Cisco introduces Valet Wireless to Canadian homes

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Cisco has paired its wireless technology chops with a simplicity-in-design approach (thanks to the acquisition of Flip Video) to launch Valet in Canada – a breakthrough product line that makes home wireless simple and accessible to everyone.

Valet is designed to transform how families use the Internet in their homes so they can enjoy the freedom of wireless access without the usual frustration and complexity of setting up a home network. 

While consumer demand for wireless products is on the rise with a tremendous array of new devices in the market, research from IDC Canada reveals that only 39% of Canadian homes are currently set up for wireless use.

“Valet is home wireless made easy,” said Jonathan Kaplan, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Consumer Products. “With complementary backgrounds and expertise, our Cisco and Flip teams have combined forces to change the rules for home wireless with a product line that empowers consumers to easily set up, enjoy and manage all of their wireless devices anywhere in the home.” 

Consumers who have high-speed Internet access simply insert the included Easy Setup Key right into a USB port in their PC or Mac, and the Cisco Connect software takes over.

Once set up, Valet gives consumers a simple way to manage their family’s home wireless experience. The included Cisco Connect software makes it easy to: 1) add additional devices to the network, 2) set parental controls, 3) provide Internet access for guests on a separate guest network and 4) customize personal security settings such as passwords.

In addition, Valet makes it easy to set up guest wireless access when friends or family come to visit.  With a completely separate wireless connection, guests can use their laptops or mobile phones around the house, while the main Valet home network remains highly secure and private.

The Valet product line is available at Best Buy, Future Shop, Staples, London Drugs, and The Source.