The IP protocol provides the opportunity to connect various applications, services and devices in one network.
The prerequisite for a well-functioning network is a stable infrastructure and stable and secure connections. In addition, the active network components must be able to transfer the required amount of data as well as the protocols that are being used.
Listing the possible applications and thus the required network connections you will soon see that an expansive network should already be state of the art today.
Here at Homefibre we are constantly testing new applications and services and integrate them into our testbed.
Our testbed practically starts behind the Access Router. The ideal network infrastructure consists of a mix of with POF wired data sockets for all firmly placed devices and Wireless Access Points for all mobile devices.
The Wireless Access Points are allocated to individual areas or rooms. Thus, only a part of the mobile devices per Access Point are being connected to the LAN network. The data rate is optimally distributed to multiple WLAN cluster.
Today’s most frequently used IP devices and services are:
PC and printer for private use as well as the professional office or home office.
IP-TV, in Austria A1-TV, in Switzerland “Swisscom-TV“ and in Germany Telekom Magenta „Entertain“.
SAT>IP: Programms and transport streams from Astra and Eutelsat are converted to an IP signal and can be distributed over the Gigabit Ethernet network to all kind of video applications like Smart-TV, PC, tablets and mobile phones.
Internet TV and Video also known as OTT-TV (Over The Top-TV), as well as Internet Video Services such as Netflix, Amazon Premium Video, Apple-TV, YouTube etc. and Online TV of all the well-known TV channels.
To be able to enjoy a high quality resolution such as 4K video, you need a good network infrastructure.
Internet radio and audio services such as Apple-Music, Spotify and many more are distributed over e.g. multiroom-audio systems in the home.
Although all well-known systems use WiFi, experience shows that despite the lower bandwidth than video transmission, a trouble-free music enjoyment works best with permanently connected devices and speakers. Have proved the little wireless clusters per room, which ensure a sufficient and stable wireless coverage.
IP cameras and security systems are increasingly used to monitor private rooms and are integrated in the home network. An enhanced version of the IP cameras are IP based video intercom systems.
Nowadays home servers are mostly installed as NAS (Network Attached Storage) and integrated into a home network.
They serve as video- and audio libraries and/or for doing the backup for the PC.
At ISE in Amsterdam it was made clear that the international trend in the audio-video world also goes towards IP.
One of the slogans was: “From Matrix to Network”.
This is a message we fully agree with since we understand that only a reliable infrastructure provides flexibility to integrate all kinds of applications to a network.
In the future, we see a strong growth of IP-based Smart Home systems where actuators, sensors and control devices (touch screen terminals etc ...) are directly integrated into the IP network. This applies to all Smart Home fields such as AAL (Ambient Assisted Living), energy management, comfort, security, lighting, etc. ...
The Homefibre basic infrastructure offers the ideal condition for a flexible and user-friendly integration of services. The optical data cable is available anywhere in the electrical installation and can be used anywhere for connecting new equipment and components.
For years Homefibre solutions have been used in many apartments, family homes and commercial buildings.