Cisco launched two new ranges of router offering greater ease of setup and enhanced parental controls – the Cisco Valet and E-Series. Valet is designed to transform how families use the Internet in their homes so they can enjoy the freedom of wireless access without the traditional frustration and complexity of setting up a home network. “Valet M10 is an 802.11n series, 4 10/100 port router with easy set-up with bundled Easy Setup USB key which, when inserted into a PC, configures all required network connection ands security settings. Valet is equipped with enhanced parental controls allowing a range of connection and content filters to be applied to router, including Safe Surfing (blocking viruses and spyware) Basic Parental Controls (time of day access and domain blocking) and Full Parental Controls (as Basic plus website filtering). And Valet Plus M20 adds Gigabit Ethernet transfer speeds to its four ports, and includes an additional internal antenna for extended wireless range. Parental Controls are ame as basic M10 model. Both models were designed by the team that brought you the Flip Video, creating (in Cisco’s words) ‘a breakthrough new product line that makes home wireless simple and accessible for everyone.’”
And the E Series is designed for more technically advanced users, comprises four models – Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router (MSRP: $79.99), offering up to 300Mbps wireless speeds and 4 10/100 Ethernet ports, Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router (MSRP: $119.99) which adds selectable dual band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) wireless and Gigabit Ethernet ports. Linksys E2100L Advanced Wireless-N Router : (MSRP: $119.99) will please geeks, with embedded Linux to allow advanced network customisation but they’ll be disappointed with 10/100 Ethernet ports. However a uPnP media server and USB connection may provide a little solace. Finally Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router (MSRP: $179.99) bundles dual-band wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB Port and the uPnP Media Server.