As the number of connected consumer electronics devices continues to grow, getting the network to the device has become a challenge. Home network technologies such as coax and powerline are making inroads, but a report from ABI Research indicates that wireless connections will remain the dominant technology.
As a result, Wi-Fi connections in consumer electronics devices will rise from 113 million in 2008 to more than 285 million by 2012.
Ethernet will remain a strong second place technology, as it is often integrated in the silicon and does not add a significant amount to the bill of materials costs, says the report called "Home Networking and Digital Home Network Market Analysis".
Over time, powerline, coax, and high-speed wireless connections will show growth in adoption, especially among service providers.