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Technologies for Home Networking

  • ID: 2325205
  • Book
  • March 2008
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A broad overview of the home networking field, ranging from wireless technologies to practical applications

In the future, it is expected that private networks (e.g., home networks) will become part of the global network ecosystem, participating in sharing their own content, running IP–based services, and possibly becoming service providers themselves. This is already happening in the so–called "social networks" and peer–to–peer file sharing networks on the Internet making this emerging topic one of the most active research areas in the wireless communications field.

This book bridges the gap between wireless networking and service research communities, which, until now, have confined their work to their respective fields. Here, a number of industry professionals and academic experts have contributed chapters on various aspects of the subject to present an overview of home networking technologies with a special emphasis on the user as the center of all activities. Coverage includes:

  • Networked home use cases and scenarios

  • Media format, media exchange, and media interoperability

  • Location–aware device and service discovery

  • Security in smart homes

  • Secure service discovery protocol implementation for wireless ad–hoc networks

  • Multimedia content protection in consumer networks

  • Mobile device connectivity in home networks

  • Unlicensed mobile access/generic access network

  • Wireless sensor networks in the home

  • Ultra–wideband and sensor networking in the home environment

With a balanced mix of practice and theory, Technologies for Home Networking focuses on the latest technologies for speedier, more reliable wireless networking and explains how to facilitate workable end–to–end solutions from a user′s perspective. This book is an ideal resource for practicing engineers, designers, and managers with an interest in home networking and also serves as a valuable text for graduate students.

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Contributor List.

1 Introduction to Networked Home.

Mahbubul Alam, Sudhir Dixit, and Ramjee Prasad

1.1 Background.

1.2 Technology Adoption Trends.

1.3 Social Network.

1.3.1 Business Applications.

1.4 Consumer Trends.

1.5 Living in Real Time.

1.6 Confluence of Events.

1.7 Application and Service Convergence.

1.8 Network Convergence and Regulations.

1.9 Terminal Convergence.

1.10 Home Networking.

1.10.1 Home Computing.

1.10.2 Home Entertainment.

1.10.3 Home Communications.

1.10.4 Home Monitoring and Management.

1.11 Connected Home.

1.12 Vision of the Future.

1.13 Brief Overview of the Book.

1.14 Conclusions.


2 Media Format Interoperability.

Anthony Vetro

2.1 Background.

2.2 Media Formats.

2.2.1 Image and Video Formats.

2.2.2 Audio Formats.

2.2.3 Transport and File Formats.

2.2.4 Profiles and Levels.

2.3 Metadata Formats.

2.3.1 Content Descriptions. Media Format. Data Abstraction. Multiple Variations. Transcoding Hints.

2.3.2 Usage Environment Descriptions. Terminal Capabilities. Network Characteristics.

2.3.3 User Preferences.

2.3.4 Electronic Program Guide.

2.4 Media Adaptation.

2.5 Mandatory Media Format Profiles.

2.6 Media Format Interoperability: An Example.

2.7 Conclusions.


3 Media Description and Distribution in Content Home


Edwin A. Heredia

3.1 Diversification of Media Format Variants.

3.2 Content Home Network Architecture Components.

3.3 Content Format Variants in the Home.

3.4 Description of Content Features and Device Capabilities.

3.5 Media Exchange Description Language.

3.5.1 MXDL Media Object Descriptions.

3.5.2 MXDL Device Capability Descriptions.

3.6 Conclusions.


4 Mobile Device Connectivity in Home Networks.

Mika Saaranen and Dimitris Kalofonos

4.1 Related Work.

4.2 Basic Home Use Cases.

4.3 Home Networking Challenges.

4.4 Architecture and Technologies for Local and Remote

Home Connectivity.

4.4.1 Overview of Home Connectivity


4.4.2 Local Connectivity.

4.4.3 Remote Connectivity.

4.5 Conclusions.


5 Generic Access Network Toward Fixed – Mobile


Claus Lindholt Hansen

5.1 Trends in the Industry.

5.2 Standardization.

5.3 Gan Overview.

5.3.1 Security.

5.3.2 "Discovery" and "Registration".

5.3.3 Rove in and Rove Out.

5.3.4 Transparent Access to Services in the

Mobile Core Network.

5.3.5 GPRS Support in GAN.

5.3.6 Location Services.

5.3.7 Emergency Services.

5.3.8 GAN Protocol Architecture.

5.3.9 Bluetooth or Wi–Fi?

5.4 Benefits with the GAN Technology.

5.4.1 Operators.

5.4.2 End User.

5.4.3 Terminal Availability.

5.5 Practical Experiences.

5.6 Impact on Networks and Processes.

5.7 Discussion.

5.8 Evolution of GAN.

5.9 Conclusions.

6 Secure Wireless Personal Networks: Home Extended to Anywhere.

John Farserotu and Juha Saarnio

6.1 AVision of a Personal Network.

6.2 Some Example Scenarios.

6.2.1 Health.

6.2.2 Home and Daily Life.

6.2.3 Distributed Work.

6.3 System and Requirements.

6.4 User Requirements and Scenarios.

6.5 Network Architecture.

6.6 Access and Access Control Techniques.

6.7 Security.

6.8 Devices and Service Platforms.

6.9 System Optimization and Operator Perspectives.

6.10 Toward Personal Services over Personal Networks.

6.11 Conclusions.


7 Usable Security in Smart Homes.

Saad Shakhshir and Dimitris Kalofonos

7.1 Survey of Related Work.

7.1.1 User Interaction with Security.

7.1.2 Security in Smart Spaces.

7.1.3 User Interaction with Security

in Smart Spaces.

7.2 Basic Home Security Use Cases.

7.3 A Smart Home Security Model.

7.4 Design Challenges.

7.5 Usability.

7.6 Conclusions.


8 Multimedia Content Protection Techniques in

Consumer Networks.

Heather Yu

8.1 Techniques for Multimedia Content Protection.

8.1.1 Basic Security Requirements for

Content Protection. Application Requirements. Technology Requirements.

8.1.2 Traditional Techniques. Encryption and Authentication. Key Management. Challenges for Multimedia Applications.

8.1.3 Advanced Cryptography Algorithms for Multimedia Content


8.1.4 Digital Watermarking.

8.2 Techniques for Content Protection in Consumer

Networking Environment.

8.2.1 Existing Consumer Entertainment Content

Protection Technologies: A Quick Overview.

8.2.2 The Consumer Network "Boundary Problem".

8.2.3 Case Study: Protecting Streaming Media in Heterogeneous

Network Environment. An Application Scenario. Scalable Plaintext Media Streaming. Scalable Secure Media Streaming.

8.2.4 Alternative Approach for Preserving Content Copyright Without

Sacrificing Consumer Convenience and Freedom of Use.

8.3 Providing User–centric Services for Content Protection in

Consumer Networks.


9 Device and Service Discovery in Home Networks.

Paul Wisner, Franklin Reynolds, Linda Ka¨llstro¨m,

Sanna Suoranta, Tommi Mikkonen, and Jussi Saarinen

9.1 Device and Service Discovery.

9.1.1 Common Attributes.

9.1.2 Interoperability.

9.1.3 Distributed Middleware Toolkits.

9.1.4 Other Discovery Protocols.

9.1.5 Directory Services and Other Configuration

Management Systems.

9.2 The Home and the Extended Home.

9.2.1 Characteristics of the Home Environment.

9.2.2 Characteristics of the Extended Home Environment.

9.3 User Control Devices.

9.4 Selected Discovery Protocols.

9.4.1 SLP.

9.4.2 Bonjour.

9.4.3 Universal Plug and Play/SSDP.

9.4.4 Jini.

9.4.5 JXTA and JXTA Search.

9.4.6 DHCP.

9.4.7 Bluetooth SDP.

9.4.8 Web Services Dynamic Discovery.

9.4.9 eXtensible Service Discovery Framework.

9.5 Improving Service Discovery.

9.5.1 Security.

9.5.2 Semantics and Automatic Composition.

9.5.3 Interoperability.

9.5.4 Touch.

9.5.5 Directories.

9.5.6 Location Awareness.

9.5.7 Service Browsing.

9.5.8 Proxies.

9.6 Conclusions.


10 Small, Cheap Devices for Wireless Sensor Networks.

Zach Shelby, John Farserotu, and John F.M. Gerrits

10.1 Impulse Radio UWB.

10.2 IEEE 802.15.4A.

10.3 Frequency Modulation UWB.

10.4 System–On–a–Chip.

10.5 Embedded Operating System.

10.6 Conclusions.


11 "Spotting": A Novel Application of Wireless Sensor

Networks in the Home.

Henry Tirri

11.1 Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Network Architecture.

11.2 "Spotting".

11.2.1 Tagging Physical Objects: "Spots".

11.2.2 Spot Operations. Spot Saving. Spot Retrieval.

11.2.3 On Key Function K.

11.2.4 Spotting with Additional Sensor Information.

11.3 Conclusions.



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