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January 12, 2013
VoIP Routers Week in Review
By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer
VoIP routers are a rapidly growing part of the business community as a whole. As more businesses--indeed, as more regular people as well--look to VoIP as a way to save money and get better service for their operations, the routers geared toward driving VoIP are just as important as the concept itself. This means plenty of news in the sector, so settle in, and let's take a look at some of the biggest news this week with our Week In Review coverage!
First came news of a new home media gateway platform, being jointly unveiled by a coalition of tech providers, including ViXS Systems, Lantiq (News - Alert), Unihan and Morega. The platform in question is set to allow for smoother access to high-speed Internet, as well as digital voice services, wireless video, pictures and music to a variety of devices commonly found in homes. The platform is set to offer dual-band dual-concurrent 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and offers Lantiq's VDSL modem, ViXS XCode 4310 Dual HD network media processor, and more.
Qualcomm (News - Alert) brought in the next bit of news as its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros Inc., introduced StreamBoost technology for a wide array of Wi-Fi routers and gateways as well. StreamBoost is designed to work with 802.11ac to provide a better overall online experience, improving traffic management to make the overall flow of data smoother and reduce the chances of running into network congestion by taking better advantage of the ebb and flow of data. Routers equipped with StreamBoost technology are likely to be available this spring in several major outlets.
Next came word from TP-LINK, who used the CES (News - Alert) 2013 event as a way to unveil its newest 802.11ac AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, the TL-WDR7500. A gigabit router with full gigabit ports, it's said to be fully 10 times faster than the standard Ethernet, and can achieve WAN-to-LAN throughput of better than 900Mbps, making it perfect for videos, music, and photos--just the kind of thing that VoIP needs.
Securifi's Almond Wireless Router got a bit of an upgrade as well, taking advantage of the CES 2013 event to introduce the Almond+, a router that not only brings a color touchscreen into play, but also functions as a full smart home hub. The Almond+ has many of the same features of the original Almond--a move that will be welcome to those who voted it the top wireless router on Amazon.com (News - Alert)--but will step up the speed by supporting 1.167Mbps throughput. This makes it a sound router for most applications, including VoIP.
Finally, we got a look at Blue Sky Network, as its voice system for C-212-200 Airbus Military aircraft got a Supplemental Type Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency. This certification allows Blue Sky Network to deploy its Kit 2 satellite phone system, complete with single channel antenna and cable built right in. Both antenna and cable can work with the Iridium (News - Alert) 9555 or Iridium Extreme satellite phone, providing extra versatility in communications.
With CES 2013 closing, and bringing with it plenty of news across every sector of technology, as well as plenty of news occurring outside the event, there was plenty to go over in terms of VoIP router technology this week. Our global online community was constantly on the lookout for news to bring your way, and had more than its share to bring in. So be sure to join us back here next week for more news in VoIP routers, and of course, every weekend for our Week In Review coverage!
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