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Definition: home network


(1) A central system for controlling lights and appliances in the home. See home control network.

(2) A home network comprises the computers and mobile devices connected to each other for Internet access as well as file and printer sharing. A wireless router is the only hardware necessary to create a home network, which is technically a local area network (LAN) and Wi-Fi hotspot (access point).

We Have a What?
Many users would answer "no" if asked "do you have a home network." However, everyone with a wireless router and two or more devices (computers, tablets or smartphones) has a home network. See wireless router, LAN and Wi-Fi hotspot. Contrast with business network.