Cisco Valet Plus Review



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hi Michael,

I need your help. I currently have an IMAC connected directly to my current (nonfunctioning) Netgear router ethernet input. My question is the following: Can I create the new network with the Valet plus "key" on the MAC as my primary computer and therafter use the same key to add two other Laptops, with windows XP as OS, to the network. Will that work with  the mixed hardware? I planned to but a Valet plus but in view of many comments on a few websites I wanted to know whether I woill get problems doing the above. Alexander



Thank you for the review, but what I really would like to know is how Cisco Linksys E3000 compares in terms of range and performance to your current favorite, Netgear WNDR3700. I do not think it is valid to compare the Valet Plus to WNDR3700, they are not in the same league. Would you compare Audi A6 to Honda Accord? Are you going to review Cisco Linksys E3000? Thanks.



Thanks for your comments. My review of the Linksys E3000 will appear in the July print issue of Maximum PC and will be posted online shortly after the magazine hits newsstands. I'll be reviewing the Linksys E2100L in the August issue, and I'll also be posting several other router reviews online in the coming weeks, including the Linksys E2000 and the Belkin Play Max.

We use a single reference point for each product category--whichever product is on our current best-of-the-best list--so that we can make consistent across-the-board comparisons based on performance. 

We're in the process of boosting the number of products we review online, but the E3000 review will appear in the print edition first because it's of more interest to our core audience. As I point out in my review, the Valet scores an "8" because it's a router you might want to recommend to your less-tech-savvy friends and family. It's not targeted at PC enthusiasts and we don't think our readers would be happy using it themselves, but I didn't review it in that light. 

Michael Brown, Reviews Editor

Twitter: brownieshq 

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