Farewell, Umi. We hardly knew thee.
The networking giant has now decided to quietly kill another consumer-electronics offering, Umi. If you've never heard of Umi, it's probably because it was the most ill-conceived product that was allegedly geared toward consumers ever created. Umi was a consumer home videoconferencing system destined for the "average" consumer. Its biggest problem?
Its absurd price tag.
For $600, a three-piece set consisting of a camera, controller, and set-top box could be yours to videoconference in full HD 1080p to your heart's content. But wait -- there's more! You're also expected to fork over a $10-per-month service fee. It's also your responsibility to bring your own hi-def TV and Internet service, or BYOHDTV&IS.
As bad as it already sounds alone, we haven't even talked about competing alternatives.
For $0, you can use Skype, which Microsoft
For $500, you can buy a brand new Apple
Here's some free advice, Cisco: When it comes to consumer products, stick to Linksys routers.
Don't forget to use our free Watchlist service to get the latest news and analysis. Start by adding Cisco Systems to your Watchlist to see if it ever gives up on consumer electronics.