Belkin

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Belkin International, Inc.
Private
IndustryConsumer electronics
FoundedApril 18, 1983
HeadquartersPlaya Vista, Los Angeles, California, USA
Key people
Chet Pipkin, Chairman, Founder, CEO
Number of employees
1000+[1]
Websitewww.belkin.com

Belkin International, Inc., is an American manufacturer of consumer electronics that specializes in connectivity devices. Headquartered in Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California,[2] 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.

History[edit]

Belkin was founded in 1983 in California, by Chet Pipkin.[3] [4]

In March 2013, Belkin acquired Cisco Systems' Home Networking Business Unit, including the Linksys brand and product line.[5][6]

On March 26, 2018, Foxconn announced its intent to acquire Belkin for US$866 million.[7][8]

Awards[edit]

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.[9]

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 Award.[10]

Belkin's TuneBaseFM was awarded iLounge's Car Accessory of the Year Award for 2008.[11]

  • CES Innovations Awards:
    • 2009 "Best of" in Multi-Room Audio/Video Category: FlyWire[12]
    • 2008 "Best of" in Portable Media Accessories Category: TuneStudio[13]
    • 2006 "Best of" in Video Category: Nostromo n52[14]
  • IDSA Design Awards Ranking – Belkin ranked in top list of corporations[15]
    • 2002 IDEA / BusinessWeek Award: GOLD – Belkin OmniView SoHo Series KVM[16]
    • 2009 IDEA Award: BRONZE – Belkin Powerline AV+[17]
  • Multiple iF Design Awards; in 2009, Belkin placed in the Top 50 of all company rankings for the number of IF awards won.[18]
    • 2008 TuneStudio and SportCommand[19]
    • 2007 Clamp-On Surge Protector, Compact Surge Protector, Conceal Surge Protector, Flip KVM[20]
    • 2006 TuneBase and TuneBaseFM, MediaPilot[21]
    • 2005 USB 7-Port Hub, PureAV Home Theater Power Consoles, PureAV Home Theater Power Conditioner[22]
    • 2003 USB Media Reader Writer[23]
  • 2005 Business 2.0 Bottom Line Design Awards – Belkin PureAV Power Console[24]

Sponsorship and community work[edit]

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 headline sponsor.

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. Belkin supports 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.[25] In 2007, Belkin made a holiday donation to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative.[26]

Criticism[edit]

In 2003, 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 product.[27][28][29][30][31]

In early 2009, a Belkin 'online sales representative' was discovered paying Amazon.com, Newegg and Buy.com users to manipulate reviews of a notoriously buggy 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.[32][33][34] 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".[35][36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Belkin". Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Belkin. Retrieved on July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Chet Pipkin". www.techonomy.com. TECHONOMY. Retrieved 26 June 2018. Chet Pipkin is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Belkin International based in Playa Vista
  4. ^ "Wealthiest Angelenos: 29. CHET PIPKIN". www.labusinessjournal.com. LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL. August 28, 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018. Wealthiest Angelenos: 29. CHET PIPKIN
  5. ^ "Linksys brand name survives as Belkin takes over from Cisco". PCWorld. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  6. ^ "Belkin buys Linksys home router business from Cisco, giving it 30 percent of the market". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  7. ^ Woodhouse, Alice. "Foxconn unit to buy Belkin International for $866m". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  8. ^ Coldewey, Devin. "Foxconn buys peripheral maker Belkin for $866M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Belkin". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  10. ^ "iPod Buyers Guide". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  11. ^ "2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers Guide". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  12. ^ "CES. 2009 Innovations Honorees". Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  13. ^ "CES. 2008 Innovations Honorees". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  14. ^ "CES. 2006 Innovations Honorees". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  15. ^ "5 Years of IDEA Winners". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  16. ^ "IDEA / BusinessWeek Awards, Complete List of Winners". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  17. ^ "IDEA Award". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  18. ^ "iF Rankings 2009". Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  19. ^ "iF Design Awards 2008". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  20. ^ "iF Design Awards 2007". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  21. ^ "iF Design Awards 2006". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  22. ^ "iF Design Awards 2005". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  23. ^ "iF Design Awards 2003". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  24. ^ "Bottom Line Design Awards 2005". Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  25. ^ "Belkin Accessorizes for a Good Cause". Popgadget. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  26. ^ "Belkin Gifts OLPC in my Name - Thanks!". Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  27. ^ "Help! my Belkin router is spamming me". The Register. 7 November 2003. Archived from the original on 28 July 2005. Retrieved 2005-08-02.
  28. ^ "Belkin Routers Route Users to Censorware Ad". Slashdot. Retrieved 2005-08-02.
  29. ^ "CastleCops – Web hijack riles Belkin router users". 080205 castlecops.com
  30. ^ "Web hijack riles Belkin router users". CNET News.com. November 10, 2003.
  31. ^ "Web hijacking by router – a new method of advertisement by Belkin". 080205 merit.edu
  32. ^ "Belkin Amazon Rep Paying For Fake Online Reviews". Slashdot. 090117 slashdot.org
  33. ^ "Exclusive: Belkin's Development Rep is Hiring People to Write Fake Positive Amazon Reviews". 090117 thedailybackground.com
  34. ^ "Crunchgear: Belkin replies to Mechanical Turk shilling". www.crunchgear.com. January 18, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  35. ^ Chen, Jason (19 June 2009). "Belkin Employee Sheds Light On Belkin's Supposedly Dirty Practices". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  36. ^ Berndtson, Chad (20 January 2009). "For Belkin, Are Fake Reviews For Real?". CRN Magazine. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  37. ^ Weintraub, Seth (19 January 2009). "Belkin's response to the 'pay for good review' scandal is bad news". ComputerWorld. Retrieved 13 April 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Belkin at Wikimedia Commons