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Chapter 4. Phone-Line–Based Home Network... > HOME TELEPHONE NETWORKING CHALLENGES

HOME TELEPHONE NETWORKING CHALLENGES

Creating a technology that can deliver high-speed networking in the multiple–PC home is a challenging task. Commercial networks are designed from the ground up to minimize noise and interference. High-speed, corporate networks typically use fiber-optic, twisted pair, or coaxial cables that are dedicated to that single use.

Most homes, on the other hand, don't have dedicated, high-speed network wiring, and the cost and labor required to install such wiring is well above the threshold of interest for the typical homeowner (as well as for many small-business owners). So, the first requirement of a home network solution is that it allow homeowners to share PC resources without installing additional wiring. Phone-line networking meets this requirement by using the existing home telephone wiring to transmit data. But because home phone lines weren't designed for high-speed data transmission, phone-line networking technology must address the following issues:


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