Cisco Updates Wi-Fi, Video and Home Security at CES

Another big year of CES announcements from Cisco across a triple play of different market segments

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Jan 8, 2013
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Cisco is no stranger to the monster show that is CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. Over the years, Cisco has released a long list of new products, and the company's efforts at CES this year are no different.

Cisco used the CES 2013 event this week to announce a trio of announcements, including new video, Wi-Fi and home security efforts.

Videoscape

Cisco is updating its Videoscape video delivery platform with the new Videoscape Unity effort. Videoscape Unity includes the ability to have cloud-backed Digital Video Recording and provides a new user interface.

Videoscape Unity is an evolution of the Videoscape effort that Cisco announced at the CES 2011 event. The new platform elements are being brought over from Cisco's $5 billion acquisition of NDS in 2012.

"When implementing next-gen video, service providers and media companies previously had to choose between custom integrated solutions that stranded them in a point solution, or standard product-based solutions that had limited opportunities to customize and bring their brands to life," said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group. "Videoscape Unity combines the advantages of these approaches – offering a set of standard service-powering cloud, and network components with the ability to design and deploy customized user experiences across many screens."

Home Security

Cisco is also using CES as the venue to announce a new home security Cisco AT&Tdevice that is being built for AT&T customers. Cisco is providing the control panel for the AT&T Digital Life home security and automation service.

The Cisco control panel includes both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to support cameras and sensor throughout the home. The panel also leverages the Home Plug AV protocol to use a home's electrical wiring as a communications conduit.

"This truly is an application platform that opens up new opportunities for service providers – beyond monitoring, security and control to drive additional revenue, and provide higher satisfaction by offering additional networked services to consumers inside and outside their market," said Joe Chow, vice president and general manager, Cisco Connected Home Devices.

Linksys 802.11ac

Finally, Cisco's Linksys networking division is using CES to launch a trio of new Smart Wi-Fi routers all working at 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds. At the top end is the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro, EA6700 which can pump out as much as 1.3 Gbps of bandwidth for 10 or more connected devices. The AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400 can also deliver 1.3 Gbps, but is intended for use for homes with five to seven connected devices. The Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300 can provide up to 867 Mbps and is intended for homes with three to five connected devices.

Cisco is also making it easier for users to leverage the power of 802.11ac as well, with the Linksys AC 580 USB Wi-Fi Adapter.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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