Telecom Lead America: Cisco has launched Cisco Connect
Cloud, a software platform for Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers.
The new software platform redefines and simplifies how
consumers connect, control and interact with their connected devices, including
personal entertainment and home appliances.
Cisco Connect Cloud is designed to handle all the
tiresome and complicated technical aspects of home network set-up and
connecting devices to the network. This enables the average person to get on
with using and enjoying their Internet service, as well as a wide range of new
uses enabled by the home network.
Cisco is also launching its Cisco Connect Cloud mobile
app which provides access to Cisco Connect Cloud on a smartphone or tablet.
Cisco Connect Cloud’s SimpleTap features let consumers connect devices to their
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with as little as one tap of a button or with a
quick swipe or scan of a device or tag, making it easier than ever to add
devices to the network.
Cisco also unveiled mobile apps from third party
developers that provide better experiences to Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers.
There are six new developer apps including an app that lets people search and
beam online videos to a Smart TV or AirPlay compatible device.
“We are changing the game when it comes to the
connected home by ushering in a whole new level of experiences, simplicity and
convenience. The next-generation connected home is being brought to life for
our customers with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, Cisco Connect Cloud, apps and
our partnerships across the industry,” said Brett Wingo, vice president
and general manager, Cisco Home Networking.
Cisco has been working with a range of CE device and home
appliance manufacturers on partnerships that deliver better experiences to a
mutual and broader set of customers. Cisco’s newest partnership is with Onkyo,
an international CE manufacturer that has included the SimpleTap functionality
in their new wireless 7.1 AV Receiver.
“We share the vision that the connected home should
be simple and enjoyable, and we are proud to be the first consumer electronics
partner to incorporate Cisco Linksys’ SimpleTap technology into our new AV
receivers,” said Nobuaki Okuda, president, Onkyo Sound & Vision
“SimpleTap really simplifies how our new 2012 AV
receiver can be connected to the network, so people can instantly enjoy their
favorite tunes from music streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM
Internet Radio and many other services,” Okuda added.