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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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Residential Class Routers just suck
By Spookster on 3/18/2013 1:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
With residential class routers costing less than $250 you get what you pay for, unfortunately. I've bought ones from just about every brand over the years from the least expensive to the most expensive and not one has lasted longer than a year before turning into a brick. I use business class routers at work alot and they rarely ever have problems but then again they usually start in the thousands of dollars. Just can't convince the wife that I need to spend a few thousand on a new router for our home network. Silly wives.

RE: Residential Class Routers just suck
By Spookster on 3/18/2013 1:36:16 PM , Rating: 2
And i've owned both a belkin and a linksys and both turned into bricks within a year. But with Belkin I would never consider buying again unless they change the initial page of the web based control panel where they provide alot of the info about your network right on the default page before you even login. Granted am experienced hacker could retrieve the info other ways but I don't want to publicly advertise that info to everybody.

RE: Residential Class Routers just suck
By bodar on 3/18/2013 5:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
You could disable remote admin, so that a hacker would have to be physically connected to your network, not just on your WiFi or connected to the WAN side.

RE: Residential Class Routers just suck
By Spookster on 3/18/2013 6:25:07 PM , Rating: 2
But then that becomes an inconvenience when managing my network because now I have to have a PC or laptop physically connected to the router which would affect where I can place the router in the house. I have it placed now where I get optimal coverage from anywhere in the house on every floor.

RE: Residential Class Routers just suck
By bodar on 3/18/2013 10:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
True. I still have a wired PC, so for me it's not a big deal. Although, I had a friend run ethernet cable vertically through the wall from the living room to my computer room, since the router is in the living room for WiFi and the PS3. Not every environment is the same.

Now that I think about it, I do find it odd that a router would even give you any info without having you log in to the admin console first.

By Spookster on 3/19/2013 1:13:32 AM , Rating: 2
And here is an example of how much information they give out to anybody who comes along. Quite shocking really.

By bodar on 3/18/2013 10:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my Buffalo WHR-G125 for about 5 yrs now. Hasn't given me much trouble; very rarely needs to be rebooted. Stock firmware.

By cjc1103 on 3/19/2013 7:55:18 AM , Rating: 2
You don't have to spend $250 for a good home router. I bought an alix2d3 board from PC Engines about 3 years ago for about $100, loaded pfsense on it, and it has been running fine ever sense. pfsense has more features than you would ever need for a home based router, DHCP, firewall, NAT, QoS, there are plugins available for all kinds of things. The alixd23 board has three Ethernet ports, I use one for internet WAN (fiber optics 50Mbps from EPB in Chattanooga, TN), one for my internal LAN, and the other for a DMZ network (basically used for guest internet access, it is configured to deny access to the LAN). You could also setup vlans if you wanted to. This setup wouldn't be appropriate for a large enterprise, but it would be more than adequate for a small to medium size business, and works great for a home router as well.

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