Jim Clark, a Senior Systems Engineer, recently authored an article for Broadband Communities magazine about managed Wi-Fi over DOCSIS networks. Until recently, DOCSIS managed solutions were suboptimal, to say the least, and faced severe performance limitations. As the MDU internet world moved towards Gig level speeds on fiber-based deployments, the DOCSIS demise seemed imminent.
However, due to the prevalence of coax infrastructure, the need for cable-based delivery of MDU internet services has always been present. The rewiring costs to run the Cat5e necessary to deploy a switch-based infrastructure are cost prohibitive. DOCSIS 3.0 and the upcoming 3.1 release bring speeds that rival any fiber solution available on the market. In either case, the performance limitations are based on the end user’s device and not the network components.
At Korcett, we read the tea leaves and developed an eloquent cable modem based managed service that takes advantage of advancements in DOCSIS functionality. Clark’s article mentions potential pitfalls like MAC address table limitations and cable modem Wi-Fi signal propagation in high-density deployments. We have taken those things into account and built a solution that rivals our best active electronic fiber networks. And of course, you still get all of the standard Korcett features. These features include captive portal for account creation, bandwidth distribution, and network monitoring paired with 24/7/365 help desk support.
If you are building a new property or have the resources to rewire with fiber, a switch-based infrastructure is still your best bet for high-level performance. If resources are scarce and you need a solution that improves network performance for your residents at a cost that doesn’t break the bank, a Korcett cable modem managed service may be just the thing for your MDU internet.
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