With the convergence of HDTV, VoIP, iTunes, YouTube, downloadable movies and broadband access, the potential to offer consumers the interactive digital entertainment experience they require inside the home has never been greater. The question is how do we enable consumers to easily route entertainment throughout their entire house so they can watch what they want to watch or listen to their content on any device in their house?
The purpose of this article is to introduce a smart way to think about this routing question and to show you how to use existing phone or coax wiring to seize the opportunity. The article will explain the distinction between home networks and home entertainment networks, outline the trade-offs between various networking approaches, introduce HomePNA, explain the technical details of the technology, and show how to integrate HomePNA into consumer devices.
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Rami Verbin is chief technical officer at CopperGate Communications. He is a noted expert in broadband networking and telecommunications, with 24 years in the industry. He was previously vice president of R&D and held several program management positions in leading semiconductor and system companies like STMicroelectronics and Orckit. He has been an active contributor to the evolution of the ADSL and VDSL standards and holds patents in a variety of communication technologies. He holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in finance, both from Tel Aviv University.email@example.com