“Cisco announced it has updated its award-winning Network Magic suite of network management software that allows consumers to easily setup, manage, and help secure their home networks. The latest releases (Network Magic Pro, Network Magic Essentials, and Network Magic Basic) offer a new dynamic, interactive network map, more intuitive navigation, support for more types of networked consumer devices, and simplified access to printer and file sharing from within Network Magic. In addition, to add unprecedented value to its line of wireless routers, Network Magic Basic will now be included with all Linksys by Cisco wireless routers. Network Magic Facts/Highlights:
Updated User Interface – A more consumer-friendly user interface offers users more intuitive control over devices on their network from within a single network map window. The new interface also adds simplified access to printer and file sharing, an easier process for adding wireless devices, and support for a broader range of devices than earlier generations of Network Magic.
Comprehensive Parental Controls – Network Magic users can utilize the Parental Controls built into the software to help oversee and control exactly how the Internet is being used by the whole family. With a simple point and set interface, users can set limits for web browsing, game playing and overall Internet usage. Additionally, for select Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Routers, Home Network Defender, powered by Trend Micro, has been integrated into Network Magic to add further Parental Control capabilities to the offering.
Integration with Linksys by Cisco wireless routers – Going forward, all Linksys by Cisco wireless routers will feature Network Magic Basic as the default network management tool. Current users of Linksys by Cisco routers can download the software for free from networkmagic.com.
Expanded language support – The new versions of Network Magic include 33 languages integrated into the software.
Optimized SpeedTest – New regional server support provides better measurement of local services through the popular Network Magic SpeedTest function.
Network Magic Basic – Designed specifically to ship with Linksys by Cisco routers. Includes:
- Network mapping capabilities
- Guided wizards
- Viewable device details
- Centralized dashboards
- Wireless connection wizard
- Network device addition
- Wireless security setup
- Network intruder detection
- Internet connection repair
- Support for up to eight computers
- 30-day trial of Home Network Defender
- 7-day trial of Network Magic Pro
Network Magic Essentials – Built for users who require the basic functionality of the overall software offering to help solve issues with routers from any manufacturer or want to utilize the file and printer sharing capabilities to extend the capabilities of their home network. Includes most of the features of Network Magic Basic, with the exception of SpeedTest, and is designed to support a maximum of three computers. Priority tech support is available to users of Network Magic Essentials.
Network Magic Pro – Provides the broadest available set of software capabilities available on the market for managing and securing the network with point and click ease. Includes all functionality of Network Magic Essentials plus support for network attached storage devices, Internet access controls, real-time screenshot capabilities and daily usage reports to help monitor any computer on the network, Internet SpeedTest, and support for up to eight PCs.
Network Magic Mac Add-On – Offers easy setup for cross-platform sharing of files and printers by PC and Macs on a home network.”