Linksys Router

Chances are if you have shopped for a router in the past ten years you have considered or purchased a Linksys router. For years, these ubiquitous blue routers appeared in homes and offices all around the country. But where did Linksys come from? And what is the future of their company and their cost-effective, highly functional routers?

Linksys was founded by Janie and Victor Tsao, immigrants from Taiwan who started the company in their Irvine, California garage. The couple had a side business as consultants who helped American technology distributors create profitable business relationships with manufacturers in Taiwan, and perhaps it was this experience that allowed their fledgling company, Linksys, succeed early on. The company’s first product was a printer sharer that allowed multiple PC’s to connect to printers. This early product was a clear precursor to the company’s next step – specializing in networking technology. By 1994, the company had grown to 55 employees and had an annual revenue of $6.5 million. It was about this time that Microsoft released built-in networking functions showcasing Linksys products and that Linksys established retail relationships with Fry’s Electronics and Best Buy electronics stores.

Linksys produced their first router in 2000. This 8-port router came with SNMP and QoS. By 2001, the company had shipped its millionth Linksys router. Moving into the manufacture of routers seemed like a natural progression for a company that was always interested in connection systems and generation multifunctionality. Routers allow multiple computers on a network to connect to the internet and/or each other through one centralized piece of electronic equipment. They work with cable and DSL internet connections.

Next in Linksys’s progression as a company came a huge coup – they were purchased by the technology giant Cisco. By then, Linksys, riding on the popularity of its routers and the increasing prevalence of networking technology in homes and offices, had 305 employees and revenues of more than $500 million. Cisco actually strategically bought Linksys as a way to get into home networking. Cisco also cited the fact that they were trying to tap small office/home office users, people commonly referred to through the acronym (SOHO.) From 2003 until 2008, Cisco still sold Linksys routers under their name and packaging, but starting in 2008, Cisco changed the name to Linksys by Cisco.

Linksys routers are marketed as simple do it yourself routers, and for the most part, they are simple to set up in the home. Cisco even advertises Linksys routers on their web page with the slogan, “Go Wireless. It’s easier than you think.” That isn’t to say that myriad websites and online video tutorials have not sprung up around the phrase, “How do I set up my Linksys router?” The popularity of such sites though, can actually be seen as a testament to Linksys routers’ popularity. Linksys routers are also relatively inexpensive in comparison to other routers on the market.

That’s not to say that all Linksys routers are inexpensive. High performance Linksys routers can run as high as a few hundred dollars and come equipped with state of the art wireless networking features. For example, the dual band models of Linksys routers work on two different radio bands, letting you choose the one with the least interference in your area and allowing for optimal web browsing and networking. These Linksys router models also offer smooth streaming video, high frame-rate gaming, and fast data transfers, all with long range and a reduced amount and size of dead spots. On the other hand, if you do not plan on using these routers for gaming or intense internet use, you may even be better off with a more inexpensive model. Consult your local electronics store for more information about the Linksys router mode that is right for you.

This Linksys Router Review is Written/Updated on Jul 19th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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