CableLabs Certifies Home-Net, IP Gear

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Cable Television Laboratories Inc. certified home-networking gear from
LinkSys Group Inc. and NETGEAR Inc. as part of its first certification wave for
CableHome 1.0 products.

CableLabs also approved Internet-protocol-telephony gear from Arris, Toshiba
America Consumer Products, Cisco Systems Inc. and Terayon Communication Systems
Inc. as part of its PacketCable program.

The two approval waves are important milestones for CableLabs and the cable
industry because they will pave the way for full-fledged home-networking and
IP-telephony deployments.

Arris and Toshiba received approval for their multimedia-terminal adapters,
while Cisco and Terayon gained approved for their cable-modem-termination
systems.

Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. also had
equipment in the PacketCable test wave, but it didn't receive certification.
LinkSys and NETGEAR were the only vendors in the first CableHome certification
wave.

"CableHome gives consumers a better, easier, more reliable alternative for
home networking," CableLabs chairman and Comcast Corp. president Brian Roberts
said in a prepared statement.

On IP telephony, he added, "As production volumes increase and more certified
PacketCable products come to market, cable consumers will enjoy more of the
incredible benefits broadband cable can deliver."

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