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Mainstream Consumer Media Networking

New home network management software will improve ease-of-use for consumers and reduce the level of customer support required, reports In-Stat. The hardware-agnostic consumer network management and setup software market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of well over 100 percent for both aggressive and conservative forecast scenarios.

�This software will be instrumental in helping to remove the barriers to widespread adoption of hot, new digital-living technologies,� says Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst. �The marketplace convergence of networks, applications, and uses combines multiple types of networks and devices into a seamless consumer experience. We are about to enter an era of media networking for the mainstream consumer.�

In-Stat found the following regarding this market:

* Market drivers include an easier way to setup and manage consumers� networks, especially as the complexity factor is growing with more network-capable devices. This reduces service calls, benefiting the consumer, equipment vendor, and service provider.
* Drivers also include special functionalities, like remote access, which can add to providers' revenue streams as well as they add to the value of a home network for consumers.
* Support will need to be integrated into home network management software that will support networking via powerline, HPNA, and coax.

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