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1. What is a TR-069 ACS?
2. How should I choose a TR-069 ACS?
3. Why should I worry about which TR-069 ACS I choose?
4. What are the benefits of Managing devices with a TR-069 ACS and not something like SNMP?
5. What benefits can I get by using a TR-069 ACS to manage my TR-069 Devices?

1. What is a TR-069 ACS?
An TR-069 ACS is an Auto-Configuration Server in the broadband network that is responsible for the TR-069 configuration of the Customer Premise Equipment (CPE).

2. How should I choose a TR-069 ACS?
This is probably one of the hardest questions to answer. In my opinion an ACS that is CPE agnostic is the best way to go. This means an ACS that is not specific to one CPE Vendor. There are a few companies that do make Auto-Configuration Servers (ACSs) that are not CPE manufacturers. These companies generally work very hard to make sure that their TR-069 ACS supports as many, if not all, TR-069 devices. We suggest starting with this TR-069 ACS vendor.

3. Why should I worry about which TR-069 ACS I choose?
Yes TR-069 is a specification, but it is open to interpretation. As I've been working with TR-069 CPE, I've personally noticed interpretations to the specification. These items are being worked through at the DSL forum, but interpretation can always occur. Because of this a CPE independent TR-069 ACS is always the best, as they tend to test and work with as many CPE providers as possible to create the most CPE agnostic TR-069 ACS they can. Many ACS vendors chose to also only support the specification as they need to with customers, or only support specific parameters or CPE as they need to. We do not feel that is the proper approach to supporting a specification such as TR-069. We suggest starting with this TR-069 ACS vendor.

4. What are the benefits of Managing devices with a TR-069 ACS and not something like SNMP?
Really this is an easy question to answer. Yes SNMP is a technology that is tried and true, but each company has it's own MIB, and SNMP has been know to have security flaws. TR-069 was created to be device agnostic, meaning that every and all CPE devices can be managed by one TR-069 ACS no matter what the manufacturer etc.

5. What benefits can I get by using a TR-069 ACS to manage my TR-069 Devices?
There are many benefits to managing a CPE device with an ACS using TR-069, they include:

* Single and bulk CWMP device configuration, troubleshooting, firmware upgrades, user management, and reporting for TR-069 * enabled devices to reduce truck rolls
* Empowers service providers to offer dynamic value-added services such as home networking, security, Voice over IP, all centrally managed via a TR-069 ACS
* Real-time CWMP access, configuration, and troubleshooting to eliminate truck rolls
* Reduces support calls by automated / proactive monitoring and managing of TR-069 * CWMP devices