Simply plugging an A/V device or a standard desktop PC into a home network does not guarantee successful communications between devices on your in-home network and the Internet. All devices on a home network need some type of network protocol software to instruct them on how and when to transmit signals across the network.
To achieve a reliable transfer of data across your home network, the protocol needs to identify errors, apply compression techniques, and decide on the following:
How the sending device will inform the receiving device that it has finished sending data across the home network.
How the receiving device will inform the sending device that it has received the correct data.
The structure of the addresses that are assigned ...