LAS VEGAS--If you have one of the new wireless routers from Cisco, such as the Valet Plus, the Linksys E3000, or the Linksys E2000, you'll need the desktop software called Cisco Connect that makes setting up and managing the network a no-brainer, even for novice users.
Today, Netgear announced a similar application called Netgear Genie that the company says can do the same thing and a lot more.
The application itself is still in the final beta stage. However, according to Netgear, Genie is a "home network dashboard that enables consumers to monitor, connect, and control their home networks and also diagnose and automatically fix network connectivity issues."
The preliminary functions of the application include:
Fixes common network issues
Wi-Fi connection assistant helps with hooking up clients to the wireless networks
Easy configuration and control, including guest networks, parental control features, and security
Network map that identifies clients that are connected
- Education and how-to sections provide help and educate users on networking
The software will be available during the first quarter of the year, when Netgear's recently announced products, the N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router and the N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, begin shipping.
Like Cisco Connect, Netgear Genie will be provided for free with the purchase of the router.