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Beyond VCRs to home networking

Wed, 02/21/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

A new Cahners In-Stat report shows Americans have moved way beyond the relatively simple problems of programming their VCRs and are now into creating their own home networks.

The survey of 1,000 households finds that the networked home is more likely to have always-on access, and the household probably owns other tech gadgets like video game consoles, CD ROM recorders and have digital satellite service. The study also finds that the primary purchasing decision for home networking equipment is to share an Internet connection, PC peripherals and share digital music (bummer for Napster.)

And while Americans may be into having home networks, the programming-VCR-like problem still exists. The study suggests that ease of installation and maintenance are still barriers to be addressed before the networked home base will see further growth.

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