Attendees flocking to CES last week were expecting, as they do so every year, Christmas in January: The newest, coolest consumer electronics, including the latest in smart and connected home technology. With the explosive growth in the Internet of Things, Intel has been focused on improving connectivity in the home, laying an important foundation for the smart homes of the future. Not only have we been building partnerships with service providers like Comcast, but also the industry OEM leaders who offer routers, gateways, and network-attached storage devices like ARRIS, ASUS, Belkin, Lenovo, Netgear, Phicomm, QNAP, and VTech.
Many of us already run numerous devices that are simultaneously connected to the Internet: the laptop, the kids’ tablets and video game consoles, the streaming video on TV, home security systems, everyone’s phones—never before have such huge demands been placed on the humble home Wi-Fi. And with more unceasing demands on the home network, consistently maintaining solid and reliable connectivity over a large footprint is no easy feat.
For this reason, we introduced Intel Home Wireless Infrastructure at CES to deliver consistent Wi-Fi performance and expanded in-home coverage. This new technology is optimized for a wide range of connectivity scenarios and supports virtually all client devices in the home network. Any home network can be intelligently managed for consistent and power-efficient performance while also providing optimal coverage. The ultimate goal is to make connectivity just like any other home utility, so the homeowner rarely needs to think about it. Switch it on, and it’s reliable, ubiquitous, and always on—everywhere and every time you need it.
This, along with the latest technologies from our partners, showcased the full potential of a well-connected home—connectivity that makes it possible to deliver a smart home that is perceptive, responsive, and autonomous to ease household management, enrich daily life, and provide peace of mind.
Speaking of peace of mind, the more devices that are connected, the greater amount of data that is vulnerable, so a reliable and secure gateway for the home network is essential. Here are some powerful new solutions that we featured at CES:
- Comcast’s new advanced home wireless gateway, capable of delivering up to 9 GB per second over Wi-Fi in the home; supports voice, home monitoring, and automation applications; and will be the device that Comcast uses to make 1 GB-per-second Internet speeds possible. This first version of the new advanced gateway is based on the Intel Puma 7 SoC.
- McAfee Secure Home Platform, which protects devices on home networks from hacks and attacks from the moment they connect. The platform also includes an easy-to-use mobile app to give consumers a flexible way to manage and secure their connected devices in the home, apply parental controls, and receive alerts in real time.
- Intel also showcased how it is serving the growing demand for bandwidth on home access technologies. For copper access, Intel debuted a new member of the Intel AnyWAN transceiver family, a highly integrated G.Fast/VDSL/ADSL multimode device that allows operators to serve the latest technologies with gigabit rates over telephone wires—while keeping DSL backwards modes for smooth migration.
It’s through technology advancements and ongoing collaborations like these that make greater connectivity and security possible for the smart and connected home. Home networks are easier to set up, without an engineering degree. In other words, living spaces that are truly smart.
Were you able to attend CES? What smart and connected technologies did you see that you think will transform the way we live and interact with our homes?