Middle East homes will prioritise WiFi performance over speed in 2017; report
Linksys predicts consumers will upgrade WiFi routers, demand safer online environments and adopt more smart home technologies in 2017
Linksys has reported that consumers will prioritise higher WiFi performance over speed as more smart devices will connect to home networks.
Amanulla Khan, managing director, Linksys, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, said: "Consumers are quickly realising that the bottleneck in their network performance is being caused by old router technology that cannot withstand the increasing number of smart devices attached to the WiFi network. We expect that in 2017, many consumers will upgrade their WiFi routers to achieve higher performance from their network and smart devices."
According to Linksys, as technology converges between smart homes and networking routers, more homes will adopt smart home technology. Furthermore, with content accessible from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, consumers no longer need to worry that cutting the cable cord will mean leaving their favourite shows behind.
In 2017, a household's Internet connection will become the entertainment lifeline with more consumers upgrading to MU-MIMO routers and using range extenders that rebroadcast the WiFi signal. MU-MIMO-enabled routers manage multiple devices connected to the network giving consumers' optimised performance even at the edge of the network.
Linksys also revealed that many parents will adopt methods that will help create a safe online environment for their children, and applications like Linksys's "Smart WiFi App" can help parents block Internet sites and apps on specific devices, as well as restrict Internet access, and at specific times.