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

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SUMMARY

The explosion in demand for high-speed Internet access combined with the push by service providers to offer integrated voice, data, and entertainment services has fuelled the development of a new range of products called residential gateways. These new gateways allow individuals to control in-home appliances from a single console. A residential gateway is best described as an intelligent hardware device that connects home-based Web devices and appliances to the Internet. This chapter has examined the various types of residential gateways and how they allow service providers to deliver integrated services such as data, video, and voice to the home. The cable industry, for instance, is currently spending billions of dollars in rebuilding ...

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