A Secure Multimedia System in Emerging Wireless Home Networks

  • Nut Taesombut
  • Richard Huang
  • Venkat P. Rangan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2828)


With their availability of high-bandwidth and extensive transmission range, Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) become a compelling technology for developing next-generation home entertainment systems. In the near future, home multimedia systems will rely on wireless networks in lieu of typical wired networks in interconnecting media appliances. Wireless connectivity will enable many novel and advanced features to entertain and comfort a home user. However, before systems are viable and widely acceptable, there are security and copyright protection problems that need to be addressed. Since the system relies on wireless communication, privacy of streaming media content becomes a great concern among media content owners and legitimate consumers who wish to protect their intellectual property against illegal use. In this paper, we present a gateway-based architecture for secure wireless home multimedia systems. We have developed a protocol to ensure secure bootstrap registration of new media devices and protect communication within a wireless home network. We have built the system prototype to evaluate the timing overhead of the device registration process and identify the bottleneck.


Media Device Wireless Local Area Network Media Content Home Network Multimedia System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nut Taesombut
    • 1
  • Richard Huang
    • 1
  • Venkat P. Rangan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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