Majority in U.S. Use Wireless for Home Networks, Researchers Say

DALLAS — A new study shows that for the first time, more households in the United States are using wireless for their home networks than traditional Ethernet or cabling. The survey, “Global Digital Living” by Parks Associates, says 52 percent of U.S. networked households are using Wi-Fi, while 50 percent are using Ethernet.

The plus-100-percent overlap results from households that use both mediums in their home networks.

The Parks study, which surveyed households in North America and Europe, also found that Canadian households were behind U.S. homes in switching to wireless, with 43 percent of network households there using Ethernet compared to 32 percent using wireless.

Parks Director of Research John Barrett says wireless will be key to adding such services as security to home networks.

“Establishing a solid base of wireless home networks is crucial for the adoption of next-generation services,” Barrett says. “Many applications such as home control, home security or even multimedia distribution are impractical with an Ethernet-only network.”


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