& cplSiteName &

Celeno Debuts Home WiFi Software

Mari Silbey

Internet service providers have used bandwidth management techniques for years to control service quality, but consumers have typically had much less control over their own home wireless networks. Now Israeli chipmaker Celeno Communications has introduced the Wi-Fi Experience Manager, a solution that builds on the company's OptimizAIR 2.0 Wi-Fi Access Point technology.

The software runs on the Android and iOS platforms and allows consumers to prioritize bandwidth delivery based on device, SSID, and user activity. The solution is targeted at hardware manufacturers and service providers, which can use Celeno's API to develop branded mobile applications.

Celeno's software platform lets users allocate WiFi bandwidth by user and device.
Celeno's software platform lets users allocate WiFi bandwidth by user and device.

Coming on the heels of a report that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has acquired PowerCloud, maker of the Skydog WiFi router and bandwidth management app, the Celeno news highlights the growing complexity of home WiFi networks. More connected devices mean more demand for valuable bandwidth, increasing the need for bandwidth management platforms. (See Comcast Sweeps Up PowerCloud)

Celeno offers very granular control over bandwidth allocation. For example, a user can give higher bandwidth prioritization to video streaming activities, or prioritize bandwidth access for household members and offer a lower-grade connection for guests. A spokesperson clarified in an email that allocations can even by designated specifically for "applications like Netflix coming through your set-top." Additionally, the spokesperson explained that "the system works dynamically, so if in a certain time of day one of the networks is under-utilized [as in a virtual network designated by a separate SSID on a single WiFi connection], its spare WiFi bandwidth is automatically allocated to other networks."

Light Reading spoke in April with Celeno vice president of marketing Lior Weiss, who said at the time that the company is trying to differentiate itself by offering "intelligent WiFi versus brute force WiFi." Weiss was referring to WiFi chip companies like Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), which has a solution that supports six 802.11ac streams, and Quantenna Communications Inc. , which recently announced that it is developing a 10-gigabit chip using an 8x8 antenna configuration. (See Quantenna Develops 'World's First' 10G WiFi.)

Currently, Celeno is deployed with more than 75 service providers worldwide, and Weiss said that activity in the US has exceeded activity in Europe for the first time over the last 12 months. According to the company, hardware manufacturer Edimax plans to start shipping Celeno's new technology to multiple accounts. Although Celeno couldn't list Edimax's customers by name, a spokesperson said operators have "expressed immense interest in the technology," and that multiple service providers are "testing the technology and application as we speak." The spokesperson added that "vendors for retail routers are also expressing high interest in the technology."

Celeno investors include Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), as well as Greylock Partners , Pitango Venture Capital , and Vintage Investment Partners.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/16/2014 | 10:56:50 AM
Re: Wifi Jungle

It will probably have to have an automated mode, some kind of expert AI to make those decisions to optimize it for the consumer.
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/16/2014 | 10:34:12 AM
Re: Wifi Jungle
The product should be helpful to a few I would guess, but the average customer is probably not going to take advantage of allocating bandwidth among devices unless it's got some really easy controls and hand holds the user through the set up.
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/15/2014 | 2:21:33 PM
Re: Home hierarchy
I'd especially like to know if such a router can make Tabcasting for Chromecast work.

While I love my Chromecast when its connected to native casting applications -- and hence getting its stream directly from the Internet -- it works great.

But in tabcasting, the content first enters my computer on a browser, and then is sent back across the Wifi to the Chromecast.   That always causes poor performance that is staggered, and low resolution and I don't understand why since Wifi supposedly has several times the bandwidth of my 10Mpbs broadband connection.  

Even if I were doubling up by bringing the content to my laptop and then sending it back across the router to the Chromecast, it seems like that should be a piece of cake.
User Rank: Blogger
7/15/2014 | 11:43:08 AM
Home hierarchy
One home, three kids, anywhere from 2 to 15 connected devices operating at any given time. (It's like our own little Internet of Things -- although we still have an analog toaster.) Being able to allocate WiFi bandwidth would be very useful. Surely one of the kids will be able to show me how to use this. 
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/15/2014 | 10:32:00 AM
Wifi Jungle
I live in a dense apartment complex so getting a stable Wifi connection consistently at all times of day takes effort because of all the Wifi crosstalk.  I made it a bit better by going from Auto scan to selecting one of the less used, non-default channels, but I never know when someone is going to wake up and start using a 4G iPhone or turn on a microwave oven or use an old fashioned wireless phone and blow me off the Internet.

So, having exhausted the hardcoded configuration methods, I really would like something software driven and perhaps environmentally aware and smart enough to optimize it for me!  
Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
Wednesday, October 26, 1:00PM EDT
Security: Tackling DDoS
Gary Sockrider, Principal Security Technologist, Arbor Networks
Friday, October 28, 1:00PM EDT
Security: The Plusses and Minuses of Open Source Software
Nick Feamster, Acting Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
Wednesday, November 16, 1:00PM EST
SDN 101
John Isch, Practice Director, Network & Voice, Orange Business Services
Friday, November 18, 1:00PM EST
SDN & Open Source
Christopher W. Rice, Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design
in association with:
From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
Next-Generation Technology Beyond DOCSIS 3.1

10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

At SCTE 2016, Huawei's Liu Jianhua speaks with Alan Breznick for an exclusive interview.
LRTV Custom TV
Hybrid Video Solutions to Change TV, Change Future

10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

At SCTE 2016, Huawei's Ian Locke speaks with Alan Breznick for an exclusive interview.
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei Future-Oriented Giga Coax Network

10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

At SCTE 2016, Huawei's Allen Wang speaks with Alan Breznick for an exclusive interview.
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei at SCTE 2016

10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

Join Alan Breznick of Light Reading and take a sneak peek at the Huawei booth at SCTE 2016.
LRTV Custom TV
Assuring Network Quality in a Rapidly Changing Environment

10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

As the rate of change and complexity increases in agile networks, the importance of introducing DevOps methodologies for integrating active test and assurance solutions throughout the full service lifecycle becomes critical to ensure that customers are experiencing the service quality they demand. The industry landscape is changing, and software-based test and ...
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
A10 Networks on Service Providers' Industry Needs

10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

Light Reading's Steve Saunders hears how A10 enables service providers to accelerate, secure and optimize their application delivery to drive down costs, enhance service availability, and better respond to customer requirements, so they can improve customer satisfaction, monetize their network, and grow revenues.
LRTV Custom TV
New NFV Use Cases for Cable TV

10|19|16   |     |   (0) comments

A large number of NFV use cases are focused on the enterprise domain, looking at virtualization of customer-premises equipment (CPE). To date, there has been little focus on the use cases and business case for virtualization of the video content delivery networks required to deliver unicast and streaming video to consumers. Amdocs commissioned Analysys Mason to ...
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Meet the Future Workforce: New Faces, Expectations & Motivations

10|19|16   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

Millennials and their younger peers, Gen Z, expect more out of their network and more out of their work. Intel's Lynn Comp shares how the industry can prepare for this new generation of workers.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE Global Services User Congress 2016 Highlights

10|19|16   |     |   (0) comments

ZTE held its 2nd Global Service User Conference in Dusseldorf on October 13-14. Representatives from network operators, leading industry analysts and ZTE senior expertsattended the event, exploring the best practice in managed services and the vision to transform network operations into the operations center of the future (OpCF) in the software-defined networking ...
LRTV Custom TV
Cliff Grossner on Cloud & Network Synergy From Carrier Service

10|18|16   |     |   (0) comments

Local carriers offer the collaborated cloud and network service that benefits from their understanding of the regulations operating in different vertical markets.
In this interview, Cliff Grossner from IHS Technology talks about how this advanced service can support business agility and flexibility.
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX: Live from SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016

10|17|16   |     |   (0) comments

Cyrille Morelle, VeEX's President and CEO, talks with Light Reading's Alan Breznick live from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016. They discuss DOCSIS 3.1 technology, deployments and early lessons learned. New products on display include the CX350s-D3.1, CX380s-D3.1, CX310, AT2500-3G, FX150 OTDR and MTT WiFI Air Expert.
LRTV Custom TV
Smith Micro's Carrier-Grade WiFi Component

10|17|16   |     |   (0) comments

Join Carol Wilson of Light Reading as she interviews the CTO of Smith Micro, Dave Sperling.
Upcoming Live Events
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Attacks Have Major Internet Sites on the Ropes
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 10/21/2016
Verizon Wants More Data on Yahoo Breach
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 10/20/2016
WiCipedia: Grace Hopper Promotes Diversity, Girl Scouts Code & How to Thrive
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 10/21/2016
Layer3 TV Comes to Town, Hints at Future
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/21/2016
Telecom Italia Plots Digital 'Overlay,' Not Transformation
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/17/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
There's no question that, come 2020, 5G technology will turn the world's conception of what mobile networking is on its head. Within the world of 5G development, Dr. ...
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

A vital part of increasing the number of women in comms is transforming the ways companies can support and empower women. While progressive company policies that support both men and women in achieving work-life balance are a step in the right direction, creating a company culture that supports those policies can at times be more challenging.

During this show, we'll talk to Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) in the Network Platforms Group at Intel, about why those challenges exist and how companies can overcome them. She'll provide insight into how Intel has worked to create a culture that supports work-life balance, and provide steps and guidance for other companies wishing to do the same. We will also leave plenty of time to get your questions answered live on the air.