How many IP devices do you have at home?

How many IP devices do you have at home?

Summary: So, how many IP devices do you have? I can’t be the only geek with too many.

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This weekend kind of sucked. After putting together the Skype Studio and doing the first few programs, I realized I really should get all the bandwidth I can here into Camp David.

So, I called my local cable company and asked for what they call "Lightning" service. Bandwidth is 40 down, 5 up (and it's really the upload bandwidth I crave). The installer came yesterday (Lightning requires a new cable modem) with a router (I'd specified a bridge) and proceeded to spend the next few hours completely without a clue.

This is a guy who didn't know how to find the command line in Windows, didn't know how to type a parameter to a command line (he thought the minus was separated by a space, followed by the letter) and -- he was the cable installer! -- didn't know how to do a ping, let alone a traceroute.

In any case, after power cycling and banging my router enough, he killed it.

So ran out last night, subjected my wife to Best Buy, and bought a new Cisco/Linksys router. I spent eight hours today going around the house, gathering MAC addresses, assigning IP addresses, etc.

The final total of IP-enabled devices (not addresses, just devices): 34.

But I have to say, after having a nice 5-hour nap on the couch on a Sunday afternoon (yes, I'm training for geezerhood), and waking to homemade enchiladas lovingly crafted by my wife, it hasn't really been that sucky a weekend, after all. In fact, as weekends go, it's been just right.

So, how many do you have? I can’t be the only geek with too many IP devices.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Telcos

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • An interesting observation about life post-2000...

    I have 22 IP devices here, with some having multiple IPs, but I doubt very much if you and I are representative. In fact, I rather doubt if any of us who frequent ZDN are representative. So I checked on my sister's house. She's a bond underwriter -- a non-technical person who simply 'uses' the technology instead of supporting it. She still had a dozen.

    I guess they're just about everywhere now, so we shouldn't be too surprised to find the counts climbing as the years move on.

    Regards,
    Jon
    JonathonDoe
    • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

      @JonathonDoe - Leave it to the geeks to know which devices actually have more than one IP! Very geeky indeed.
      terry flores
    • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

      @JonathonDoe
      Should it worry me that the very experienced ZD NET writer "spent eight hours today going around the house, gathering MAC addresses, assigning IP addresses, etc"

      EVER HEARD OF DHCP?!!!!!!!!! I have close to 20 devices but if I ever get a new router, I just set it to auto DHCP...... Config time 2 mins...

      SERIOUSLY 8 HOURS?!!!
      Hasam1991
  • 16 devices

    2 tvs, xbox, ps3, bluray player, 3 phones, ipad2, galaxy tab, 2 laptops, 2 desktops, 2 printers.
    RiskyRob
  • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

    14
    Bodazapha
  • Only 10 for me

    And that's if you include the router. I also have a second WiFi for the upstairs, plus a PC, laptop, netbook, tablet, phone, xbox, bluray, and wii.
    Michael Kelly
  • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

    Total = 9, wife & self. normally in daily use, 6.
    I see no need for more, normal product improvement/up-grade cycle should fill all future needs.
    olddogv
  • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

    8, but I'm the broke geek. there would be more if we had more spare cash...
    HotHeadP
  • I only have 12 (active)

    3 cell phones, 4 laptop computers, 3 desktop computers, one wireless router, and one cable modem.
    John L. Ries
  • I have...

    * 4 laptops
    * 2 phones
    * 2 modem/router/APs (networking devices)
    * 1 printer/scanner/copier

    Now the question is: do VMs count? If so, I have around 20-25. If not, just 11 as above.

    And I pretty much second HotHeadP. If we had more cash....
    Daniel Breslauer
    • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

      @Daniel Breslauer I didn't count VMs and I only counted devices like laptops (which have both wireless and wired MAC addresses) as one. I was astonished that just actual devices (and yeah, that included things like phones, TV devices, etc), I got all the way to 34. Sheesh!
      David Gewirtz
  • Seems like everything is IP now

    1 Nas
    1 Tablet
    1 Netbook
    5 Notebooks
    3 Desktops
    2 Phones
    1 TV
    1 Blue Ray Player
    2 Routers
    1 WAP
    1 Embedded controller
    2 Network Printers
    1 PS3
    1 XBox
    1 Firewall
    1 Robot
    -------------
    25 IP devices, not including my VMs. but to answer your question, we are all off the charts in terms of home networking. Most people have 5-10 IP devices, although it's growing with the advent of TV, Blue rays, consoles, phones, tablets, etc.
    crazydanr@...
    • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

      @crazydanr@... Oh, crap, thanks for reminding me! I didn't put the network printer on that list -- and I didn't assign an IP address to its MAC. Gotta go find that now.
      David Gewirtz
  • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

    12, and windows has a command line?
    keepitsimpleengineer@...
    • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

      @keepitsimpleengineer@...

      I know it's weird.
      moberlander
  • Try 14

    14 dev's, it's good to know I'm not the only one a little IP crazy.
    moberlander
  • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

    3 desktops, 2 notebooks, 2 network printers, 5 iDevices, 2 TiVos, a NAS, X-box 360, Wii, PS3, wireless router,and cable modem. That's not counting the 3 dumb Gigabit Ethernet switches. I retired the PS2 earlier this year, and the two TiVos have three Cable Cards, which have their own IP addresses. So that's 20 devices now, with up to 23 IP addresses. Since I control access to my wireless router by MAC address rather than encryption, it does make it difficult when setting up a new router (though only the notebooks, the iDevices, and one of the desktops require WiFi- the others are cabled in). If my parents upgrade to iPhones next year, the device count will go up by 2.
    ssaha
  • Colour me surprised!

    17 in use at my household of three.

    I would have guessed 8-10 at most when I started counting, but the list keeps growing.
    Digger_z
  • RE: How many IP devices do you have at home?

    I found out long ago that the average telephone or cable company field tech knows next to nothing about how their stuff works. Mostly they just come out, see if the lights are blinking, and call home when they aren't. I get more mileage calling tech support, wading through the telephone tree and the frontline support person who knows nothing, and getting to an engineer, with whom I can usually have a good conversation and get my problem resolved with a minimum of fuss. If I never get to that level, I usually get stuck with the ignorant field tech. Though sometimes I get to talk with the engineers on the other end when the field tech fails the first test of swapping out cards. The biggest problem I've had is getting Cable Cards to work with my TiVos.
    ssaha
  • IP capable, or actual use?

    2 servers, 4 PC's (2 desktops, 2 laptops), 2 Media PC's, and 1 home automation/security<br>
    And 2 printers.

    The router and modem would be 2 more if we're counting them.<br><br>My surround sound is capable, but not used, as well as one of the Cable boxes, same thing.
    William Farrell