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It doesn't seem that long since Cisco acquired the Linksys brand, but it was actually a decade ago. Now the business is being flipped to Belkin.

Belkin is to acquire Cosco's home networking business unit lock, stock and barrel. The deal includes products, technologies, the Linksys brand and employees.

Belkin has announced that it will continue to use the Belkin brand, and will provide support and warranty coverage for previously purchased products.

"We're very excited about this announcement," said Chet Pipkin, CEO of Belkin.

"Our two organisations share many core beliefs – we have similar beginnings and share a passion for meeting the real needs of our customers through the strengths of an entrepreneurial culture.

"Belkin's ultimate goal is to be the global leader in the connected home and wireless networking space and this acquisition is an important step to realising that vision."

Despite the size of the deal, it will still leave Belkin as the second-place vendor in the Australia and New Zealand retail home and small business networking market, according to company officials.

Mr Pipkin noted that the acquisition "will enhance Belkin's capabilities to meet the needs of the service provider space and small business users."

Back in 2007, Cisco CEO John Chambers indicated an intention to drop the Linksys brand, at least in part because he did not regard the consumer market as being separate from the wider networking market.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the current calendar quarter.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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