Small house, router and patchcord.

Hot on the trail of increasingly available gigabit Internet connections, the GigaHome is starting to coalesce into viability. As major broadband providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon introduce gigabit wireless routers to their respective subscribers over the coming year, other companies are using the potential bandwidth expansion to provide home networking equipment that supports higher speeds. All of which bodes well for the growing smart home movement.

Some analysts forecast that the average number of connected devices in the home of a family of four will rise from 10 in 2013 to 50 by 2022. And while today’s Internet-dependent devices include the usual suspects, including game consoles, tablets, smart TVs, and OOT devices, expect them to be joined by smart thermostats, electronic sprinkler controls, connected door locks, wireless security cameras, and more, all vying for bandwidth. It may be that the GigaHome, while an important milestone for the Internet of Things, will soon be superseded by calls for the TeraHome.

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