Analysis of Development Trends of Intelligent Routers Smart routers are sought after
Compared to traditional routers, smart routers are based on open systems (mostly OpenWRT) and support application installations such as network acceleration, over-the-wall, ad filtering, and so on. Some smart routers also have large-capacity hard disks or external SD cards that can be used as storage devices. In short, the smart router has become a small computer.
Another background is that China's home network is evolving from low-speed networks to high-speed optical fibers. At the same time, the wireless environment is becoming a heavy reliance on each family, which is accompanied by a wave of upgrading of routers. At present, China's annual router shipments are as high as 60 million to 70 million units, which surpass TV sets. At this time, the smart router "appears at a proper time" and divides the cake.
There are many opinions about the positioning of smart routers: home Internet portals, home computing centers, home storage centers, home network relays, smart home control centers, and home application platforms. Regardless of positioning, routers lying in the corner to eat gray are becoming the focus of competition among the various forces.
Different players have different purposes
Smart router players have different gameplay and purposes. Basically can be summarized as the following types of players:
1, to seize the family entrance: it is difficult to exempt from having to mention the entrance, the router is indeed the home network entrance and exit. Smart router vendors can collect relevant data remotely over the Internet and even perform remote operations such as adding online advertisements, blocking online advertisements, and installing plug-ins remotely. Compared to the software-level control, the control of the network is even more basic. Having access to this kind of portal can exert the power to beat the opponent at a crucial moment, such as the 3Q Wars. On weekdays, it can carry out marketing promotion, collect data, and so on. Belong to this category;
2. Competing for family centers: Smart homes are made up of a series of single product networking such as smart TVs, TV boxes, smart appliances, smart sockets, and intelligent lighting. There is no unified platform at present. Users need to install multiple apps, and these items cannot be linked smoothly. For example, air detection data is sent to air purifiers or air conditioners. It is difficult for the lights to interact with televisions.
There are several ways to solve the problem of interconnection:
1. Vendors communicate point-to-point and set agreements, which are too costly and difficult to unify;
2. The cloud platform will connect various devices and help connect different devices. For example, Baidu Inside and Jiesheng Jizhi Cloud are such ideas. The degree of interconnection depends on the number of access devices.
3, some smart home manufacturers began to try to help the device intelligent through standardized modules, such as B-Link, this is the hardware cloud.
4, smart phones as portable devices, is the control terminal, naturally want to be rulers, so Apple introduced the HomeKit suite: the device is compatible with it, the App calls it, and ultimately the formation of the de facto standard.
5. Some hardware manufacturers try to launch a unified control platform and open it to third-party vendors. Samsung launched the SmartHome smart home platform.