Research: 22% US broadband homes have Wi-Fi network extender

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Parks Associates research from the 360 View: CE Adoption & Trends report finds 22 per cent of US broadband households have a Wi-Fi network extender and 11 per cent have a Wi-Fi mesh networking product. The firm notes that just over 30 per cent of computing and entertainment device owners report experiencing loss of wireless connectivity, with home network routers identified as the most common source of the problems, so these extender and mesh network products are well-positioned to target this common issue.

“Mesh network systems, also referred to as ‘whole-home Wi-Fi’ by makers and retailers, are designed to maximise Wi-Fi coverage and performance in the home. They can replace the home Wi-Fi routers and network extenders that are commonly provided by broadband providers today,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “With Wi-Fi the dominant method of connection in the home, having a strong signal is necessary for proper function of the multiple connected CE and smart home products consumers are buying. There is still plenty of room to grow for mesh networking products.”

The research also identifies the top five consumer-reported brands of Wi-Fi network extenders and Wi-Fi mesh networking products purchased in 2018.

Top five Wi-Fi network extender brands purchased in 2018:

  • NETGEAR
  • TP-LINK
  • Linksys
  • Belkin
  • D-LINK

Top five Wi-Fi mesh networking product brands purchased in 2018:

  • Google Wi-Fi
  • NETGEAR Orbi
  • Comcast xFi
  • Asus
  • Linksys Velop

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