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Chapter 13. Securing Your Home Network > The Growth of Home Networking

The Growth of Home Networking

The Yankee Group estimated that the number of home networks will grow at approximately 95% to reach about 10 million homes by 2003. The major growth factor is broadband connectivity. When you only had access to dial-up, you were lucky just to be able to surf the Internet and have Web pages come up every few minutes. Imagine what your connection speed would have been like had you shared that one modem connection with several other computers in your home.

Home networking is all about sharing your access with other computers in your home. You might have a computer in the home office, one in the kid's room, and another in the family room. Broadband Internet access brings speed and reliability to all these computers at the same time, all for one low cost and ease of configurability. The Internet is becoming increasingly multimedia based, and speed and bandwidth are required. Broadband access provides these things.


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