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Home Networking Technologies and Standards

Home Networking Technologies and Standards by Theodore Zahariadis
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Covering the vast majority of current and emerging home networking technologies, standards and trends, this new, practical resource offers you a comprehensive understanding of this developing area. The book presents an “end-to-end reference architecture”, where the main residential services are identified and their network requirements are fully analyzed. You find detailed coverage of both wireless and wireline technologies, including IEEE 802.11, Firewire, USB, HiperLAN, and Bluetooth. You learn how the technologies work, how they have evolved, what their capabilities are, and what markets they target. The book also discusses fixed-wireless and satellite access network alternatives.

Moreover, this forward-looking reference presents the scope, potential applications, operational concept, architecture, and protocol stack of higher layer technologies that aim to provide convergence between multiple in-home and access networks. The book introduces the concept of the residential gateway (RG) as a single point of network convergence, and explores important considerations for future digital-smart networked homes.


The Magic Boxes - Book Scope and Structure.

End-to-End Reference Architecture - Residential Services Identification. Services Requirements. Home Network Reference Architecture.

Wireless Home Access Network Alternatives - Introduction. Analog Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN). XDSL. Hybrid Fiber Coaxial. FTTx.

Wireless Home Access Network Alternatives - MMDS. LMDS. Satellite.

Technologies that Reuse Existing Home Wiring- Powerline Communications. Phone Line Communications. Home Coaxial Cable Communications.

Wireless In-Home Technologies - Infrared Data Association (IrDA). Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT). Bluetooth. IEEE 802.11/IEEE 802.11b. HomeRF. HiperLAN.

Emerging Wireless Technologies - Evolution of IrDA. Evolution of Bluetooth. Evolution of IEEE 802.11. IEEE 802.11a. IEEE 802.15.3. HiperLAN/2. 5GHz Unified Protocol (5-UP).

Technologies with New Wiring Requirements - Switched Ethernet. Universal Serial Bus.

Firewire - IEEE 1394. IEEE 1394 Application. Comparison and Interoperability. IEEE 1394 Future.

Middleware Technologies - Home Electronic System (HES). Home Audio/Video Interoperability (HAVi). Universal Plug ‘n’ Play (UpnP). Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGI). Versatile Home Network (VHN). European Home System (EHS). KONNEX.

Residential Gateways - The RG Role. RG System Requirements. Potential Hardware Architecture. Potential Software Architecture. Business Model. Market Forecast.

Present and Future of Home Networking.


Theodore B. Zahariadis is a Technical Director at Ellemedia (an affiliate of Bell Laboratories). He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and his Dipl.-Ing. degree in computer engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.

Artech House; September 2003
205 pages; ISBN 9781580536493
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Title: Home Networking Technologies and Standards
Author: Theodore Zahariadis