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

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PROTOCOLS

Simply plugging an A/V device or a standard desktop PC into a home network does not guarantee successful communications between devices on your in-home network and the Internet. All devices on a home network need some type of network protocol software to instruct them on how and when to transmit signals across the network.

To achieve a reliable transfer of data across your home network, the protocol needs to identify errors, apply compression techniques, and decide on the following:

  • How the sending device will inform the receiving device that it has finished sending data across the home network.

  • How the receiving device will inform the sending device that it has received the correct data.

  • The structure of the addresses that are assigned ...

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