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Home Networking Just got Easier with new Mobile App!

November 2, 2011 at 8:49 am PST

For anyone reading this blog post today, I have no doubt that if I were to ask you what type of mobile phone you are using; it will likely be a certain brand of smartphone. With advances in technology and apps provided to users, the days of the traditional cell phone are behind us.  StarTac anyone?

Now what does this have to do with Linksys Home Networking?

As of today, Linksys is launching its first Mobile App, available on the App Store and Android Marketplace.  For quick and easy access to your network information, you can download the free Cisco Connect Express Wi-Fi mobile app to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android phone. This App is for Read More »

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Are you secure online?

Post contributed by Rich Mullikin, a technology professional who has worked with leading IT security, networking, and wireless companies for the past 14 years.

Threats to wireless security are rampant, from software programs designed to exploit weaknesses in security protocols to the average next door neighbor looking for a “free ride.”  There are even apps that allow intruders to snoop on your activity while you surf the Internet on an unprotected network, granting access to your passwords and user names. How often do you see your Facebook friends posting spam on everyone’s walls?!

We’ve said it a million times, and we’ll continue to say it: protect your home wireless network with a strong password!  I must admit that I failed to do that very thing for a couple of years after moving from California to Texas. I was protected in CA, but while setting up my wireless network at my new home in TX, I was in a hurry and opted not to set up a password to protect the network, assuming I’d do it later. Later was over two years, and then finally, after feeling guilty for that long that I wasn’t practicing what I preached, I remedied the situation.

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Linksys: All about the E-series

We’re kicking off November with an overview of the Linksys E-Series family of wireless home routers. Introduced in March earlier this year, the E-series routers are geared towards our tech experts and enthusiasts who want to take their home networking experience to the next level. The lineup includes the E1000 Wireless-N router, the E2000 Advanced Wireless-N router, the E2100L Advanced Wireless-N router with Linux OS, and the high-powered, dual-band E3000. All routers feature Cisco Connect software, empowering our users to know what’s happening on their networks at all times.

This streamlined product lineup sets a new precedent for simplicity, power, and performance, and makes it easy for consumers to find the right technology to fit their needs. The line also includes the Linksys AE1000, a USB adapter that provides Wireless-N technology to your PC and also maintains its own security suite with customizable settings. We’ll be posting further info and specifics on each router in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned to find which best fits your needs

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Valet features…. Cisco Connect software

Did you know that your Valet router includes a simple software suite that provides easy set-up and management of your home network? Unlike other wireless products that require 20 to 30 complicated steps to set up a single computer, Cisco Connect takes you through three steps from start to finish, and lets you know what’s happening on your home network

Simply insert the included Easy Setup Key right into a USB port in their 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.

Cisco Connect makes it easy to: 1) add additional devices to the network, 2) set parental controls, 3) provide Internet access for guests on a separate guest network and 4) customize personal security settings, such as passwords.

So… what would you like to know about your home network?

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Valet: Featuring… Guest Access

Increasing popularity of smartphones, laptops, and other WiFi-enabled devices makes the ability to get online wherever you are a necessity. In public areas, there are often hotposts and other public WiFi networks, but how do you connect when at someone else’s home? And when you host guests, do you ever feel awkward giving out the password to your wireless network?

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