It's getting a bit difficult to keep up with the fast evolving wireless router market, as newer and faster models built around the Wireless-AC standard keep coming out a furious pace. One of the most active players in the high-end router game is Linksys, which just announced two new models -- the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) and the Linksys AC2400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350).
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As if worrying about your PC and smartphones weren't enough, now you've got to go on the defensive when it comes to your wireless routers. According to reports from the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC), customers out of a Wyoming ISP have reported compromised Linksys routers. The culprit? Malware known only as "TheMoon," malicious software that first compromises Linksys routers and then scans for other devices that may very well be vulnerable.
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Belkin has big plans for its Linksys acquisition, and it includes positioning the brand as an enthusiast name. More than just lip service, Linksys announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that it's bringing back one of the best selling routers of all time, the WRT54G, and giving it a makeover for the modern day Internet. Now known as the WRT1900AC, this dual-band wireless router wields a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM-based processor inside its familiar blue and black stackable chassis.
Old school tech ballers, sing it loud with us - "You down with 802.11ac, yeah you know me! You down with 802.11ac, yeah you know me!" For those of you who are not yet down with 802.11ac, here's yet another chance to upgrade your home network at a discount. Today's top deal is for a Linksys EA6200 Dual Band AC900 Smart Wi-Fi Router for $70 with free shipping (normally $150; use coupon code [EMCWVVN47]). Not only does this router get your up to speed (literally), it also features a USB 3.0 port, built-in 4-port gigabit switch (pretty standard, though we've seen some cheap-o routers forgo gigabit speeds for cost savings), DLNA certification, and a few other tricks.
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Back in late January Belkin announced it would be buying up the Linksys brand from Cisco, a company that seems utterly determined to exit the consumer market as quickly as possible. It was hard to imagine anything would sour the deal given how determined Cisco is to liquidate non-enterprise brands, but we can now confirm its official.
Cisco found a way out of the consumer networking market, thanks to Belkin.
Call it an end of an era, if you wish, but Cisco is hightailing it out of the consumer space after selling off its Home Networking Business Unit to Belkin for an undisclosed sum of money. The deal includes the familiar Linksys brand, which Cisco acquired back in 2003. At the time, Linksys had 305 employees and revenues of more than $500 million. All of its products were branded Linksys by Cisco following the transaction, though Cisco has reportedly been looking to get out of the consumer space for some time now.