The vision of the electronically connected digital home from the perspective of the Consumer Electronics (CE) and Personal Computer (PC) industries would be nearly identical except for one very important distinction: the consumer electronics industry presentation would not include a PC as a necessary component of the home. This technical paper presents interconnect and protocol issues currently faced by the CE industry and describes how the PC is well suited to resolve them. It shows how the PC can successfully fit into the e-Home, providing opportunities for new applications and services that would not be possible otherwise.