Home Networking "pretty dismal" for most users

Home networking is "pretty dismal for the average consumer," and complexity and DRM issues are limiting the growth of the market. That's the word from research firm Gartner, which recently released a report looking at the "Hype Cycle for Consumer Technologies." Gartner Research VP Van L. Baker believes that most consumers are unwilling to deal […]

Home networking is "pretty dismal for the average consumer," and complexity and DRM issues are limiting the growth of the market. That's the word from research firm Gartner, which recently released a report looking at the "Hype Cycle for Consumer Technologies."

Gartner Research VP Van L. Baker believes that most consumers are unwilling to deal with the complexities of setting the SSID or enabling WPA encryption on their wireless router. He says that most consumers have a basic idea of what they would like to do with their home network, which includes sharing music and movies among various computers and devices. Baker calls the complexity of setting up a home network to share files, music and videos "the elephant in the room that no-one wants to talk about."

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