Cisco’s latest additions to their router arsenal are the Valet and Valet Plus. Blue is one of my favorite colors, though I wouldn’t know how I would feel about a bright blue router sitting among my traditional black stack of gadgets, the new duo do come in the friendly color. Since Cisco’s acquisition of Flip Video, they have taken a shift in creativity and have set the Flip design team loose on this latest offering. In the end, Flip has been able to make their devices not only visually appealing, but also easy enough for grandma to setup.
Both the Valet and Valet Plus are 2.4GHz Wireless N routers, with the latter boasting a tad more power for those extra big houses. Both have RJ-45 ports, four of them to be precise, while the Valet only has 10/100, the Plus gives you Gigabit speeds.
So what makes these so special? Nothing really if you are a savvy tech-minded individual, but like I said, if grandma got it she would just pop in the USB Easy Setup Key, after a few menu clicks the Valet will takeover and get you up and running. Cisco says typical routers take between 20 to 30 “complicated” steps to set up a single computer. Are they including their previous models in this statement?
The Cisco Valet sells for $100, while the Cisco Valet Plus sells for $150. An adapter for Wi-Fi-less desktop computers sells for $80 called the Valet Connector.