Cisco Cloud Connect reserves right to censor Seen at:
From Cisco Cloud Connect's TOS (which must be accepted to use the router with the new firmware):
"You agree not to use or permit the use of the Service: (i) to invade another's privacy; (ii) for obscene, pornographic, or offensive purposes; (iii) to infringe another's rights, including but not limited to any intellectual property rights; (iv) to upload, email or otherwise transmit or make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, spam, junk mail or any other form of solicitation; (v) to transmit or otherwise make available any code or virus, or perform any activity, that could harm or interfere with any device, software, network or service (including this Service); or (vi) to violate, or encourage any conduct that would violate any applicable law or regulation or give rise to civil or criminal liability."
As a result of that, Cisco reserves the right, 'without limitation,' to transform your router into a useless brick if they decide you're enjoying your porno just a little too much, or if they catch you browsing the Pirate Bay.
Re: Non-Cisco DD-WRT/Tomato Routers..
said by dfrandin:I just purchased this router for $22 and flashed it with Tomato:
Guess its time to start vetting the *other* routers that DD-WRT/Tomato run on... Till now, I'd always used Cisco/Linksys.. THAT use, good friends, is over...
It runs great, and is more stable than my $80 wzr-hp-g300nh running ddwrt. I've been very happy with it so far, especially for the price. It has built in wireless n (2.4ghz only), gigabit ethernet, 453 MHz CPU, 8 MB Flash, 64 MB RAM, and 2 usb ports that I connected a hard drive and printer to.
Cisco retreating due to customer pressure Cisco has stated, a few hours ago, in a followup to their original blog that:
"Linksys customers are not required to sign-up for the Cisco Connect Cloud service and they are able to opt-out of signing up for an account
Cisco Connect Cloud is an optional service that brings additional features to a home network. It is not required to set-up and manage Cisco Linksys EA Series routers. In response to our customers concerns, we have simplified the process for opting-out of the Cisco Connect Cloud service and have changed the default setting back to traditional router set-up and management.
Customers can set-up and manage their Linksys router without signing up for a Cisco Connect Cloud account
If a customer chooses not to set up a Cisco Connect Cloud account, they can manage their router with the current local management software. We are committed to providing both Cloud-enabled and local management software."
That indicates there will be continued updates of local firmware.
The blog goes on to specifically answer other questions and criticisms of Cisco Cloud. In particular, the blog answers the question about Linksy routers and/or Cisco cloud collecting information about how users use the internet FOUR TIMES apparently trying to quell fears and appease angry users.
Some posters in the Linksy official forums are saying that their routers have, since July 4, been automatically downgraded to the earlier firmware version raising the possibility that Cisco may be reverting all routers that were upgraded to cloud software.
The blog states that Cisco is working on updating its TOS to accurately reflect its commitment "to the privacy and security of our customers". I await this revised TOS with interest. I don't know if this is just hurried damage control, and later Cisco will try the same thing again, or if they have "seen the light" and are committed to continuing to support local firmware updates for the foreseeable future. I hope the latter as I have a Linksy router that is old and I was planning, before this happened, to replace it with a new Linksy.
When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson