Connected Home is a network of variety of devices connected to each other. These devices connect through different or same medium and have different capabilities. Connected devices can share, move media, data around and take advantage of each others capabilities.
For example a typical household has one or more TV, a Cable or Satellite Set-top Box, Gaming machines (XBOX,PS3,Wii etc), portable gaming machines (PSP, Game Cube etc),Desktop Computers, Notebook Computers, Cellphones etc. Many homes have Network Access Storage and Network Printers. Different devices connect using different medium. Some devices connect through wired network( Ethernet), some connect through wireless medium.
Each gadget has a primary functionality in the home. Gadgets also have a secondary role. For example “XBOX,PS3” are primarily gaming machines, but they can also store media and act as media player clients for remote servers. TV is primarily a display device and provide rich viewing experience, but can also act as media client and can play media streams from other connected devices. In the Connected Home devices share data, media with each other. They benefit from each others capabilities. Connected Home also makes Internet connection available to every device at home.
For example its better to watch a High Definition movie stored on a Desktop Computer or Network Attached Storage on smaller computer monitor screen. Also its nice to grab data files from your Desktop and carry it with you in your iPhone or a Notebook Computer. There are 100s of other reason why do you want to setup a Connected Home Networks. You may have different set of devices. Once home network infrastructure is set you can add many wired or wireless devices.
- Dish Network Set-top Box Box
- Home Theater PC.
- Desktop PC
- Notebook PC (Laptop)
- iPhone, iPod, Blackberry
- Wireless 802.11 enabled portable devices.
- Network Attached Storage
- Network Printer
- Sony LCD TV
- DSL Modem(Cable Modem)
- Wireless Router