One reason service providers are big on home networks - the belief they'll create more "sticky" customers. Once you've gone through the trouble of getting the network installed, you feel invested in the company.
Customer stickiness, more service revenues, and customer demand for networking to share that high speed connection to multiple PCs is the common refrain coming from Ma Bell as to why they are interested, which sounds a lot like that of the cable guys.
Digital America 2003, The U.S. Consumer Electronics Industry, showcases the growth and opportunity in the consumer electronics market, from handheld computers and personal video recorders (PVRs) to wireless phones and MP3 players. Available free as an online publication, Digital America 2003 explains new technology trends that are enhancing consumers' lifestyles and workstyles by bringing information, entertainment and communications almost anywhere, any time.
To sum it up WiFi rocks! Don't be afraid to give it a try at your home or office, as you'll ooh and ahh every time you plop down in that Adirondack chair on your deck with your laptop or check your email while waiting for your delayed flight at the airport.
I had reviewed the legacy version of ECS in August of 2000 and was asked to have a look at the redesigned Object-Oriented version (now at 2.2.51). Omnipotence has just recently introduced this version to the residential market, having been focused exclusively on the commercial/industrial markets for the last 2 years. ECS Automation Logo
With the increased penetration of broadband and with the technological advances in home networking, there is a considerable market demand for the home gateway devices. Currently the applications such as Internet connection sharing, file/print sharing and VPN are driving the sales of Home Gateway boxes, but soon these gateway boxes will be available with Voice, Multimedia and other functionalities also.
The nRF24xx family has already been incorporated in a number of new and existing wireless global applications such as sensor, remote control, mouse, game controllers, tire pressure sensors and intelligent sports equipment applications.
Covered in this article: - Powerline Networking - Wireless Network Hubs - New Multi-room Sources .. An old VCR and a PC streaming internet audio. - A wireless weather station with touchscreen display
The SLIMP3 player works great and navigating through my large mp3 directory wasn't a problem because I could jump to a specific letter or compile a play list. Streaming over the power line network has worked out great and I haven't once heard a click or a pause because of a network problem.
Even if you are away from home you can log into your Snapstream.NET account from a PC or a WAP and upload recording settings to your PVR at home. Handy if you forget to set the system to record the game and you're out of town.
The system keeps track of indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, wind direction and velocity, solar intensity and rainfall. All of these variables are displayed on a very elegant touchscreen panel that can be wall mounted or set on a table. The display also shows the time and date and has a graphing feature that lets you view the history (last 24 hours or last 8 days) of any of the variables at the touch of a finger.
Remember that upgrading anything means additional costs. The benefits of upgrading your Landmark system might be hard to measure in dollars, but the results from such a transplant have always seemed to bring new life to our customers and the homes in which they live.
If you plan to jump on the Wi-Fi bandwagon, you must choose among several 802.11 standards that are evolving at a fast rate and have different features and benefits. Shop around and compare prices but focus on value and consider other tradeoffs too. You may even want to take this article with you, and potentially share it with the sales rep.
The intent of this article is to collect and document various observations made regarding the functionality of the UPnP™ technologies built into Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 1 when interacting with UPnP™-based Internet Gateway Devices (IGDs). The intended audiences are IGD developers interested in making their gateways compatible with Windows XP and implementers trying to troubleshoot issues associated with IGDs and Windows XP.
Below is a summary of the sessions at CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase and is meant to provide an overview of each session. Reprinted with Permission
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The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection