Cisco connect cloud allows you to access all of your router’s features and settings from anywhere that means you can access your Linksys router setup page from anywhere on the Internet. One of the greatest benefits of Cisco Connect Cloud is being able to access your home network settings and activities when you’re not home. Simply open a web browser, go to CiscoConnectCloud.com and log into your Cisco Connect Cloud account. All of your home router settings are available to you no matter where you are.
You must create a personal account that gives you access to your home router settings. This account ensures secure access to your router, even when you’re away from home. This account is created only to verify that it is your router and you have the access to your router.
The Cisco Connect Cloud is compatible with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers (EA2700, EA3500, EA4500) and the Linksys E4200 v2. This service allows you to access your router, configure and check your home network instantly from wherever you are.
What is the difference between Cisco connect and Cisco connect cloud?
The Cisco Connect application installs on a computer connected to your home network, and home network settings can be accessed only while using that computer. Cisco Connect Cloud runs on the web and you can access Linksys router setup from any web browser, using a secure login account. So you can be on your home computer, your mobile phone on-the-go, or even at work, and access your home router settings and activity using Cisco Connect Cloud.
What are the benefits?
1) Use this program to see what devices are currently connected to your network and also use it to connect more computers and devices.
2) You can access your router’s settings even if you are away from home. You can also change the settings for wireless access, Internet, gaming and other stuffs.
3) You can also allow people visiting you to use to access Guest network without allowing then to get in to the main network.
4) Use it to change Parental control and specify when the Internet is available and block specific websites. These settings can be modified for individual computers and devices. In other words you can set different control for the computers used by your children.
5) You can also prioritize which devices or computers should get more bandwidth than other.
6) Get access to the USB storage device which is connected to the router.
7) You can also access network settings for multiple routers. If you have a router at home and another at office then you can access both the router settings using single account.
Linksys router setup with Cisco connect cloud?
If you have already installed your Linksys router before the launch of Cloud then you will receive alert on opening the Cisco connect software telling you that it’s time to start using Cisco Connect Cloud. You’ll be directed to the Cisco Connect Cloud account page where you can create your secure login account. The Cisco Connect application will be then deleted from your computer.
If you are installing your Linksys router for the first time then you can simply run the installation software that comes with the router and it will automatically create an account.
Once you setup your account, you will be able to see different tasks and apps on the left. Simply click on Task or App to open it.
Router and account information and access to help will be available at the top of the page.
You will see different widgets and other useful information in the center of the page. You can modify which widget can be set on the front page.
What are the widgets on Cisco connect cloud?
Note: Some of the widgets may not be available when accessing your router settings remotely through your Cisco Connect Cloud.
Device List: See who’s connected to your network with your Cisco Connect Cloud account through the Device List widget. With the Device List widget, you can personalize your device’s names and icons, connect wireless devices to your network, connect a USB printer to your network.
Guest Access: Provide Internet access to up to 50 guests at home while keeping your network files safe with the Guest Access widget. This widget allows you to create a separate Internet only network for your guests.
Parental Controls: Keep your kids safe from potentially harmful websites with the Parental Controls widget. This allows you to limit access to the Internet and specific websites for individual devices. With the Parental Controls widget, you can restrict Internet access on specific devices, control the time and days specific devices can access the Internet, block specific websites for certain devices, disable restrictions on Internet access, disable the Parental Controls feature.
Media Prioritization: Optimize your online experience by prioritizing bandwidth on applications and devices which need it the most with the Media Prioritization widget. With this widget, you can utilize the Settings feature of the Media Prioritization widget, add more applications and devices to be assigned with a specific bandwidth allot higher bandwidth to an application, device or online game by setting it’s bandwidth priority.
Speed Test: Check your Internet connection speed with the Speed Test widget. This widget allows you to check on your network’s Upload and Download speed.
USB Storage: Configure how users can access your network shared files with the USB Storage widget. With this widget, you can access your USB storage in your local network, create shares on a USB storage, configure the Folder Access settings, configure how devices and computers within the network can access the FTP server, configure the access to a media server.
Connectivity: Configure your router’s basic settings for your local network with the Connectivity widget. This widget also allows you to configure DHCP Reservation, change the router administration password, change the IP address of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router, set up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers with a Static IP account, set up your router with Cable Internet service, configure the MTU Settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers.
Troubleshooting: Diagnose and troubleshoot connectivity issues on your network with the Troubleshooting widget. It contains the current status of your router and connected devices. The Troubleshooting widget allows you to perform a Ping test, perform a traceroute, backup and restore your router’s current settings, check the WAN IP address, reboot and reset the router to factory defaults, keep track of your router’s status.
Wireless: Secure and personalize your wireless network according to your preference with the Wireless widget. This widget lets you personalize your router’s wireless security settings, enable and configure wireless MAC Filter, connect devices easily using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS).
Security: Keep your network safe from Internet threats with the Security widget. This widget lets you enable and configure the DMZ feature, view connected computers and devices on your network, setup Port Forwarding and Triggering on your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router.
Remember that you have to register account on CiscoConnectCloud.com .
For Linksys router setup using Cisco Connect Cloud requires an updated router firmware. However, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers have an Auto Firmware Update feature which automatically upgrades the router to the latest firmware from the Internet.