The architecture of a home network presents unique challenges that even complex business networks have yet to address. Three primary forces will govern the household superstructure architecture:
Structure variance— The configuration of ENDs will vary greatly from home to home.
Usage variance— The application use for each END will vary greatly.
Client-server dynamic— A network architecture will be comprised of multiple client-server relationships across all levels of network environment. The household architecture issues are important because they relate to the technical requirements that the Tier 1 infostructure must support.
While the Tier 1 infostructure (Internet backbone and home infostructure) ...