What’s brought about this progression of intelligent home networks into everyday life?
One word: computers. And when we say computers, we don not mean only the PC sitting on a desk in a spare bedroom. We mean also those little blobs of silicon that reside in so many thins in your house such as phones, televisions, refrigerators, and even the car in the garage.
Most of these systems are islands of computing power plugged into the power outlets of your home. The computer chips have no way of talking to each other or sharing the information that they gather and control. The net-work revolution – the home-network revolution- is taking place as these things begin to talk to each other. Imagine a refrigerator that talks to your electrical utility and goes into its power-hungry defrost mode when the electricity rates are the lowest.. Or suppose after a power outage that all your clocks rest themselves automatically because they are set to “Network time”
Home networks are not as advanced yet, but they will be soon. And you will be missing the boat if you build a new home or remodel your existing one without taking this kind of future into account. Although you cannot know today exactly what will be connected to what (and how) tomorrow, you can design a wiring system for your home that will enable you to do the most you can today and be ready for tomorrow needs.