Siemens Unveils Residential Wireless Gateways with Smart Antenna Technology

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Communications Inc., announced availability of the new Gigaset SE567 and SE568 residential ADSL2+ wireless gateways featuring IntelliSteer smart antenna technology.

The patented beam steering technology typically doubles signal strength over conventional antenna solutions while minimizing interference from and with other wireless neighbors. The announcement comes as a continuation of Siemens focus on smart devices for the home that allow service providers to more easily deploy, maintain and support their broadband services to their subscriber base.

Whereas, traditional wireless antennas transmit and receive energy more or less equally in all directions, IntelliSteer monitors the network connection and redirects antenna power for maximum network performance and reduced interference. The Gigaset SE567 and SE568 Gateways IntelliSteer actively switches between directional beams to get the strongest signal for each connected device, thereby maximizing throughput and range.

This new smart antenna technology represents a major advancement in wireless gateway performance, said Cliff Thompson, president of Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices. These gateways were designed with the in-home distribution of advanced triple-play services in mind, streamlined for transport of latency sensitive traffic like IPTV and VoIP.

The Gigaset SE567 and SE568 Gateways include four 10/100 Ethernet ports; one may be configured as a WAN interface for a two-box solution for services such as FTTP. The Gigaset SE568 includes an added USB port for connection flexibility.

Both Gateways include powerful security features such as a configurable ICSA-compliant stateful inspection firewall with DoS protection. A robust QoS subsystem incorporating separate QoS Classifier, Queue Manager and Scheduler guarantees a high-quality subscriber experience under demanding traffic situations.

The Gigaset SE567 and SE568 Gateways give service providers a big advantage in the race for triple-play services, added Thompson. Service providers need solutions that increase performance and stability, while offering a platform for service enablement, a requirement to capture market share in the rapidly crowding broadband marketplace.

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