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SUMMARY

Worldwide use of computers and new appliances that allow people access to the Internet from the comfort of their homes are the major driving forces behind the development and implementation of broadband technologies. The spread of broadband connections that provide lighting-fast Internet services is seen as a key factor in encouraging the proliferation of home networking technologies.

Nowadays, applications such as Internet access and high-speed remote access to storage media require more data capacity than traditional telecommunications services can provide. Replacing copper wiring with fiber optic-cabling is one way of delivering this capacity to your home, but the associated technology is expensive. So the focus over the past few years has been on deploying new technologies on existing network infrastructures. As a result, the telecommunication companies developed a technology called DSL that transforms ordinary phone lines into high-speed digital lines for ultrafast Internet access. The family of DSL technologies ranges from ADSL to VDSL. This chapter focussed on two members of this family that have emerged as the services most in demand for home network users—G.dmt and G.lite. Home applications that DSL is suitable for include high-speed Internet access and large file downloads.


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