What would you give up for better Wi-Fi? In a survey, respondents said that Wi-Fi Internet was more important to them than TV, alcohol, sex, and everything else besides food.
The days of noisy dial-up connections and web browsers that came on CD-ROMs may be over, but if your home has an outdated router, you’re still living in the past. Homes today have an average of 8 devices connected to the Internet, and 84% of users stream videos and music, or play games online – all at the same time. However, a majority of homes still use old wireless router technology. It's no wonder that 54% of wireless Internet users surveyed face repeated performance issues.
Households’ wireless devices are steadily improving, but the wireless router powering them is often outdated.
The average home has more than 8 devices connecting to the Internet – we’re streaming TV shows in HD, we’re video chatting with friends and family, we’re playing video games against opponents around the globe, often at the same time.
To keep up with our growing Internet usage, modern home Wi-Fi routers have steadily boosted their wireless speed and range: from 11 megabits per second in 2000, to 1.3 gigabits today. That’s over 1,000 times faster.
More people are connecting more devices doing more bandwidth-intensive things than ever before – and it’s getting harder for aging routers to handle it.
Nearly 70% of households with three or more persons have at least 5 devices simultaneously connected to the Internet.
Connected Wi-Fi devices are being used for streaming movies, TV, online video games, music and more.
Currently more than 100 million households worldwide stream video from the Internet to their televisions. However, most wireless routers use their bandwidth inefficiently, which leads to lag and buffering.
By the end of 2019, households worldwide will have more than 10 billion devices capable of connecting to their home Wi-Fi router.
The newest AC Wi-Fi technology, Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), untangles these knotted Wi-Fi networks by distributing the wireless signal more efficiently. MU-MIMO provides up to 3x faster performance for all the devices on your wireless network. How? By prioritizing each device to its own high-speed wireless connection.
Routers today send one wireless transmission to one device at a time; but MU-MIMO allows for several simultaneous transmissions to the devices on your home Wi-Fi network. This means the whole household can play video games, listen to music, and stream movies at the same time, without lag or buffering.
*The above data was sourced from a survey conducted by the IDC, and sponsored by Linksys. To learn more read the complete study.
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