If you follow TelcoTV then you’ve probably heard about remote management and diagnostics capabilities that enable a service provider to troubleshoot your home network from their central office. If you’re like us and track the developments, then it’s also likely that you’ve encountered the alphabet soup of acronyms, technical reports, and recommendations being generated to make this need a reality. One major enabler here is the DSL Forum, the developer of TR-069, also known as the CPE WAN management protocol (TR for technical report). TR-069 has become a critical check-list item for service providers deploying broadband residential gateways and other managed home networked devices for their IPTV deployments.
It’s the tip of the iceberg. The DSL Forum is addressing the complete path from the service provider to your living room with a “Broadband Suite” of recommendations for IPTV TR-069 deals with managing the residential gateway – the door to the home network. Other standards build on TR-069 to provide management of the home network and physical interfaces, and soon to be published extensions for existing-wire home networking technologies such as HomePNA that allow the service provider access to their advanced features. Recommendations are being developed for remotely managing set-top boxes, storage devices, etc.
Last month the DSL Forum announced that it has expanded it’s efforts to also address optical networks with TR-142; the goal being to supply a common remote management capability across multiple access technologies.