Chapter 25 Home Networks

25.1 Introduction

Home networks have become commonplace since the end of the 1990s. The first home networks, which started with an Ethernet hub connecting two PCs to a cable modem, have developed to include a sophisticated residential gateway, with routing, network address translation, and firewall capabilities. In addition, a host of options has been developed to connect devices within the home, including phone line, power line, coaxial cable, and wireless alternatives.

This chapter will focus on the concept of a residential gateway designed to support high-speed data applications. A wide range of devices that support the functions of a residential gateway are already available at retail from a large number of different ...

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