Saturday, March 26, 2016

Internet Devices in my home 1991 - 2016

It must be middle age that has recently inclined me towards nostalgic comparisons of past and present technology.  Last week I was musing about internet speeds but today I got to thinking about the prolifieration of internet connected devices in our home over the last couple of decades.

1991: 0 devices (I hadn't even met my wife at that stage  but I give this date as a zero reference point) (1 adult living in my home, Peak internet speed 0 kb/s)

1996: 1 desktop PC with dial up
(2 adults living in my home. Peak Internet Connection speed 28.8kbs)

2001: 1 desktop PC with dial up modem
          1 Laptop with dial up modem
(2 adults and 2 infants living in my home. Peak internet connection speed 56kb/s )

2006: 2 desktop PCs with wired broadband
           1 laptop with wifi connection to broadband
(2 adults 2 children living in my home. Peak internet connection speed 2Mb/s)

2011: 2 desktop PCs with wired broadband
          1 Laptop with wifi connection to broadband
          2 smart phones with GSM and Wifi connections to
          1 Kindle with wifi connection
          1 game console with wifi connection
          1 Cable TV box with wired connection to broadband
(2 adults and two children living in our home. Peal internet connection speed 20Mb/s)

2016: 2 desktop PCs with wired broadband
         3 laptop computers with wifi
         4 tablet computers with wifi
         4 smartphones
         3 kindles with wifi
         2 game consoles with wifi connection
         1 Satellite TV box with wifi connection to broadband
         1 Raspberry pi with wifi
         1 wireless printer
(2 adults 2 teenagers living in our home. Peak internet connection speed 240 Mb/s)

Note these are all devices that access the internet and are in active use. I am not counting old devices that may be buried in drawers around the house.

For bonus nerdyness I plotted a couple of charts.







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