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59% of UK Broadband Users Have a Home Wi-Fi Network
By: MarkJ - 11 July, 2008 (1:12 PM)

LinkSys (Cisco), a popular global manufacturer of voice, wireless, and networking hardware, has revealed the results of its latest 'Connected Life Consumer Trends Survey', as carried out by YouGov. It shows that 96% of respondents own a PC/laptop at home, with 59% of broadband users also running a home wireless network.

Further more, 87% of respondents with a wireless network and a PC/laptop have attached their PC/laptops to their wireless networks. By comparison, 28% have attached their printers, 20% attached their games console and just 6% connected their digital music player:

The research shows that wireless networking is now a mass market technology and not only for the tech savvy consumer. That very same consumer is the owner of their network and tools like our Linksys EasyLink Advisor help the consumer make sure that the network fulfils their expectations, said Chris Dobrec, Director, Linksys Strategy and Business Development.

The consumer is by no means a computer network administrator he or she is purely interested in the application of the network for tasks like accessing the internet wirelessly or printing wirelessly. It is the application that counts and we enable this through the network as the platform.

Of respondents who expressed a desire to access their personal content throughout or away from the home, 37% reported that technical knowledge was preventing them from doing so, along with concerns over cost (25%), and the anticipated set up time involved (24%).

Online consumers certainly like their home gadgets, with 69% owning a digital music player, 57% a DVR/PVR or hard disk recorder, 53% a games console and 15% a digital photoframe.


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