Comcast invests in smart Internet, buys PowerCloud Systems

Summary:Comcast will likely leverage PowerCloud's portfolio to capitalize on the increasing number of connected devices in consumer households.

Comcast may have its hands full with its pending Time Warner Cable merger, but the broadcasting giant managed to squeeze in a relatively cheap acquisition with a deal to buy the Wi-Fi router maker PowerCloud Systems. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to reports, Comcast will likely leverage PowerCloud's portfolio to deal with the increasing number of connected devices in consumer households – and basically as a stepping stone to reach the elusive Internet of Things.

Tyson Marian, part of the strategic development team at Comcast, told VentureBeat that Comcast will use technology from PowerCloud's Skydog router in conjunction with a combined router/modem Comcast has developed to better track what devices are coming in and out of a home network, "So you can connect new devices and manage your devices on a home network with heavy heavy security."

More specifically, the technology can be utilized in a home to cherry pick which users will gain access to Wi-Fi plus other connected devices, as opposed to those who will be granted access to Wi-Fi only. The key here is the extra level of security and the device detection capabilities, as both technologies are critical to the success of smart home scenarios. 


Topics: Networking


Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail tec... Full Bio

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