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Chapter 2. Fundamentals > BASIC CONCEPTS

BASIC CONCEPTS

At its most basic level, a home network consists of a computer and a consumer audio-visual (A/V) device connected to each other by a cable so that they can share data. Home networks today let you share information and computer resources, and enable online communication. The underlying structure for a home network consists of interconnected clusters of digital appliances. Typically, there will be several clusters in your house, with one per floor or possibly one per room.

So why would we want to network various types of electronic devices? First, let's consider what it would be like if a digital camera you purchased was not connected to a network. It would operate in what is called a stand-alone environment. In this environment, sharing files would become time consuming. You would have to copy your picture files on to a floppy disk and print them out to share them. Most people are not happy with this situation, and are now connecting their digital cameras to networks that are designed for entertaining people in their homes.


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