July 28, 2010

Is Your Home Wireless Network Ready For Guests This Summer?

Fifty-Nine Percent of Adults Plan to Use Computer or Wi-Fi Device While Visiting Friends and Family

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. Opinion Research conducted a consumer survey for Cisco's Consumer Products group and found results that will be significant to anyone hosting family and friends this summer:

* 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 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.

"People traveling to their friends' and family's homes for vacation often want to access the Internet, but historically that has not been easy for either the guests or their hosts," said Scott Kabat, director of marketing for Cisco Consumer Products.  "Our Cisco Valet home wireless solution makes it simple for hosts to create a separate guest network so everyone can be connected and protected."

A Valet wireless router makes 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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