Revenue will jump from almost $9 billion in 2004 to over $21 billion in 2009.
This revenue will be derived from annual networking hardware shipments and from equipment that incorporates a home networking connection.
A push for higher speeds, lower prices, and increasing network areas in the home is driving the market, the high-tech market research firm says. However, one highly touted use, the storage and streaming of multimedia files, may take years to catch on with the mass consumer.
An In-Stat report claims that WLAN has now usurped Ethernet as the desired home network of choice, and is now dominated by multi-band 54 Mbps 802.11g.
The installed base of home networks worldwide went from about 24 million in 2003 to 37 million in 2004, a jump of 13 million.
Home networking equipment continues to drop in price, and increasing functionality such as wireless and VoIP is being integrated. Silicon prices, higher volumes, and competition have all contributed toward aggressive pricing.