Charter Communications is using OpenSync to drive its Advanced In-Home WiFi service. The platform curates, delivers and supports services and manages devices in the home, according to the operator. The open source WiFi platform was developed by Plume.
Charter says that OpenSync will enable rapid deployment and support of third-party applications including whole home WiFi, AI-driven security and advanced parental and guest controls. In-home WiFi and managed WiFi have become a key battleground for broadband operators.
“Advanced In-Home WiFi provides Spectrum Internet and WiFi customers with the ability to optimize their home networks, offering both detailed insights and providing greater control of their connected devices to deliver an unmatched home WiFi experience,” Rich DiGeronimo, Charter’s Chief Product and Technology Officer, said in a press release. “Integrating our core advanced technology and leading WiFi router with the OpenSync cloud platform and software stack allows us to nimbly deliver best-of-breed features and services.”
DiGeronimo said that about 300 million devices are connected to the Charter network. Fahri Diner, CEO and Co-Founder mesh network provider Plume, added that the key element is the decoupling of the curation from the delivery of smart home services. That, he says, provides Charter with “a massive time-to-market and scalability advantage.”
Charter’s Advanced In-Home WiFi has already launched in Austin, TX. Subscribers there gain greater insight and control into their WiFi networks. They can see all connected devices, pause Internet access to any device, use a single service set identifier (SSID) for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and gain seamless steering between the bands. Advanced In-Home WiFi features are accessible through the My Spectrum App. Charter now has access to new remote diagnostic telemetry capabilities.