Actiontec launches 4G LTE home routers at CTIA Wireless

Routers will enable service providers to roll out fixed residential 4G LTE services.

Actiontec Electronics has unveiled a family of 4G LTE routers designed for the home/SOHO market. The company says its new 4GRN home routers incorporate 4G service speeds, 802.11n wireless networking, a Gigabit Ethernet switch, coax networking for satellite support, and FXS ports for supporting VoIP/VoLTE. Debuting at this week's CTIA Wireless 2011 in Orlando, the new router family has been named a finalist in CTIA Wireless' Emerging Technology Awards, Infrastructure: In-Building Wireless/Wi-Fi/LAN category.

With a dual-core 32-bit processor and robust memory architecture, the company says the routers can simultaneously support a wide range of demanding multimedia applications, including HDTV, standard TV, Voice over IP, media sharing, and online gaming. Gigabit Ethernet is available on the WAN side to support speeds up to 1000 Mbps. In addition, for satellite home networks, the routers support coax networking for satellite networking to easily connect televisions, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles over the home's coax cables. The home device features robust enterprise-level security features, including WPA/WPA2 wireless encryption, a customizable firewall, stateful packet inspection, Denial of Service protection, content filtering/parental controls, and intrusion detection.

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"We have been working closely with major North American carriers throughout the development of the 4GRN-DLV. We believe that this router can take 4G LTE from a promising lab application to a next-gen service that can practically and cost-effectively, be deployed to customers," said Brian Henrichs, chief business development officer at Actiontec Electronics. "We're excited to help lead the 4G revolution alongside other innovative mobile broadband service providers and technology vendors," he added.

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the next major phase in wireless technology and has the potential to deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps downlink/50 Mbps uplink over the air. The technology promises a superior user experience, with uncompromised support for mobile multimedia, mobile social networking, mobile enterprise and more. Additionally, 4G LTE's speeds can bridge the broadband divide facing rural areas, where it has not been cost-effective to deploy fiber or copper-based broadband services.

Actiontec says its LTE routers integrate the 4G radio directly inside the box. As a result, broadband service providers are able to directly control the 4G radio, giving them the ability to deploy 4G service as an integrated part of their service portfolio, as well as provide support and management for the device and service. In addition, unlike other LTE devices, the 4GRN family supports TR-069 remote management capabilities to help service providers offer superior customer experience and support, with fewer costly truck rolls.

Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, call 408-752-7700 or visit http://www.actiontec.com.

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