Feb 12 2014
New Linksys Wireless Router – Acquisition of Belkin
The Linksys wireless routers was one of the best home wireless routers. Especially the Linksys WRT54G routers have the legendary status among wireless routers. Belkin has bought the Linksys in march 2013, and there is a big question mark for the quality of new Linksys routers.
Linksys is a company which is famous for home and small business networking products. Its products are:
- wireless routers
- wireless adapters
- wireless bridges
- wired routers
- Ethernet switches
- security cameras.
Linksys was founded in 1988 in California by Janie and Victor Tsao. The first products were printer sharers that connected multiple computers to the printers. After that they started with Ethernet hubs, network cards and cords.
The company started to expand from the mid 1990s with networking products, especially cable and DSL routers. In March 2003, Cisco has bought Linksys and sold it to Belkin in March 2013. New Belkin has even 30% of the home router market.
Belkin is a manufacturer of the consumer electronics like:
- wireless and wired routers
- Ethernet switches
- iPod and iPhone accessories
- USB and computer network cables.
Belkin was founded in 1983 in California by Chet Pipkin and it was among fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. Beside United States it has offices in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Australia.
In early 2009 it was discovered that Belkin was paying users to manipulate customer reviews on Amazon, Newegg and Buy.com for the buggy Belkin routers.
Belkin Wireless Routers
Unlike Linksys wireless routers, Belkin wireless routers had problems with stability, customer service, slower connections, bad coverage. Belkin wireless routers often get bad reviews from professional and customers. It was even proved that it manipulates customer reviews at Amazon, Newegg and Buy.com. Read more about new Belkin AC series on Belkin wireless router – the new AC series should be avoided.
New Linksys Wireless Router EA6900
After buying Linksys, Belkin has made a small change on Linksys router by adding three adjustable antennas. These three antennas didn’t improve the performance of the router.
- Very fast at close range.
- Nice and compact design.
- Unstable 5 GHz band.
- Problem with the USB3.0 port.
- Price is too high for what it offers.
Great and detail review of Linksys wireless router EA6900 you can read on Linksys EA6900 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Too expensive for what’s delivered.
Future Linksys Wireless Router
My opinion is that Belkin needs to do lots of work to transform the Linksys wireless routers in top class WiFi routers. They especially need to improve their customer care center and technical support which is outsourced to India.
If you are interested to find out more about the wireless routers and how they really work, please read my article Broadband wireless router – what is it and how does it work.
You are planning to buy the wireless router. My advice is that you first read the posts:
- The best wireless router and how to find it.
- Wireless Router Reviews – Find the best Wireless Router
What is your opinion about the Linksys wireless routers? Do you have some experience and question? Please leave me your comment.