Home Networking

Home Networking is the collection of technologies and services that make it possible to connect multiple computing and information devices. Home networking ushers in a new era of entertainment and convenience for consumers. The most successful and useful home networks will be simple, reliable, secure, and inexpensive.

  • Technologies


Based on signaling technolology from Intellon, the Consumer Electronics Bus (CEBus) is a home-control technology developed under the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) in the late 1980s and overseen today by the CEBus Industry Council.

The Universal Plug and Play Forum : Universal Plug and Play networking protocols and device interoperability standards

The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) is an association of industry-leading companies working together to ensure adoption of a single, unified phoneline networking standard and rapidly bring to market a range of interoperable home networking solutions

The mission of the HomeRF Working Group is to enable the existence of a broad range of interoperable consumer devices, by establishing an open industry specification for unlicensed RF digital communications for PCs and consumer devices anywhere, in and around the home.

The IEEE 802.11 defines physical layer options for wireless transmission and MAC layer protocol. The IEEE 802.11 represents the first standard for WLAN products from an internationally recognized, independent organization.

The IrDA is an association of companies from around the globe focused on providing IR standards to ensure the quality and interoperability of the Infrared Technology.

The IEEE 1394 high-speed serial bus complements USB by providing enhanced PC connectivity for a wide range of devices, including consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances, storage peripherals, other PCs, and portable devices.

Home API is a new set of programming interfaces enabling software applications to discover and control home devices such as TVs, VCRs, lights, security systems, thermostats, etc. 

The Bluetooth Technology is the result of a cooperation between leaders in the telecommunication and computer industries. We are determined to take the necessary action to make the technology a global standard for wireless connectivity. The technology is an open specification for wireless communication of data and voice.

The Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) is an industry group working to define and promote an open standard for connecting the coming generation of smart consumer and small business appliances with commercial Internet services

HAVi is an abbreviation for "Home Audio/Video interoperability" and pertains to interconnecting and controlling AV electronics appliances connected in the Audio/Video Home Network based on IEEE1394.

The Home Automation Association (HAA) - the trade association of the home control industry - was founded in 1988 and marked the recognition of the home control industry. Standards Organizations and Other Sources of Standards Information

VESA ( Video Electronics Standards Associations) To promote and develop timely, relevant, open display and display interface standards, ensuring interoperability, and encouraging innovation and market growth. To be one of the leading, worldwide standards organizations and internationally recognized voices in the video electronics industry.

Internet Sharing - It is a technology that permit several computers to share it's access to the Internet.

  • Company

Microsoft : Computing Everywhere, Connecting Everything...

3Com : Connect your home, connect your family

Compaq : If you can plug in your phone, you can network your home!, What is Home Networking?

Tut System : Delivering High Speed Internet Access Beyond the Last Mile

Netgear : Plug into the Power of Networking

Sharewave : multimedia digital wireless home networking

AXIS Communications : Access to everything

Conexant System : What's next in communications technologies?

Advance Home Net: Preparing Homes & Offices for the Future!

Echelon: LonWorks protocol

PlanetWeb: Internet Enable your product with PlanetWeb product



From WinHEC'99 :

Windows Home Networking Strategy And Architecture,

Consumer Technologies For Windows,

ImplementingHome Networking For 1999/2000 PCs

Implementing Universal Plug And Play In Smart Objects And Intelligent Appliances

End-To-End Residential Broadband Architecture And Products Opportunities

Integrated Hardware Design For Broadband And Home Networking

Windows Internet Connection Sharing

Home API: A Network-Independent Home Control Architecture

Home API: Architecture

Computing Everywhere, Connecting Everything

From Embedded Internet

Embedded Internet Backgrounder

From Embedded Systems Programming

Innovations in Internet Appliance Design

Funny stuffs

Have you heard the one about the Web-enabled toaster?

Sharewave Refrigerator PC

Microworkz iToaster(Internet Toaster)

Axis Communication Web Camera

Integrated System Inc. Web appliance designers get four month headstart



Data Communication Network, Internet and Home Networking

Top Tech Firms Plan To Link Home Appliances, Web

Home Networking News : Wireless Networking & Control Technologies

Vendors are counting on Appliance-on-chip technology


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