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Re: Combine The ONT, NID and RG Into One Unit?
That's essentially what the iNID is. The only piece of hardware (other than the tv boxes) inside the home for those installs is the i38HG. If you're going to use your own AP or router behind the iNID, you can do away with the i38HG and just run an ethernet cable to the iNID.
Personally though, I think they should look into offering business accounts a better modem before they consider any more of the all-in-one crap. Some of us just want a dumb modem to connect to our own router.
I was thinking if the combined unit having the RG they could run ethernet lines from the RG's built in router to four rooms of the customers choice. However they could save the trouble of running the four lines and just run one like you said to a separate router.
Honestly, for a lot of different reasons, I just don't see AT&T offering a solution with all of the equipment in a single unit on the side of the house. At the very least, you're going to need a box indoors for the wireless AP. Also the set-top boxes can connect to the iNID via HPNA over coax just like the i38HG.
I think the next hardware option we'll see will be an indoor RG that offers the same pair bonding feature that the iNID currently offers.
An all in one inside unit would be cool and get rid of the outside unit. Homeowners probably wouldn't want ethernet cables running around and up the sides of their home from an all in one outside unit.
I'm curious, is there a reason an indoor RG or an iNID with the indoor i38HG won't meet your needs? To my knowledge PACE doesn't offer a device like the one you're describing and I don't see them developing one while their current products meet the requirements for most installs. Like I mentioned above, I believe the next piece of hardware we'll see AT&T offering is an indoor RG that supports pair bonding. The iNID seems to be hated by most techs and the only way AT&T is going to achieve their plans for faster speeds is with pair bonding (I'm not buying the crap about vectoring being the magical solution).
You answered my questions, thanks.
said by Craiger:Erm, exactly what unit is outside on non-iNID installs? The NID is usually just a dumb plastic box where the drop terminates.
An all in one inside unit would be cool and get rid of the outside unit.