The Ethernet switch market will return to strong growth in 2004, and the wireless LAN market will continue its run, according to a series of five-year forecast reports recently released by Dell\u2019Oro Group.The projections for Ethernet switches show slow but steady growth - in the single digits - through 2008, starting with 7% in 2004. Reasons include an improving economy, as companies look for inexpensive products that enable new applications, Dell\u2019Oro says. Switch vendors are starting to include more features in their products without raising the prices, so users get more for their money and can use those features to improve their networks and add VoIP.Meanwhile, the WLAN market is set to grow 23% this year, to $2.2 billion. Dell\u2019Oro says growth should also be good next year - but afterwards, growth should slow substantially, come to a halt and start declining in 2007.Interestingly, Dell\u2019Oro bases this reasoning on a prediction that WLAN functionality will become embedded in other products. Cable modems and DSL equipment will have WLAN features, so users won\u2019t have to buy separate wireless gear. Plus, WLAN support is becoming standard equipment on notebook computers, so people won\u2019t be buying as many separate WLAN cards for them.Also, Dell\u2019Oro says the worldwide router market will grow 6% a year, on average, over the next five years - from $6.3 billion in 2003 to $8.6 billion in 2008. The research firm says the last six months were a \u201cturning point\u201d for the market, which had been declining for several years.