Frequently Asked Questions

OpenSync is the only open-source software defined networking framework to reliably and dynamically deliver and modify programmable services at scale in CPEs and consumer networking devices.

OpenSync provides a complete framework for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), ODMs, consumer device manufacturers, and cloud service developers to efficiently deploy and manage consumer services on a massive scale leveraging a large hardware ecosystem. OpenSync decouples the services from the hardware by abstracting hardware interfaces and networking functions into a real-time programmable interface with high degree of flexibility. Services can be developed, deployed, and upgraded from the cloud, interfacing with the OpenSync enabled hardware though standardized management APIs.

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OpenSync is designed to operate as an application on top of these standard SDKs, adding programmable SDN functionality using standardized Linux Kernel and target layer APIs provided in the open-source SDK.

Open-source solutions RDK-B®, OpenWRT® and Prpl® are modular and customizable firmware SDKs providing standardized core functions related to the configuration and monitoring of Linux based operating systems on networking devices.

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Simply put, EasyMesh is not comparable to OpenSync. EasyMesh relies on limited and static applications and controllers located on the CPE firmware, whereas OpenSync harnesses the power of a dynamic cloud based controller coupled with a programmable CPE interface to apply dynamic and adaptive changes to the network with learning capabilities.

EasyMesh is a certification program defining the installation, management and operation of a multi-CPE network consisting of a local controller in a main CPE and one or more agents in extender CPEs to extend WiFi coverage. The controller and agent operate in the firmware of the CPE, utilizing local management and interface provisioning APIs to locally establish and maintain the network configuration and WiFi device connections.

OpenSync is a programmable SDN framework with WiFi interface monitoring and controls designed for the associated controller to be located in the cloud, as opposed to being located locally in the CPE firmware. Controller operation in the cloud enables infinite resources of compute, storage and learnings to algorithmically optimize the network with greater degrees of freedom than possible with firmware based controllers and without requiring modification of the firmware in the OpenSync CPEs to continuously enhance the WiFi performance, reliability and consistency.

While EasyMesh is expressly developed for multi-CPE WiFi operation, OpenSync supports many additional services and is not solely tied to WiFi management.

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Customer premise equipment (CPE) is the broadband modem, WiFi router and/or set top box (STB) installed in the consumer’s location by the Communications Service Provider (CSP). Consumer networking devices are similar in function to CPEs; however, they are purchased by the consumer in retail for use in their location. An example consumer networking device is an Apple TV.

Anyone can download OpenSync from the Wiki page and use the northbound APIs to build their own cloud applications.

OpenSync can be downloaded at the Wiki

Anyone can build their own applications on top of an existing cloud provider like Plume that uses OpenSync's northbound APIs.

OpenSync provides a certification process to validate the performance and interoperability of integrated CPEs and consumer networking devices to the specifications of each OpenSync release.

Further certifications against consumer cloud service platforms are available from OpenSync partners to validate high quality end-to-end consumer experience using your CPEs or consumer networking devices.

OpenSync releases one release every 12 months. Each release has three versions that can be integrated into CPEs or consumer networking devices. The next release date can be seen in the Wiki.