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Confessions of a Geek Dad

February 2, 2012 at 8:14 am PST

Yes Geek Dads are Connected and Cool!  We conducted a survey and found a lot of interesting things about this generation of Geek Dads.  Kids say their geek dad is cooler than other dads and they have a lot fun learning about technology from their dad.  Check out the confessions of a Geek Dad:  Read More »

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Families are Downloading Video and using Smart Phones on their Wireless Home Network Regularly

August 19, 2011 at 9:26 am PST

As streaming videos and music become increasingly more popular, American families are riding the wireless wave to get in on the action. 

A new consumer survey of US families conducted this summer by Opinion Research for Cisco’s Home Networking business unit revealed that families are fully embracing the wireless home.

 Results show that the most common use for home wireless among the families surveyed was simple email and web surfing at 92%, while 67% use their wireless network to regularly download videos and music, and following in popularity with 66%, access the Web from a smart phone or tablet.

Wireless devices are making their mark in American homes and are yet another way for families to take advantage of their network. Excluding PCs,  game consoles are the most popular device that families connect to their network to access the Web at 66%. Smart phones and wireless printers follow in popularity with 41% and 36% respectively.

People of all ages are regularly using their home wireless networks, reveals the survey. Of those adults surveyed, 62% use their wireless devices that are connected to the internet 7 days a week, while 71% reported use between 5 and 7 days a week. When asked about their children, parents estimated that 46% of children in the family’s surveyed use wireless devices at home every week, and 54% reportedly used them frequently, between 5 to 7 days a week.

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Linksys E4200 Wireless Router Supports IPv6

June 20, 2011 at 8:59 am PST

New firmware (Ver.1.0.02) for the Linksys E4200 now provides support for IPv6.  IPv6 is the next generation Internet protocol.

Cisco as an organization is committed to supporting the transition to IPv6 in all its products and services it provides to service providers, enterprise and consumer customers.  IPv6 is foundational to the next generation Internet enabling a range of new services and improved user experiences.

As ISPs begin rolling out IPv6 service to their customers, consumers will need new routers and gateways that support IPv6 to participate in this next generation Internet.  Today, Cisco will begin enabling IPv6 across its consumer line of routers including the Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router.  It is critical that consumers begin looking for products and devices that support IPv6 or can be updated to IPv6.   Cisco has been and will continue to be a leader in the development of IPv6 so consumers can feel confident that home networking products from Cisco will provide top line performance now as well as providing a foundation for the future.

Now is the time to formulate an IPv6 transition strategy for your home network. Cisco recommends a three phase transition strategy:

  • Preserve your current investments in IPv4 as you transition over to IPv6 supported products.
  • Prepare Cisco Linksys home networking products provide native support for IPv6 as well as IPv4, ensuring your network is ready for the next generation of technologies.
  • Prosper – Take advantage of the next generation Internet at home which includes new applications incorporating video, mobility, energy management and cloud services providing for a better home networking experience.

We are introducing native IPv6 capability into the high end home networking product first, verifying its functionality, proving its stability, and then planning to reuse the base code into the other select Linksys products. While many of the base IPv6 specifications have been available for years, the IETF published RFC 6204 which defines the basic requirements for an IPv6 home router as recently as April 2011. IP is one of the most important protocols to the Internet, and IPv6 is the biggest change in IP in over 30 years. We want to be careful that the implementations we ship work well and adhere to the latest standards so that we do not hinder the adoption of IPv6 by content providers and ISPs.

Simply because there is not a widely deployed end to end IPv6 network yet (even though there are regional deployments). There are four basic areas where IPv6 support is required for the home:

  1. Endpoint devices (e.g., PCs, phones, tablets, etc.)
  2. A v6 broadband access network
  3. A v6 Internet (including websites with content)
  4. Home routers

Without all four areas, IPv6 is likely not to be used. To date, endpoint devices represent the bulk of IPv6 deployment. Home routers and Internet are following quickly with IPv6 capability. Broadband access networks will be the last to mass deploy IPv6 services (even though there are significant IPv6 deployments from major service providers available now).

The latest firmware for the Linksys E4200 is now available for download at our website: http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/linksys/E4200 and then going to the Download tab and then select hardware version 1. 

 Also note we have added some additional features in this firmware release including:

  • Support of USB printer connected to the router’s USB port, so that a user may send a print job to the printer via the local area network. ** This feature requires Cisco connect software v1.4 or later which is also available on the same download page as described above **
  • Added support of Native IPv6 and 6rd tunnel Internet connections
  • Added support of bridge mode
  • Prevented devices on the guest network to access any private IP address
IPV6 support will be available in other Linksys E-Series in the coming months. 
 

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