Wireless Home Networking Becomes More Desirable: HomeRF Continues to Lose Share to 802.11x
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., January 7, 2002 ≠ With their ability to enable cable-free networking of devices in the home, mobility
throughout the residence, and the sharing of Internet access among several members of the household, wireless home
networking technologies are, and will continue to become increasingly desirable to consumers, according to Cahners In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com). The high-tech research firm reports that with Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) gateway devices
generally running from $150-$200, and with PC cards falling to the sub-$100 range, consumers are more willing to get on the
wireless train.
“The idea of being wirelessly connected to the Internet is slowly becoming flashy and sexy, at the same time boosting
mobility and productivity,” says Gemma Paulo, an Industry Analyst with In-Stat/MDR. In addition to this, the evolution of
Network Interface Card (NIC) form factors has enabled the embedding of NICs into laptops and wireless gateways. As a
result, the embedded market is expected to grow against the percentage of non-embedded in the home, as more and more
802.11x technology is embedded into all kinds of consumer electronics devices and gateways. Low-cost, low-power
technologies such as Zigbee and Spike will be embedded into gaming devices, kitchen appliances and home security systems,
etc. Other wireless technologies such as Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and peer-to-peer mesh technology may also show up in household
devices in the future.
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
– Home and small business networking specialists, such as Linksys, D-Link, Buffalo Technology, Netgear, SMC and SOHOware, have succeeded in the highly-commoditized wireless NIC market with their expertise in the low-cost, high-volume small business and SOHO/consumer spaces.
– HomeRF shipments comprised approximately 45% of total wireless Local Area Network (LAN) node shipments to the home in 2000, but for 2001, HomeRF will only command approximately 30% of the total residential WLAN market. HomeRF’s percentage of the total market will continue to decrease over the forecast period.
– Total WLAN nodes going into the home in 2001 will be 4 million worldwide, with approximately 70% of these being 802.11b, and the remainder being primarily HomeRF. 802.11x technologies are expected to increase as a percentage of the total WLAN nodes going forward across the forecast period into 2006.
The report, “The Connected Couch Potato: Living it Up in the Wireless Home” (#RC0112HN), analyzes the wireless home networking market, provides an overview of promising wireless technologies for the home and analyzes the 802.11a versus 802.11g controversy. Market shares of NICs and AP/Gateway devices by unit shipments are provided. To purchase this report, or for more information, please visit In-Stateor contact Courtney McEuen at 916.984.1179; cmceuen@instat.com. The report price is $2,995 USD.