Convergence is a term used in computing to refer to a number of relatively new phenomena relating to the integration of various technologies. For our purposes in this tutorial series, we have restricted its meaning to the impending integration of home entertainment technologies with computer networks.
The following graphic displays how a variety of new devices can be incorporated into the modern home network. The list includes your tablet PC, smartphone, and even your high-definition television set; in this case, it is a wireless Wi-Fi connection that serves as the networking infrastructure.
As we demonstrated in last week’s article, these devices are now being fitted with processors and memory, just like a computer; hence, they can be added to the network and can also be programmed to access your network resources (for directions on programming this access, you will need to refer to the manual of each device).
As illustrated below, even your gaming console can be integrated into your network. This is most advantages when hardwired directly to the router (see previous DevMAG article), providing far better speed for bandwidth-demanding gaming enthusiasts.
There is no one way to best accomplish such a converged network and there are multiple ways of setting it up. As we have been saying all along, it is best to remember that you are in control. The network design should reflect your personal needs.
Remember, it is you who matters most when designing your network and sharing files; not the installer or the mobile geek girl or guy.
This article brings an end to Device Magazine’s Networking 101 series of tutorials. We thank you, for having joined us as we explored the fascinating world of home networking. This series of articles will remain posted for your future reference. Please, stop back often to refresh your memory when needed.