"Love it!!!"on by pink_camaro17
Pros Fast, Easy to Install, good buy
Cons None so far
Summary To sum the Cisco Valet Wireless Router up I would say def. go and buy it if you are looking for something that is fast and easy to install. I have no problems out of this router so far. The price is amazing for how well and good it works.
Pros Good speed, great with xbox 360, good virus protection
Cons Have to reboot every 2 weeks
Summary get it just dont overdownload
Pros I haven't used it, since I couldn't install the set up software, so I can't comment on its pro's.
Cons If you use Windows XP, you must have SP3 installed in order to use the Cisco Connect software to set up the router. Otherwise, you must install the router manually, and you may not have access to all its features.
Summary There are two ways to set up Cisco routers that are part of their E series and Valet series of wireless routers: 1) with the included Cisco Connect software that makes set up very easy, or 2) manually, thru the web browser interface. The manual method may be too difficult for people who are not very knowledgeable about setting up routers and wifi networks.
However, if your operating system is Windows XP, you cannot install the Cisco Connect software unless you are using Windows XP SP3 (i.e., with Microsoft's service pack 3 installed). The outside of the box states that Windows XP SP3 is a minimum system requirement, and Cisco tech support confirmed this.
Many Windows XP users do not have SP3 installed. I only have SP2, and I don't want to risk installing SP3 because it was widely reported that installing SP3 caused a lot of people serious trouble. I am not going to take that risk just so that I can use Cisco Connect Software. I don't know why Cisco made SP3 a requirement. I think it's the only software that I have come across that requires SP3.
So, if you don't have SP3 installed, don't buy one of these series of routers unless you are prepared to install it manually. Also, Cisco tech support told me that some of the features on some of the models can't be used if you don't install the Cisco Connect software. But they told me that all of the features of their new model E4200 can be set up and used from the manual web browser interface, without installing the Cisco Connect software.
Pros Easy set up with included USB drive - Good parental controls
Cons Experienced dropped connections with HP wireless printer located less than 5' from the router - could not get router to work properly with generation 2 Apple TV after spending several hours on the phone with both Cisco and Apple
Summary Fair price - Easy setup - Could not get router to work properly with Apple TV (no home sharing or iTunes store access).
Pros Easy setup
Cons Very slow internet speed, as soon as I switched from old linksys router to this one there's been a very considerable slowdown in speed.
Summary don't buy this!!