[Chugalug] [OT] Cisco is possibly selling Linksys

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Mon Dec 17 17:37:26 UTC 2012

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On 12/17/2012 11:32 AM, Alex Smith (K4RNT) wrote:
> Yeah, I don't really like their products, so far the only product
> that was worth anything was the WRT54G series, nothing else.

As mentioned before, Cisco did add value to the low-end units.
Unfortunately, other players in the same game offered even more for
less, and I can't really blame Cisco for not wanting to cut their own
throats.  There are reasons some of my WiFi deployments use Cisco AP,
and some do not.

> Different revisions of a same card having different chipsets, from 
> different manufacturers made finding drivers EXTREMELY difficult,
> you didn't know to take down the revision number until you've built
> up the host, installed the OS and started to install drivers.

This is not specific to Linksys.  It is common with all the low end
consumer WiFi "Routers".  Even worse is when you get into the higher
end units which have hardware beefy enough to do neat tricks, but then
have stupid driver limitations or ASIC designs (4 port GB switch
attached to a USB bus, really?).

> Now my favored brands in the home networking class are Netgear and
> D-Link.

Treat em both as cheap and replaceable, and never make the mistake of
thinking either are of any quality, and you'll do fine.  Hopefully
Netgear will never have a bug in production equipment as heinous as
their MAC address truncation issue in the past, but I'll never
willingly put a piece of their gear on a network I give two shits
about again.


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