PacketFront Announces New Broadband Router

  • Active Ethernet
  • FTTH
STOCKHOLM - The ASR6000, the latest generation of PacketFront's ASR product line, was introduced at the European FTTH Conference in Munich. PacketFront recently divested its customer-premises equipment line to focus on its routers and software, and this new router is its first major introduction since that time.

With a hybrid ASIC and network processor design to control bandwidth consumption and traffic quality of services in the access layer, the ASR6000 features innovations that both reduce network operating costs and improve the quality of the delivered services.

The ASR6000 provides full wirespeed IPv4 and IPv6 routing and switching. Its support for both 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps speeds over copper and fiber access ports makes moving into the world of gigabit broadband networking easier than ever before, according to PacketFront.

“The two main challenges facing broadband operators today are consumers’ increasing demands for bandwidth and the need for secure IPv6 Internet access. The ASR6000 delivers both of these,” says Fredrik Nyman, access product manager at PacketFront. “IPv6 security is at the top of the agenda for many broadband networks. The ASR6000 native dual-stack deployment makes it possible to proceed without this issue becoming an obstacle.”

The script-based service control framework means that each ASR6000 can independently use RADIUS or DHCP servers to authenticate and to supply services to end-user clients. This creates a very cost-effective solution for service control and network management.

The ASR6000 also offers features to simplify network operations. For example, remote packet capture and quality inspection of TV broadcasts make it possible for service providers to analyze customers' experience of network services and thus shorten troubleshooting time. The ASR6000 also provides thousands of virtual queues, true ingress- and egress traffic shaping, and fair queuing to ensure the best possible customer experience when using the Internet.

The “fit-anywhere” form factor makes the ASR6000 suitable for both local deployment in buildings and high-density central-office installations.

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