Home Networking: Wired vs. WiFi

According to ABI Research, despite the popularity of WiFi for home networking, wired solutions remain strong, especially for multiroom DVRs. MoCA has become the go-to wired technology for most cable and satellite operators in North America (with trials in Western Europe), while HomePlug continues to do well in Western Europe.

WiFi has started to gain interest among pay TV operators in addition to wired standards that leverage existing wires in the home. Along with 802.11n MIMO solutions, next generation 802.11ac is expected to add further incentive to explore wireless networking. The adoption of wireless STBs on a wider scale, however, will take time as many operators have already selected or are actively considering wired solutions.
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