While reconfiguring my home Cisco last night, I realised just how poor the management applications that ship with them are. Ok, granted, there is an incredibly powerful CLI on these units, but I really don’t want to have to drop to a CLI and try and remember the commands, adjust the configuration (and pray that I haven’t broken it!) every time I need to make a minor change to ACL’s.

Anyway, I’m toying with the idea of writing a management app for Windows / Linux / Mac. Not something that installs on the route like Cisco SDM (which is awful), but something native, small, simple and quick – but maintaining some of the CLI power.