Travis 1Mark A. TravisModern NetworkingMarch 2008Pages 24-29 Home Networking Home users connect multiple computers and devices together in a home network. Homenetworking saves money and provides conveniences. Approximately 39 million homes have more thanone computer. Many vendors offer home using wired or wireless techniques. There are three types ofwired home networks: Ethernet, powerline cable, and phoneline (Travis). Traditional Ethernet networks require that each computer have built-in network capabilities orcontain a network card, which connects to a central network hub or similar device with a physical cable.This may involve running cable through walls, ceilings, and floors in the house. The hardware andsoftware of an Ethernet network can be difficult to configure for the average home user (Deakins). Aphoneline network is an easy-to-install and inexpensive network that uses existing telephone lines inhome. A home powerline cable network is a network that uses the same lines that bring electricity intothe house. This netwrok requires no additional wiring. Two types of wireless home networks: HomeRF and Wi-Fi (Technology). Wireless networks havethe disadvantage of interference, because walls, ceilings, and other electrical devices such as cordlesstelephones and microwave ovens can discrupt wireless communications. A HomeRF (radio frequency)network uses radio waves, instead of cables, to transmit data. A Wi-Fi network sends signals over awider distance than HomeRF network, which can be up to 1,500 feet in some configurations.
Travis 2Works CitedDeakins, Frank A. Home Networking. New York: Current Press, 2008.Technology, Gary B. Shelly and Thomas J. Cashman of Course. "Wired and Wireless Networks". 23 april2008. <www.scsite.com/wd2007/pr2/wc.htm>.Travis, Mark A. ""Wired vs. Wireless Networks"." Modern Networking march 2008: 24-29.