Calix Residential Gateway Extends Access Network into the Home

  • Calix
  • FTTH
LAS VEGAS – With the addition of the 836GE Residential Services Gateway (RSG) to Calix’s Unified Access portfolio, service providers will be able to extend their access networks into subscribers' homes. This Wi-Fi-enabled fiber-access gateway, which acts as a central management hub for all broadband-enabled devices within the home, gives service providers new revenue options while lowering in-home costs.

Calix’s fully managed network device gives service providers the potential to generate new revenues from in-home services while enhancing the quality of subscribers’ broadband service experiences. Service providers can have visibility into all devices with the ability to troubleshoot remotely.



The 836GE RSG, which will ship before the end of the quarter, combines the functionality of a 700GE optical network terminal (ONT) with advanced selectable band 802.11n Wi-Fi and internal multi-input multi-output (MIMO) spatial diversity antennas.

Independently Operating Ports to Handle Different Devices
The 836GE RSG also features four GigE ports that can be provisioned to operate independently or in full bridge mode, to support whole-home DVR deployments. By configuring the gateway on a port-by-port basis, service providers have tremendous flexibility to implement different types of service models. For instance, one GigE port or a USB port could be utilized for ZigBee and run separately from other services handled by device. While service providers would set policies for their deployments, customers could opt out of specific services if they have concerns such as privacy.

Initially, the 836GE RSG will be available as a point-to-point GigE premises device, but utilizing Calix auto-detect technology, it will be able to support GPON in an upcoming software release.

Trial in Open-Access Deployment
The technology is being trialed in Enfield, N.H. “The Town of Enfield, as a participant in New Hampshire FastRoads, is excited about working with Calix as we begin the residential buildout of our FTTH project,” said Steve Schneider, Enfield town manager. “The Calix 836GE RSG is an excellent fit for our open-access network, which places an emphasis on flexibility and options for our residents.”

Andrew Cohill, president and CEO of Design Nine, which designed and manages the New Hampshire FastRoads project, added, "We conducted an extensive evaluation of several different vendor equipment solutions, and Calix demonstrated that their equipment is 'open-access ready' out of the box. Calix really understands what is needed to support a true open-access network environment with multiple providers offering dozens of services."

By combining the 836GE RSG with the recently launched Calix Consumer Connect software application, an even more powerful set of tools emerges for service providers. Part of the Compass suite of applications tools, Consumer Connect is cloud-based software that integrates with customer-premises devices, such as the 836GE RSG, to remotely activate and manage broadband devices within home networks. The combination of the 836GE RSG and the Consumer Connect application serves as a 24/7 virtual technician for service providers within their subscribers’ homes, allowing them to manage and troubleshoot all the way to the consumer’s IP device.

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