Compaq iPAQ Connection Point

iPAQ Connection Point is one of the newest members of the Compaq iPAQ family providing innovative Internet solutions with access anywhere, anytime. iPAQ Connection Point is a residential gateway bridging the home or small office network to the Internet. It allows consumers to experience high speed Internet with built-in firewall security, wireless freedom and easy networking.

Owning the Customer

SerCoNet delivers a robust and cost-efficient home networking solution -- without requiring additional wiring. Household-wide network connectivity is achieved over existing telephone wires through the simple replacement of existing telephone outlets with SerCoNet's smart electronic outlets.

ORiNOCO USB Client

The access point or residential gateway, RG-1000 or any other 802.11b (Wi-Fi) compliant access point simply sends the radio signals to the USB Client. The USB Client receives them and transmits the signals to the desktop PC via the USB connector.

D-Link DI-713 Wireless Network Adapter

The DI-713 works well with great potential in the Home as well as the Automated Buildings industry. The wireless range should completely cover small buildings and cover the complete floor of a large building when plugged into the LAN connection on each floor.

Social Trends

In this last of a three-part series, I will explore some of the Social and Demographic trends that are driving the development of the Networked Home. The first article covered Science and Technology Trends, and the second focused on Market and Consumer trends. As always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

Networking Trends

This is the second of three articles that examine key trends enabling and driving the development of the Networked Home. The first article covered Science and Technology Trends while this one discusses Market and Consumer Trends. The final installment will address Social and Demographic Trends. As always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

Orinoco RG-1000 Residential Gateway

I must admit this is my first good experience with wireless networking so I'm pretty hyped about the convenience. There may be better or cheaper systems out there that I haven't tried yet but as far as I'm concerned the RG 1000 does the job that I need to get my work done every day ... and that's what is most important to me at this point. It's definitely a keeper.

D-Link DI-701 Broadband Gateway

For only $99.00 for the DI-701 you will gain very effective protection and it also has a very fast install. The worry about being hacked into is real and if you want to see, as I did, load up some intrusion detection software and you will discover that there are people scanning and looking for easy vulnerable prey. Don't be one of them.

20 Techno Trends

This is the first of three articles that will each examine key trends enabling and driving the development of the Networked Home. The first article covers Science and Technology Trends, followed by articles on Market and Consumer Trends, and finally Social and Economic Trends. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

Get Connected!

Consumers need proper wiring and components to link their computers together and to the Internet. Like power windows in cars, these features will ultimately be in every home built. If a security installer doesn't have the know-how and expertise to integrate a customer's security/home automation system, he is losing business.

Case Study-Sweden

Customers can communicate directly with appliances, devices, and systems in their homes by going to a private interactive web page where clicking on service icons allows them to monitor status and change settings. Customers can also use any touch tone telephone to access services, messages or alarms.

HA Home & Away

The power of a home network is not solely the system intelligence experienced by the home owner while at home. It is the aggregate value of the cost, and time savings coupled with the value of new, revolutionary features experienced both inside and outside the home.

Wireless Networks

The cost of connecting PCs with radio waves instead of wires is now as low as $99 per system, and there are several technologies to choose from. But that's the problem - too many to choose from. Since a confused market doesn't buy, I'm dedicating this second HomeToys.com "mentor" article to positioning the three emerging wireless standards - Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, and HomeRF.

S3/Diamond HomeFree Phoneline - 10Mbps

10Mbps over phoneline is here! True, at about $65 per computer, it's about 3X the cost of a 10baseT NIC. But as long as you have a phone jack in the room where you want to put a computer, you don't have to worry about drilling holes, snaking cables through walls, or settling for lower speed than a 10baseT network. Laptop users, however, will have to wait to join the party until a PCMCIA or USB product is available. (NetGear has announced a USB product, but S3/Diamond has not.) So if you've been holding off networking your computers together because you didn't want to install CAT5 cabling, wait no longer! The HomeFree Phoneline 10Mbps kit will have you up and running in no time!

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