Motorola Previews Modem-Router Combo


Motorola Inc. offered a first look at its first all-in-one high-speed
cable-modem router with a five-port Ethernet switch and wireless home gateway at
the ANGA Cable 2002 show in Germany.

The 'SBG1000,' a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 1.1-based
combination cable modem and gateway, will officially be unveiled in May.

The unit is aimed at residential and small-office/home-office users, as well
as small to midsized business customers.

It sports a five-port 10/100 Base-T Ethernet switch and a wireless 802.11b
wireless connector, allowing broadband subscribers to share the cable-modem link
through wireless or wired connections. It also has an additional parallel port
to allow shared use of a common printer.

Security features include firewall protection to ward off denial-of-service
attacks and outside intrusion. And the SBG 1000 supports virtual private
networking, able to pass through such traffic.

It is also designed to comply with the CableHome 1.0 specifications recently
completed at Cable Television Laboratories Inc.

Although it is not releasing the list price yet, Motorola said it will be
priced comparable to modemless gateway products already on the market.

'By combining wireless-broadband, cable-modem and home-gateway technologies
into an integrated offering, we are further enabling broadband users to take
advantage of the broadband pipe coming into their homes and the new services it
can deliver to help synchronize their work and enhance their play,' said John
Burke, Motorola's corporate vice president and general manager of cable-modem
business, in a prepared statement.