Belkin International, Inc., is an American manufacturer of consumer
electronics that specializes in connectivity devices. Headquartered in
Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California, it sells various consumer and
commercial product lines, including routers, iPod and iPhone
accessories, mobile computing accessories, surge protectors, network
switches, hubs, (USB and computer network) cables, KVM switches, racks
and enclosures, and other peripherals.
Belkin International is the
parent company for Belkin,
Linksys and Wemo branded products and
services, as well as the smart home water management company, Phyn.
3 Sponsorship and community work
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Belkin was founded in 1983 in California, by Chet Pipkin.[citation
In March 2013,
Belkin acquired Cisco Systems' Home Networking Business
Unit, including the
Linksys brand and product line.
On March 26, 2018,
Foxconn announced its intent to acquire
Belkin was in the "Inner City Top 100" list for six consecutive years,
and the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Private
Companies” list for five.
Belkin was awarded iLounge's Accessory Maker of the Year Award for
2007 and its TuneFM was awarded iLounge's FM Transmitter of the Year
Belkin's TuneBaseFM was awarded iLounge's Car Accessory of the Year
Award for 2008.
CES Innovations Awards:
2009 "Best of" in Multi-Room Audio/Video Category: FlyWire
2008 "Best of" in Portable Media Accessories Category: TuneStudio
2006 "Best of" in Video Category: Nostromo n52
IDSA Design Awards Ranking –
Belkin ranked in top list of
2002 IDEA / BusinessWeek Award: GOLD –
Belkin OmniView SoHo Series
2009 IDEA Award: BRONZE –
Belkin Powerline AV+
Multiple iF Design Awards; in 2009,
Belkin placed in the Top 50 of all
company rankings for the number of IF awards won.
2008 TuneStudio and SportCommand
2007 Clamp-On Surge Protector, Compact Surge Protector, Conceal Surge
Protector, Flip KVM
2006 TuneBase and TuneBaseFM, MediaPilot
2005 USB 7-Port Hub, PureAV Home Theater Power Consoles, PureAV Home
Theater Power Conditioner
2003 USB Media Reader Writer
2005 Business 2.0 Bottom Line Design Awards –
Belkin PureAV Power
Sponsorship and community work
Between May 2013 and the end of the 2014 season,
Belkin sponsored a
Dutch professional cycling team,
Belkin Pro Cycling Team. Belkin
stepped in after the team formerly known as Rabobank lost their
Belkin is involved in the local Compton community through the ASAP
(Advanced Surveillance and Protection Plan) program with the LASD (LA
County Sheriff’s Department) and the Everybody Wins reading program.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fight breast cancer
through its pink ribbon iPod cases that have helped raise $350,000 for
the organization. In 2007,
Belkin made a holiday donation to the
One Laptop per Child
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative.
Belkin released a home-use wireless router which would
occasionally replace users' HTTP requests with an advertisement for
Belkin's filtering software.
Belkin received some intense criticism
for this from technically literate customers and others who described
it as a man-in-the-middle attack or a form of session hijacking.
Belkin initially treated this as a public relations problem rather
than an inappropriate action on their part, but later relented and
issued a firmware update deleting this functionality from the
In early 2009, a
Belkin 'online sales representative' was discovered
paying Amazon.com, Newegg and Buy.com users to manipulate reviews of a
Belkin router. Belkin's President, Mark Reynoso,
responded to criticism, saying that the company does not engage in
unethical practices, noting however that 'one of our employees' may
have been responsible. On January 19, 2009, gizmodo.com
published a letter from an anonymous
Belkin worker, where the employee
claims that for years all workers were pressed upon to "do whatever is
needed to get good product reviews and good press", which included
"sending blog writers a device with custom firmware that hides known
bugs", "faking hardware logo certifications", as well as "writing poor
reviews of competitors products".
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PCWorld. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
Linksys home router business from Cisco, giving it 30
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Foxconn unit to buy
Belkin International for
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Foxconn buys peripheral maker
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TechCrunch. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
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^ "CES. 2008 Innovations Honorees". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "CES. 2006 Innovations Honorees". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "5 Years of IDEA Winners". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "IDEA / BusinessWeek Awards, Complete List of Winners". Retrieved
^ "IDEA Award". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "iF Rankings 2009". Archived from the original on 2012-06-17.
^ "iF Design Awards 2008". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "iF Design Awards 2007". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "iF Design Awards 2006". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "iF Design Awards 2005". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "iF Design Awards 2003". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
^ "Bottom Line Design Awards 2005". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
Belkin Accessorizes for a Good Cause". Popgadget. Retrieved
Belkin Gifts OLPC in my Name - Thanks!". Archived from the original
on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
^ "Help! my
Belkin router is spamming me". The Register. 7 November
2003. Archived from the original on 28 July 2005. Retrieved
Belkin Routers Route Users to Censorware Ad". Slashdot. Retrieved
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Belkin router users". 080205
^ "Web hijack riles
Belkin router users". CNET News.com. November 10,
^ "Web hijacking by router – a new method of advertisement by
Belkin". 080205 merit.edu
Belkin Amazon Rep Paying For Fake Online Reviews". Slashdot.
^ "Exclusive: Belkin's Development Rep is Hiring People to Write Fake
Positive Amazon Reviews". 090117 thedailybackground.com
Belkin replies to Mechanical Turk shilling".
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Belkin Employee Sheds Light On Belkin's
Supposedly Dirty Practices". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
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Real?". CRN Magazine. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
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