Cisco Wants to Help You Be a Better Host

Posted by at 10:11 am on July 30, 2010

If you are hosting family and guests this summer, information from Opinion Research from a consumer survey conducted for Cisco’s Consumer Products group might interest you.   The survey data indicated that:

  • 59 percent of adults plan to use a computer or Wi-Fi device while visiting family and friends this summer, and 37 percent said they will tap into their host’s wireless network to access the Internet.
  • 73 percent of young adults ages 18-34 say they plan to use a computer or Wi-Fi device while traveling, and nearly one-half (47 percent) plan to access the Internet through their host’s home network.

As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, more families going on vacation plan to use a wireless Internet connection on a computer or Wi-Fi-enabled device, such as a smart phone or video game player.

Cisco’s Valet wireless router   is designed to make it easy for everyday consumers to set up, use and manage their home wireless. For guests, a home equipped with Valet means an end to the frustration of trying to connect to someone else’s wireless network. For hosts, the simple controls of Valet let them set up a separate wireless connection for their visitors without the hassles of lengthy passwords or security protocols. The guests are free to use their laptops or mobile devices around the house while the host’s home network remains highly secure and private.

The summer travel survey was conducted by Opinion Research in June 2010, with 1,000 adult respondents, 48 percent male and 52 percent female, representing all regions of the U.S. Overall, the results showed:

  • 88 percent of those surveyed plan to visit friends or family this summer.
  • 71 percent of respondents said they plan to bring a laptop or Wi-Fi device when traveling.

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