The RG will provide two key gateway/bridge/switch functions:
The physical interface to terminate all external access networks to the home, with multiple residential services being delivered over each type of access network.
The enabling platform for residential services to be delivered to the consumer, for example, telephone, television, and PC networking, or the termination point of internal home networks.
A single, flexible, extensible intelligent interface is ideal to satisfy both short-term "analog" needs, and high bandwidth "digital" services, such as Internet access, HDTV, and services yet to come. The RG approach provides this intelligent interface and has many inherent advantages to three major classes: consumers, network operators/service providers, and home device/equipment designers. Consumers gain access to multiple digital communications services without installation headaches or increased costs. The operators of the access networks can offer a wider range of services and more efficiently manage a standardized infrastructure. Designers of home application devices gain the advantage of a standardized interface for their products.