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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
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fizzled

Consumer routers of around $200+ (even with Apple-esque marketing hype) are a non-starter in a bad economy.

There isn't really any affordable 10gigE gear on the market for the residential market. This is another nail in the coffin of the router market.. slow innovation.

Today you see 802.11n routers in a range of $20 to $200 which overlaps with 802.11ac on the high end. When you wade through the marketing hype, there isn't much justification for a router beyond "N" plus gigabit ethernet which are about $60 (which then makes you wonder why AC routers are 300%+ more in price). Until the industry gets their act together margins will be as weak as the innovation. That's why cisco wants to get rid of linksys.

In addition.. few tech companies want to invest in a future where ISPs will battle with customers over copyright..

openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
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said by tmc8080:

There isn't really any affordable 10gigE gear on the market for the residential market.

Perhaps focus should be on getting better, low cost 1 Gbps gear in the consumer market first along with the connectivity for it. The market for residential 10 GbE is minuscule at best given most consumers' configurations in their homes.
said by tmc8080:

margins will be as weak as the innovation. That's why cisco wants to get rid of linksys.

Yes, the product line is minimally profitable. That's why I still scratch my head as to why Cisco bought a consumer line of low margin hardware in the first place. Horrible execution of capital, IMO.

bn1221

join:2009-04-29
Cortland, NY
reply to tmc8080
Yes there is so much demand for 10G at home. I have a hard time finding decent 10GG gear for my offices.