Mountain View, CA
Cisco gave Linksys a bad name From the get go,
I've owned multiple Linksys routers, even the famed WRT54 series before Cisco came along. Even had the stackable 801.11b Wap11 unit.
Cisco released a few modified improvements to the WRT54 series and the like, firmware updates and so forth.
And then totally killed performance, overheating, horrible case design etc..
I jumped ship to Buffalo, one of their first routers and loaded ddwrt on it and never looked back. Now on a Trendnet (Dir-825 clone) with third party firmware.
I wonder, if the entire reason why Cisco is selling off the Linksys brand is because they pissed off their base of hardcore supporters, in regards to that forced cloud firmware interface thing so many months back. Which they ultimately backed off from.
That really pissed off their fan base, the community revolted with calls to abandon Linksys. Maybe that was a contributor.
The name shall live on, but only time will tell if a new company can bring it back to its once great standing in the consumer network community.