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A New System Makes Household Communication Networks More Versatile

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) researchers have developed a configuration for a residential gateway (RGW) device, which would connect a residential communications network to an access network from any server. The RGW could be used to assist all household communications. "Other research focuses on defining which functionalities a residential gateway should have, while ours is aimed at facilitating the way to implement them and making them more flexible," says UC3M professor Jaime Garcia Reinoso.

An RGW could connect the telephone, radio, TV, and any other device that uses an Internet Protocol to communicate over the Internet. The researchers say that an ADSL router with a RGW could be converted into a much more intelligent device. For example, Reinoso says the RGW would coordinate with the other devices to obtain the best performance possible and guarantee the necessary features.

It also "frees up the users from awkward configurations since it is designed to be able to carry out all of its functions autonomously and efficiently," he says.

From Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain)
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