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>> I've personally never heard of them except on this board. <<

I think as Tom G. says, CSCO is a gimme for the final 5, but some will still question it as a brand-name consumer product.

But for everybody in the network biz, Cisco and Router (the thing that connects your local stuff to the rest of the world) are synonomous.

I am not 'in the biz', but thanks to working with collaborators around the world, I'm a heavy enough user/abuser of network resources that I find myself on various network/computing-resources committees.

I swear that I have been to meetings where in discussions of the architecture of our network, the gurus who make the purchasing decisions have pointed to a block on the diagram (labelled "router") and said "then it passes to the Cisco and...". For those of you looking for Mindshare like asking for a Band-Aid or a Kleenex (instead of a adhesive bandage or facial tissue), Ciscso is there already.

As with all technology this position could be attacked, but no risk - no reward.
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