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Linksys is an American company selling data networking hardware products mainly to home users and small businesses Its products include wired and wireless routers, Ethernet switches, VoIP equipment, wireless Internet video cameras, audio visual products and network storage systems

Linksys was founded in 1988 by the couple Victor and Janie Tsao, both Taiwanese immigrants to the United States They were purchased by Cisco in 2003, and sold to Belkin, the current owners, in 201312 Its products were branded as Linksys by Cisco when it was part of Cisco

Belkin has kept the Linksys brand and released new products under its name since acquiring it3

Linksys products are sold to consumers off-the-shelf from consumer electronics stores, Internet retailers, and big-box retail stores such as supermarkets Significant competitors in the home and small business networking market segment include D-Link, TP-Link and Netgear


  • 1 History
  • 2 Products
    • 21 Security Vulnerabilities
      • 211 Router issues
      • 212 Modems issues
    • 22 Routers
    • 23 Modems
    • 24 USB wireless
    • 25 Powerline network adapter
    • 26 Network attached storage
    • 27 Network media hub
    • 28 VoIP
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


In 1988, the married couple Janie and Victor Tsao founded DEW International, later renamed Linksys, in the garage of their Irvine, California home The founders were immigrants from Taiwan who held second jobs as consultants specializing in pairing American technology vendors with manufacturers in Taiwan4 The company's first products were printer sharers that connected multiple PCs to printers From this it expanded into Ethernet hubs, network cards, and cords By 1994, it had grown to 55 employees with annual revenues of $65 million4

The company received a major boost in 1995, when Microsoft released Windows 95 with built-in networking functions that expanded the market for its products Linksys established its first US retail channels with Fry's Electronics 1995 and Best Buy 19965 In 1999, the company announced the first Fast Ethernet PCMCIA Card for notebook PCs In 2000, it introduced the first 8-port router with SNMP and QoS, and in 2001 it shipped its millionth cable/DSL router5 By 2003, when the company was acquired by Cisco, it had 305 employees and revenues of more than $500 million4 That was also the sum paid by Cisco for the company6

Cisco expanded the company's product line, acquiring VoIP maker Sipura Technology in 20057 and selling its products under Linksys Voice System or later Linksys Business Series brands8 In July 2008, Cisco acquired Seattle-based Pure Networks, a vendor of home networking-management software Pure Networks had previously provided the tools and software infrastructure used to create the Linksys Easy Link Advisor9

Cisco announced in January 2013 that it would sell its home networking division and Linksys to Belkin, giving Belkin 30% of the home router market Belkin pledged to continue support and honor warranties for existing Linksys products10


Security Vulnerabilitiesedit

The following is not a complete list of all known security problems associated with Linksys products

Router issuesedit

The Linksys E1000, E1200, and E2400 routers are vulnerable to "The Moon" worm11

Modems issuesedit

Various Sercomm manufactured, Linksys-branded modem-routers have root-level backdoors121314


Main article: Linksys routers
  • BEFSR41 Ethernet router
  • BEFSX41 2VPN Endpoint Ethernet router
  • WRT54G was notable for having firmware based on the Linux operating system Since version 5, flash memory is reduced from 4 MB to 2 MB, and VxWorks was used instead of Linux The original Linux model with 4 MB is now available as WRT54GL
  • WRT54G2 Router was an easy-to-set-up router that enables the user to use their Internet connection without running wires It contains a firewall that protects the user from some unwanted hackers that may try to take access to the network15 This router supports the 80211b and 80211g wireless standards
  • Wireless-N draft 80211n series products
    • WRT150N featured a 4-port 10/100 switch and claimed three times the range and nine times the speed over a standard wireless-G router
    • WRT310N featured a 4-port 10/100/1000 switch and claimed four times the range and twelve times the speed over a standard wireless-G router
    • WRT610N featured a 4-port 10/100/1000 switch, broadcasts simultaneous dual 24 and 5 GHz wireless bands, multimedia streaming features, and a USB 20 storage link to accommodate an external hard drive16


Linksys ADSL modem AM300 Linksys ADSL modem AM300 backside showing Ethernet, USB, and phone line ports

WAG200G has a 211 MHz AR7 MIPS32 CPU with 4 MB of flash memory and 16MB of DRam on the PCB The WAG200G measures 55×55×125 inches 14×14×32 cm W×H×D and weighs 77 pounds 35 kg The WAG200G all-in-one device functions as a high speed ADSL2+ Modem, a Wireless G Access Point, router and 4-port Ethernet switch The built-in wireless Access Point function complies with the specifications of the 80211g standard, which offers transfer speeds of up to 54 Mbit/s It is also backwards compatible with 80211b devices at speeds of 11 Mbit/s The Access Point can support the connection of up to 32 wireless devices It also offers 4 built-in 10/100 8P8C ports to connect Ethernet-enabled computers, print servers and other devices

USB wirelessedit

  • WUSB54G series of USB wireless adapters use the Ralink RT2500 chipset17 They support the 80211b and 80211g wireless network standards, and have Open Source drivers available for Linux18 Drivers are also available for use on Macintosh systems Only the Version 4 contains the Ralink chipset Modification of the driver to work with Macintosh was discovered by Kramer2k19

Powerline network adapteredit

Linksys by Cisco Powerline Adapter Kit

Linksys offered a variety of HomePlug-based Ethernet-to-Power-line communication products:

  • PLTE200 – Powerline Network Adapter
  • PLTS200 – Powerline 4-Port Network Adapter
  • PLTK300 – Powerline Network Kit
  • PLE300 – Powerline AV Network Adapter
  • PLS300 – Powerline AV 4-Port Network Adapter
  • PLK300 – Powerline AV Network Kit

Network attached storageedit

Main articles: NSLU2 and NAS200

The NSLU2 is a network attached storage device with 8 MB of flash memory, 32MB of SDRAM, a 100 Mbit/s Ethernet port, and two USB ports The NSLU2 was discontinued in 2008 The NAS200 added SATA ports

Network media hubedit

Linksys by Cisco Network Media Hub 400 Series

The Media Hub 300 and 400 series are network attached storage devices that allow users to share digital media across a network Once the Media Hub is connected to the network, it searches for media content residing within the network and aggregates it into one centralized location, including all UPnP devices found The Built-in Media Reader can directly import photos from compact Flash devices, SD cards and memory sticks without the need of a computer Memory capacity options are 500GB or 1TB, with an extra empty bay

The Media Hub's GUI gives a holistic view of the media located on the network regardless of where the actual file is located Albums are consolidated, artwork, track numbers, and other metadata are downloaded, and all information can be sorted by a variety of different criteria Automated backup software that helps preserve the data through continuous storage backup


  • Linksys PAP2 and PAP2T is an analog telephony adapter commonly referred to as ATA, which allows for the connection of one or two “normal” telephones to a VoIP provider using the Session Initiation Protocol SIP protocol The product is based on the SPA-2000 ATA, made by Sipura Technology, which was acquired by Cisco in 2005 The PAP2 was discontinued in 2012

The SPA2102 is a gateway router with two FXS ports and SPA3102 is a gateway router with both a FXO and FXS port

See alsoedit

  • Broadcom
  • Free Software Foundation, Inc v Cisco Systems, Inc
  • Linksys iPhone
  • List of router firmware projects
  • Marvell Technology Group
  • Ralink


  1. ^ Cisco acquires Linksys for 500M, Clint Boulton, March 20, 2003
  2. ^ Ngo, Dong "Belkin completes acquisition of Linksys from Cisco" CNet CBS Interactive Inc Retrieved 8 October 2013 
  3. ^ "Press Release Page" Belkin Retrieved 25 April 2016 
  4. ^ a b c "Entrepreneurs of the Year" Inccom January 2004 Retrieved 2009-03-10 
  5. ^ a b "About Us" Linksys by Cisco Retrieved 2009-03-10 
  6. ^ "Cisco to sell Linksys to Belkin, will exit home networking market" Ars Technica Retrieved 25 April 2016 
  7. ^ "Cisco Systems to Acquire Sipura Technology" Cisco System April 26, 2005 Retrieved 2009-03-08 
  8. ^ "Cisco Small Business IP Phones Linksys Business Series" 
  9. ^ "Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Pure Networks" Cisco press release 2008-07-23 Retrieved 2009-03-10 
  10. ^ "Belkin buys Linksys home router business from Cisco, giving it 30 percent of the market" The Verge Retrieved January 24, 2013 
  11. ^ "http://thehackernewscom/2014/02/linksys-malware-moon-spreading-fromhtml"  External link in |title= help
  12. ^ "https://nakedsecuritysophoscom/2014/01/03/gaping-admin-access-holes-found-in-soho-routers-from-linksys-netgear-and-others/"  External link in |title= help
  13. ^ "https://wwwhelpnetsecuritycom/2014/01/03/critical-backdoor-in-linksys-and-netgear-routers-found/"  External link in |title= help
  14. ^ "http://arstechnicacom/security/2014/01/backdoor-in-wireless-dsl-routers-lets-attacker-reset-router-get-admin/comments=1"  External link in |title= help
  15. ^ Wireless-G Broadband Router
  16. ^ "Linksys Official Support - Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router" Linksys Retrieved 25 April 2016 
  17. ^ "Ralink chipsets based wireless devices" raplanet 8 Jul 2007 Retrieved 2009-01-04 
  18. ^ Marc Abramowitz 2007-02-20 "Setting up a Linksys WUSB54GC WLAN adapter in Ubuntu" Retrieved 2009-01-04 
  19. ^ Kramer2k 2006-05-22 "WUSB54G working!" insanelymaccom Retrieved 2009-01-04 

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