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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 ,
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.
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
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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