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Rumor: Cisco Looking to Sell Linksys Unit

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is seeking a buyer for its Linksys wireless home routers business, reports Bloomberg.

According to the report, Cisco has hired Barclays Capital to help it sell the business, citing "people with knowledge of the situation."

Cisco acquired Linksys for US$500 million in March 2003, but Bloomberg's sources say the price tag for the business is likely to be much less than what Cisco paid for it back then. (See Cisco Buying Linksys for $500M and Cisco to Buy Linksys.)

The decision to consider a sale is viewed as part of Cisco's efforts to exit certain consumer-oriented businesses -- a process that the company started last year -- in order to simplify the company and focus on its corporate and telecom customer base. For more


— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Jeff Baumgartner 1/10/2013 | 4:00:08 AM
re: Rumor: Cisco Looking to Sell Linksys Unit

Speaking as a consumer, the Linksys routers I've owned stood the test of time. I had an 802.11b router that just would not die...the faceplate had separated from the body of the device, yet it continued to work like a charm.  Eventually got an 802.11n and the Cisco/Linksys installation process was smooth.  Not sure if Cisco's execution after the purchase was perfect, but I never had any issues with the products themsevles. JB

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