Linksys Products Overview
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.
The Linksys company was founded in 1988. It is currently owned by Belkin, who bought it from Cisco, its owners from March 2003 to March 2013.Its products were branded as Linksys by Cisco when it was part of Cisco.
Linksys products are sold to consumers off-the-shelf from consumer electronics stores, internet retailers, and big-box retail stores such as supermarkets.Some of the main products of Linksys is Listed bellow:
Network Media Hub
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.
Main article: Linksys routers
BEFSR41 Ethernet router
BEFSX41 Ethernet router
WRT54G was notable for having firmware based on the Linux operating system. Subsequently, a relatively large open-source community dedicated to modifying Linksys router firmware developed, with the 54G model being the commonly modded component. Since version 5, flash memory is reduced from 4MB to 2MB, and VxWorks was used instead of Linux. The original Linux model with 4MB 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 network.This router supports the 802.11b and 802.11g wireless standards.
Wireless-N (draft 802.11n) 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 (2.4 and 5 GHz) wireless bands, multimedia streaming features, and a USB 2.0 storage link to accommodate an external hard drive.
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 5.5×5.5×1.25 inches (14×14×3.2 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 802.11g standard, which offers transfer speeds of up to 54 Mbit/s. It is also backwards compatible with 802.11b 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
WUSB54G series of USB wireless adapters use the Ralink RT2500 chipset.They support the 802.11b and 802.11g wireless network standards, and have ̣Open Source drivers available for Linux. 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 Kramer2k.
Powerline Network Adapter
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 Storages
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.