CEDIA Presents Home Networking Options
At the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association's '99 Expo, home networking was a definite undercurrent theme, apparent with the Home of Electronic Lifestyles exhibit. Several companies are providing options for networking home computer systems, entertainment systems and, in some cases, both.
3Com teamed up with Microsoft to announce three home networking products. The HomeConnect Home Network Ethernet Kit is capable of speeds up to 100Mbps and links household computers, allowing for customized file, Internet and peripheral sharing. By the end of 1999, a standard 10Mbps phone line version will also be available and an 11Mbps wireless version is expected by Q2 of 2000.
Kenwood displayed its LCD panel PowerTouch two-way infrared graphical controller. In addition to controlling select Kenwood products, the PowerTouch is pre-programmed to control X-10, Lutron and Makita lighting and drapery control systems. Users can program up to six 30-step customized macros.