Linksys routers use cloud to automate homes
- — 26 June, 2012 22:00
Networking company Cisco has unveiled Connect Cloud, which will allow users to control their home appliances from their mobile devices while they're sitting in the office.
Other networking companies such as D-Link have already introduced cloud-based systems to control home security cameras from anywhere, but Cisco has plans to use Connect Cloud to control your fridge, washing machines, vacuum cleaner, and even lights and heating while away from home.
There has been some concern amongst users about privacy since the launch of Connect Cloud, with some not trusting their information to the cloud, and Cisco has now made the service 'opt-in'.
Whirlpool appliances, which does not operate within New Zealand, has partnered with Linksys to provide home appliance services. However, Cisco's country manager for New Zealand, Brad Findlay, said other partnerships had been made but were not ready for announcement.
Onkyo Sound & Vision has also partnered with Cisco for the launch. The company is incorporating Cisco's 'SimpleTap' technology, which will enable devices to connect devices to a network quickly using the Connect Cloud app.
"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 ... technology into our new AV receivers," said Onkyo president Nobuaki Okuda.
Onkyo products are sold through electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi in New Zealand.
Connect Cloud will be enabled by a series of Linksys routers that have the functionality, although some models will need to be firmware updated. Users will have to log into an app, either on their PCs or their mobile devices.
From there, users will eventually be able to check if there's milk in the fridge, set the timer on the oven, or turn on the heater on the way home from work.
The first Connect Cloud-enabled routers are the Linksys EA4500, EA3500, and the EA2700.
A variety of apps have been developed for the devices by third party developers, and Findlay hopes that more developers will get on board and support the technology.