Wireless connectivity is a constant expectation from modern consumers. They expect their devices to work seamlessly everywhere: at their workplace; on their commute; and in their home, even as they might be migrating from an enterprise Wi-Fi system at work to a cellular system on the road to a consumer class Wi-Fi solution at home. Broadband providers must be ready to meet these needs today and tomorrow.
This paper considers how consumers are using Wi-Fi today at home and extrapolates about how Wi-Fi services will be used in the future. Alternative home networking architectures are discussed with attention to how they can meet the needs of new services and new devices. A closer look is given to the capabilities of 60 GHz Wi-Fi® and how it may become the centerpiece of a new wireless home strategy.