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U.S. homes are overrun with smart devices -- six per household and more than a half billion overall. In the past three months alone, we've seen the "installed base" of smartphone users grow by 9 million and tablet users by 18 million, according to research firm NPD.

This is the sort of breathtaking growth Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO  ) talks about when it issues predictions about the geometric rise in mobile data. What does it mean for investors? For one thing, the "connected home" isn't a future idea -- it's here now, and it's changing habits as a result.

In the following video, Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova assesses the shift and offers some ideas for how to profit. Please watch, and then leave a comment in the box below. How many devices are in your home? How often are you on a tablet or smartphone? Let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On April 07, 2013, at 9:05 PM, mtspace wrote:

    I scrapped my Cisco Linksys router months ago. In choosing a new router it was a toss-up between an ASUS model and a NetGear model; but I chose the former. Pinging our service provider went from about 12 milliseconds to 0.5 milliseconds. And response time for loading web pages feels correspondingly faster. Although it is still not perfect, it is also a lot more stable. I'll go through a lot of other brands before I try Cisco again.

    Our house has five or six Netgear switches. We find ethernet to be something like ten times as fast as WiFi and use it for as many stationary devices as possible. At this point the network seems fast enough that I could imagine adding Netflix or Hulu. That seemed impossible before.

    So we are on the cusp of eliminating DirecTV. Funny, because our internet is through the local cable company.


    (P.S. Tim, in case you care, I found the recording level way too high; the amount of clipping is so severe that I could not listen to the recording the first three times I tried.)

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