Home networking devices are expected to bring in $13.4 billion on a global basis in 2014, 18% more than last year, according to the latest latest Home Networking Devices report by Infonetics Research.
Meanwhile, residential gateway revenue increased 0.5% and broadband router revenue declined 7.0% in 1H14 from 2H13 The residential gateway and broadband router segments will continue to move in opposite directions as operators provide more advanced WiFi gateways to consumers for managed WiFi service in the home.
“In the more mature broadband markets of North America and Western Europe, service providers are deploying higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with integrated wireless and wired technologies to distribute video to multiple devices in the home. This is crowding out purchases of retail broadband routers,” notes Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.
802.11ac routers represented just 2% of all WiFi-enabled routers shipped in 2013, but Infonetics expects 802.11ac to make up 42% of all WiFi-enabled router shipments by 2015.