Linksys router says validating identity
Myrv writes "Reports have started popping up that Cisco is pushing out and automatically (without permission) installing their new Cloud Connect firmware on consumer routers.
The new firmware removes the user's ability to login and administer the router locally.
Instead, it relies on Wi-Fi Protected Setup and makes you look for the 8-digit PIN that is printed on the router's serial number label.
It can be a pain to read if you've already connected all the wires and powered it on.
Use this PIN as the password for the open "Cisco00000" SSID (where 00000 are specific numbers assigned to your router's wireless network), which will be one of the networks that your laptop's wireless card will pick up when the Linksys router is switched on.
It's a radical change from the Linksys interfaces that we're used to seeing, and while it's very simple to use once it's set up, it can be frustratingly slow to load. The Linksys router ships with a CD for its setup procedure (which is a shame since many new laptops these days shun optical drives in favour of reduced weight and size), but it can also be set up wirelessly without it — just not as easily as some other routers on the market — and this is what we'll focus on.
Unlike recent Netgear and Belkin routers, for example, the Linksys doesn't ship with printed SSID and encryption key information.
The Linksys EA4500 offers good speed in the 5GHz band and is a good choice if you are in the market for a router that can supply up to 450Mbps in this band.
Its CD installation process did not go smoothly for us though and we had to revert to good old manual methods.
It's a home router that's a little different to most of the other routers we've seen this year; primarily, it has a Web interface that lives happily in the cloud.
This means that you can access this router at any time, from any device that's connected to the Web (be it a laptop or mobile device), in order to view and change its settings.
If it did work though, we reckon it would be the simplest router to set up in the Aussie market.