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Wi-Fi Gains Traction in the Living Room, but Mobile Devices Still Dominate Shipments


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Wi-Fi’s large installed base in mobile PCs and home networks promises that it is likely to be a primary connectivity solution for living room-centric consumer electronics (CE) devices, reports In-Stat . Attach rates for Wi-Fi among game consoles are already approaching 80%. In-Stat expects DTV to be another high volume driver, reaching nearly 21 million units shipped with Wi-Fi by 2012.

While growth rates and penetration of Wi-Fi in the living room is growing, Wi-Fi is still dominated by the huge volume of mobile Wi-Fi devices. Beyond the already established notebook PC segment, Portable Media Players shipped with Wi-Fi will grow to well over 100 million units in 2011 and cellular/Wi-Fi handsets will pass 300 million units by 2012.

“Finalization of IEEE 802.11n will remedy some of the technical issue that constrained Wi-Fi adoption in video-centric CE devices,” says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. “We expect the adoption of Wi-Fi in the living room to accelerate. However, mobile device shipments will still out number stationary CE devices by nearly ten to one.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

* By 2012, shipments of CE devices with Wi-Fi are expected to reach more than 938 According to In-Stat research, there were over 87 million wireless networks in the home in 2007.
* Residential gateways are expected to show the strongest growth among Wi-Fi home aggregator devices, which include SOHO/home routers, residential gateways, and standalone access points (APs).

Recent In-Stat research, Wi-Fi in Consumer Electronics: The Swiss Army Knife Technology (#IN0803980WS), covers the global market for CE devices with Wi-Fi. This research provides:

* Five-year forecast for 20 Wi-Fi CE devices
* CE device shipments and Wi-Fi attach rates, segmented for:
o Gaming Consoles
o Digital TVs (DTVs)
o Set-Top Boxes (STBs)
o Personal Video Recorders (PVRs)
o VD Players (includes Blu-ray)
o Media Adapters
o Printers
o Multifunction peripherals
o Handheld Games
o Portable Media Players (PMPs)
o Digital Cameras
o Digital Video Cameras (portable camcorders and IP network cameras)
o Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
o Mobile PCs
o Portable CE Devices
o Cellular Handsets
o WLAN Routers
o Residential Gateways
o Standalone Access Points
o External Clients
* Drivers or barriers to demand in each device category
* Key vendors and product releases in each device category

For more information on this research or to purchase it online, please visit: or contact a sales representative:

The price is $3,495 (US).

This research is part of In-Stat’s Wireless LAN service, which examines new applications for Wireless LAN (WLAN) in the business, home, and public sector. Covers emerging technology trends, as well as extension technologies like wireless mesh networking. Included are forecasts, market perspectives, and segmentation (by technology and application) for WLAN chipsets and end-products.


* Title: Wi-Fi in Consumer Electronics: The Swiss Army Knife Technology
* Service: Wireless LAN
* Product Number: IN0803980WS
* Publication Date: September 2008
* Number of Pages: 28
* Price: $3,495 U.S. Dollars
* Abstract, Table of Contents, Figures & Tables
* Members Only Access: Full text HTML , PDF

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