Wi-Fi in cable set-top boxes coming (not so soon)

Wi-Fi in cable set-top boxes coming (not so soon)

Summary: Cable TV providers are planning to add wireless to their set-top boxes, according to panelists at a recent Connect event sponsored by Park Associates and the CEA.A report in EE Times say cable companies like Cox Communications are planning to deliver signals to home via coaxial cable, and then add a wireless link for shuffling the signal throughout the home.

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Cable TV providers are planning to add wireless to their set-top boxes, according to panelists at a recent Connect event sponsored by Park Associates and the CEA.

A report in EE Times say cable companies like Cox Communications are planning to deliver signals to home via coaxial cable, and then add a wireless link for shuffling the signal throughout the home. Cox is in the early stages of planning its network architecture, but an official says that it is likely to include multimedia over coax as well as Wi-Fi.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait about two years for this solution.

Other panelists noted that more TV makers are starting to include Wi-Fi in their sets. HP has sold a MediaSmart 802.11g TVs for a couple of years now, and Westinghouse will ship in the fall an HDTV that uses ultrawideband chips from Pulse~Link that now support HDMI.

Another company, Celano, said it has engineered 802.11 chips that can deliver up to four HD video streams up to 120 feet. It should work with any Wi-Fi client and is up for Wi-Fi certification now.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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  • oh yea! Makes it that much easier to wire tvs into the bath and above the.

    bed. hehe

    The whole house will be penetrated! :)
    Been_Done_Before
  • RE: Wi-Fi in cable set-top boxes coming (not so soon)

    About time. The more cables I can do away with, the better.
    Be nice if the set-top boxes included web browsers and
    some sort of API so applications on the home network could
    control them and they were just another network appliance.
    keaura
  • RE: Wi-Fi in cable set-top boxes coming (not so soon)

    this cant come soon enough. TV's are almost thin enough and light enough to hang from a nail on the wall like a picture......except for the f-in bundle of wires!!! There is no way that the technology isn't already here. The first manufacturer to make this jump will make billions. It's the iPhone all over again!
    shoats
  • RE: Wi-Fi in cable set-top boxes coming (not so soon)

    Well this is a nice idea not sure how it's going to work. I work for DISH Network and DISH has partnered with Google TV to bring something like that. This allows you to do web/TV in the same location. I tried this at work and this is great and if you have the integration for $4 month the set top box works even better with the Google TV. This for me is great where you can chat on Face book and you can watch TV at the same time. Contact DISH for more info on Google TV.
    Joe1DISH