The old days of using a physical corded connection to get online are long gone. Today, most consumers and businesses now use Wi-Fi via a wireless router. The following report examines the global wireless routers market and where it's headed.
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In the past, consumers and businesses were forced to use a physical connection to access the internet via a computer or device. While some computers and devices still require a corded connection, most now support wireless access. How does wireless internet access work exactly? For a computer or device to connect to the internet without a corded connection, it needs a Wi-Fi adapter. The Wi-Fi adapter typically connects to a router, which then connects to the internet.
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Wireless routers are typically designed to support one or more wireless standards, some of which include 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11ac and 802.11n. Each standard uses a different protocol to transmit data wirelessly from a computer or device to the router.
It's important to note that wireless routers still require a modem to provide internet access. A wireless router is simply a central "hub" that joins a computer or device to a modem. Therefore, most consumer and business IT setups consist of both a modem as well as a router. When used together, multiple computers or devices can connect to the router, which then "routes" the traffic to the respective modem. Because of this, the speed of a wireless router is heavily influenced by that of its connected modem.
Wireless routers have come a long way over the years. In the past, they were designed with very basic features, limiting their functionality. But in recent years, manufacturers have rolled out new features to improve the speed, performance and overall reliability of their wireless routers. From Apple and Cisco to Belkin, Asus and more, there are dozens of companies that specialize in the production of wireless routers.
The Wireless Router Market to 2025 - Global Analysis and Forecasts by Standard (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11AC, and 802.11AX); Band (Single Band, Dual Band, and Tri Band); Application (Household, Commercial, Enterprise, and Transportation); and End-Use (Indoor and Outdoor) report by The Insight Partners is a comprehensive study of the global wireless routers market. According to the report, the global wireless routers market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 8.3% through the forecast period.
Some of the key wireless router vendors profiled in this report include Apple Inc., Arris, Arista, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Belkin International, Inc., Buffalo Technology, Cisco Systems, Inc., D-Link Systems, Inc., EDIMAX Technology Co., Ltd., HP Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Juniper Networks, MERCURY, MikroTik, Motorola, NETCORE Group (Qihoo 360), Netgear, Nokia, Shenzhen Tenda Technology Co., Ltd., Swisscom and others.