Archive For October, 2009

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G.hn, does it get the crown for in-home networking?

The new buzzword in wired networking is G.hn, pronounced as "G dot hn". I know, it does add another word to the alphabet soup of technologies, but I do think that it solves a fundamental lingering problem.Our homes have various types of wiring available today; these constitute power, cable, phone, etc. The problem is that all of these satisfy their…

Wi-Fi Direct permeating Personal Area Networking

Did you hear it?Wi-Fi Alliance launches a specification called Wi-Fi Direct that allows WLAN (Wireless LAN) devices to connect directly without an Access Point in between. Well, well, this appears to be a war of worlds between the WLAN and Bluetooth camps because this surely will fit the use cases of Bluetooth users. Does this also mean the end of…

Device convergence

Comcast is all set to launch their HomePoint service. The service converges VoIP handset and router functionality. The devices that come with the service are a base unit that functions as a cable modem and wireless router, and a portable handset that you can connect to additional handsets. Vonage recently launched their Vonage Mobile service, which is a free download…

Talk between devices

Ever wondered what it would be like without access to ever increasing means of connection? Thanks to social networking sites that I am now in touch with my friends who used to exchange bicycles while riding to my fifth grade class. In the past decade or so, we have come a long way. The social norms have been re-defined with…