Cisco Exits The Consumer Market As It Sells Linksys To Belkin

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mpegmaster, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. mpegmaster

    mpegmaster Addicted to LI Member

    Belkin on Thursday announced plans to acquire Cisco’s Home Networking Business Unit, including its products, technology, employees, and even the well-known Linksys brand. Belkin says it plans to maintain the Linksys brand and will offer support for Linksys products as part of the transaction, financial details for which were not disclosed.:eek:

    Maybe we need to change the name to...

  2. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    I moved to ASUS a little while ago but wow...this is something.

    Good luck to Belkin.
  3. Mangix

    Mangix Networkin' Nut Member

    Belkin makes and has made nice hardware. Hopefully they will continue that tradition.
  4. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Not that Cisco did much innovative with the Linksys line in my opinion, but I can't see this to be good news, having fewer manufacturers. Saw the same with the hard drive industry when big players swallowed each other up. Time will tell I guess.....
  5. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yep. I was a great user of Samsung HDD's. Cheap, fast, never had one fail. Now they've gone down the plughole :(
  6. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Same here. I used Samsung HDDs for many year without ever a problem, they were fast, cheap and reliable (yeah I know in theory you have to choose two of those and can't have all three, but I found Samsung struck a very good balance). Now the HDD market is way less competitive.
  7. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I never understand why they trashed a great working design for no good reason. "Asset stripping" ? Will Linksys go the same way?
  8. Victek

    Victek Network Guru Member

    "Asset stripping" ... At least it's what Cisco did with Linksys, I understand why Cisco tried last year lifting' a beauty Linksys product portafolio after the brick of 'Ciscocloud' update ... to be sexy and then ... sold ... :p.

    Still too many brands ... and some of them are just 'sticking Label' using third part companies for a firmware customization.... ;) and buying common hardware platforms, who's moving now? D-Link, Netgear, TP-Link....?
  9. jbesclapez

    jbesclapez Networkin' Nut Member

    This prooves that in every business, I will always hate "concentration". We will end up only with 2 or 3 brands in few years... we, consumers, can not be happy with that.... sad...
  10. mpegmaster

    mpegmaster Addicted to LI Member

  11. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Read this article -- Belkin has their head up their a** just like Linksys did/does. Users should not expect "great new inventions" or "wonderfully improved products" as a result of this... buy-out... merger... acquisition... whatever you want to call it / however you want to spin it. Remember: Cisco kept marketing Linksys products under the Linksys brand (I think sometimes "Cisco-Linksys"), while their corporate products (or even SoHo) were often sold as Cisco brand, including some routers that obviously had the "Linksys smell" to their firmware/design. The reason for the "Linksys smell" is because Linksys doesn't actually do the real work -- they sub the work out to companies in Taiwan. The last company I knew they used was called CyberTAN (you can see their source code all throughout the GPL-licensed firmwares).

    The problem is that all the actual key code/work is outsourced to companies (contractors) outside of the US -- usually China and Taiwan -- that generally do not have true understanding of IP networking or how TCP/IP behaves/works/etc.. Usually within these companies there are 1 or 2 people who understand things "mostly", but not entirely, and they end up telling other people how to do X/Y/Z. Other people do X/Y/Z and do so badly, and then comes "SHIP IT!!!!!" time. The result? Customers suffer as a result of crappy coding, bugs, etc... I often wonder how many of these companies actually understand how the TCP protocol truly works.

    And please don't read my sentiments the wrong way -- I have the utmost respect for Asian countries and am quite familiar with their customs -- I took Mandarin for 5 years + lived with a Chinese family for 6 months, I can read/write/speak Korean, and know tidbits of Japanese. My comments aren't to imply that, say, "if this product was made in the USA it would be awesome" (that usually isn't the case) -- the reality is that most of the technology documentation pertaining to networking and IP is written in English. Language barriers play a huge role when it comes to software development.
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