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DW6000 terminal - the next generation
of DIRECWAY Equipment

DW6000 Dish

0.74 m DirecWayT two-way dish antenna
for 6000 terminal

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Hughes released the "self-hosted" DirecWay DW6000 system in October 2003. While the DW6000 used the same .74m eliptical satellite dish as the DW4000, that's about where the similarities end. The DW6000 was the next generation DIRECWAY modem with a sleek new design. This platform incorporates many improvements to ensure DW6000 customers get the best possible performance while providing flexibility and hassle-free software maintenance.

It makes connecting to the Internet easier by incorporating DIRECWAY software inside the DW6000 unit. So, there is no DIRECWAY software to load on your computer, or upgrades to download. The DW6000 automatically updates itself via the satellite. It was the first home user satellite modem to have it's software built into the modem. This makes it a true stand-alone device and allows it to be used on various O.S. platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), as no driver software is required to be loaded on the users computer.

In addition, the DW6000 modem houses both the transmit and receive components in one compact unit, unlike the DW4000 that has a separate transmit and receive modem stacked together and linked by a serial cord. The DW6000 upgrades to an Ethernet connection (DW4000s use USB), making it easy to connect your DIRECWAY system to a single computer or a network.

The DW6000 --DIRECWAY system is a cost effective satellite terminal providing high-speed broadband access to the large enterprise, small/medium enterprise (SME), small office-home office (SOHO), and rural markets. It can supply broadband IP to anywhere in the world and provides highly efficient, two-way satellite services for enterprises of any size. Recognizing the market need for simultaneous support for Internet and other online IP-based applications, HNS designed the DW 6000 terminal to provide users with an easy networking solution to connect multiple computers to broadband access via satellite. The system achieves a high level of functionality with its ability to plug into a variety of external HNS appliances to support voice, legacy protocols and streaming media applications.

The DW6000 terminal delivers broadband access to one or multiple users connected to the same satellite terminal. It supports two-way connectivity between the remote units and the Internet and intranet networks. The DW 6000 receives and transmits data through the system's antenna and outdoor electronics, over the satellite, and via the DIRECWAY Network Operations Center. TCP connections can be initiated to or from hosts at the remote locations. Users' intranet communications are secure and isolated from other enterprise intranets and from remotes accessing the "public" Internet operating in the same network.

DW6000 Features

The system complies with the industry's DVB-S standard and, therefore, it is very easy to customize the wide range of outroute data rates by choosing different symbol and FEC coding rates.

The features:

The downstream is scalable up to 48 Mbps and up to 256 kbps for the return channel. The 6000 provides an integrated broadband LAN solution to Windows, UNIX, MAC, and other platforms running IP over Ethernet. The DW-6000 terminal passes IP data packets to and from any IP device on the LAN and has the functionality of a typical IP router. The dw6000 offers the HNS advanced Performance Enhancing Proxy (PEP) feature, which increases throughput performance.

Networking and Control Center

The DW6000 also features an "Advanced Configuration & Statistics" control center, which is accessable through the users web browser. This control panel allows the user to monitor many features of the modem including signal strength, firmware updates, various logs and statistics, and much more.

Unlike prior model D'Way modems, the DW6000 does not connect to the USB port. Rather it connects like a cable-modem would, via a standard RJ45 connector to your computers networking card. This makes networking the DW6000 much easier than networking prior model D'Way modems, as standard routers and hubs can be used.

Although Hughes no longer activates DW6000 systems for new service, a few are still in service on old accounts.

Table: Hughes DW 6000 tech specs
Technical Specifications
Remote Equipment:
Supported Frequencies: Ku-band (14.0 - 14.5 GHz uplink, 10.95 - 12.75 GHz downlink)
Outdoor Unit:
Ku-band: 0.5 or 1.0 watt
Data Protocol Support:
Protocols: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, IP multicast
Satellite Specifications: Outbound Carrier Specifications
Data Rates: 4.6 Mbps to 48 Mbps
Modulation: QPSK
Encoding: Concatenated Reed-Solomon and Viterbi FEC
Code Rates: Reed-Solomon: 188/204
Viterbi: 7/8, 5/6, 3/4, 2/3 or 1/2
Bit Error Rate: 10-10 or better
Satellite Specifications: Inbound Carrier Specifications
Data Rates: 64, 128 or 256 Kbps
Modulation: OQpsk
Encoding: Viterbi Rate 1/2
Code Rates: 10-7 or better
Operating System: Any OS which supports IP over Ethernet
Browsers: Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher
Internet Applications: All common TCP/IP applications, UDP or RTP traffic
Physical Interfaces:
Ethernet LAN: Four switched Ethernet LAN RJ45 ports (10BaseT/100BaseT)
Asynchronous: One asynchronous port (RS-232) for installation, commissioning and VADB
Power Supply:
Universal Power Supply: 90 - 264 VAC; 47 - 63 Hz
Operating Temperatures:
Indoor equipment: +5ºC - +40ºC
Outdoor equipment: -30ºC - +55ºC
Mechanical & Environmental
Weight: 1.8Kg (4.0 lbs)
Dimension (IDU): 16.5cm W x 14.6cm H x 22.3cm D
(6.5"W x 5.75"H x 8.8"D)
SNMP Network Manageable using the DIRECWAY vision NMS.

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Documentation and Manuals

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