AT&T is hoping its new Ruckus Wireless gear will help its U-verse installers work around one of their biggest hurdles: deteriorating or poor home wiring. The company says it's planning to launch consumer trials soon. The company says the device, using an 802.11n wireless connection, would allow it to circumvent connecting rooms over coaxial cable and save installers up to several hours at an appointment in the process.
The new Ruckus MediaFlex 7000 is designed to handle HDTV and, says the company, can handle up to 50 Mbit/s throughput for streaming video throughout a typical 2,500 to 3,000 sq. ft. home. The device manual says it can support up to six MPEG-4 HDTV IPTV streams running at 10 Mbit/s each.
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