Chapter 25 Home Networks
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 ...