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The Work to Make a Home Network Work

  • Rebecca E. Grinter
  • W. Keith Edwards
  • Mark W. Newman
  • Nicolas Ducheneaut


Recently, households have begun to adopt networking technologies to interconnect devices within the home. Yet little is known about the consequences for households of setting up and living with these complex networks, nor the impact of such technologies on the routines of the home. In this paper, we report findings from an empirical study of households containing complex networks of computer and audio/visual technologies. Our study finds that home networks require significant household effort not just to coordinate their use, but also their set up and maintenance. We also show how the coordination around networking has to be worked into the routines of the home and the householders.


Home Visit Smart Home Home Network Network Work Domestic Collaboration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca E. Grinter
    • 1
  • W. Keith Edwards
    • 1
  • Mark W. Newman
    • 2
  • Nicolas Ducheneaut
    • 2
  1. 1.GVU Center, College of ComputingGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Palo Alto Research CenterUSA

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