August 23, 2011 webcast the complex anatomy of the home network


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Home networks are no longer composed of a desktop computer, a printer and maybe a laptop. They have grown tremendously in the last few years and their complexity now resembles business networks. If you want to learn just how complex home networks are today and what are the main challenges of home networking, don't hesitate to join this webcast. Presenterd by: Ciprian Rusen

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  • The pie-chart below shows some surprising results: most home networks have more than 5 computers (27,74%) or 4 computers (21,31%). The average is of 4,13 computers per home network. Summing up the results, it means that the 685 home networks participating in our study, have a total of at least 2832 computers (26+2*91+3*130+4*146+5*102+6*190).Up to 4 computers – 57,37%
  • If we combine these results with the previous question and the latest market share split between operating systems it means that, in each home network, there is at least 1 computer with Windows 7 installed and the others can be any mix of all operating systems, with Windows XP having the highest chances of being used. However, Linux, Windows Vista and Mac OS X are also likely to show up in the mix.
  • The results surprised us: apparently most people connect their homes to the Internet via a router they purchased personally (65% of home networks). Only 32% let their Internet Service Provide (ISP) decide for them and provide a router. We think this a wise choice and we hope more and more people will choose to purchase their own, newer & better devices. Unfortunately ISPs tend to use older and/or cheaper network hardware which are, often times, incompatible with newer technologies and operating systems.Other methods of connecting the home network to the Internet include having a LAN Cable connected to a computer which acts as a gateway for the others, or simply using a cable modems capable of also providing wireless signal.
  • The “Other" category of devices included mostly answers about mp3 players, with various flavors of iPods being mentioned very often. You might wonder why we did not include mp3 players as a separate category. The reason for this is due to the fact that, except a few models such as iPod Touch, mp3 players have a very simple interaction with the home network - it is mostly about transferring your music from one computer to the device. They are not used for anything else.
  • The good news from this study is that the percentage of home networks without any security solution installed is pretty small - only 3,07%. We looked at the individual responses and most home networks with no security solution installed mostly consist of computers running Linux and Mac OS X.
  • Wireless connection – very common,
  • August 23, 2011 webcast the complex anatomy of the home network

    2. 2. INTRODUCINGCIPRIAN RUSEN Technology Enthusiast: - Tech Book Author - Tech Blogger - Tech Project Manager - Tech Engineer & Consultant
    3. 3. INTRODUCING THEWEBCAST Home Networks: – How many computers? – What operating systems? – Other connected devices? – Security solutions? – Common frustration sources? – Weird/rare problems?
    4. 4. OUR Visitors from:SOURCES - - tinyhacker.comMarch 2011 - windows7hacker.com685 valid answers: - 50% - US - 7% each – UK & Canada - Twitter- 4% each – Australia, - Facebook Romania & India - Hacker News - StumbleUpon -
    6. 6. SURVEY On what continent are you based? • Africa • Asia • Australia • Europe • Latina America • North America Write down you country in the chat window.
    7. 7. SURVEY Do you work in IT? • Yes • No Do you have a home network (as in 2 or more computers connected together)? • Yes • No Are you already familiar with our study on home networks? • Yes • No
    8. 8. HOW THIS IS GOINGTO WORK?• Me talking• Asking you questions Quick questions –• Exchanging answers during the session• Me talking• Asking you questions• Exchanging answers Dedicated Q&A at the end• Me talking• Asking you questions• Exchanging answers Surprise @ Closure• Me talking• Asking you questions• Exchanging answers
    10. 10. SURVEY How many computers do you have in your home network? (desktop, laptop, netbook, server) • 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • More than 5
    11. 11. HOW MANYCOMPUTERS ARETHERE IN A HOMENETWORK? 3.80% 13.28% AVERAGE – 4,13 27.74% 1 computer 2 computers 3 computers 18.98% 4 computers 5 computers more than 5 computers 14.89% 21.31%
    13. 13. DISTRIBUTION OFCOMPUTERS Max mobility Home & Work Home US Census Bureau – 3,19 people/family
    15. 15. SURVEY Which operating systems are you using in your home network? (select all that apply) • Windows 7 • Windows Vista • Windows XP • Linux (any distribution) • Mac OS X • Windows Home Server • Windows Server 2008 • Other
    16. 16. OPERATINGSYSTEMSDISTRIBUTIONACROSS HOMENETWORKS 90.07% 55.47% 30.22% 21.31% 16.50% 12.85% 4.96% 3.94%
    17. 17. OPERATINGSYSTEMSDISTRIBUTION • Both Windows 7 & Linux have betterACROSS HOME adoption in home networksNETWORKS • Linux is generally used in larger home networks (4 or more computers) • Windows XP mostly used on older computers (not necessarily installed on newly purchased ones) • Networks with a high number of computers and devices are likely to include a Home Server
    18. 18. CONNECTING THEHOME NETWORK TOTHE INTERNET • ADSL or SDSL modem • Cable modem • Fiber connection • Satellite • Etc. EVERYONE NEEDS A ROUTER
    19. 19. SURVEY What kind of device connects your home to the Internet? • Router (purchased by you) • Router (provided by the ISP) • Other
    20. 20. CONNECTING THEHOME NETWORK TOTHE INTERNET 1.75% 32.70% Router (purchased by owner) Router (provided by the Internet Service Provider) Other 65.55%
    22. 22. SURVEY What other devices interact with at least one of the computers in your home? (select all that apply) • Printers • Scanners • External hard disks • Media players • Phones • Consoles • Tables • Digital Video & Photo Cameras • Other
    23. 23. Printers 87.30%DEVICESINTERACTING WITH Scanners 56.79%THE HOMENETWORK External hard disks 69.78% Media players (TIVO, Apple TV, Google TV, WD TV Live 36.06% Hub, Sky+, etc.) Phones (both smartphones & 65.11% normal ones) Consoles (Wii, Xbox, PS3, etc.) 48.91% Tablets (e.g. iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Viewsonic 22.34% ViewPad, etc.) Digital Video & Photo Cameras 41.02% Other 4.96%
    24. 24. DEVICESINTERACTING WITHTHE HOME People owning a home network have aNETWORK very digital lifestyle: • Printers present in almost all home networks • Scanners have become surprisingly common (all-in-one devices) • Smartphones are used more frequently than digital cameras – confirms study by iSupply: • Gaming consoles are present in half of home networks
    26. 26. SURVEY What kind of security solutions are you using to protect the computers on your network? (select all that apply) • Antivirus only • Firewall only • Antispyware/Antimalware only • Independent Antivirus & Firewall & Antimalware applications • Full Internet Security Suite • “Total” Security Suite (additional features vs. standard) • None
    27. 27. Antivirus onlySECURING THE 52.70%HOME NETWORK Firewall only 31.39% Antispyware/Antimalware 13.14% only Independent Antivirus & Firewall & Antimalware 31.68% Applications Full Internet Security Suite 18.69% "Total" Security Suite: Suite + Backup & other 5.99% features None 3.07%
    28. 28. SECURING THEHOME NETWORK • Home network owners are security cautious • Networks with no protection contain mostly Linux or Mac OS X based computers • Commercial solutions have less market share than free security products
    30. 30. SURVEY Which are your main sources of frustration when working with the home network? (select all that apply) • Network hardware & equipment • Wireless connection • Incompatibility between diverse operating systems • Understanding networking features available in different operating systems • Security solutions blocking networking features • Sharing devices over the network • Connecting my phone(s) with my computer(s) • Connecting my gaming console with my computer(s) over the network • None
    31. 31. Network hardware & equipment 22.92%FRUSTRATIONSOURCES FOR Wireless connection 34.74%HOME NETWORK Incompatibility between diverse 27.30% operating systems Understanding networking features available in different 15.62% operating systems Security solutions blocking 21.75% networking features Sharing devices over the 25.55% network Connecting my phone(s) with 5.99% my computer(s) Connecting my gaming console with my computer(s) over the 4.67% network None 2.92%
    32. 32. FRUSTRATIONSOURCES FORHOME NETWORK Internet Service Providers are very often a frustration source: - Poor customer service - Low bandwidth (especially in US) - Poor quality of networking devices
    33. 33. SUMMARY • 4 computers / network • Windows 7 is in almost all home networks • Home network owners tend to purchase their own router • Families with a home network have a very digital lifestyle • Home networks are secured with free software more often than with commercial software • Top problems: wireless connections & ISPs • Complexity of home networks resembles small businesses
    34. 34. GIVEAWAY
    35. 35. •PHOTO Network cables: 57541/ • Computer: 95283/ • Point!: 95/ • Family in Arizona After Sundown: 93889/ • Netger router glowing: 0106295/ • Imperial Art Appreciation: Blue: 045/ • Other sources: Wikipedia & Microsoft Office Gallery
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