IBC 2010 – Hall 5, Stand B41. As the emphasis on viewing content throughout the home increases, AirTies will be showcasing its wireless home media network, featuring a range of self-provisioning set-top boxes and wireless media access points linked wirelessly with UPnP servers, VoIP phones, printers, PCs, storage devices seamlessly supporting both IPTV and OTT services.
Included is the Air 4420, a self-service wireless video gateway, offering 802.11n high-speed wireless connectivity. It works on 2.4/5 GHz with 802.11g or 802.11m wireless connectivity that should provide speeds in the region of 300 Mbps – enough, which according to AirTies executive VP of sales & marketing Jim Lomax is enough to transport three HD signals around the house.
One unit is connected to the home gateway and another to the TV or set-top box, a one touch set-up effectively sets itself up including the provision of security keys. They will launch in the UK in the second half of the year. “Anything that has an Ethernet port on it, these will connect, explains Lomax”. He says that with costs of several hundred dollars in running Ethernet cable between set-top boxes in different rooms, costs can be significantly reduced. There are also issues with changes in the household environment, something as simple as doing the vacuuming can set off interference, so the Airties unit continually scans for a new channel should such problems arise. The connectivity can also be extended to other devices, such as games consoles.
Also on display will be the high definition Air 7124, wireless, IPTV/WebTV set-top box (STB), is targeted at IPTV and OTT operators and eliminates the need for cables between multiple STBs, allowing the device to be located anywhere in the home with single-touch, automated customer installation.