The primary function of the media gateway is to provide broadband connectivity to the home through cable, xDSL, satellite, and wireless. Secondly, media gateways will provide home networking capabilities by distributing broadband access throughout the home using technologies such as HomePNA (phonelines) or wireless LANs. The demand for greater Internet bandwidth is driving the need for digital modem solutions. This white paper looks at utilizing an existing PC to provide media gateway type services. Companies like IBM and Ericsson are strongly promoting this concept.