Cable Wi-Fi is an innovative way of providing Wi-Fi access to homes. Cable companies are the only ones who can provide the high-speed internet connection needed for fast, robust public/home Wi-Fi using their existing equipment (cable wiring). They can also use their experience in running a reliable network to avoid common problems associated with running a Wi-Fi hotspot.



What Are They?

 

Cable companies have access to the high-speed internet connections needed for fast, robust public/home Wi-Fi through their systems. They can use this special high-speed internet connection as a backbone for their hotspots or share it with their users by acting as an ISP (internet service provider). However they choose to provide the service, it is up to them and done without affecting other cable services. Cable companies know how to run a dependable network that will meet the demand of thousands of simultaneous wireless users sharing a single hotspot. Many cable companies are already offering cable Wi-Fi in partnership with Ruckus Wireless. There are two models: take-home and the battery-powered Ruckus ZoneFlex H510.

 

Cable Wi-Fi provides a much-needed option in the wireless broadband arena which is free from the pitfalls accompanying other types of public or home Wi-Fi: limited bandwidth, poor service, and low reliability. By using their existing network infrastructure and expertise in running a dependable internet service (i.e. cable), cable companies can provide public/home Wi-Fi with high performance that exceeds DSL or satellite services offered by telephone or cellular companies.

How Cable WiFi is Different

Instead of connecting to a publicly accessible hotspot at a business, library, park, or other location, you're using your own home's modem to access a private network. This is one reason why cable providers have been quiet about launching this sort of network.

 

In addition to offering home internet service, cable companies are in the business of supplying their services to businesses and/or other public places. To avoid competing with its existing customer base, they've been trying to keep a low profile about these hotspots. The downside for them is that it might cut into their revenue if people decide not to purchase additional services from them. Cable companies provide:

 

Wi-Fi networks don't use range extenders because you're attaching directly onto the network via coaxial cable or Ethernet connections. You can attach other devices such as smartphones that do not have an Ethernet connection under the TV set at home and share that signal with other devices using Wi-Fi just like other wireless devices such as a smartphone or laptop.

 

Benefits: Cable Wi-Fi Offers More Reliable and Higher Capacity Wi-Fi Service

 

Cable companies have access to the high-speed internet connections needed for fast, robust public/home Wi-Fi through their systems. They can use this special high-speed internet connection as a backbone for their hotspots or share it with users by acting as an ISP (internet service provider). The benefit of this is that cable companies have more experience in running a dependable network that will meet the demand of thousands of simultaneous wireless users sharing the same hotspot. Their expertise allows them to avoid pitfalls associated with other types of public or home Wi-Fi such as limited bandwidth, poor service, and low reliability. By providing a service that uses their existing network infrastructure and expertise in operating a dependable internet service, cable companies can provide outdoor Wi-Fi with high performance that exceeds DSL or cellular services from telephone or cell companies.

 

In addition to offering home internet service, cable companies are in the business of supplying their services to businesses and/or other public places. To avoid competing with its existing customer base, they've been trying to keep a low profile about these hotspots. The downside for them is that it might cut into their revenue if people decide not to purchase additional services from them. Cable companies provide:

 

These networks don't use range extenders because you're attaching directly onto the network via coaxial cable or Ethernet connections. You can attach other devices such as smartphones that do not have an Ethernet connection under the TV set at home and share that signal with other devices using Wi-Fi just like other wireless devices such as a smartphone or laptop.

 

Conclusion

The cable WiFi initiative was announced in 2012, with Cable WiFi being the new network name provided by the participating cable providers. The news highlighted how consumers will be able to use Wi-Fi outside of their home market.

The press release also stated that the participating cable operators would provide a million Wi-Fi hotspots, with consumer benefits listed. The attention was kept on all of the milestones that the cable firms had accomplished to bring Wi-Fi service to their users, although most Wi-Fi hotspots are at home.