Belkin Plucks Linksys Brand From Cisco

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stinger2048

I guess Cisco was just not happy making such small margins on the home users versus the amount of headaches and support. It is much more profitable to be able to charge a Fortune 500 company 10K for a 48 port blade to go into a switch chassis that cost them $200 to make.

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Markitzero

Besides with me in all my Linksys I don't run stock firmware, I run DD-WRT so the crappy firmware that Linksys put on to the router is gone. DD-WRT is way better then stock and has more features in it also and is also linux based which makes it more stable then stock. I think but I am not sure with the WRT54G router T-Mobile took over on that old name when cisco.

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OpTicaL

Belkin better not discontinue the WRT54GL

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noobstix

I'm on my 2nd Linksys/Cisco router (an E3200) after my old WRT-something-something crapped out about 2 years ago (after about 5 years). I would've went with a non-Cisco brand for my second router but Belkin has terrible quality and the other brands were a bit too pricey. But now that Belkin is taking over, I might have to look to those more pricey brands. For now, my E3200 isn't doing too bad at all (haven't even updated the firmware for it yet!).

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lordfirefox

Well I guess it's a good think I went to D-Link ages ago after dropping Stinksys.

Oh well now Linksys and Belkin can build crappy routers together.

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savage4naves

I've had Belkin iPod accessories (RMA twice) and lackluster routers. My two most recent routers were Linksys and I'm sorry to see Belkin taking over the product line...next router will be the Asus RT-N66U, goodbye Linksys!

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scoop6274

Well, won't be buying any linksys product in the future. Had one Belkin product, nothing but problems. Which falls in line with what I have heard from friends and family.

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MTCWBY

Every ecosystem needs bottom-feeders.

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gmvolk

I've never thought Belkin had quality products. Cheap(er) for sure, but just not very good. I usually stay away from them.

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USraging

Now the question is does the quality go up, or does it slide down.Belkin is really a bottom tear player in the networking world. I switched from D-link a few years back to netgear due to arp table problems that i experienced on multiple models.

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Neufeldt2002

I hope they can bring the Linksys brand back, in 2000 to 2005 era they were really good, but have since hit the bottom in my opinion. Using the Netgear (R6300) now and is the best I could get where I live, definitely worth the cost, just hope the AC specs hold.

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big_montana

Please, it's Belkin who cannot even produce a reliable quality KVM. I have no hopes the Linksys quality will improve and will stay with Netgear for the foreseeable future.

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davelray

I was just thinking that Linksys couldn't possibly get even worse....looks like it might achieve that now.

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Neufeldt2002

Fair enough, did not know that about Belkin.

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ddimick

"...eliminating around 550 jobs in the process and taking a $300 charge."

$300 million

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DeltaFIVEengineer

No, I think $300 was more accurate.

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paschal

Glad to see them get out of consumer end. Linksys developed great long range wireless routers only to start producing junk after the takeover within a couple of years.

Network Magic was a fantastic in home network tool. Cisco bought it, demanding new license fees at $40 for incremental updates and then shut the product down.

Good riddance.

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