Connected Home & Devices - Hands-on

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum
Code PWL330

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Extensive rapid expansion of broadband access into the home market has provided home, domestic and Small Office Home Office (SOHO) users an opportunity to make radical changes to their usage. New ways to deliver video and television via IP offer more choice and higher quality. Voice carried over IP can reduce cost and expand flexibility. But further changes are now possible allowing integration of the communications and living environments.

Intelligent network services will allow the Home Area Network (HAN) to deliver energy management and environmental efficiency improvements that could make financial savings that could deliver the revenue needed to run the network and perhaps deliver a financial return. Integration with wireless mobile devices will allow near seamless transition from business and domestic environments allowing the high flying professional to manage business and social contacts through their preferred mobile devices.

Modern families now expect to create; store and exchange video, pictures and other information and the new home area network must be able to deliver near seamless ways to achieve this. In many markets considerable amounts are spent my domestic customer on hardware and other technology but the expertise needed to bring together the technologies that exist into an integrated environment are lacking. Carriers and service provider that can undertake the integration either as part of their normal installation and support or as a premium support service for their most valued customers will win increasing market share.

This course provides a fast overview of how to install, configure and integrate the key technologies into a functioning Home Area Network. In the classroom the course enable attendees to construct a working model of an environment to integrate Broadcast TV, IPTV, VoIP, CCTV security, Environmental control, Service Synchronized Multimedia storage and sharing, iPhone/Android/Windows Mobile phone integration with traditional Internet Access and Telecommunications services.


Upon completion candidates will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the key features and functions of a Home Area Network.
  • Select technologies that match the key HAN service needs.
  • Integrate Internet access, in home area network and home network end equipment.
  • Record, store and exchange TV and Multimedia across the HAN and the Internet.
  • Control Home and SOHO environments using applications on the HAN.
  • Add security and home management to the HAN.
  • Synchronize iPhone and other mobile devices with the Home Area Environment.
  • Use Voice, TV, Multimedia and Internet services within the home environment from intelligent phones and mobile wireless devices.


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Describing the Home Area Network (13 topics)

  • Why do we need a HAN?
  • The Smart Grid
  • ISO/IEC14908 (LonWorks) networks
  • IEEE radio built-in -- ANSI meters
  • Built-in ZigBee Pro communications
  • X10 Domotics control
  • Foundation technologies for the HAN (Ethernet LAN; WiFi; Zigbee; HomePlug; xDSL Access; FTTH; Intelligent operating systems; Storage Area Networks)
  • Key HAN Services (Media Streaming; Peer-to-peer communication; Wireless and mobile access; Security services; Energy and environmental management; Smart metering; Storage and synchronization services; Internet Access; Email access)
  • HAN Customer objectives
  • Cost, Price and Revenue implications
  • Financial returns from the HAN
  • Key HAN Objectives (Revenue positive or revenue neutral design; Simplicity of control; Intuitive operation; Automatic security; Reliability)
  • Mechanisms for achieving objectives

Foundation LAN Technologies (8 topics)

  • Selecting and Installing basic LAN technologies
  • CAT-5 LANs: Advantages and liabilities with Wired LANs
  • Alternatives wiring systems
  • HomePlug
  • WiFi
  • UPnP
  • Hands-on Exercise: building in-class wired backbone
  • Hands-on Exercise: building HAN using HomePlug

Planning WiFi Coverage (11 topics)

  • WiFi Options
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Measuring Effective WiFi performance
  • Hands-on Exercise: measuring performance
  • How to survey WiFi environments
  • Radio measurement and survey tools
  • Hands-on exercise: surveying the radio Environment
  • Planning the wireless coverage
  • Using WiFi routers and Access Points
  • Integrating WiFi and the Home Area Network
  • Hands-on Exercise: building a multi-access point WiFi network

Internet Access (19 topics)

  • Types of Internet Access
  • xDSL Access (Understanding the limitations of the loop; Loop Architecture; ADSL/ADSL-2+/VDSL-2 compared; Bonded DSL)
  • Fiber to the Home
  • Fiber technology
  • Point-to-point Fiber
  • Passive Optical Networks
  • Architecture of FTTH PON Installation
  • Cable Modem Access (CATV technology; Hybrid Fiber Coax Network Architecture; Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS))
  • VSAT Access
  • Very Small Aperture Satellite Terminals
  • Architecture of a VSAT Access
  • Ground station
  • Access Option Service comparison
  • Addressing and routing issues
  • Network Address translation
  • Firewalling
  • VPN Services
  • Hands-on Exercise: integrating Internet Access
  • Hands-on Configuring: VPN Services

Adding TV to the HAN (15 topics)

  • Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technologies
  • Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) Technologies
  • MPEG-Encoding
  • MPEG Transport Streams
  • Hands-on Exercise: Analyzing MPEG Transport Streams
  • IPTV Streaming
  • Hands-on Exercise: streaming IPTV
  • Video and Multimedia on demand
  • Audio streaming
  • HDTV streaming
  • Hands-on Exercise using HDTV streaming
  • Multi-room operation of TV
  • Satellite and Cable TV Multi-room systems
  • Multi-room IPTV

Media Centre Technology (11 topics)

  • Concepts of the Media Centre
  • Multimedia Recoding technologies
  • PVR
  • Networked Storage and Access
  • HDMI Interfacing
  • Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) Interfacing
  • Integrating Tuners
  • Hands-on Exercise: Implementing a Media Centre Environment
  • Interconnecting Home Network End Devices
  • X-Box and other Rendering Devices
  • Hands-on Exercise configuring Media Centre Sharing and streaming

Integrating Voice (13 topics)

  • VoIP Technology
  • Voice Access Services
  • Integrating PSTN and Home VoIP
  • Installing VoIP services on the HAN
  • Asterisk PBX options
  • Skype Options and their problems and limitations
  • Professional VoIP solutions using SIP
  • Peer-to-peer options
  • Hands-on Exercise: building a home VoIP centre
  • Integrating existing Analogue Telephone devices
  • Adding IP Phones
  • Domestic acceptability of style and look
  • Hands-on Exercise: Integrating existing analogue phones to the HAN Voice Service

Intelligent Phone and Device Technology (10 topics)

  • Functions of Intelligent Phones
  • More than just voice
  • Intelligent Phone Communications interfaces
  • Intelligent Devices (iPhone; iPad; iPod; Android; Windows Mobile)
  • Hands-on Exercise: Integrating WiFi HAN and Intelligent Phone access
  • Storage and sharing files and services (Setting up Storage; External vs Internal Storage; Sharing storage access)
  • Hands-on exercise: configuring integration synchronization with Windows
  • Using peer-to-peer applications
  • Configuring WiFi Voice on an Intelligent Phone
  • Hands-on Exercise: integrating Intelligent Phones into HAN Voice and Video services

In-Home Environmental and Security Services (16 topics)

  • Home automation (domotics)
  • Control Services within Homes and SOHO environments
  • Physical Access Security
  • Boundary Surveillance and Control
  • Hands-on Exercise: adding Closed Circuit TV Access to the HAN
  • Control of domestic environments
  • Heating control
  • Lighting
  • Cooling control
  • Ventilation Control
  • Irrigation control
  • Smart Metering of energy
  • Metering water
  • Environmental management
  • Telemetry integration using Zigbee, X10 and other network technologies
  • Hands-on Exercise: adding Domotic control to the HAN

Future HAN Evolution (6 topics)

  • The business case
  • Home Area Network access to Cloud Services
  • Evolution of the cloud
  • Revenue from domestic cloud services
  • Anything from anywhere
  • Evolution to IPv6


This course assumes an existing understanding of IP, Internet services and modern LAN technologies.

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