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A Treat for U-verse Customers: Cisco and AT&T Launch Wireless TV Today

October 31, 2011 - 10 Comments

By David Alsobrook , Director of Business Development, Connected Home Solutions, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group

It’s a big day here at Cisco (and it’s not just because it’s Halloween and there are bowls of candy everywhere…!)

Today, we go to market with AT&T with an industry first: IPTV set-tops equipped with video-optimized Wi-Fi. AT&T calls it the “AT&T U-verse TV Wireless Receiver” — a first-ever way to arrange your TV to go with your life, furniture, and living environment.

Guests for the weekend? Move the TV to the guest room. Wish you could have three TVs to follow this weekend’s games? Go for it.   With this no new wires solution, the “plumbing” is no longer an issue.

We Cisco people call it our ISB7005 wireless set-top box and our VEN401 wireless access point.  One is a set-top that can be located anywhere in the house; the other is a video-optimized wireless access point.

When paired, the combination provides consumers with uninhibited flexibility to place their TV at virtually any power outlet around their home, away from the physical location of the central wireless access point in the home.

The ISB7005 set-top also performs as a DVR client, for whole-home access to AT&T subscription video content.

And because you know we’re going to say it: This is all part of our Videoscape vision and mission, bringing consumers the content they choose, to any screen, at any time, through the power of the network.

Make no mistake: This is a big one for us, not only because we get to participate in another important milestone in the overall IP video transition.  Also because we’re the sole provider of the wireless receiver for AT&T, across its entire footprint.

(In case this comes up later, no, this does not mean it’s exclusive. We’ve been working with AT&T on this project for months, and we’re glad to be selected.)

For more, check out this video demo of our wireless TV solution:

And to AT&T, thank you for including us in this next big step in your IPTV progress. From wireless TV to the TelePresence concerts with the Doobie Brothers and Jewel – you are awesome colleagues!

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  1. can the ven401 access point be used to extend the existing home network for internet access????

  2. As if U-Verse wasn’t already the best TV service (from tolerable to worst, we’ve previously had service through Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, and Southwestern), this wireless IPTV box just enabled a massive electronics reshuffling in our home. We’ve finally achieved entertainment center zen 🙂

    This is an impressive little device. The box is a good 25 feet and a few thick walls from the Wireless Access Point, yet we always get full bars and experience less playback hiccups than with a traditional wired box. Furthermore, we live in a 180-unit building with several dozen competing WiFi networks (including three in our own home), which has never slowed down the ISB7005.

    Wireless IPTV this smooth in an environment this hostile is far from trivial. Good stuff, Cisco!

  3. Re: U-verse Cisco model no VEN401 12V power plug to unit is very nearly impossible to plug in. This does not appear to be an annomoly to this particular unit, thou it may be?

  4. Installed two of the new wireless receivers.

    Thank you for designing a system that you essentially
    just plug in and it takes over to connect with main hub.
    To me its almost magic that that you can change channels
    independently from different TV’s and the main hub seems
    to know which set wants what.

    The range could be larger. We are right on the edge with
    one set, down to only two bars but it still works with out
    interruption. The distance from the main hub to this
    receiver is not unreasonable for an average size house.
    How about offering a signal booster for those who need it
    in their application?

    Finally is there a bracket or holder for the receiver
    for it to fit smartly to the television? for those of us
    who have wall mounted televisions and find it difficult
    to keep joined together the receiver and its television.

  5. In the end, the box was replaced with a coax “regular” box. It turned out that a more experienced ATT Tech was able to find a live coax connection where the rookie could not. After this, we determined that our video signal quality issues were actually due to interference caused a PowerLine Ethernet adapter that connects one of the computers to the Gateway. Any idea how to fix that?

  6. Unfortunately, this system is not proving to be reliable for us. Our wireless access point is less than 15 ft from the receiver and we have frequent drops, quits and shut downs. ATT has been out to sort but to no avail. Next time they come, we are asking for them to run the coax cable and give us a wired box.

    • Hi Howard,

      This seems to be an issue AT&T will need to address. Have you tried looking at the Additional Support section here: ?

    • Howard — Does your ISB7005 show three or more bars on the wireless signal strength indicator on the front panel?

      Does the signal strength vary and if so do you see any correlation between signal strength and the video issues you are experiencing?

      Have you tried moving and/or changing position of the ISB7005 to improve signal strength or in an attempt to remediate the video issues?

  7. Is it posible to use this devise to transmit AV , RF OUT , HDMI signals frot satellite tuner to TV to another room ? What is the range of devise ?

    • Sebastian – Are you asking if the device can transmit video from a satellite box? If so, the answer is no. This solution is not designed to work with third party video sources such as a satellite box.