1. Accessing my home network from iphone within my home or remote is big advantage. Example. My 11 year old daughter wants to use facebook and instagram on her itouch. But my wife and I are against her using those two sites until she is older. Had conversation while I was out of home at work. From my iphone at work using the cisco connect cloud iphone app, I was able to go to my daughters itouch device and block facebook and instagram access. Then while I was in that parental control app, I stopped itouch internet access from 9pm to 7am every day. This was huge for me to do because I would have forgot to do it until I got home from work if I did not have the app.
2. I like the web based interface. Much easier to use since I forget many of the settings for router firmware becasue I am not in it often like other applications (outlook, excel, etc. ). Like the easier to understand interface. Have also had issues with media prioritization for netflix at home. Liked the feature where you can tell router to give Netflix priority when it is accessed from any device type on your home network. No more complaints from the family. Netlfix streams fast all of the time now.
3. 3rd party apps that increase the functionality of router. I have always had the need to block all bad sites including porn from the router versus individual PC/Macs. Due to the apps feature added to this router, I was able to purchase an app for my iphone called "Block the Bad Stuff". For 99 cents, I am now able to block all porn and other bad sites from my entire home network. Does not matter what the device is (itouch, computer, etc.), I can now block the bad sites. This is key when kids are using the network. This is one example of apps, but like the iphone and ipad, I expect this router to have tons of apps releasing that will allow all kinds of cool features. The Cisco Connect Cloud site shows 6 apps including the CCC app, but only the "Block the Bad Stuff" is out as of today.
4. See the Cloud as great way to help out others than need new router and home network. I can help them install by phone and then remote in to help them out via cloud account. This is great benefit for me and GeekSquad folks or others that install home networks for consumers. Let's face it, our home networks are corp networks. They are getting more and more complicated with additional devices, video streaming, file sharing, etc. If I was a GeekSquad type of person, would think cloud technology is great advantage.
Hope that helps. Love the interaction. I am learning a lot and hopefully everyone reading. Thinking it may be best for this router to have a non-cloud option for techie folks that like to use the older firmware on router only option. Then everyone will be happy. Having a "choice" is always good.
We went and bought the new router this weekend. The set up was a breeze. But we expected that knowing this is a higher end router. The features that stood out for us was the remote management of the device. And more importantly all the mobile apps that come with it. Per our understanding this is going to grow over time. Nice!!! The current apps makes this category of the product closer to smart phones and smart TV's. We bought one of the apps from Google play (Android app)Cisco mentioned is available from 3rd party. It was awesome, haven't seen an easier way to manage our home. At times it was fun playing with the app too.....