Date Added: Jan 2011
Management of a heterogeneous "Outer edge" network where a Home Area Network (HAN) inter-operates with external network and service providers is complex and error prone. Configuration of a HAN is typically performed by nontechnical end-users. As a consequence, an effective HAN configuration may be hampered by a poor understanding and/or management of HAN service requirements. Mis-configuration, may result in the failure to adequately provide HAN services. Thus, the challenge becomes one of autonomically deploying and maintaining meaningful and error-free heterogeneous HAN configurations.