I spoke with Ed Frank, VP of Engineering, home networking business unit, Broadcom, and got a thorough grounding in home networking. Here's why you should know about this topic.
The vision for home networking is quite simple. The following image, courtesy of
Broadband anytime - a vision of the networked home that I can buy into. Courtesy of Broadcom.
Unfortunately, most home networking products that you find on the market today are geared primarily to multiple PC households. I say, unfortunately because, I think the biggest stumbling block for home networking is that fact that everyone is using the term "networking". Can't think of anything more frightening and labor intensive than networking. Nevertheless, I have two home networking systems that I am looking over, Diamond's HomeFree wireless set-up, and 3Com's HomeConnect which uses Broadcom's chipsets. I'll have to get into them in more detail at some future point, but you can investigate Diamond's home networking site