AT&T U-verse cuts the coax, goes wireless in-home


Pretty soon, new AT&T U-verse subscribers (s T) won’t have to go through the hassle of having their entire home re-wired with coaxial cable when they sign up for the pay TV service. Instead, all they’ll need is a residential gateway and a set of thin-client wireless receivers to deliver live and on-demand TV throughout the home.

Starting Oct. 31, U-verse customers can order the new wireless receiver, which can be placed anywhere throughout the home or even outside, as long as it’s within Wi-Fi range. By hooking up the wireless receiver, users will no longer have to connect the TV’s set-top box to a coax connection, meaning they have the flexibility to move TVs around the house or to switch out the wireless receiver to rooms that aren’t used as much.

TVs hooked up to the wireless receivers will get all the same features that are available through more traditional wired set-top boxes, such as access to on-demand titles and whole-home DVR functionality. Subscribers are also able to pause a piece of programming and pick up watching it in any other room in the house.

More importantly, the wireless receiver will reduce the need for AT&T technicians to run coaxial cable throughout subscriber homes. That means an easier set-up process for new subscribers, and could drastically reduce the time it takes to get users set up and ready. Existing customers can also request the new wireless receivers, which they can put around the house thanks to a self-install kit.

The news follows a trend of pay TV operators introducing more IP-enabled services and devices. Verizon (s VZ) and Comcast, (s CMCSA) for instance, have both announced plans to make their content available through the Microsoft Xbox game console, (s MSFT) which AT&T subscribers can already use as a set-top box. Comcast and Time Warner Cable (s TWC) are also building TV apps for connected TVs. And any number of operators — including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, (s CVC) and others have rolled out iPad apps that let users stream live or on-demand videos.

While AT&T has always delivered IP-based TV services, these examples show how it and other service providers can use streaming video to deliver new user experiences to users. While today the wireless streams are being delivered exclusively to U-verse receivers, we can imagine AT&T building apps for connected devices that could alleviate the need for the device. In the meantime, however, AT&T’s new wireless receivers are available for a one-time fee of $49, plus a $7 per month receiver rental fee.


Judd Bostwick

I have had u-verse for 4 years recently ordered to wireless boxes within the past 3 weeks, have been on phone with tech support for a minimum of 6 hours in that time frame. Both units continuously lose connection with one unit being less that a foot from the access point. Cannot watch a recorded show for more than three minutes on the wireless boxes without the signal being lost and all recordings disappear from the list until I reboot the wireless boxes over and over again. Retuning the the wireless boxes and going back to wired much better reliability. I have also had six different technicians out on 5 different days and not one of them know how to correct the issue.

C Rob

I have had uVerse since it was available in my neighborhood (like 5 years). At first there were problems but they were really good about sending someone out. It has always been faulty equipment. Now, the problems continue, but they say there is nothing they can do. They want me to troubleshoot for them now, and while I was initially waived the box rental fee, I am now paying for 3 boxes. It was part of the original agreement that you dont pay the lease fee as long as you stay with them. THat is how they got customers. I was told, “we have plenty of customers. You can leave if you want.” ….nice. Way to ruin your rep, ATT. I am now looking at other options. Have never been happy.

Ralph Smitty Smith

The U-Verse/Cisco Wireless TV product is not ready for market yet. It has good signal strength, connects easily, has a good picture and seems fine until you try to use the remove then its un-responsive, freezes, locks up and even reboots itself. AT&T and Cisco should have used the Cisco wire-line technology instead of this wireless technology and tested more before deployment.


I ordered two of the wireless receivers..will i still have HD without using the HDMI cable? if I have to use the cable in order to keep my HD, then it is not truely it?


WOW , I have 4 days with the uverse wireless receivers. Worst Idea ever. Cancelling the end of my bill cycle and leaving to direct tv. I can’t have more then two devices connected to the wifi without the signal dropping on another. Also can’t have 4 receivers running in the same time.. WASTE OF MONEY !!!!! NOT WORTH THE MONEY … do your self a favor and go with another provider

Kobe Wild

I have u-verse only because I wanted there higher speed internet.
Then they put a datacap on it.. it’s a big cap..b ut it’s still a cap. As for wireless, i’m currently running two of my u-versse receivers wirelessly. I have them connected via an apple airport to my network.. it kind of works.
but not that well one receiver is over 80 feet away the high bandwidth requirements to transmit video makes watching hd video impossible at times. to many other wifi base stations in the home.

E. Garon

Some of the problems that subscribers experience with U-Verse are with reusing the existing coaxal wire within the subscriber’s home. By removing the subscriber provided wiring from the mix should eliminate these types of issues. For example, in my house I had issues with the coax that was installed in the house when it was built. This issue caused one of the set top boxes from properly communicating with my main box causing an out of synch situation. This out of synch situation caused my TV service to lock up. A technician was able to isolate the run, which was replaced and the issue cleared. The wireless set top boxes will be manufactured to work seamlessly with each other making the inside installation easier and faster. I see this as a good move for AT&T.

Former U-verse Customer

U-verse can bite the big one since implementing bandwidth caps on their internet service. And really, a wireless setup is only going to perform worse than a wired one.


My u-verse has never worked right since day One I am so unhappy my Internet speed is not
What I am paying for I have had tech out here for a whole month and nobody could fix it I was so happy with fios had them for 2 years and never had a problem to bad they are not in my area what a huge mistake to have been stuck to a contract to a service that does not work so disappointed


Ha. No thanks. My wired boxes have problems every couple weeks keeping a signal. Can’t imagine how often connection will be lost if switched to wireless. This has occurred in two different homes in two different towns.


I guess u would not recommend this system to a new customer. I have sattelite now..

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