Adelphia Adds Home-Networking Modem


Adelphia Communications Corp. has linked up with a new multiport cable modem
aimed at the home-networked user.

The cabler has certified Valley Technologies Inc.'s 'ZyXEL P944,' a
combination modem and router, for its 'Power Link' high-speed Internet service.
The Coudersport, Pa.-based MSO is targeting the unit for the
small-office/home-office market.

Tamaqua, Pa.- based Valley boasted the ZyXEL P944 as the first cable-modem
router with an integrated mulitport hub that can access the 'Vendor Specific
Information Field' area of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification
cable-modem software.

That, in turn, gives Adelphia control over how many household computers can
simultaneously share the broadband Internet connection.

The P944 modem router also lets the MSO remotely control service activation
and billing, giving users the ability to add bandwidth with a telephone call.
And it is DOCSIS 1.1-upgradeable.

'Adelphia engineering has tested the ZyXEL P944 extensively both in the lab
and on the live cable plant,' said Ron Vought, technical manager of Adelphia's
engineering department, in a prepared statement. 'We have found the P944 to be
reliable, and the feature sets within the cable modem allow us to extend
additional services to our customers.'

Valley has also started testing a new wireless cable modem, and it will begin
field trials of a voice-over-Internet-protocol modem during the first quarter of