In the transformation of home networks, what role will gateways play?

As the number of connected devices associated with the Internet of Things proliferates, it will become increasingly difficult for businesses and consumers to manage the devices and the way they interact with each other and the cloud. Many different devices will exist in the same home or business environment, but will likely be using different communication protocols to connect. As more content is being distributed over WiFi and 4K video has emerged, there is also a big focus on higher data rates and next generation WiFi technology to deliver a high quality of experience to consumers.

As a result, there is a transformation occurring in home networks from wired delivery of content via traditional set-top boxes (STBs) to a focus on the gateway as a central hub wirelessly serving many devices, such as cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices. In short, a broadband gateway allows all of these machines and all other IoT “things” to be connected through a single platform for easy management and to eliminate any unplanned downtime and associated costs, particularly in settings where reliability is essential.

In this video, I share the transformation occurring in the home network through gateways to meet the growing demands placed on the network by video, mobile and tablets.



Jim Bridgwater
Jim Bridgwater
Jim Bridgwater leads product marketing initiatives in broadband residential applications. In the last 20 years, Jim led marketing activities for microprocessors, DSPs and radio frequency solutions for industrial and consumer applications and automotive infotainment applications in Europe. A co-author of several system bus architecture patents relating to power saving, he has published articles on security, infotainment, graphics, mobile TV and wireless communications. Jim received a B.Sc. degree in Electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

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