Cisco Systems hire Barclays to help sell router brand Linksys

Shawn Knight

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Cisco Systems has reportedly hired financial services company Barclays to help find a buyer for Linksys, a well-known brand with regards to routers, according to unnamed sources as first reported by Bloomberg. Television set makers might make great targets for...

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Used to have belkin, buffalo and linksys. Netgear used to have bad rep. The linksys WRT54G was one of the most reliable one out there (first few versions).

Belkin was crap, will never buy again.
Used 2 different buffalo, seems like both of them have 2-3year lifespan before crapping out on you.

I think my next purchase will be an asus. Reliability is still an issue with the netgear and I don't trust dlink. Linksys hasn't produced a decent reliable router as of late either.


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Linksys WRT54G all the way. I've got a stack of two of them driving my apartment's LAN, along with a D-Link switch, plus I have 3 more (and a WRT54G-like cable modem; don't remember the exact model number) ready to be swapped in should something fail or I decide to perform firmware upgrades en masse. They're cheap, reliable, and totally customizable thanks to OpenWRT.


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My WRT54G v2.0 finally let the Magic Smoke float free this past October after 11 years of continuous and with the exception of a moving period of 3 days back in 2009, daily operation. I ran dd-wrt initially until I finally tried Tomato wherein there was no further need to fiddle with firmware for it. I had at one point 3+ years of uptime. I miss it, especially the local site survey snoop feature, as I could use the router to count the local networks,(the max I recall was 35).

I have moved on to a Netgear WGR614v10 due to it appealing to the financial miser in me, $13 vs $75 for another WRT54G. I found it did the job well enough that I went back and bought a second. No problems once it was updated to the latest firmware.

I have a local net with a 24/7/365 file and back up server my main desktop, net enabled media player, 2 laptops and when the teen drops over an XBOX 360 all run through an ASUS 8 port Gbit switch. Both the above routers have served well for these machines. No security issues.