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Market Description

The HomeRF Working Group (HRFWG) was formed to provide the foundation for a broad range of interoperable consumer devices by establishing an open industry specification for wireless digital communication between PCs and consumer electronic devices anywhere in and around the home. The HRFWG, which includes leading companies from the personal computer, consumer electronics, peripherals, communications, software, and semiconductor industries, is developing a specification for wireless communications in the home called the Shared Wireless Access Protocol (SWAP).

Some examples of what users will be able to do with the availability of products that adhere to the SWAP specification include:

  • Set up a wireless home network to share voice and data between PC's, peripherals, PC-enhanced cordless phones, and new devices such as portable, remote display pads
  • Access the Internet from anywhere in and around the home from portable display devices
  • Share an ISP connection between PC's and other new devices
  • Share files/modems/printers in multi-PC homes
  • Intelligently forward incoming telephone calls to multiple cordless handsets, FAX machines and voice mailboxes
  • Review incoming voice, FAX and e-mail messages from a small PC-enhanced cordless telephone handset
  • Activate other home electronic systems by simply speaking a command into a PC-enhanced cordless handset
  • Multi-player games and/or toys based on PC or Internet resources

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this page last updated: 1 October 1999