Back in January, we reported that Belkin was gearing up to acquire Linksys. That day has finally come, with the company announcing earlier today that the acquisition is complete. Linksys products will still be offered under that name, and not much will change for customers, but this marks a big day for Belkin.
Belkin said in its announcement that it has several announcements planned for this spring, and that consumers will be seeing new Linksys-branded products rolling out this year. By acquiring the latter company, Belkin plans to reach more customers, and to also position itself as the “premier ecosystem” for smart homes.
Belkin’s CEO Chet Pipkin had this to say: “Linksys has a rich heritage, a passionate customer base and a wide product line, all of which fueled our decision to acquire the company and our plan to maintain the Linksys brand. The Linksys portfolio will continue to exist and evolve to include even richer user experiences and network management functionality. Smart Wi-Fi is an innovative and easy way for consumers to stay connected to their home network and we look to continue investing in it by adding more features and products.”
Belkin’s CEO goes on to say that the company is honored to take on and continue with the Linksys brand. Current customers don’t need to worry – their warranties will continue to be honored, as well as future Linksys warranties. In addition, Linksys will continue to offer support via its existing infrastructure and website support pages.