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The home network of the near future will be a heterogeneous broadband network supporting the use of wired as well as wireless transmission technologies. The variety of services will range from HDTV via gaming to emergency services in the telemedicine area. In this paper, the authors introduce a technology-independent protocol layer called inter-MAC which provides a common infrastructure to all home networking devices. The inter-MAC can establish a connection via different transmission technologies while ensuring appropriate QoS. Key to this is the capability to correctly interpret technology-dependent PHY and MAC parameters for determining QoS when selecting initial and alternative paths as well as the feature of admission control.
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