updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri May 15, 2009
U verse over HD streams
AT&T is allegedly preparing to begin consumer trials that integrate Ruckus Wireless equipment with U-verse services, according to Light Reading. Unnamed sources suggest the company aims to reduce installation times by eliminating the need to run coaxial cable as the primary distribution method across a home. Instead, 802.11n wireless signals will carry HD IPTV streams to various equipment.
Ruckus claims its Wi-Fi devices are capable of sustaining video throughput of between 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps through a 2,500 square-foot to 3,000 square-foot home. The company's MediaFlex 7000 is said to support four to six MPEG-4 streams, each running at 10 Mbps.
Despite the current 50 Mbps speeds, AT&T may need faster equipment to support its Total Home DVR service. For customers to simultaneously watch two HD and SD feeds, along with DVR playback of two HD shows and one SD show, the carrier previously specified a throughput of approximately 80 Mbps.
Both Ruckus and AT&T declined to comment on the consumer trials.