Why did Cisco just forbid me from looking at whatever the heck I want on my home network?

kreiley

The latest Cisco firmware update for my Linksys Router pushes me to use Cisco Connect Cloud to access admin functions. Ummm, I didn't have any problem using admin functions before, but ok....I guess. However, the TOS agreement then makes me agree not to use my router for "obscene, pornographic or offensive purposes." What!?!? I'll look at obscene offensive pornographic material if I want to in the privacy of my home! In all seriousness, now that I'm out of college and a dad, that isn't on the top of my to do list, but I don't think that is anyone's business but mine, and certainly not Cisco's. Why in the world would my router just forbid me from looking at whatever legal thing I want to, and then threaten to "discontinu[e] [my] service without prior notice.....and without refund or compensation" if I look at something they don't approve of?

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jimlynch
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Wow, that does seem very odd. Maybe it's time to get a new router? It could be Cisco's lawyers told them to put that junk in for legal reasons. Still, it's quite pushy and might anger some of their customers.

I use a Time Capsule for my router, but you can also get an AirPort router from Apple that might work for you. Here's a link:

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/airport_w...

tswayne
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Apparently, a lot of folks shared your concerns about Cisco's pushing you into their Connect Cloud services, and started a good old fashioned interwebs freak out that, er, freaked out Cisco.  I read a blog post from Cisco that morning, and Cisco reversed itself and reverted back to making existing "traditional" router set-up and management the default.  You can now opt in to using the Connect Cloud for admin purposes, if you so desire, which seems to me to be the way it should have been done in the first place.   

AppDevGuy
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I suspect that it was just boilerplate language that Cisco uses for various TOS (Terms of Service).  Even so, I wouldn't appreciate it either.  I mean, come on, now you have to connect to Cisco's servers in order to manage your own hardware?!?  

 

With the existing Patriot Act, and the fact that the House of Representative is continually passing or attempting to pass bills to increase the government's ability to access your information without a warrant, I don't like data about my router traffic in the hands of yet another company.  I also have my doubts that Cisco could keeps its grubby mitts off of all that interesting data for long, even if they don't intend to use it at this point.  It is just too tempting.  

 

There is a way to revert back and not use Cisco Connect Cloud (which I would do immediately, incidentally):

http://www6.nohold.net/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=227c9e6286124532ac52a6...

 

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