07-18-2012 11:56 AM
Amazon has both at what seems a too-good-to-be-true price. Valet is model 10, and Valet Plus is model 20. Amazon is always sketchy with product info, but says retail for Valet $99.99, selling for $40.59 free shipping. Retail for Valet Plus $129.99, selling for $36.99 free shipping. Says longer range and faster video transfer for the "plus" model...I don't need that, but the "plus" model happens to be selling for a few bucks less.
Cisco website store says $89.99 for m10, $109.99 for m20.
Is Cisco the same as Linksys? Anyone know something about these? Thank you
07-18-2012 01:00 PM - edited 07-18-2012 01:01 PM
Those Cisco Valet routers are old design now, they never sold well and there's a lot of old stock out there. They are two model series old, pushing 2-3 years old.
I'd stay away and be looking for the Cisco E or EA series dual band Like the EA2700 or higher.
07-18-2012 03:59 PM
but they are "n" models, and it says the speed can go up to 300, I thought that is the latest type of router, an "N-300". My laptop I want to use it with is a 5yr old Toshiba Satellite, manual says it is 802.11 b/g. Not looking for anything fancy, just the basics, being able to use laptop in other rooms, no gaming, videos, etc.
07-18-2012 06:50 PM - edited 07-18-2012 06:52 PM
If your never going to upgrade that old laptop, then any old router will work for you. When the laptop dies there will be newer routers out there. G will work if that is all you need.
07-18-2012 07:49 PM
They are "ok" routers, nothing to get excited about, but they can meet your needs. Just keep in mind that they are "end of life" models that Linksys will give little further support for in terms of firmware.
If that doesn't bother you (and many don't care) then they are a decent enough deal.
As already mentioned, yes, Linksys/Cisco are one and the same.
07-18-2012 10:42 PM
Something I have noticed, is that there are many "n" routers that are selling much cheaper than many "g" routers. I guess because of lots more N ones being sold, no demand for old G ones? But I have read that it is possible to have problems if I get an N router and use it with my 802.11 b/g laptop. So, should I stay with a G because of that, or get an N model if there is a good deal on it, and not worry about it fouling things up on my b/g laptop?
07-19-2012 12:09 AM
But I have read that it is possible to have problems if I get an N router and use it with my 802.11 b/g laptop. So, should I stay with a G because of that, or get an N model if there is a good deal on it, and not worry about it fouling things up on my b/g laptop?
Nope. They are backwards compatible.
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