Browser with plug-in for home network control, and applications thereof
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-08
The IP.com Prior Art Database
n the home network world, the user is able to interconnect all his home devices to interoperate with all of them. The user is then able to control all his devices from one of them. Even if in the following chapters IEEE 1394 and HAVi stack are used in the different scenarios, other communication/interoperability control protocols such USB, AV/C and UPnP can be also used. Another interest of the networked view is to offer the user the ability to easily upgrade, update and maintain the home network control by downloading new software modules (HTML page, Plug-in, etc.) from a source external to the network. In the present case, the Internet will be used as an example. One of the ideas is to demonstrate how a Web Service (provided by CE manufacturer such as Thomson Multimedia) could take advantage of standard Web technologies to help the end-user to maintain and upgrade his home network, add new control interface for legacy device, etc.