A War of Wires - Digital Cable and Cable Modems
Ericsson showed the PipeRider USB cable modem (at right). The DOCSIS 1.1-compliant PipeRider features Pipelock security and an on-board http server with web-based diagnostic capabilities. Though Ericsson did not specifically state the product would be available for retail distribution, the USB feature does enable easy installation by consumers.
Toshiba showed its latest cable modem, DOCSIS 1.1-compliant PCX1100. Available in either ethernet or USB versions, it will be shipping to retail in early 2000 for $299 SRP. The key to the PCX100's retail-readiness is the new self-install software featuring auto-provisioning, making setting up the modem at home easier for the end user.
3Com showed several new external cable modems, including HomeConnect, with ethernet or USB connectivity. It includes built-in security and protocol filtering and 56-bit security key.