Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month we focus on ways for consumers to get free or low cost services.
Now that the excitement and PR machine from CES have faded, we asked ourselves what products and trends will make a difference in 2006? For us, the big focus was progress toward how users can move content around the home, interact with and control all the entertainment devices in the home and use their content with any electronic device--both inside and outside their home. It's not a done deal yet--but we're on the way.
Let's celebrate! There is now a joint proposal intended as the basis for the 802.11n draft standard. Although we don't pretend to understand all the politics involved in coming up with it, we're glad it has been agreed to and is on track for a final standard in mid-2007. But before that happens, we expect many "draft n" consumer products to come to market. That's fine, but consumers should know that "draft n" does not mean products will meet the final spec or interoperate with those of different vendors.
Home networking is approaching a new milestone. Many emerging consumer applications require networking technologies capable of moving video around the home. Depending on whom you talk with, you'll hear very different views of the roles of wireless, powerline, coax and telephone wiring. We believe that just as the last generation sorted itself out, with Wi-Fi that generation's winner, one of these new technologies will grab a larger chunk of the market than the others -- and some may be relegated to a footnote in home networking history. We overview some scenarios and the technologies vying for the winner's circle.