The field of Home Area Networks (HAN), a dedicated residential
subset of LAN technologies for home-based use, is fast becoming the
next frontier for the communications industry.
This book describes the various technologies involved in the
implementation of a HAN: high-speed Internet connections, indoor
implementations, services, software, and management packages. It
also reviews multimedia applications (which are increasingly the
most important and complex aspects of most HANs) with a detailed
description of IPTV technology. It highlights the main technologies
used for HANs: information transmission by means of copper pairs,
coaxial cables, fiber optics, and Wi-Fi radio systems, as well as
the software systems necessary for the processing and management of
these data communications. These technologies ? examples of
which include the well-known 802.11 family of standards, and less
widespread applications such as the HomePlug powerline standard
? are highly relevant to multimedia, remote healthcare,
remote working, energy, and device management in the home.
The book is written for engineers working in the field, or who are
interested in high-speed communication technologies and their
actual or potential use in the home or in the small ? medium
size enterprise (SME) commercial environment.