Wireless switches, routers and residential gateways grew in popularity in the first quarter of 2010 as more people transitioned to the 802.11n standard, according to analyst In-Stat.
Industry analyst at the market research firm Vahid Dejwakh explains that, during the three-month period, around 40 per cent of revenues came from 802.11n products.
Within this, routers for small offices and home offices gained the most ground at a 12 per cent sequential growth and an annual rise of 92 per cent.
Shipments of 802.11n products as a whole were up by almost as much year-on-year at a growth rate of 85 per cent.
Overall the worldwide wireless local area networking equipment market gained almost five per cent in unit shipments year-on-year.
The 802.11n standard sets out features for medium access control and physical layers that aim to enable wireless networking at speeds with throughput of up to 100 Mbps and beyond.