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Cisco expands multimedia home networking

Antony Savvas

Cisco has unveiled a variety of multimedia home networking initiatives at this week's 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

These include the Linksys by Cisco wireless Home Audio Solution, which delivers a rich audio experience to any room in the home, and the Linksys by Cisco Media Hub designed to simplify access to and interaction with digital content.

There is also the Cisco Device Connections Program which allows manufacturers to use the Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) in variety of network connected devices.

HNAP enables a simple and secure approach for devices to be set up and configured and interoperate with other HNAP-enabled devices on a home network, when using routers/gateways that use HNAP and Network Magic, a consumer-friendly software program for managing a home network.

In addition, there is Cisco Eos, a software platform that allows media and entertainment companies to create, manage and grow online communities around their content. Warner Music Group will be the first customer to deploy Eos-powered sites for some of its artists.


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