Cable Technology Feature Article
September 04, 2009
Bewan Unveils New Multi-Play Residential Gateway, iBox C5200
By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor
Bewan, a European provider of unified communications and digital home solutions for operators, reportedly unveiled a new multi-play residential gateway, so-called iBox C5200.
According to Bewan, the new iBox C5200 solution is a fully-integrated home gateway, which will allow cable operators and multi-service operators to deliver high broadband speeds along with media-rich services to subscribers.
Based on Texas Instruments’ (News - Alert) Puma 5 family of DOCSIS 3.0/ EURO-DOCSIS products, the new solution comes with Bewan Licensing Program, a residential gateway firmware that enables strict control of OPEX (News - Alert) and reduces considerable customer support costs.
With the help of a built-in PacketCable 1.5 compliant specification, the iBox C5200 integrates a cable modem, in order to establish VoIP phone calls directly via the Cable Modem Broadband Services. It also helps VoIP for Wi-Fi mobile phones. The solution is provided with two standard phone ports, which will facilitate users to make low-cost long distance calling, faxing and many advanced services.
Moreover, the iBox C5200 provides all the functionalities of a Wireless residential or SoHo cable modem. It not only provides TV over ADSL but also video on demand. It also features a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and an IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11n wireless access point, which meets encryption requirements (WEP, WPA/2), the company said.
The iBox C5200 features one USB port, which is integrated on the electronic board. This port will facilitate operators to provide subscribers with local or remote file sharing, printer accessibility, video surveillance system control, as well as access to the Internet.
With the help of Bewan iBox C5200, operators will be capable of managing as well as updating their installed base remotely, due to the fact that the solution supports SNMP protocol. The solution also supports TR-069, which helps in managing and controlling the digital home certified accessories and applications. This will facilitate in efficient control of the entire operator’s value added services offering and also helps in rolling-out new services and software updates for subscribers’ modems, thereby achieving optimum ROI.
The Bewan iBox C5200 is also provided with an application, called “Bewan HomeCenter,” which enables users to organize their files into photo albums and video libraries. With the help of HomeCenter, users can also create their own digital jukebox. Additionally, a personal web site is also automatically created. Content such as music, photos, videos, can be published as well as shared on the Web site over the Internet.
Together, Bewan iBox C5200 and Bewan HomeCenter, will let users have control over their home’s automated systems even when they’re out or travelling. With just the access to the Internet or a mobile phone, iBox users can find out the status of the connected home systems such as environmental sensors, security sensors, remote control power switches, and IP cameras.
In addition, the iBox C5200 comes with Bewan Software, a GUI interface that facilitates customers, as well as technical support teams to perform network diagnostics easily.
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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney