Households that use HP ink cartridges could benefit from tying their computers together into a single network.

According to industry observer Owen Jones, many businesses are favouring the idea of linking their computers in this way.

As a result, he believes the concept could easily be applied to a household which is equipped with more than one computer.

Mr Jones said this is partly because it would allow peripheral items such as printers and scanners to be shared.

Mr Jones stated that the notion of linking computers into a network must have some merit, or it would not be considered by businesses.

He added that regulating internet security would also become much simpler, as only single virus protection, firewall and anti-spyware systems would be required.

This comes after figures from the European Commission revealed that more than half of all households in the EU are now connected to the internet.