Arris SURFboard Provides Homeowners with Multiple Wi-Fi Hotspots

Arris International’s new Wi-Fi SURFboard Home Networking system improves wireless router performance, helps eliminate dead zones and puts bandwidth hogs in their place.


Dead zones are a common frustration of any Wi-Fi-enabled household. It can make streaming music and controlling Wi-Fi-enabled devices like thermostats, security cameras and electronic door locks a frustrating experience.

Some manufacturers are striving to improve the experience, and Arris International’s new Wi-Fi SURFboard Home Networking products could be a good solution for homeowners.

Made up of a combination of routers and extenders, the RipCurrent-enabled system is built on next-generation Gigabit Home Networking ( Power Line Communications technology. This enables the products to use the home’s existing wiring to create new hotspots, connect high-bandwidth devices and relieve congestion on the wireless band.

By using wires to build a better Wi-Fi network, the RipCurrent-enabled portfolio improves wireless router performance, helps eliminate dead zones and puts bandwidth hogs in their place.

The line includes 802.11ac routers and extenders that simply plug into an electrical outlet to light up new Wi-Fi hotspots. The system is modular, so you can add extenders as needed.

The products are easy to install and configure. Connect the router to the home’s modem, press two buttons to pair them, then plug extenders into spare outlets. The system’s smart auto-configuration software automatically gives the new hotspots the same name, password and security settings as the router, so all of yother Wi-Fi devices can move seamlessly from one part of the network to another.

A homeowner's smartphone or tablet can join the network, as well, by simply scanning their QR codes. Arris also offers a free SURFboard Manager app for users to manage their Wi-Fi settings and parental controls.

Arris RipCurrent-enabled routers and extenders are available on Amazon for pre-order. Prices range from $119.99 to $299.99 for a SURFboard router, and between $59.99 and $99.99 for an extender.

About the Author

Lisa Montgomery:

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home.

Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books.