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In-home Connectivity Guide

The future of connectivity to homes for internet access, content viewing and communication will be hybrid Internet Protocol (IP). By that we mean a mixture of fixed (through the telephone line), satellite, wireless (in most cases Wi-Fi) and even mobile operator connections.

There will be seven billion new Wi-Fi devices in the next three years, and a typical family home could have as many 500 connected devices by 2022. All this extra wireless connectivity means increasing congestion in the airwaves that transmit data.

As a result, wired connections will become essential for maintaining a good level of connectivity in homes, so its important to get their installation right. Wired connections are unaffected by wireless signals. The best way to ensure a home has the best broadband connectivity possible is to take a smart and efficient approach to wiring at the earliest possible stage – ideally from the start.

This is a general guide for building planners, equipment installers, home owners and occupants as well as local authorities. Theguidance applies to individual homes as well as multiple home buildings like blocks of flats.

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