"Rakers, Jason" wrote:
When household appliances begin becoming IP addressable, I think we will see
a move towards assigning an Internet IP address per household (much like
today's street address). The household will perform NAT for all devices
within (one street address can house many people, not just one).
The factor in all this is cheap firewalls/routers. With these coming
down in price they will be installed standard when asking for a cable
internet connection, or such. Also these boxes, probably being the size
of a phoneset would probably also include a DHCP server for addressing
various devices in the home, much like what is done for Sun's SunRay
of devices. If this does happen I just hope that they offer the option
for expert users to configure the devices themselves. The price factor
that will make these an option is arounf USD 100.