Physical Configuration of the Next Generation Home Network

Shohei TERADA  Yu KAKISHIMA  Dai HANAWA  Kimio OGUCHI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E91-B   No.7   pp.2169-2177
Publication Date: 2008/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e91-b.7.2169
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Section on Opto-electronics and Communications toward NGN and beyond)
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Keyword: 
home network,  home gateway,  plastic optical fiber,  

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Summary: 
The number of broadband users is rapidly increasing worldwide. Japan already has over 10 million FTTH users. Another trend is the rapid digitalization of home electrical equipment e.g. digital cameras and hard disc recorders. These trends will encourage the emergence of the next generation home network. In this paper, we introduce the next generation home network image and describe the five domains into which home devices can be classified. We then clarify the optimum medium with which to configure the network given the requirements imposed by the home environment. Wiring cable lengths for three network topologies are calculated. The results gained from the next generation home network implemented on the first phase testbed are shown. Finally, our conclusions are given.