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Network Know-How by John Ross

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Video Through a Home Network

Video—in the form of movies, television shows, home videos, or files downloaded through the Internet—is yet another type of program material that you can distribute through your network. You can view videos on your computer's monitor or through an adapter on a television screen.

Video distribution through a network follows a similar structure to audio: Video files are stored on a server and transmitted to a client on demand. However, video files contain many more bits per minute of content than audio files, so the network must have a high enough capacity to handle that additional demand. In practice, this means that many Wi-Fi links (except the newest 802.11n equipment) may not be able to keep up with a video stream, ...

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