Cisco Valet: The Simplified Wireless Router

by Gaurav Kheterpal on April 1, 2010

Cisco Valet Plus: The Simplified Wireless Router

Cisco Valet Plus: The Simplified Wireless Router

Cisco on Wednesday announced the launch of its new line of home networking wireless routers, called the Valet Family. Wireless routers have been around for a long time now, but installation hastles and problem routers continue to frustrate customers.

Has Cisco found a fix ?

With the launch of Valet series, Cisco has made a brave attempt at simplifying wireless home networking needs at a decent price. Billed as ‘Home Wireless Made Easy’, the Valet Family focuses on ease-of-use and simple designs inspired by Cisco’s March 2009 acquisition of Pure Digital, the maker of the Flip video cameras.

The Valet Family is comprised of two models – Valet and Valet Plus priced at $99 and $149.99 respectively. Valet is well suited for small to medium-sized homes with primarily wireless devices while Valet Plus is the perfect solution for medium to large-sized homes with a mix of wireless and wired devices. There’s also Valet Connector for $79.99 which allows updating older computers without built-in wireless capabilities or to upgrade to Wireless-N. Cisco claims that Valet Connector is an ideal complement to Valet or Valet Plus.

Amongst other competitors, Cisco Valet series will be up against Apple’s AirPort Express. It is interesting to note that on the same day Cisco launched the Valet series, it also announced Linksys E-series, which is similar to Valet family sans the simplicity of setup and deployment. The E-series routers are $10 to $30 cheaper than their Cisco Valet counterparts. Cisco Valet family routers make use of the Cisco Connect software for network administration. Cisco Connect allows to easily add internet-capable devices on the network, customize security settings, grant visitor access and set parental controls for each device on the network.

The Valet series has just three simple installation steps that are managed by Cisco Connect. All you need to do is simply insert the included Easy Setup Key right into a USB port in your PC or Mac and the Cisco Connect software takes over. The Easy Setup Key retains all setup information and can be easily inserted into additional home computers to seamlessly add them to the home’s wireless network. Valet users have access to Cisco’s award-winning 24/7 phone support in the unlikely event they have a question or problem. The Valet product line is available immediately at Amazon, Staples, and and soon at Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and other leading retailers.

Home Wireless Market is an unpredictable market segment. While there is no doubt that it has massive untapped potential, the adoption of home wireless has been rather slow, primarily due to complexity and installation/ maintenance trouble associated with most current products. As per Cisco, the Valet Series is a game changer which will mark the beginning of an era of simplified wireless routers.

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