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What Will I Learn?

What Will I Learn?

After reading this book, you should be able to:

  • Understand the core computing models that are used to run digital applications across an in-home network.

  • Recognize the companies and organizations that are developing technologies for the home networking marketplace.

  • List and explain the broadband technologies that are used to connect home networks to the Internet—DSL, HFC, wireless cable, satellite, and powerline wide area networks.

  • Understand phone-line technologies and the standards group that has been established to promote this technology—Home Phoneline Networking Alliance.

  • Explain how powerline technology allows home networking users to transmit data over the existing AC infrastructure.

  • List and explain the most popular powerline technologies—Enikia, X-10, CEBus, and Inari.

  • Outline in detail the high-speed serial technologies that promise home users the ability to easily connect electronics devices such as digital TVs, cameras, cable set-top boxes, and stereo equipment to each other and to PCs.

  • Understand the basic principles of wireless based home networks (RF and IR).

  • List and explain the industry initiatives that are developing interoperable wireless in-home appliances.

  • Learn about the various types of residential gateways that connect the broadband local loop to the in-home network (cable modems, digital set-top boxes, personal video recorders, DSL modems, and home servers).

  • Explain the core services that are required to support the smooth operation of an in-home network.

  • Describe in detail the most popular home networking middleware and API solutions—HAVi, Jini, UPnP, Digital Harmony, OSGi, and HomePnP.

  • Explain content protection and watermarking technologies in a home networking environment.

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