Home Nets Shift from Den to Living Room

According to a new report from TDG, eight in 10 U.S. broadband households now use a home network, meaning they are able to access a growing variety of net-based video and applications on a growing number of devices. Nearly 40% of home network routers are now located in the primary living room, more than twice the number found in home offices.

In the last year, there has been a 26% increase in the number of broadband-networked households that place their routers in the family/living room (30% in 2001 vs. 38% in 2011). Conversely, and during the same time period, the number of those placing their routers in a home office has declined 30%, down from 26% in 2010 to 18% in 2011.

TDG believes the change indicates that in-home networks are seen increasingly as a means to connect key living room entertainment platforms to the Internet as opposed to "networking" stationary computers and peripherals.
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