Cameras, radios, televisions, set top boxes (118), telephones, kitchen
appliances, and other electrical devices have their own IP address, and
communicate using an internetworking protocol. Of particular interest are
those devices that utilize some form of mass storage. Communication of
the packets between or among elements can occur using any suitable
package switched network (or combination of networks), including the
Internet (142). The preferred protocol for communicating packets is IP,
and communication of the packets between elements can advantageously
occur by virtualizing a native bus (120) using IP. It is especially
contemplated that the inventive elements can be disaggregated outside the
housing of a device, at distances of several meters or more.
Communication can be hard wired, or can include wireless aspects.
Adapters are also contemplated that permit traditional elements to be
addressed by their own IP addresses.