With its new 802.11n bonded ADSL2+ gateway, ZyXEL recognizes that while VDSL2 may be the latest craze in telco copper broadband, ADSL2+'s heart still beats loudly. ZyXEL's new P663HN gateway will enable service providers to give customers a home networking package that combines a bonded ADSL2+ modem with 802.11n wireless capabilities, a 4-port switch and a built-in firewall. A key element of the new router is the incorporation of VDSL2 fallback mode. In the event that a link can't support VDSL2, the "fallback mode" enables the connection to throttle down to ADSL2+ speeds. The fallback feature will be important to large service providers such as BT, Qwest and AT&T, which are both expanding their VDSL2 service footprints.
ZyXEL said the gateway with 802.11n capabilities will enable service providers to better troubleshoot home networking problems. Typically, most 802.11n gateways have been sold off the shelf at electronics retailers such as Best Buy, and when a problem arose, the consumer would call the service provider. However, because the device typically was not a certified device the service provider had no way to see or conduct repairs on the device. ZyXEL believes that by offering up an 802.11n gateway it can help service providers alleviate that disconnect by potentially bundling their respective broadband offerings with the 802.11n gateway and its built-in TR-69 management.
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