Cisco Introduces Invasive Cloud Connect Firmware, Backs Down Immediately

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Baer

Just the fact that they would even consider doing this makes me reconsider keeping them as our prefered supplier. In fact I am thinking that we will try and qualify a different brand.

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maxeeemum

Looks like Cisco/Linksys is on my do not buy list.

The Obama Administration is also putting pressure on Internet Providers to spy on its users. If they comply I will switch as soon as mine is identified to be going along with this.

Boycotts are the only way these businesses understand. The government only understands when they might not get elected.

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Eoraptor

What happened to you Linksys? you used to be the cool kid on the block, the one anyone could talk to and hang out with no matter who they were.

Then you started shrinking the rom size on your hardware to keep out the open firmware you had already agreed to support... and then you did away with removable antennae to force people to buy useless nintey-nine dollar range expanders... and then you got rid of both the WRT54g series and the WRT600N all together just so you could make a "sexier" product that universally sucked...

Seriously?! And now you want to dictate to your customers what they can do with their own hardware, AND outright steal their data for resale? has the router business really gotten that bad?

whither now, Linsys by Cisco?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

But I'm the one with the Tinfoil Hat?

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kixofmyg0t

I still say we should boycott Linksys/Cisco products. No amount of back peddling can tack away the fact that it was thought up and implemented anyway.

A massive consumer backlash should send a message to other companies not to pull this kind of crap.

But I wonder, who is really behind this? How much money did the MPAA/RIAA/Mitt Romney give them to do this?

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Baer

Oh come on, lets keep politics out of this forum. I have friends that would not have their jobs at Staples if it were not for Romney. You want to post crap like that then get ready for an anti obama onslaught which I am sure the moderators would not like at all.

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big_montana

Just like it has been Mitt Romney who has been circumventing US Constitutional law and shutting down web sites without due process. Oh wait, that has been the OBAMA administration, my bad.

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vrmlbasic

LOL @ Mitt Romney being a suspect for _bribing_ Cisco/Linksys to censor the internet and invade privacy. Mitt Romeny's wealth has been greatly exaggerated if anyone thinks that he can offer up enough cash to bribe a major corporation.

Wikipedia lists Mitt Romney's net worth as being less than $250 million. That whole amount is pocket change compared to the coffers of Cisco/Linksis. Srsly.

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tekknyne

Wikipedia, really!? You really think those numbers are accurate considering he has holdings in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland who do not report holdings to the IRS/US government?

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Danthrax66

Or you can just install DD-WRT on it. They make good hardware but I don't like any companies software.

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kixofmyg0t

I have a Netgear WDR3700v2(I decided to get it from Maximumpc's review) and have DD-WRT on it as well.

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Jox

Open-Source ROMS can only be loaded onto specific models. There's (seemingly) more Cisco/Linksys routers that will NOT work with Tomato or DDWRT than will.

-Jox

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Neufeldt2002

Glad I dumped Linksys routers a few years ago. There was a time when they were the "go to" brand for routers around my area, but since they went with the slim design they have been nothing but trouble, and now this? Thanks but I'll stick to my Netgear WNDR 3700.

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Danthrax66

Actually the new ones are really good, I have the e4200 that I got refurb running DD-WRT and it's amazing.

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yackman01

I hate to say this but Netgear is also owned by Cisco. I bought a couple netgear routers for some of my clients and it had the cisco logos on the box with the netgear branding. Kind of a shame. I have the WNDR3700 too...router kicks butt.

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ddimick

Cisco does not now and never has owned Netgear.

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yackman01

I could have sworn there was a couple times I went to buy netgear products and on the box it said Cisco on it. But if I'm wrong, I'm wrong.

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Neufeldt2002

I cannot find anywhere that says Netgear is owned by Cisco, all I can find about Netgear is from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netgear

"Netgear (stylized, trademarked, and marketed as NETGEAR) is a U.S. manufacturer of computer networking equipment and other computer hardware.

The company was incorporated January 8, 1996 as a subsidiary of Bay Networks, to "focus on providing networking solutions for small businesses and homes."[1] In August 1998, the company was purchased by Nortel as part of its acquisition of Bay Networks. Netgear remained a wholly owned subsidiary of Nortel until March 2000, when it began transitioning to third-party ownership. It became fully independent from Nortel as of February 2002.[2][3]"

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Bogus Dudus

investor.netgear.com

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