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Families are Downloading Video and using Smart Phones on their Wireless Home Network Regularly

- August 19, 2011 - 3 Comments

As streaming videos and music become increasingly more popular, American families are riding the wireless wave to get in on the action. 

A new consumer survey of US families conducted this summer by Opinion Research for Cisco’s Home Networking business unit revealed that families are fully embracing the wireless home.

 Results show that the most common use for home wireless among the families surveyed was simple email and web surfing at 92%, while 67% use their wireless network to regularly download videos and music, and following in popularity with 66%, access the Web from a smart phone or tablet.

Wireless devices are making their mark in American homes and are yet another way for families to take advantage of their network. Excluding PCs,  game consoles are the most popular device that families connect to their network to access the Web at 66%. Smart phones and wireless printers follow in popularity with 41% and 36% respectively.

People of all ages are regularly using their home wireless networks, reveals the survey. Of those adults surveyed, 62% use their wireless devices that are connected to the internet 7 days a week, while 71% reported use between 5 and 7 days a week. When asked about their children, parents estimated that 46% of children in the family’s surveyed use wireless devices at home every week, and 54% reportedly used them frequently, between 5 to 7 days a week.

When it comes to buying a router, there are many different factors that help in making a final selection. Survey results indicated that 22% bought their wireless router based on speed, 17% for the low price and 15% for ease of use. And while 37% think that speed is the most important factor in deciding on a router, 17% think ease of use is most important.

 So whether it’s checking your email, accessing the Web from your smart phone, or streaming video, American families are depending on their home wireless network to be fast and reliable. Check out the high performance Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router that is perfect for streaming, connecting your game consoles, and is equipped to handle all of your home networking needs.


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  2. Hey Karen thanks for informing us about the survey. Well personally i would purchase a wireless router that has the lowest price and the highest quality. I think i would prefer speed of the router over price because nowadays when the web is filled with useful content we have time constraints in order to extract maximum benefits so i would be paying high attention to speed while purchasing a router for my home. Anyways the Internet connection is also very important and i would prefer wi-fi over 3G.

  3. This trend is only going to increase as more and more families learn they can survive without traditional cable tv and just use the Internet for entertainment. In our house, wireless feels like a must.