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The recent technology improvements in wireless communications and electronics have changed the traditional view of the home environment from a simple interconnection of few manually administered homogeneous devices to a complex infrastructure encompassing a multitude of different technologies (wired/wireless, mobile/fixed, and static/ad hoc, etc.), heterogeneous nodes (regarding variety of devices, size, capabilities, power, and resources constraints, etc.) and diverse services (end-to-end, real-time, QoS, etc.). This situation has put a challenge for the researchers to engineer systems and architectures that will increase the Quality of Service (QoS) and robustness of the current and future home networks whilst alleviating the management cost and operational complexity.
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