Posted by: Peter Carrescia | 24-01-2012

The Connected Home

This past weekend I had to change some setting on my rounter and happened to look at the DHCP table.  Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is the protocol that IP-based devices use to connect to a network, and the way a device gets an IP address assigned when it connects.  I was surprised to see how many devices are regularly connected.  At any one time, it could be as many as 27!

  • 4 wi-fi enabled Blackberries
  • 4 network-enabled TVs
  • 3 Bluray players
  • 1 Playstation 3
  • 1 Nintendo Wii
  • 2 AV Receivers
  • 1 Apple iPad
  • 1 RIM Playbook
  • 3 iPod Touches
  • 1 Network Printer
  • 2 Macbooks
  • 1 Dell desktop
  • 1 Toshiba laptop
  • 1 AppleTV
  • 1 TV settop box

No fridge or dryer yet, but I’m sure that’s not far away.



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