Home Networking has evolved with the multiplication of Wi-Fi connected devices, and is now the upcoming challenge for internet services providers (ISPs) and equipment manufacturers. Customers expect that internet connectivity is powerful enough to seamlessly use all their devices.
Home Networking is the process of interconnecting all the Wi-Fi connected devices at home. Computers, laptops, televisions, tablets and mobile phones are connected to the internet and thrgouh a common Wi-Fi connection, personal devices are interconnected with each other. Consumers often complain about bad home Wi-Fi experiences: poor signal on the upper levels of the house, impossibility to stream videos on the tablet while someone is surfing the web on the laptop etc. Nowadays, people expect to use all their connected devices simultaneously, without reducing the Wi-Fi speed. If the internet connection is poor because of the wrong wrong positionning of the router or because of a poor signal, ISPs get the blame! To avoid negative feedback from final customers, ISPs as well as equipment manufacturers, have to take into consideration consumer’ s new expectations about the Home Networking performances.
Some companies understood the necessity to invest in Home Networking and their objective lies in upgrading the Home Networking system to “bring the best wireless home network experience to consumers”:
- Comcast acquired PowerCloud, a Wi-Fi company with a softwares that enables dynamic allocation of the bandwidth in different devices.
- Cisco and Arris are contributing to the new open-source RDK-B, a software that could revolutionize the Home Network.
- Celeno Communications unveiled its new Wi-Fi Experience Manager solution enabling OEMs and Service Providers allowing customers to easily and intuitively manage their wireless home networks.
- Google launched the OnHub Wi-Fi router to improve Wi-Fi user experience in home networks and is now promoting it to Internet service providers.