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Netgear Loses Head for Cable

Netgear is going headless.

Netgear Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR) has launched a headless media gateway -- the HMG7000 -- designed to give service providers a way to combine IP and traditional QAM-based video in a single service. It includes a high-speed 24x8 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, 802.11ac WiFi, MoCA 2.0 integration, and CableCARD support.

Unlike a headed gateway, a headless one doesn't directly render video on a video screen. However, the hardware does create a demarcation point in the home for the delivery of both IP and QAM signals. Once signals hit that demarcation point, the gateway transcodes them as needed and streams the content back out over IP to any variety of connected devices.

Netgear's new gateway is also the company's first product to incorporate the Netgear NeoMedia platform. Announced at the International CES show in January, the NeoMedia platform supports a distributed architecture where lightweight clients can operate without embedded middleware. Both rights management and the user interface are handled in the cloud.

Netgear notes that its new gateway supports DVR functionality with local caching, video transcoding, and comprehensive encryption features for ensuring content security.

The headless gateway also integrates with SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC)'s Nucleus software. Nucleus, which is built on the Comcast-developed RDK standard, supports whole-home DVR and DLNA protocols, and delivers HTML5 applications to connected devices.

Netgear says it expects cable operator trials of the HMG7000 to begin in the first half of 2014.

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— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable

albreznick 9/13/2013 | 5:01:35 PM
Re: Network stack confusion Sounds like we could all use a bit of education here, Bruce. Would you like to do a Webinar for us?
22ten 9/13/2013 | 1:30:38 PM
Re: Network stack confusion I think you'll find that most network engineers don't understand DOCSIS, from their point of view it's like going back to 10Base2 mixed with Tokenring.
Cable Bigot 9/13/2013 | 11:53:59 AM
Re: Network stack confusion It is not just you, for some reason it seams the data networking industry never bothered to learn how the HFC/Cable folks built a network stack without Sonet/ATM/Ethenet and IP.
msilbey 9/13/2013 | 11:41:58 AM
Re: Network stack confusion Bruce- Taken under advisement. Thanks for weighing in.
Cable Bigot 9/13/2013 | 11:38:12 AM
Network stack confusion This is a bit of a nit I know, but as a long time networking and cable video guy, it urks me every time I read 'IP and QAM' for a converged gateway (HE or CPE).  QAM is at layer 1 of the network stack and both IP data and traditional video end up QAM modulated.  A converged gateway is one that can decode video from an IP stream or a MPTS multiplex.


End Rant,

albreznick 9/13/2013 | 10:58:40 AM
Headless vs. Headed I love these names for gateways. So first we started with a bunch of headed gateways. Now we're seeing more headless gateways emerge. Is headless the big wave of the future? And will these hadless gateways eventually leave the home all together and go into the node or network, where cable technicians can more easily service them? Or will they stay homebound devices, poor things?    
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