Cisco has been in the news lately with a firmware update for some of the company's routers (Linksys EA Routers) that is integrating a Cloud based service into the routers. Since routers are configured to auto-update, most users by now should have received the firmware update.
Maybe you are wondering right now what Cisco Connect Cloud is all about and how it may affect you and your daily Internet surfing. According to Cisco, it is a "revolutionary new way to interact with home network and wireless devices".
It basically gives users control over their home network and wireless devices from an Internet browse and mobile apps. The service ships with built-in applications like parental controls, speed tests or guest access.
The routers supported many of the features before, and the main difference that users experience now is that some of the features, like parental controls or USB storage options, can only be configured if the router is connected to the Internet and the user is logging in with a Connect Cloud account.
Reddit user fjshie has posted screenshots of how the admin interface differences between Connect Cloud and local access to the router.
The following menus are missing if you do not sign in with a Cloud Connect account:
If you think this is unacceptable you may have asked yourself if there is a way to roll back the update and install an older firmware on the device. Yes, that is possible, but only manually. Check out Cisco's Knowledge Base article that is covering the downgrade.
The router will reboot automatically after the installation. What you need to do know is to block automatic firmware upgrades, as you'd otherwise end up with the new firmware again.
And that's all there is to it. Are you the proud owner of one of the affected Linksys routers? If so, what is your take on the situation?
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