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What is a VRAD?

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A Video Ready Access Device (VRAD) is the node in AT&T’s FTTN architecture. (Diagram of architecture) It is a DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) which marks the junction between fiber and copper. VDSL (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line) and soon VDSL2 technologies are used get enough bandwidth to your home for IPTV. AT&T has used a few different models of VRADs, but they are tan colored boxes with a power meter next to them and are usually on a concrete base. “Mini VRADs” are also being spotted; more information about them and a picture is here. Sometimes VRADs are placed on poles instead. (Picture) Note the hundreds of little round ventilation holes and the sound of running fans when the VRAD has power that distinguish VRADs from other telephone cabinets. UverseUsers member koolkid1935 posted these pictures of a VRAD in his Photobucket: Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3. (Note that many VRADs are half that size.) UverseUsers.com has a couple videos featuring VRADs: Video 1, ... more
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