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Motorola annnounced the newest addition to their cable modem family, the Motorola SBV5100. The Motorola SBV5100 and the next generation of Motorola cable modems will be based on SIP, the most widely used VoIP protocol. The Motorola SBV5100 supports full-featured primary Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephone service for up to two telephone lines that are terminated in two RJ-11 connectors. In addition, its integrated cable modem connects to a computer through either a 10/100Base-T Ethernet or a USB data port. The Motorola SBV5100 will be available later this year.

What interests me the most about this product is the movement by hardware manufacturers towards VoIP as a standard feature in home networking products. Numerous companies have added RJ11 FXS ports to their SOHO routers, but now it looks like the focus will be on enabling the SOHO modem for VoIP. I am sure Linksys, D-LInk, Zoom, and Westell will soon follow with their own VoIP enabled cable modems.

Garrett Smith

Garrett Smith is an author, consultant, and marketer with almost 20 years of experience selling and marketing VoIP solutions. Garrett has helped thousands of businesses select the right VoIP system over his career, in addition to helping hundreds of vendors, and dozens of service providers with their go to market strategies. This experience gives him a unique position in industry that allows him to cut through all the noise. Garrett has been named one of the most influential people in the VoIP, and has written over 3,000 articles about VoIP since 2004.

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