Belkin completes Linksys purchase; Linksys brand will continue

In January, Belkin announced that it would acquire the Home Networking Business Unit of Cisco, which includes the Linksys brand. This week, Belkin announced that deal has now officially concluded. Specific financial details of the acquisition were not revealed. However, Belkin now says that the addition of Linksys to their business means they now have 1,500 employees that sell products in over 100 countries.

Founded in 1988, Linksys was bought by Cisco in 2003 as part of the company's plan to enter the consumer router market. Cisco later decided to move to other areas which allowed Belkin an opening to take over the brand. While Belkin may now control the Linksys name, the company still feels that the brand still has some value. The press release states that Belkin still plans to release products that will be sold under the Linksys name with some new product announcements planned for later this spring. It adds:

By maintaining the Belkin and Linksys brands in home networking, Belkin aims to address a broader range of consumers with distinct networking solutions and will create the premier ecosystem for mobile devices and smart homes.

People who current own Linksys products, such as their Smart WiFi routers, will still receive support through their normal channels. The Linksys website is still live and Belkin will continue to honor the warranties for current and future Linksys products.

Source: Belkin | Image via Belkin

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McLuke said,
For those who said Belkin not good, what brands do you use now? Just for my curiosity.
End of life Cisco Aironet. The price is down to consumer levels for 802.11n.

LauRoman said,
WRT54GL is good for 'mericans with crappy connections, no good for real internet

Im using a Linksys router here on a 80mbit line. No issues here. Can jam up the entire line with thousands of connections and using the full up and download. The router only needs the occasional reboot (roughly once every 2 months) but I have yet to see a router (consumer ones that aren't 5times more expensive) that did not have this

Not sure which type of Linksys I have though, don't really care either. And the thing is around 5-6 years old. Will need to upgrade my next internet upgrade though (somewhere this year it'll go to 120mbit).
I've had most issues last couple of years with Huawei crap or the famous cheap ass ICIDU routers. (not sure outside Holland though how much people use ICIDU but here it's allot, to much)

I've found Linksys to be the only router to work for me. I'm presently using E4200 and have not had a problem from day one, and this is saying something when your service provider is Charter Com.

So what are the top of the line routers today? I'm using a dual band Linksys E3000. Looking for something with external antennas. I don't know why Cisco went to internal antennas!

Amped Wireless has external and I have an R20000G and it's been awesome. In their USB adapters you can even replace the antennas in them.

Lots of them went to internal for looks.... some people think routers look too wierd and they also wanna childproof em or something.

To extend the range of the ones without ext. antennas one must get a range extender or access point and many don't wanna deal with another device.

remixedcat said,
Amped Wireless has external and I have an R20000G and it's been awesome. In their USB adapters you can even replace the antennas in them.

Lots of them went to internal for looks.... some people think routers look too wierd and they also wanna childproof em or something.

To extend the range of the ones without ext. antennas one must get a range extender or access point and many don't wanna deal with another device.

thanks, will have a look

I could not find a reliable routed manufacturer... Each one has good models and crap ones.
I had great models with both linksys and belkin, and i had terrible models.

I've used nothing but Linksys and currently have an E2000 that has worked flawlessly for a few years now.

Great, not so ridiculously priced routers, IMO.

The WRT54GL is the only Belkin router I know of that most people don't have to many issues with. Otherwise, some of their other models are total POS's!! Can almost see the Linksys brand going down hill now, even if that is just my opinion of them not being so bad, as of now.

The WRT54GL is a Linksys router, not Belkin. There are ZERO Belkin routers that "most people don't have to many issues with"

Same...only I have a WRT54GS v.7, running the latest firmware, used as a switch and an occasional accesspoint...and it runs flawlessly. Even have an older one in case of an emergency switch...so yeah, they used to build 'em good, but who knows what happened...probably corporate BS, by the sounds of it.

ensiform said,
My WRT54GL still works nicely.

So true; same here. I'm using Tomato RAF on it though.

I wish there was a WRT54GL model with 802.11ac and IPv6 support.

I'd still be using my WRT54GL if it wasn't for OpenWRT growing larger than the ROM space available.

I could mod in a SD card slot for extra storage, but there's not much point since my WNDR3800 is all gigabit ports.

They brought absolutely nothing to the consumer market so its not a loss. Their business gear is great but the consumer gear was always trash.