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Linksys name will live on

Back in late January of 2013, Belkin announced that it intended the purchase Linksys from Cisco. Cisco had originally purchased Linksys for $500 million in 2003 in an effort to gain access to the consumer networking market. That investment didn't work out so well for Cisco and the company began searching for a buyer last year.

Belkin announced on March 15 that it completed its acquisition of Linksys. Belkin will continue to manage Linksys as a separate brand and product portfolio, which means the Linksys name will live on as promised.

"Linksys has a rich heritage, a passionate customer base and a wide product line, all of which fueled our decision to acquire the company and our plan to maintain the Linksys brand," said Chet Pipkin, CEO of Belkin.

Belkin says that Linksys customers and retailers will continue to see new products carrying the name come to the market in the near future. Belkin says that several new announcements will be made sometime this spring.
Support will continue for existing Linksys products and all warranties that are currently valid will be honored on Linksys products.

Source: Belkin

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RE: less choice
By ShaolinSoccer on 3/18/2013 11:41:39 AM , Rating: 2
Me too. I have had problems with all routers except Linksys. Maybe this will just help Belkin start making better routers.

RE: less choice
By Spuke on 3/18/2013 11:56:19 AM , Rating: 3
I've had a different experience, I've had problems with all routers except D-Link. I won't touch Linksys with a 10 ft pole.

RE: less choice
By Samus on 3/18/2013 12:14:19 PM , Rating: 1
Any linksys router running ddwrt is the best option for consumer electronics. Some hardwareis obviously better than others (like the wrt310 that overheats without cooling to the legendary wrt54g v2) but the hardware is inexpensive and community supported.

RE: less choice
By cjc1103 on 3/19/2013 8:03:35 AM , Rating: 2
I have two Linksys WRT54G routers running DD-WRT for the last 4 years, no problems at all, they just work. I haven't done anything else to them, but you can't stack them on top of any other warm equipment like a switch or router, or they can overheat. Kudos to the guy who put a heat sink on his WRT54G CPU, that probably would help, you might also consider driling some air holes in the case to help cooling.

RE: less choice
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2013 5:51:05 PM , Rating: 1
Netgear > Belkin. By a mile.

RE: less choice
By seamonkey79 on 3/18/2013 6:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on the fence simply because I've had more Linksys routers die out on me than Belkin, but then I've almost always had a Linksys router, so I've had more of them TO die out on me... the Belkin worked, not very well, but it always had a connection at about 1/3 its rated speed. The Linksys routers I have always performed better, but tended to die a little quicker on me.

RE: less choice
By Samus on 3/19/2013 2:07:06 PM , Rating: 2
The majority of Linksys router (and general product) failures is actually the power adapter. It's just that nobody tests this and assumes the product died.

Their transformer quality is all over the map. I've seen Linksys use almost a dozen different suppliers in the last decade, and few of them have been Class 4 or 5, until recently. I've seen adapters buzz or have a rattle right out of the box.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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