by Karl Bode 08:24AM Friday Jan 25 2013 Tipped by WHT
Belkin this week announced that the company will be buying Linksys from Cisco for an undisclosed price. The deal will give Belkin an estimated 30% share of home and small business networking market in the United States, and signals the end of Cisco's experiments in the residential networking market. Cisco paid $500 million for Linksys in 2003, and was expected to receive much less than that from a sale. "Linksys has long been an important member of the Cisco family and we are confident that we have found the best buyer in Belkin," Cisco stated in a blog post.
Belkin is the best company ever to buy a router from. Because they build routers better than everyone else.
I've only been using Belkin routers for as long as I can remember and I'm here to tell that I have not had a single problem with there routers at all what so ever.
This is such a good move for Belkin because Linksys routers suck and now with Belkin in the big picture here Belkin will take all the current Linksys routers and so forth and they better than ever before the correct way a router is suppose to be.
The product is great. The web interface is horrible. That's the problem with consumer electronics makers. Either the interface is great and the hardware is crap or the hardware is crap and the interface is pretty.
Probably one of the best Linksys routers was the WRT-54G that became open source. I run Tomato on mine and it is fantastic. I wish they supported 802.11n and/or 802.11ac. -- I support the right to keep and arm bears.
I have the LinkSys E3000 (802.11n) which I run TomatoUSB on and it works fine.
I'll say though that the WRT-54G was probably the last "best designed" router from Linksys. Newer routers removed the external antenna because external antennas are apparently an eyesore. As a result the range on my E3000 is not as good as my older WRT54GL.
I agree with you on this one. Asus do have a few firmware bugs, but all of their products run 3rd party firmware, incase the bugs affect you -- Yes, I am not employed and looking for IT work. Have passport, will travel.
2013-Jan-25 11:13 am: ·
Optimus2357 Premium join:2010-11-21 West Warwick, RI kudos:3
Love my RT-N666U. Way I see it, if their good good enough for my Mobo, its good enough for my router. They actually care about the internal parts and not just what feature set they include. Buffalo is decent too, but just their dd-wrt line.
Yugo's weren't actually nearly that bad... Owners were failing to even get oil changes on the things since they were so cheap, they attracted buying who didn't put as much love into their investment. Even those who did failed to do more major work like timing belt changes - leading to engines destroyed that way. Also, the engine design required midgrade fuel (89 Octane min).
Fed the required fuel (slightly more expensive), and maintained properly, they were decent little cars if you kept your expectations reasonable.
I had a Yugo GV Paid $150000 USD It was my first car. no synchronous gearbox, but I added air and am/fm casette. I had it for 86,000 miles and i only had to replace the clutch and alternator as the major issues. always put in high test petrol. lovely car.
Totally different product lines and corporate mentality...
As another poster pointed out the x-Sipura VOIP systems, would seem to be a better match at Cisco, but again the culture clash is an issue..
So are they in the consumer side and headed to crapkin? -- 1311393600 - Back to Black.....Black....Black....
2013-Jan-25 12:05 pm: ·
Kearnstd Elf Wizard Premium join:2002-01-22 Mullica Hill, NJ kudos:1
Re: Cisco/linksys was akin to sprint/nexhell
I never understood why Cisco ever bought Linksys at all to begin with. The two companies never clashed markets except at the very low end of small business(where mom&pop operations usually just ran consumer grade equipment.) -- [65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports
This sucks not only for the basic router/wap parts but for their nicer gear too. I bought a Linksys SR2048 (managed 48 port GbE with 4 mini-gbic) 6 years ago and I doubt Belkin could ever turn out such a piece of hardware even today.
All Belkin is good at is producing overpriced cables for sale at Best Buy & OfficeMax -- you know, the $20 USB cables and the gold plated "for better signal transfer" HDMI cables. -- John M - Cranky network guy
2013-Jan-25 12:05 pm: ·
jst3751 Premium join:2004-07-08 Rowland Heights, CA
Cisco ruined Linksys, left overs bought by Belkin
When Cisco bought Linksys, the qulity of the Linksys products went south fast. I used to buy Linksys switches and print servers exclusivily but products produced after the buyout lasted maybe a year.
Belkin KVM gear is great. But now maybe Linksys is a step child that goes to the highest bidder.
Here I was hoping with their recent moves design wise they would just fold the Linksys brand into Cisco and called it Cisco Connected Home or something. Now I gotta go back to pay out the ass for Cisco quality stuff vs hoping it would trickle down to Linksys.
I used to have a D-link wireless G router and had to reset it at least 3 times a week because it would always lose connection. I upgraded to a Belkin N+ and have to reset it no more than once every 2 months. I always get super good speeds with it and have literally NO problems with it with the exception of having to reset it once every couple of months, if even that. I've gone 3-4 months without having to reset it. They sure don't suck for me! Why does everyone put them down like that? -- »A pretty good alernative to bit torrent and newsgroups