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Essential Guide to Home Networking Technologies, The by GERARD O'DRISCOLL

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BASIC CONCEPTS

At its most basic level, a home network consists of a computer and a consumer audio-visual (A/V) device connected to each other by a cable so that they can share data. Home networks today let you share information and computer resources, and enable online communication. The underlying structure for a home network consists of interconnected clusters of digital appliances. Typically, there will be several clusters in your house, with one per floor or possibly one per room.

So why would we want to network various types of electronic devices? First, let's consider what it would be like if a digital camera you purchased was not connected to a network. It would operate in what is called a stand-alone environment. In this environment, ...

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