Networking for Home and Small Office

Networking for Home and Small Office

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Networking devices in the home and small office/home office (SOHO) that provide one complete network that can be controlled from a central location have become increasingly popular. Many companies are providing the link from the providers to the user using twisted pair wire, coax cable, fiber optics, wireless and satellite with the objective to increase the bandwidth for both high-speed connections and provide this bandwidth to an increasing number of users. Networks have been in use for some time; however in the recent years and with the increase in the number of users and computers, the Internet, and all of the different ways that information is being brought to the home, networking and distribution are in high demand. The technologies that are under consideration for home distribution include wireless, power line, and phone line communications. Wireless will be the most successful technology because it affords networking in the home without requiring wires and a new infrastructure.

Chapter Contents:

  • 5.1 Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • 5.2 LAN Standards
  • 5.3 Fiber-Distributed Data Interface
  • 5.4 Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  • 5.5 Cable Networks
  • 5.6 Network Layers
  • 5.6 Summary
  • 5.7 References

Inspec keywords: radiocommunication; home networks; computer networks; carrier transmission on power lines; telephone networks

Other keywords: power line communication; Internet; phone line communication; small office networking; fiber optics; wireless communication; coax cable; high-speed connections; networking devices; home office networking

Subjects: Radio links and equipment; Telephony; Computer networks and techniques; Power line systems; Computer communications

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