Research from Parks Associates shows that more than 75 per cent of US broadband households use Wi-Fi for connectivity in the home and 50 per cent use 3G/4G services.
“Wi-Fi is synonymous with Internet for many consumers today,” said Harry Wang, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. “With a growing number of consumer electronics connecting to home Wi-Fi and portable Wi-Fi hotspots powered by a device accessing 3G/4G mobile networks, the Wi-Fi network is playing a significant role in supporting consumer digital lifestyle and home-centric IoT applications.”
“At Linksys, we know that Wi-Fi is a critical utility in today’s home and essential for enjoying the benefits of a smart home,” said Justin Doucette, Senior Director, Product Management, Linksys & Wemo, Belkin International. “Many people don’t believe they live in a smart home, but if they stream video from Netflix or online game with kids, then they are leveraging connectivity to improve their quality of life. Entertainment is the primary need for great Wi-Fi as laptops, tablets, and smartphones have evolved from productivity devices to entertainment devices. Smart TVs, gaming consoles, and streaming media players are now commonplace in most homes. Now, convenience and security needs are helping items like smart lighting, thermostats, and IP cameras to enter the home. All of these devices will become more and more a part of our everyday lives and the need for a robust and seamless Wi-Fi connection will only grow in the future.”