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Part II: Tomorrow’s Technology > Networking Using the Phone Line: HomePNA

Chapter 37. Networking Using the Phone Line: HomePNA

With ever more devices and appliances becoming data enabled, and with more and more computers appearing in each home, one of the challenges for manufacturers, retailers, service providers, and consumers is how to provide all these devices with an effective home networking solution that can tie everything together.

According to a Dataquest estimate, more than15 million homes in the U.S. have more than one computer. In fact, according to the analyst group Cahners In-Stat, the home-connectivity market is expected to reach $6 billion by 2004. Connectivity can enable deviceto-device communications, such as for gaming applications, and communications with the Internet for remote monitoring purposes and data exchange. One of the biggest benefits for home networking is the ability for all devices within the home to share a single broadband Internet connection and to share peripherals such as printers and scanners.


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