Cisco Connect Cloud

The Good The Cisco Connect Cloud is arguably one of the best, if not the best firmware and interface platform for home routers. It supports third-party apps, you can manage home networks and appliances via the Internet from any connected device, and it shows the potential for a completely connected home.

The Bad The Cisco Connect Cloud's special QoS feature, called Media Prioritization, is currently limited to only three devices or services, and its USB storage feature doesn't support media streaming to mobile devices. Currently there are only a few supported home appliances.

The Bottom Line Cisco Connect Cloud changes the way people interact with a home network and revolutionizes what a wireless router can do without overwhelming even the most novice user.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 10.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.9 Overall

Review

Cisco Connect Cloud

Editors' note: This is not a review of a particular router but the firmware-based platform that Cisco is using for its latest home-networking routers. We will review the routers themselves separately.

Cisco Connect Cloud, which went live earlier this week, is Cisco's new home-networking platform. It includes open-API firmware that can be managed via a few different user interfaces, including an advanced Web interface and mobile apps. Most importantly, it allows supported routers to be controlled via the Internet, through Cisco's new Cisco Connect Cloud portal. This means users can access and manage their home network no matter where they are, either through a Web browser or a mobile app.

Furthermore, the new firmware also allows third parties to develop applications for the router, as well as offering a Wi-Fi interfacing standard so that supported home appliances can connect to and be managed and monitored via the home network. This means in the near future you'll find mobile apps that enable you to manage your home appliances when you're away (so that, for example, by the time you get home, the chicken has been thawed). In fact, there are currently some half a dozen mobile apps already available or submitted to app stores, made by third parties that help you do more with your home network. This review, however, is only about the Cisco Connect Cloud app, available now free for both Android and iOS devices, and the Cisco Connect Cloud Web interface.

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