The Cisco Valet M10 is nothing but the Linksys wireless E1000. The basic functions and troubleshooting of Valet M10 will be same as Linksys E1000. There is no difference between these 2 models.
Cisco valet plus M20 is nothing but the Linksys E2000. Again the basic functions and troubleshooting will the same. Linksys E2000 works on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless signal where the Valet M20 works only on 2.4 GHz wireless signal.
For Linksys E1000 and E2000 routers the hardware warranty is 1 year and the free technical support is only for 90 days,
For Cisco Valet M10 and M20 routers the hardware warranty is 1 year and Free technical support is also 1 year.
There is a price difference between the Linksys E series and Cisco Valet routers. The price difference is only for the Free technical support. Linksys E series routers are approximately $30 cheaper than Cisco valet routers.
How to setup Valet M10 and M20 router:
Valet M10 and M20 routers come with the Flash drive or Easy setup key. No need to run the CD. Connect the Flash drive to your main computer and run the Cisco connect software. This software will do all the required setup for you. Once you setup the Cisco connect software on the main computer, you will be able to access the Internet on the main computer. Now connect the Setup key to the wireless computer and the key will connect your wireless computer to the network automatically. If you have another wireless computer then you can connect the key to other wireless computer and that computer will also connect to the wireless network automatically.
You can also install Valet routers without Cisco connect software also. like other routers, you can change the settings of these routers using the setup page.
How to setup Cisco Valet M10 and M20 router without Cisco connect software:
Step 1: Connect the main computer directly to the modem and make sure that internet is working through the modem.
Step 2: Connect the computer and modem to the Valet.
Step 3: Open the setup page of the Valet and change the internet connection settings. Create a new wireless network with security password.
Step 4: Connect your other computers and devices to the network.
If you have any problem settings up the router using Cisco connect software then you can do it without any program. You can setup the router manually. Connect one of your computers to the Ethernet port of Valet and open the setup page. On this page you will find all the settings that you can change manually. Change the Internet connection type and create your own wireless network.
Click here to use Fix Home Network’s Easy Setup Guide and configure your router manually.