Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

LAN & WAN News

You've probably already seen the rumor by now that Cisco may be looking to cut its Linksys consumer networking division loose, as early as next week. Even when you consider the British techno-tabloid source, the Register, it seems plausible.

Linksys Logo xed

Given all the hand-wringing and finger-wagging by analyst types about Cisco's need to focus on its core big-iron networking business, this really isn't a surprise. After the Flip division was shut down, the writing was on the wall.

But, unlike Flip, Linksys is too valuable a brand to just shut down. But the real question is who will buy it?

It's not like the consumer networking business is a gold mine. About the only thing companies make money on these days are NASes, where Linksys doesn't have a product. Sure, its routers can be found on shelves from Best Buy to Sam's Club to Target to WalMart. But there is nothing in Linksys' router lineup that can't be had from any of its competition.

So that rules out NETGEAR and D-Link as possible buyers along with every other networking company.

My money is on either a sale to HP or maybe Dell as a long shot, or one of those private equity groups that specialize on making money from once-great brands. A longer shot would be a spin-off to a standalone company. But that's unlikely since the entrepreneurial spirit (and talent) left Linksys long ago after it was absorbed by the Cisco Borg.

Let the rumor mill grind on!

More LAN & WAN

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I've set up PH on a machine on my LAN (docker PH) and when I point another machine on my LAN's DNS to the PH's IP (192.168.0.123) it works great for t...
I'm building a new house and want to run my cat6 before they drywall. I plan to run extra cable to each possible box and even some walls that I may us...
Hi guys,Firmware Version:384.13_beta1-g73181bd3aeI have been running Asus Merlin for a long time on my AC86U with no issues, i run a OPENVPN with sele...
I'm working on a script to limit my kid's computer time.For now, this is the part of the script that kicks him off when his time is up:Code: # disa...
I need to buy a home storage product before January when Windows 7 goes out. I was thinking of buying a refurbished small Dell workstation with Windo...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3