Guest Author - Cathy Spearmon
Just like televisions, phones and cars, one PC in our household is not enough. At least, it is not enough to meet the needs of the average American household. More than a third of US PC owners are now running home networks. With more interested in connecting PCs, printer, televisions and other devices, as well as the Internet overhauling how people communicate, shop and access information, the need for more than one PC and home networking are becoming of increased necessity.
Although it will be several more years before home networking hits the mainstream, those already adopting the use of home networking are pushing this trend. Which is way more families are bringing second and third PCs into their homes. With PCs costing less than $1000, they are virtually flying off the shelves and becoming a household appliance. For many consumers, many of these PCs are second hand due the increased popularity of the Internet and the availability of high-speed access solutions. This increased availability has pushed the home networking trend.
Itís not exactly known how this connection has brought about the enormous home networking trend. However, vendors of all sizes and shapes have helped turned homes into a haven for technology-crazed home PC users. Itís not known which device is leading the trail, but vendors are pushing products that link telephones to personal computers. This gives users the opportunity to check their e-mail while they watch their favorite programs. And, with adults spending on average of nine to nineteen hours a week involved in work applications, surfing online and home finance and kids spending on an average of nine hours a week at the PC for educational and entertainment purposes forcing many families in a tug of war over printing capability and Internet access, thereís no wonder families have found the same solution that businesses found a long time ago to link all these capabilities together: networking.
The primary use of home networking is for basic printing capability, file sharing and Internet access sharing. However, home networking is expected to remain very much in the limelight as digital device connectivity is introduced in the home. Even though, those days are far into the future, vendors are working to create ways to make that future closer to reality. Imagine microwaves that can access the Internet for recipes or central vacuum system that can be turned off with a simple phone call or systems that could set specific lighting and/or alarm modes for special events. Different companies are also thinking up ways to develop networkable refrigerators, computers, hot tubs, and entertainment systems.
With the use of existing phones lines or high-speed Internet access solution in the home, home networking is the solution to the nightly battles over Internet access and the cumbersome task of running disks back and forth between computers in order to print out documents, as well as making computer gaming a more family-oriented experience. Just like the extra televisions, phones and cars in households, the presence of multiple computers in the homes will provide many uses and a lot less battles. And, networking will certainly bring more excitement and experience to family computing.