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Book Description

  • Covers all the latest home networking technologies

  • Phoneline, powerline, and wireless networks

  • Shared broadband Internet technologies

  • Residential gateways

  • Middleware and APIs: HAVi(r), Jini, UPnP, and more

  • For consumers, investors, executives, marketing/PR professionals, and developers

  • Your complete guide to the home networking revolution!

    Home networking is a market that's about to explode—and whether you're a consumer, investor, executive, marketing/PR professional, or developer, you need to understand it. Only one book covers all you need to know: The Essential Guide to Home Networking Technologies. This book starts where other home networking guides leave off, with thorough, expert coverage of every issue and technology driving home networking. Coverage includes:

  • Home networking benefits: convenience, time savings, entertainment, security, and more

  • How home networks work—and how they're different from business networks

  • Who's competing in this market—in the U.S. and worldwide

  • Phoneline networks, including Home Phoneline Networking Alliance systems

  • Powerline networks: X10, CEBus, Enikia, and Inari

  • Wireless networks: RF and infrared

  • Home control and automation systems, including LonWorks(r)

  • Connecting to phone and cable providers: cable modems, digital set-top boxes, personal video recorders, game consoles, home servers, and more

  • Connecting to the Internet: DSL, HFC, wireless cable, satellite, B-ISDN, and powerline wide area networks

  • Home networking middleware and APIs: HAVi, Jini, UPnP, HomeAPI, OSGi, and HomePnP

  • As millions of households buy additional computers, electronics giants introduce networkable home entertainment devices, and Internet connections show up throughout the house, home networks bring it all together—delivering compelling new consumer benefits along the way. Whether you're building a network at home—or a home network business strategy—this is your complete guide to the home networking revolution.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Foreword
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. Preface
    5. Further Reading
    6. About the Author
    7. What Will I Learn?
    8. KEEPING UP TO DATE AND CONTACT DETAILS
    9. Who Should Read This Book?
    10. Convergence and the Information Economy
      1. THE PERVASIVE COMPUTING VISION
      2. HISTORIC PRETEXT FOR THE INFORMATION ECONOMY
      3. A MARKET MODEL FOR THE INFORMATION ECONOMY
      4. INFORMATION ECONOMY DERIVATIVE MARKET MODEL (IEDMM)—OVERVIEW
      5. THE HOME INFOSTRUCTURE SOLUTION
      6. HOUSEHOLD ARCHITECTURE ISSUES
      7. SUMMARY
    11. Fundamentals
      1. WHAT IS A HOME NETWORK?
      2. CONSUMER REQUIREMENTS
      3. BASIC CONCEPTS
      4. HOME NETWORKING INDUSTRY
      5. PROTOCOLS
      6. SUMMARY
    12. Residential Broadband Internet Technologies
      1. DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) TECHNOLOGIES
      2. HYBRID FIBER-COAX (HFC) TECHNOLOGIES
      3. WIRELESS LOCAL LOOP
      4. SATELLITE
      5. BROADBAND POWERLINE AREA NETWORKS
      6. SUMMARY
    13. Phone-Line–Based Home Networks
      1. MARKET RESEARCH (SPONSORED BY INTEL)
      2. HOME TELEPHONE NETWORKING CHALLENGES
      3. ABOUT HOMEPNA
      4. SUMMARY
    14. LonWorks Home Control and Automation
      1. THE LONWORKS SYSTEM
      2. LONWORKS AND THE INTERNET
      3. LONWORKS AND OTHER HOME CONTROL INITIATIVES
      4. DEVELOPING LONWORKS HOME CONTROL APPLICATIONS
      5. BENEFITS OF LONWORKS TECHNOLOGY
      6. LONWORKS CASE STUDIES
      7. SUMMARY
    15. Powerline-Based Home Networks
      1. INTRODUCTION TO POWERLINE COMMUNICATIONS
      2. POWERLINE MODEM TECHNOLOGY
      3. TECHNICAL OBSTACLES OF IN-HOME POWERLINE NETWORKS
      4. THE CRITERIA FOR TESTING POWERLINE SOLUTIONS
      5. REMOTE MANAGEMENT FEATURES
      6. IN-FIELD PRODUCT TESTING
      7. ENIKIA INCORPORATED
      8. X-10
      9. INTELLON CEBUS
      10. INARI POWERLINE NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY
      11. SUMMARY
    16. High-Speed Serial Technologies
      1. USB
      2. IEEE 1394
      3. COMPARISON WITH WIRELESS SYSTEMS
      4. SUMMARY
    17. Wireless Radio-Frequency–Based Home Networks
      1. NEEDS OF WIRELESS HOME NETWORKING APPLICATIONS
      2. BASIC PRINCIPLES
      3. IEEE 802.11 STANDARD
      4. DECT
      5. HOMERF
      6. BLUETOOTH
      7. SHAREWAVE
      8. PROXIM
      9. SUMMARY
    18. Residential Gateways
      1. CABLE MODEMS
      2. ADVANCED DIGITAL SET-TOP BOXES
      3. PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDERS
      4. DSL MODEMS
      5. HOME SERVERS
      6. SUMMARY
    19. Home Networking Services
      1. ASSIGNING IP ADDRESSES
      2. USER LOGONS TO A BROADBAND NETWORK
      3. QUALITY OF SERVICE
      4. SHARING A BROADBAND INTERNET CONNECTION
      5. BROADBAND SECURITY AND HOME FIREWALL SERVICES
      6. SUMMARY
    20. HAVi
      1. ABOUT HAVI
      2. COMPONENTS AND MANAGEMENT
      3. SOFTWARE ANATOMY
      4. HAVI AND JAVA
      5. HAVI SECURITY
      6. TYPICAL HOME NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS
      7. SUMMARY
    21. Digital Harmony
      1. ABOUT DIGITAL HARMONY
      2. DIGITAL HARMONY PARTNERS
      3. A DIGITAL HARMONY ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
      4. DIGITAL HARMONY TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
      5. DIGITAL HARMONY NON-1394 TECHNOLOGIES
      6. SUMMARY
    22. UPnP
      1. ABOUT UNIVERSAL PLUG AND PLAY
      2. UPNP CORE TECHNOLOGIES
      3. UNDER THE UPNP HOOD
      4. BROWSING A UPNP HOME NETWORK
      5. UPNP PRODUCTS
      6. HOME API
      7. SUMMARY
    23. Jini
      1. ABOUT JINI CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES
      2. UNDER THE JINI HOOD
      3. JINI BENEFITS
      4. LICENSING TECHNOLOGIES
      5. JINI AND HAVI
      6. SUMMARY
    24. HomePnP
      1. ABOUT HOMEPNP
      2. HOMEPNP BENEFITS
      3. HOMEPNP CORE TECHNOLOGIES
      4. SUMMARY
    25. VESA
      1. ABOUT THE VESA GROUP
      2. VESA ARCHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGIES
      3. SECURITY
      4. KEY BENEFITS OF VESA
      5. VESA IMPLEMENTATIONS
      6. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER HOME NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES
      7. FUTURE PLANS AND STRATEGY
      8. SUMMARY
    26. OSGi
      1. ABOUT THE OSGI GROUP
      2. OSGI ARCHITECTURE
      3. UNDER THE HOOD
      4. OSGI SECURITY
      5. KEY BENEFITS OF OSGI
      6. OSGI APPLICATION EXAMPLES
      7. SUMMARY
    27. Copyright and Watermarking Technologies
      1. ABOUT CONTENT PROTECTION
      2. STANDARDS GROUPS, PROPOSALS, AND TECHNOLOGIES
      3. SUMMARY