Cisco Valet router gives parents ultimate control over internet at home
Cisco has launched two new router families in the US with the focus of getting you online as quickly and pain free as possible.
The new Valet and E-Series models have been designed by the same team that designed the Flip camcorders with parents in mind.
The Valet range "is home wireless made easy,” according to the networking company.
"Valet is the first wireless product line to make it simple for anyone to set up and manage their own home wireless network," reads the blurb.
Consumers simply insert the included Easy Setup Key right into a USB port in their PC or Mac and the Cisco Connect software takes over.
That means two steps rather than 20 or 30 claim Cisco.
A good one for parent's you'll even be able to set controls on the fly, so they can modify web usage for certain days and times of the week, or even for temporary periods.
No gaming after 9pm on a school night for example.
Internet access for each personal device connected to a Valet - from a computer, to a gaming system, to a smartphone - can be individually controlled or changed as needed for the particular child or teen, including blocking inappropriate web content.
Prices start from $99.
The E-Series seems to be a bit more standard in its offering. In the company's continued drive to make things easier the Cisco Connect software auto-assigns the WPA security passkey and SSID while also letting you add multiple Internet-capable devices to the network, set parental controls for each computer or device, and give visitors password-protected Internet access on a separate guest network.
Prices start from $79.99.
No word from Cisco as to when these products will make it out of the USA.