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The future of home networking will see multiple devices connected to the Internet and to each other. At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the emphasis was on Internet-enabled everything. Recent market studies also confirm this trend. The penetration of connected consumer electronic devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players, and smartphones are projected to grow 400% between 2010 and 2015, as shown in the chart below.

The introduction of so many new tablets is another indication that the demand for connected consumer electronics is surging. Consumer expectations about the quality of their connectivity is increasing as more and more of the devices are used for entertainment such as streaming movies or online gaming.

As these connected devices become part of future homes, home networking products will have to be ready to support them, with new features that enable the best possible experience.

Powerful routers, home gateways, centralized media servers, powerline network adapters, and wireless add-ons like Wi-Fi range-extenders will soon become the norm for the connected home. The future home network will have to be smart enough to adapt to changing priorities, dedicate more bandwidth to certain activities and switch between devices readily.

Building Your Future Home Network


looking for an interruption-free Internet experience in the home,

consumers should keep an eye out for a router with dual band. These

routers provide the kind of bandwidth required by the devices connecting

to the home network and Internet. Dual band functionality provides

twice the Wi-Fi bandwidth, giving the consumer two completely separate

wireless networks within the home. The most used frequency is 2.4GHz, as

it is ideal to support web surfing, e-mail and chat. However, having

another band to select from (the 5GHz band) enables better video

streaming. Fewer devices connecting on this band avoids wireless

congestion and renders video streaming without jitters and lags.

Consumers should look for this dual band capability from their wireless

router at home especially if they are streaming video from sites like ,

or .

Some dual band wireless routers even come with a special “Video Mode”

that not only makes it easier to set up wireless for this type of video

streaming but also uses video-centric algorithms that reduce video

jitter and frame loss during streaming.

Built-in Quality of

Service (QoS) is another feature being integrated in modern wireless

routers. This feature allows prioritization of devices to deliver

maximum Internet bandwidth and performance. This prioritization allows

the dedication of more bandwidth to HD movies for flawless viewing. Once

the priority is set in the router, the router recognizes the type of

Internet traffic and prioritizes it, automatically.

Some modern

wireless routers come with the most popular applications already set up,

auto-assigning priority to activities such as voice calls versus web

surfing, e-mail or downloads.

The growth of high quality HD- is just one of the many reasons consumers need to understand the

crucial role their home wireless router plays. As the number of

activities occurring over wireless increase, better performance will be

required from home Wi-Fi connections. Fortunately, home networking

companies are rolling out the features that ensure high quality video

streaming and other Wi-Fi activities almost daily.

A Look Into the Future


2015, the average bandwidth to the home from DSL, cable, or wireless

providers will grow exponentially. Consumers will continue to enjoy

video content on various sized screens including flawless .

CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs will be used mostly by those who cherish

physical media. However, streaming video from the Internet and from home

media servers will more likely become the norm.

Consumers can see

this trend today in the modern network attached storage (NAS) device

that supports media serving capabilities. Advanced wireless routers have

media servers built in, and have the ability to stream and share media

stored on any connected external USB hard drive. As customers wish to

have instant access to all of their media all of the time, whether at

home or on smartphones and tablets, NAS devices and wireless routers

need to support remote access. The most advanced NAS products today

support this “anytime, anywhere” type of access as do advanced consumer

wireless routers.

Home control and security monitoring will also

be accessible from any Internet connection, and manageable from a

smartphone, PC or tablet.

In today’s modern home, consumers are

already seeing the growing trend of everything being connected to the

Internet. In many cases, the amount of Internet-connected devices in the

home outnumber the people in the household. This means more and more is

demanded from home wireless networks and Internet connections.

Thankfully, home networking companies are answering the call by

innovating new wireless solutions and home router features that

facilitate the connected entertainment experience people expect.




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