For folks who are sick and tired of checking out those blinking red and green lights on the wireless router, here is something from Cisco that might just be able to remove such a burden – we are talking about the Cisco REN301 Residential Gateway, where it has arrived at the FCC and actually passed all the scrutiny and battery of tests thrown at it. This is a single-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi router that comes with a color LCD display which will be accompanied by capacitive, touch-sensitive buttons that deliver a bunch of setup and management functions – all sans a computer in your midst.
Apart from its Wi-Fi connectivity, the Managed Services Residential Gateway will also support SIP VoIP telephony, DLNA connectivity, media streaming, and doubles up as a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device to boot. The router itself will ship with a pre-installed 32GB SD memory card which can be used to stash your favorite media files right on the device itself.
No idea on when will it be released as at press time, but we do know that Cisco will deliver up to 9 versions of the Managed Services Residential Gateway – comprising of the REN301/W/Z, TES301/W/Z and TEI301/W/Z.