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

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Foreword

HOME NETWORKING: THE CONVERGENCE POINT FOR PERVASIVE COMPUTING

In early 1998, the term "home networking" emerged on the IT scene as the newest buzzword in the growing lexicon of hot, new-generation technologies. Yet with the increased hype and media exposure came confusion as consumers struggled to figure out exactly what home networking was and how it would affect their lives.

With Jetsons-like images of robotic butlers and voice-activated appliances, the spin-savvy journalists quickly positioned home networking as the new revolution. The pragmatists, on the other hand, focused on more immediate and practical benefits, like sharing files between multiple computers without having to retrofit an entire home with new wires. Consumers remained ...

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