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How Does At&t U-Verse Pair Bonding Work?
AT&T U-Verse Pair-Bonding refers to the practice of using 2 different pairs of copper wires to provide its U-Verse service to customer’s houses. Currently, almost all U-Verse installations only utilize one pair of wires going from the neighborhood Cross-box to the customer’s house. U-Verse Pair Bonding has the potential to not only extend the max distances from the fiber-optic VRAD to a customers house, but also to provide better service in the future.
The reason why UVerse pair bonding is such a big deal to customers is that many households have tried to get Uverse in the past only to be informed that their house was too far away. The solution to their problem as relayed by installers or salespeople was this new technology called “pair-bonding”. When asked what pair bonding actually is, its unlikely that the customer recieved a proper response. Here’s what it is in lay-man’s terms:
Pair-Bonding refers to the joining of the signal of two different lines (or pairs) coming into a customer’s house from the VRAD. This is done using an intelligent Network Interface Device (iNID) installed at the customer’s house. The iNID takes the signals of both pairs and joins them, creating a signal that is stronger and more reliable than either of the individual signals. Using Pair Bonding theoretically pushes the distance limits of UVerse anywhere from its existing <3200 ft limit to potentially 5000+ ft. This enables each VRAD to reach a much larger base of customers and possibly reduce At&t’s roll-out cost per household. In the future, many customers hope that Uverse Pair Bonding will increase the features available to Uverse customers as well, notably higher internet speeds and more simultaneous television streams.
That being said, Pair Bonding is a pretty cool technology and prepares the UVerse service for continued forward-compatibility and service updates. The mass roll-out of Pair-Bonding was initially slated for early 2010, but problems with the iNID technology stalled any real push to get it established. Supposedly these problems have been corrected, and we can expect to see a larger percentage of households that are able to get UVerse this coming year. This is even exciting for current UVerse customers because it means At&t is dedicated to continuing to push the boundaries of what it can do with this service, and that is going to benefit all of us Uverse Users with further enhancements and technological breakthroughs.
If you’re looking for a more specific question of <a href=”http://www.att.com/u-verse/availability” target=”_blank”>When will Uverse be Available at my House?</a>,” go to the att.com/U-verse/availability page to have At&t send you updates of when you can get the service at your home.