Home network Home users connect multiple computers and device together in a home network. Home networking saves money and provides conveniences. Approximately 39 million homes have more than one computer. Many vendors offer 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, andphone line (sources: “Wired vs. Wireless Networks,” an article on pages 24-29 in march 2008 issue of Modern Networking by Mark A. Travis). Traditional Ethernet networks require that each computer have built- in network capabilities or contain 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 and software of an Ethernet network can be difficult to configure for the average home user (sources: a book called home networking by frank a. deacons, published at current press in New York in 2008). A phone line network is an easy-to-install and in expected network that uses existing telephone lines in the home. A home power line cable 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 (sources: a Web site titled “wire and wireless networks” by Gary B. Shelly and Thomas J. Cash man of Courses Technology, viewed on April 23, 2008. Web address is www.scite.com/wd2007/pr2/wc.htm). Wireless networks have the disadvantage of interferences, 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 HomeRF network, which can be up to 1,500 feet in some configurations.