2. Requirements of a home network

Before considering a specific scenario, make a list of the requirements of a typical home network.

These include


  • Should be fairly non-technical to set up
  • It should not require awkward or expensive cable runs
  • It needs to connect to the internet
  • It should be fast enough to support typical entertainment services
    • Reading, writing emails
    • Using social networks
    • Browsing the web
    • Streaming video
    • Online gaming
  • It should allow each computer to share files (or kept private if need be)
  • It should make peripherals such as printers and scanner available to all the household
  • Data rates across the network should be fast enough to make it practical to copy and move large files from machine to machine
  • The internet download / upload speed should be able to support more than one user at the same time.
  • The data download contract should be sufficient to not be affected by data usage limits.
  • It should support media streaming within the house
  • Topology will typically be peer to peer - no central server
  • Anti-virus, firewall and backup system should be in place and largely automatic.


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