Home Media Networks: Systems, Technologies, and Operation

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This book explains why and how different types of home media network systems are used to provide audio, data and video media distribution throughout a home or business. The needs for audio, data and video distribution in the home are dramatically increasing and some home media systems may not be able to provide what the consumers want and need. You will learn the home media distribution options, how they work, and ways that wireless and wired systems can be combined to reliably provide and control media, voice, and data services throughout the home. Discover how media signals can be converted to a common packet digital format (data) so they can be transferred over home data networks. You will learn about the different types of home data transmission types including telephone line, power line, wireless, coaxial lines, wired data lines, and plastic optical fibers. Learn how home networks have evolved from basic data services for Internet access to guaranteed quality of service (QoS) for streaming video (such as NetFlix) and Internet telephone services (such as Vonage). Discover the different types of access control systems used in home networks including random data access and reserved media control and how the different types of access control methods can share the same type of system. Home networking systems use key technologies to provide for reliable high-speed data transmission including adaptive modulation, echo control, synchronized transmission, interference avoidance, power level control and channel bonding. The key types of home networks are described which include HomePNA, HomePlug, DHS, HD-PLC, MOCA, 802.11, Wireless LAN, and FireComms. You will learn how these systems can co-exist and coordinate with each other. This edition of the book covers how digital living network alliance (DLNA) can allow users to connect, manage, and transfer content throughout the home, It also covers how digital rights management (DRM) can be enforced by digital transmission content protection (DTCP) and high bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) systems. Some of the most important topics featured include: Home Multimedia Distribution Needs Data Transmission Over Phone Lines, Power Lines, Coax, Data Cable, Wireless, and Optical. Key Technologies Used in Home Networks Home Network Mixed Media Operation HomePNA, HomePlug, DHS, HD-PLC, MOCA, Wi-Fi, and FireComms Device and System Co-existence Media Management using DLNA Digital Transmission Content Protection DTCP

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About the Author:

LAWRENCE HARTE is the president of APDG, a provider of expert information to the telecommunications market.

Mr. Harte has over 23 years of experience in the electronics industry, including company leadership, product management, development, marketing, design, and testing of telecommunications (cellular), radar, and microwave systems. He has been issued patents relating to cellular technology. He has authored over 75 articles on related subjects and has been a speaker and panel moderator at industry trade events.

Mr. Harte earned an executive MBA at Wake Forest University and received his B.A. from the University of the State of New York. During the TDMA digital cellular standard development process, Mr. Harte served as an editor and voting company representative for the Telecommunications Industries Association (TIA) TR45.3., digital cellular standards committee.

As of 2001, Mr. Harte has authored and co-authored over 20 books relating to telecommunications technology. He has served as a consultant and expert witness for leading companies including Ericsson, Siemens, VLSI, AMD, Casio, Samsung, Sony, ATT, Nokia, Hughes, and many others.

RICHARD LEVINE is the founder and principal engineer of Beta Scientific Laboratory and is also Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He is active as a technology consultant to many firms developing new cellular and PCS systems and products used in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Mexico, and the United States.

Mr. Levine is a well-known teacher of cellular and PCS technology to people in the industry. He was formerly the chairman of several working groups in the North American digital cellular standards development.

Mr. Levine earned the Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Science degrees from M.I.T., is licensed as a Professional Engineer, and has earned both amateur and professional radio operator licenses. He has been issued several patents on telecommunications, computer systems, and related technologies.

ROMAN KITKA is the Director, Strategy and Business Crteation, Nokia Ventures Organization. He is a seasoned wireless communications industry veteran, innovator, and visionary.

During his 17 + years in wireless communications, he has held product planning and development, marketing, and market/business development positions with leading wireless manufacturers including Nokia Mobile Phones, Panasonic, GoldStar, and OKI Telecom. Mr. Kitka has influenced several cellular mobile, transportable, and portable phone model designs, features, and functionality. His efforts have resulted in the first cellular payphone, first cellular PBX adjunct "Business Link," voice recognition dialers, as well as the first PCS product launch in the U.S.

Mr. Kitka posssess exceptional foresight and understanding of global market needs, both from anthropological and psychological aspects, as well as the opportunities provided by existing and future wireless communications, Internet and related technologies, and business.

Mr. Kitka, a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, is a co-author of the books CDMA IS-95 FOR CELLULAR AND PCS: Technology, Economics & Services; DELIVERING xDSL; 3G CELLULAR AND PCS DEMYSTIFIED; and WAP DEMYSTIFIED. Mr. Kitka has been a speaker at several wireless communications and Internet conferences and events, both in the U.S. and internationally.

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