732.9 mln network-equipped devices to ship by 2011
Home networking is migrating beyond its PC-centric beginnings to incorporate a variety of entertainment-oriented consumer-electronics devices, including DVD recorders, cable modems, Digital Televisions (DTVs), multi-room Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), digital media adapters, set-top boxes and video game consoles. Shipments of these network-equipped devices, along with consumer PCs and home network bridges and gateways, are expected to rise to 732.9 mln units by 2011, more than triple the 225.3 mln that were shipped in 2006, according to iSuppli. By 2011, Wi-Fi will be the most common network physical interface for such products, followed by Cat 5, power line and coax. The interface technology of choice will be significantly influenced by geographic region. By the end of 2006, 76 mln home LANs were deployed worldwide. Yet, there is plenty of room for growth left in this market, with only 3% of global homes now having a LAN.