By 2013, the average household will have 2.5 times as many digital media devices (computing, gaming, digital consumer electronics, portable and mobile wireless devices) in use as in 2008, according to In-Stat.
Accompanying this adoption will be a rise in the number of these devices that are network-enabled, leveraging various wired mediums and wireless technologies, like coax, phone wiring, powerline, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi. Networking over wiring that already exists in homes is becoming increasingly important. This is particularly the case among service provider entertainment networks that connect set-top boxes together and to residential gateways.
"Over the next few years, service providers will drive the growth of in-home networks" says Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst. "Entertainment networks tie set-top boxes together, enabling additional services, such as whole-home DVR. Providers will encourage more PC home networks by replacing modem-only households with residential gateways."