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Here what i posted in a linked in discussion about home networks.

(Consumer BIG rant mode, so Warning.. long post!!!)

You know we are seeing this all in the wrong way. Year after year after year you keep discussing which is the technology the consumer will choose to cable it’s house…

Believe me… this is something that the consumer will never choose (except for a little percentage), and when provided from the contractor in a new house, It will never be a personal choice, so he will not bother with it, will never really embrace it, or use it in full extent and “advice it to others”… so no real world domination there.

Networked appliances are the same appliances that yesterday didn’t need a network. IT’s the tv, the HI-fi, the VCR or DVD player. IT’s the Fridge, it’s the washing machine. It’s the alarm clock on the bedroom, it’s every light switch and it’s the little radio that is stuck in the bathroom to give us comfort in the most needed hours…

…well minutes.

What they ever needed was a power plug. Anything more complicated that this is cumbersome to everyone.

The End user wants stuff to work. They don’t want to know which cable goes into what outlet, and specially they don’t want to figure what went wrong when something isn’t working, and need a degree just to put the radio on the bathroom listening to Pandora again.

They don’t want to have a Telco Operator using the CAT7 or 8 or 10 outlet near the TV to provide the maximum throughput and least latency and packet loss (that’s what’s being discussed here), and then discover that they have to plug their son’s PS3 to the internet also to get a firmware update.

The regular user will never understand that to do so they will have to buy a new router, some more cables to add to a spaghetti mess. This router/switch will probably be a “el Cheapo” bought in a department store, following some working kid’s advice that had 15 minutes of e-learning on networks, and will mess all your prutty network.

 In matter of fact they won’t be even able to connect it all… if you have worked on field support in a Telco with IPTV solutions you already know this (here we needed to place special “tags” on the cables and equipments so we can talk on the phone like: “Just plug the “A end of the cable” to a similar outlet in the box with the number 1 on it”.

You will have to go past that. Network manufacturers, POF, Ethernet, Coax, or PLC will have to go past this if they want world domination.

 For me, as a user, that have no part in this technical discussion, my better solution would be just like this:

A Single cord, with mesh network configuration, self sensing or hardcoded IP v6 on a chip that is integrated inside the appliance.

I call it “” (it probably is already registered ;P)

You plug the device in the outlet, and it starts sending network signals in IPV6. As it has an hardcoded IPV6 string and universal network configuration (something that will have to be some sort of universal standard), the end user doesn’t have to worry about DHCP or manually attributing IP’s and network, sub-network mask or gateway. They are always the same for every chip provided to appliance manufacturers. It’s a property of the “Insta Home Network Domain” and not of “my home network domain”…  and if a friend comes by with a PS4 for network gaming, it plugs it in, and uses it’s ipv6 and “Insta Home Network Configuration”.

User doesn’t have to worry about conflicting IP’s. IT’s IP V6 for god’s sake. In a domestic network, the probability of duplicating IPS is… close to zero. Even this can have a “rule” of sorts: The first 5 alphanumeric terms of the IP will be the chip’s manufacturer id for instance, and these must never be replicated… just like a serial number.

Then the “connectivity” hardware. PLC is obvious for this. It even has some good things about it. You usually connect your vcr and your HI FI on the same outlet or even a room. So there should be less noise and more throughput.

 But it can be something more refined… a really new universal electric network standard.

POF has no interference from electricity. Bosh has a patent on a male/female connector that has a POF fiber inside the prongs of the electric connector.

When you connect that cable to the outlet… it also connects the Fiber circuit.

That’s your part to solve. Just don’t give us users more cables, more configurations, more spaghetti. Use the Appliance manufacturers to embed these chips on everything… and then you will have world Dominance.

My part is to use it in a way that I can have my stereo and ultra thin Stylized LED TV away from a wall… just because there are no more wires collecting dust.


(Consumer BIG rant mode off)

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