Home users connect multiple computers and devices together in a home network.
Home networking saves money and provides convenience.
Approximately 39 million homes have more than one computer.
Many vendors often home networking packages that include all the necessary hardware and software to network a home using wired or wireless techniques.
Three types of wired home networks: Ethernet, power line cable, and phone line (source: Wired vs. Wireless Networks”, an article 24—29 in March 2008 issue of Modern Networking by (Travis, Mark A.)).<br />
Traditional Ethernet Networks require that each computer have built-in network capabilities or contain a network card, which connect to a central network hub or similar device with a physical cable. This may involve running cable through wall, ceilings, and floors in the house.
The hardware and software of an Ethernet network can be difficult to configure for the average home user (source: a book called Home Networking by (Deakins, Frank A.), Published at Current Press in New York in 2008)
A phone line network is an easy-to-install and inexpensive network that uses existing telephone line in the home.
A home power line cable network is a network that uses the same lines that bring electricity into the house. This network requires no additional wiring.
Two types of wireless home networks: Home RF and Wi-Fi (source: a Website titled “Wired and Wireless Networks” by (Shelly, Gary B.; Cashman, Thomas J.)of Course Technology, viewed on April 23, 2008. Web address is www.scite.com/wd2007/pr2/wc.htm).<br />
Wireless networks have the disadvantage of interference, because walls, ceilings and other electrical devices such as cordless telephones and microwave ovens can disrupt wireless communications.
A home RF (radio frequency) network uses radio waves, instead of cables, to transmit data.
A Wi-Fi network sends signals over a wider distance than the Home RF network, which can be up to 1,500 feet in some configurations.
Works Cited BIBLIOGRAPHY Deakins, Frank A. Home Networking. New York: Current Press, 2008.Shelly, Gary B.; Cashman, Thomas J. Wired and Wireless Networks. 23 Apil 2008. < www.scite.com/wd2007/pr2/wc.htm>.Travis, Mark A. Wired vs Wireless Natworks article 24-29. Modern Networking, March 2008.<br />