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Essential Guide to Home Networking Technologies, The by GERARD O'DRISCOLL

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HOUSEHOLD ARCHITECTURE ISSUES

The architecture of a home network presents unique challenges that even complex business networks have yet to address. Three primary forces will govern the household superstructure architecture:

  • Structure variance— The configuration of ENDs will vary greatly from home to home.

  • Usage variance— The application use for each END will vary greatly.

  • Client-server dynamic— A network architecture will be comprised of multiple client-server relationships across all levels of network environment. The household architecture issues are important because they relate to the technical requirements that the Tier 1 infostructure must support.

Structure Variance

While the Tier 1 infostructure (Internet backbone and home infostructure) ...

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