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Alleged GPL Licence Violation[edit]

"Belkin have been accused of violating the GPL by distributing Linux in binary form in some of their wireless devices yet refusing to provide the source code under the terms of the GPL.

"Some users have claimed that they have discovered their Belkin device is was running uCLinux, an embedded version of Linux. When they contacted the company, they were allegedly informed they would have to pay a fee to obtain the source code. As the GPL requires the provision of source code when requested, this is considered to be a violation."

The citation for this in the Links section does not appear to meet WP:CITE and WP:V Bige1977 17:28, 19 January 2006 (UTC)
It seems now they have source code at http://web.belkin.com/support/gpl.asp, I have to say I had a Belkin router, and it sucked, worst router ever. -- Frap 20:00, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Noncomplient[edit]

First, an apology: I am a fledgling wikipedian and not entirely versed in matters of protocol. This article does contradict itself, so that's the template i added.

This page currently includes what amounts to a message-board-style "explanation" from a "belkin employee" which may have some valuable information in it. I'm not doubting Ux dave's word that he's an employee, but issues of contributor identity aren't issues we want to get involved with. No original information, correct?

If we could find a press release or something to the effect that the "highjacking" was the result of a bug, etc. we could post that and clean up the section, but i don't think we can call this an encyclopedic writing at this point. We need a balanced article, not an article with a company line as addendum.

Any Belkin employees about? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.116.46.182 (talkcontribs) 00:27, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

With the press release gone, is it still contradictory?

Ccool2ax 21:56, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

A mess[edit]

This article is a mess. I wanted to learn about Belkin, but somehow I heard about some jumbling of a joypad and some router mistake. I can't clean this up, but I'll tag it for cleanup. Ccool2ax 13:24, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

A message from the same Belkin employee: I would be happy to ask the press relations person to send an official note / press release. But to whom should it be sent? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 205.166.232.210 (talkcontribs) 23:22, 18 April 2006 (UTC)
It should be sent to a reputable source (e.g. Slashdot, etc), where it will then be added to the WIkipedia article and cited. I have nothing against Belkin, I'm just trying to make the article more cleaned up and verifiable. See WP:V for more information. Ccool2ax 21:52, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
Whoever cleaned up the page (im too lazy to check), nice job! Is there some sort of award I can present you? 66.82.9.76 14:16, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

Trademark Violation[edit]

Belkin has started using the trademark "CableFree" to describe some wireless products. "CableFree" is a trademark of CableFree Solutions Limited [1] which is a long-established vendor of wireless networking equipment. CableFree has made representation to Belkin with a formal complaint and "cease and desist" request, but no response has been received to date. Please do not use the term "CableFree" without referring to it's rightful owner, CableFree Solutions Ltd. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.113.5.205 (talkcontribs) 15:13, 2 October 2006 UTC

Sir, it is not illegal to refer to products that violate trademark by their proper name. Until Belkin changes the name, the name shall stay as CableFree. -- Chris chat edits essays 18:40, 23 October 2006 (UTC)


Where did it go?[edit]

Where did Belkin go? 128.158.145.51 14:28, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

This is ridiculous, we need an article on Belkin. Drutt 13:11, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

hi — Preceding unsigned comment added by 210.213.138.220 (talk) 09:55, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Request for Edit[edit]

Hi, my name is Melody Chalaban, PR Manager at Belkin. I’m inquiring to see if an editor can edit and add to the Belkin Wikipedia entry. I’m hoping we can see more factual information about Belkin in terms of company history, background, product range, awards, and community work. Also, Belkin has evolved a lot since the last time the background was written, so I think the entry deserves an update to reflect the changes. Also, somebody in this discussion thread (above) states that “this article is a mess. I wanted to learn about Belkin…” So, I’m seeing a need for the entry to be updated with more information that tells what kind of business Belkin is and what we offer to our customers.

I’ve listed the items below along with 3rd party sources. (I hope I did this correctly! Please let me know if I've inserted the references incorrectly, and I can do redo them.)

Company Background

Key People

  • Chet Pipkin: Founder and Chairman of the Board
  • Mark Reynoso: CEO and President

Product Range

  • Networking: wireless routers
  • iPhone and iPod accessories (cases, FM transmitters, chargers)
  • Notebook and netbook accessories (cases, cushions, cooling pads, power adapters)
  • Data center accessories: racks & enclosures, KVM switches
  • Cables: AV, USB, computer
  • Surge protectors, including Energy-Saving “Conserve”
  • USB Hubs and other connectivity peripherals

**Note: Belkin no longer makes uninterruptible power supply devices (UPSes)**
Product List

  • N1 Vision Wireless Router [4]
  • Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters [5]
  • N+ Wireless Router [6]
  • TuneBase [7]
  • CushTop [8]
  • Conserve Surge Protector [9]
  • TuneStudio [10]
  • n52te SpeedPad [11]

Awards

  • CES Innovations Awards
    • “Best of” in Multi-Room Audio/Video Category: FlyWire [12]
    • “Best of” in Portable Media Accessories Category: TuneStudio [13]
    • “Best of” in Video Category: Nostromo n52 [14]
  • IDSA Awards Ranking – Belkin ranked in top list of corporations [15]
  • IDEA / BusinessWeek Award: GOLD - Belkin OmniView SoHo Series KVM 2002 [16]
  • IDEA Award: BRONZE – Belkin Powerline AV+ [17]
  • Multiple IF Design Awards, including Gold for the Compact Surge and Silver for Media Readers
    • 2008: TuneStudio, SportCommand [18]
    • 2007: Clamp-On Surge Protector, Compact Surge Protector, Conceal Surge Protector, Flip KVM[19]
    • 2006: TuneBase and TuneBaseFM, MediaPilot[20]
    • 2005: USB 7-Port Hub, PureAV Home Theater Power Consoles, PureAV Home Theater Power Conditioner[21]
    • 2003: USB Media Reader Writer[22]
  • In 2009, Belkin places in the Top 50 of all company rankings for the number of IF awards won. [23]
  • Business 2.0 Bottom Line Design Awards 2005 – Belkin PureAV Power Console [24]
  • PCMA Design Awards: Belkin TuneStudio, Flip KVM, CushTop, PocketTop, C-Clip Cable Manager[25]
  • iLounge Accessory Maker of the Year Award 2007[26]
  • iLounge Car Accessory of the Year Award 2007: TuneBase FM[27]
  • iLounge FM Transmitter of the Year Award 2006: TuneFM[28]

Community work

  • ASAP (Advanced Surveillance and Protection Plan) program headed by the LA County Sheriff’s Department in cooperation with Belkin [29]
  • Everybody Wins [30]
  • Support of Susan G. Komen For The Cure breast cancer movement through sales of pink ribbon iPod cases. $350,000 raised to date. [31]
  • OLPC holiday donation [32]

Mchalaban (talk) 16:02, 5 October 2009 (UTC)mchalaban

Looks good. You should jump in and add the information, making sure that the tone doesn't get too promotional. A factual presentation is best. Binksternet (talk) 20:03, 7 December 2009 (UTC)