivery platforms, the company said. The company claims they are the first gateways to support carrier class Wi-Fi in the home.

The devices use 802.11ac, wave 2, 5 GHz band Wi-Fi technology with 4x4 multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) and beamforming. The systems are fully manageable, the vendor said. Control and visibility of the gateways is provided via Calix’s Compass software.

The first 844G and 854G GigaCenters will initially support GPON technology on the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs). The company described the former system as IPTV-enabled and the latter as RF-enabled.

Calix said it will be taking initial orders for this product in late September 2014 in advance of broad availability in October.

New members of the 800 family will be coming soon, including models with auto-detect technology to support both GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet deployments, as well as other platforms supporting carrier class Wi-Fi and HPNA and MoCA home networking technologies, Calix said.  

"Like all service providers facing a highly competitive market environment, we look for new ways to derive operational efficiencies while improving the service experience of our subscribers," said Randy Olsen, assistant general manager of Venture Communications Cooperative in Highmore, South Dakota. "The advanced carrier class Wi-Fi capabilities of the Calix GigaCenter will be a game changer for us – dramatically reducing our subscriber installation times in our IPTV service areas. Putting a fully managed and monitored network element in the home is also strategically important to Venture, as it gives us the ability to actively manage the home network as well as introduce new cloud-based service possibilities to our subscribers. The GigaCenter provides Venture with a powerful new platform that cements us as the premiere broadband provider in our market."