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Cisco - WTF is This Shit? If You Have a Linksys/Ciscso Router Read On...
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Cisco - WTF is This Shit? If You Have a Linksys/Ciscso Router Read On... - July 5, 2012, 10:31 PM

Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree
Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized

Owners of Cisco/Linksys home routers got a nasty shock this week, when their devices automatically downloaded a new operating system, which locked out device owners. After the update, the only way to reconfigure your router was to create an account on Cisco's "cloud" service, signing up to a service agreement that gives Cisco the right to spy on your Internet use and sell its findings, and also gives them the right to disconnect you (and lock you out of your router) whenever they feel like it.


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Yeah, why do I imagine a staggering number of guys going to check the brand of router that currently have....and then searching for a replacement if it's a cisco.

After this I would think they are going to have serious problems with the private sector sales. I'm not buying a simple router and then having it held over my head as a bargaining chip. Total BS move. I predict a loss in market share over this shit.


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Cisco wants to be Google and Facebook but missed out on the social data mining revolution, so ...



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I imagine that if this is the case then we'll start to see more and more custom firmwares come out.


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I imagine that if this is the case then we'll start to see more and more custom firmwares come out.
I'd much rather see the major custom firmwares get more popular/feature packed. Like the linux community I think sometimes too many choices is worse than a few.DD-WRT is what I run, though from reading that article I'd be interested to check out Tomato. Also running Endian Firewall for my router, the DD-WRT is just used as an AP. I think there are/were a few Wireless routers that were built specifically to be "open" and allow you to run your own OS. That is what I'd love to see as the future.


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Any bad Cisco press is good for me!

And I find it highly ironic that Cisco mentioned pornography as a legitimate reason to disconnect you from your internet connection. Considering keeping pornography moving smoothly through the intertubes is what sells Cisco's high end routers.


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just turn off automatic updates and don't sign up for that cloud, no biggie.


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So, never get updates for your product?

And what happens when new products ship with only the cloud junk enabled?

I don't understand why Cisco feels like it needs to jump on the cloud bandwagon. For a consumer home router, how often do you need to change settings on it? And when you DO need to change settings on it, how often do you need to do so from outside your LAN?

Just Cisco trying to jump on the buzzword bandwagon with "Features" that no one cares about or asked for.


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Seriously, this does not violate privacy or bump up against any legal statues regarding such?



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