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The increasingly complex requirements of home networks are becoming a headache for most consumers who don’t want to deal with firewalls and all the fancy stuff. A handful of start-ups see this as an opportunity. Sereniti, for example for $10 a month will manage your home […]

The increasingly complex requirements of home networks are becoming a headache for most consumers who don’t want to deal with firewalls and all the fancy stuff. A handful of start-ups see this as an opportunity. Sereniti, for example for $10 a month will manage your home network remotely if you use its smart gateway router, which comes as part of the package. Pure Networks is selling a software Network Magic, that makes managing windows based home networks as easy to manage as say, Apple machines. (Okay that was just a joke.) I wonder if we will see more of these offerings given that more and more WiFi devices are finding their way into our homes, and the complexity of the home networks is only going to increase. Has anyone seen any other examples of such companies? I wonder if incumbents – Comcast, SBC etc., – will start offering Sereniti-style home network management services.

  1. DSL Forum’s TR-069 has this as an objective. From the FIOS web page, they say that the customer has to use its router, because it can be remotely managed. So it is coming.

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  2. Funny how the “solution” is alwasy a monthly fee. However with regards to networking there’s a collective yawn from integrators when they see stuff like Zerconf (the basis for Apple’s network discovery tool Bonjour). The reason why managing home networks is difficult is because very few vendors are actually making well thought out configurators.

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  3. I’m simply testing your comment form.

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  4. dude,

    new design is SOOOO much better.

    mrj

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  5. Sure is!

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  6. Verizon is still required to unbundle the voice part even if its over fiber. Massive lobbying has ensured that they do not have to unbundle the data or the video. As far as “forced to stay with Verizon until other carriers have fiber optic capabilities” is concerned- will it be feasible to have two companies running fiber all over your neighborhood? FTTP appears to be a natural monopoly. Writing off copper will save Verizon taxes and a lot of maintenance costs.

    Brian Roberts (Comcast CEO) makes some interesting comparisons between BMWs and Cable Internet- its hilarious. http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/68320

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  7. It’s easy*, but why should they?
    Spam bloggers are good Google AdSense partners (many blogs mention this problem), so it’s reasonable that they would delay action as soon as possible. Every click count$.

    * To try it myself, I wrote a script that takes for input a blogger ID, wget’s his profile and counts number of blogs registered by that blogger. If the number is over 10 (or whatever other reasonable number of blogs may be), the script can flag this ID for human inspection. I simply don’t believe Google’s geek army can’t do better than that.
    The ID I tested with (13023309) is a shameless blog spammer with 220 blogs…

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  8. Verizon is still required to unbundle the voice part even if its over fiber. Massive lobbying has ensured that they do not have to unbundle the data or the video. As far as “forced to stay with Verizon until other carriers have fiber optic capabilitiesâ€? is concerned- will it be feasible to have two companies running fiber all over your neighborhood? FTTP appears to be a natural monopoly. Writing off copper will save Verizon taxes and a lot of maintenance costs.

    Brian Roberts (Comcast CEO) makes some interesting comparisons between BMWs and Cable Internet- its hilarious. http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/68320

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  9. Om, I am trying to post the above comment in the ‘Verizon FiOS Monopoly’ section. It keeps posting here.

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  10. ” DSL Forum’s TR-069 has this as an objective. From the FIOS web page, they say that the customer has to use its router, because it can be remotely managed. So it is coming.”

    I think ‘remotely managing’ the router means they can remotely troubleshoot it, send upgrades etc. Telcos usually reserve the ‘remotely managed network’ piece for enterprise customers. On a related note, Verizon is planning to use MoCA for home networking

    http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=13088&hed=Verizon%2C+Cox+Sip+MoCA

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