I have got 11 devices connected to my home network - so says the statistics page in my dsl modem.
I was browsing trough the settings pages in my dsl modem and came across the dhcp list and there where 11 devices listed. This means 11 devices have, during the last week, been connected to my home network and requested IP numbers for themselves. They have been connected either to my home Ethernet network or my home WiFi network.
Eleven. That's surprisingly many. Do we even own that many Ethernet/WiFi capable devices?
It turns out we have even more but some have static IP's and don't show up in the dhcp list. In a two person household each has one of the following:
- Laptop (work issued but used at home)
- Desktop computer
- Cell phone with WiFi
- Digital camera with WiFi
That makes eight devices that frequently uses the home network, either wired or wireless.
Add to that a Mac Mini functioning as a media server in the living room, an Apple iPod Touch, a Sony PSP, a Nintendo Wii, a Sony PS2 with networking module and a Marusys Digital TV (DVB-C) set-top-box with Ethernet and you have 14 devices.
Then there is also the Windows home server running some 24/7 applications, the Buffalo terastation holding music, photos and videos and the Apple Airport Extreme WiFi base station/printer server and suddenly the list of devices connected to the DSL modem jumps to 17.