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Patton Makes a Triple-Play with SmartNode™ VoIP Gateways


IGMP multicast for video-on-demand transforms SmartNode™ VoIP gateways into a complete line of CPEs for triple-play service providers.

SmartNode™ VoIP. . . more than just talk.

GAITHERSBURG, MD: Patton--the leader in network-access, connectivity, and VoIP solutions--announces today that SmartWare™ 3.20 for SmartNode™ VoIP gear supports Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) for IP networks. The software update is available as a free download for all SmartNode™ customers.

The added capability allows carriers and service providers to increase revenues and bind customers by adding IPTV to their service offerings while preserving capital investment in Patton CPE equipment. Multi-service operators can use SmartNode™ routers--now with IGMP--as customer-premise equipment (CPE) to deliver voice, data and multicast video. After downloading the free software update from, service providers can use their installed SmartNode™ gateways to deliver packet-based video-on-demand, IPTV and streaming triple-play content to a subscriber's set-top box such as Amino Communications’ Aminet 110.

"Carriers who deployed Patton VoIP gear can start offering IPTV without spending a penny on their installed CPEs," said Scott Whittle, Patton's Director of Product Management. "Carriers who chose cheap Asian products or major brands like Cisco are going to end up replacing everything or paying for expensive software upgrades."

Adding IGMP to SmartWare™ transforms SmartNode™ VoIP solutions into a complete portfolio of triple-play CPE solutions for the multi-service market. Since SmartNode offers converged-network solutions for both POTS and ISDN telephony, support for IGMP multicast in SmartWare™ makes SmartNode™ the first and only line of triple-play CPEs for the world’s ISDN carriers and networks.

SmartWare™ with IP-multicast and IGMP fixes the typical network-congestion problems caused by unicast Video-over-IP. Rather than saturating the network with duplicated video packets, SmartNode transmits a single stream of video packets to all hosts that request it.

"We're not just adding video capability to a VoIP box," said Burton A. Patton, Executive Vice President of Patton Electronics. "SmartNode™ offers all the WAN and Telephony interfaces you could ever need, in models that scale from 2 to 120 VoIP calls." By equipping the SmartWare™ software suite with IGMP, Patton presents converged-network operators around the world with an extensive array of triple-play CPEs to fit customer applications of all shapes and sizes."

The following SmartNode™ models now ship with IGMP as a factory-standard feature: SN2300, SN2400, SN4520 series, SN4830 series, SN4110 series, SN4630 series, SN1200, SN1400, and SN4552.

SmartNode™ customers can download the latest SmartWare™ version free of charge from

About SmartNode™ VoIP Solutions

The SmartNode™ family of converged voice, data, and multicast-video solutions offers multi-service VoIP gateways and routers scaling from 2 to 120 analog or digital voice ports for carriers, enterprises, and consumers. The SmartNode™ product line covers the complete range of industry-standard interfaces (T1, E1, PRI, BRI, FXS, FXO, Ethernet, V.35, X.21 and more). Supporting SIP, H.323, T.38 Fax Relay, fax-bypass and modem-bypass, SmartNode™ provides comprehensive security features including IPsec. All SmartNode™ models include standard upstream Quality of Service (QoS) combined with Patton’s advanced DownStreamQoS™ to ensure clear, uninterrupted voice over best-effort bearer networks.

About Patton

Patton is a multi-national manufacturer of voice and data-communications equipment for carrier, enterprise, and industrial networks worldwide. Incorporated in 1984, Patton markets a catalog of more than 500 products including SmartNode™ VoIP solutions that support SIP, H.323, and MGCP for analog and ISDN telephony; ForeFront™ multi-service access infrastructure solutions for TDM and IP service delivery (T1/E1, G.SHDSL, xDSL, dial-up); IPLink™ CPE solutions for last-mile/local-loop access (WAN routers, modems, remote access servers, NTUs, CSU/DSUs); CopperLink™ Ethernet Extenders; and a full range of network-connectivity Micro-Products (interface converters, short-range modems, multiplexers, surge protectors).

For more information or to request a free datacom catalog contact

Patton Electronics Company
7622 Rickenbacker Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 USA
Tel: (301) 975-1000
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