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Parks: 80% of U.S. Internet Homes Own a Network Router

Parks: 80% of U.S. Internet Homes Own a Network Router

About 80% of U.S. internet connected households own a network router, according to new data from Parks Associates, which cited a quarterly consumer survey of upwards of 10,000 U.S. households.

The research shows 28% of U.S. households plan to purchase a home network router or Wi-Fi extender in the next six months, up from 25% in Q3 2022. Households acquired many new laptops, desktops, and printers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the increase in planned networking purchases may indicate consumers are looking for solutions that will get these devices to work better together and more efficiently, according to Parks.

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Analyst Sarah Lee said the surge in demand reflects a broader societal transition towards greater reliance on connectivity for both professional and personal use cases.

“The rise of home networking equipment has become a cornerstone in modern living, especially in light of the increasing shift towards remote work and digital lifestyles,” Lee said in a statement.

The research also found that 61% of U.S. internet households have at least one remote worker. Advanced home networking equipment, such as high-speed routers, mesh Wi-Fi systems, and smart home hubs, has facilitated an uptick in remote work environments, where stable connectivity is a necessity.

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