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CRN Names Linksys 52-port Managed Business Switch a 2014 Product of the Year


Crn Names Linksys 52-port Managed Business Switch a 2014 Product of the Year

Linksys LGS552P 52-Port Managed PoE + Gigabit Switch Honored in Networking Category


Irvine, Calif. – December 8, 2014 Linksys® a leader in consumer and business networking solutions, announced today that the CRN Test Center named its 52-Port Managed PoE + Gigabit Switch (LGS552P) a 2014 Product of the Year. Recognized companies represent best-in-breed technological innovation backed by a supportive channel partner program. The Linksys switch took the award in the networking category.

Throughout the year, the CRN Test Center conducts in-depth reviews on an extensive array of products across a wide range of categories. CRN's annual Product of the Year awards are selected by editors from each relevant product group including networking. Products are recognized for a number of factors including quality, uniqueness of features, ease of setup and use, ability to increase worker productivity and reduce cost and complexity for solution providers, IT departments and end users.

The Linksys 52-Port Managed Switch with PoE is being honored for a number of attributes that provide valuable benefits to resellers and small and medium business alike.  CRN applauds the overall value of the switch at a price point of $1,050 and provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities, 50 Gigabit ports, two 10Gigabit ports, PoE as well as our intuitive browser-based management interface that Linksys has become known for. CRN also noted the feature-rich capabilities for administrators or simple set up tabs for small business owners making the switch a solution to fit the needs of a growing SMB.

“Technical excellence in products that have the ability to drive sales and create an immediate and long-lasting impact on a solution provider’s business, backed by a technology vendor that understands and supports the channel, is a winning combination deserving recognition," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. "We salute our Products of the Year honorees for their determination to create products that provide real value and their desire to support the channel as their go-to-market strategy.”

“Linksys came back strong in 2014 with the launch of more than thirty new networking products including our 52-Port switch.  We’ve wanted to bring back the heritage of the Linksys business brand this year which started with SMB switches, said Wayne Newton, Director of B2B Channel Sales for Belkin International.  “It has been our goal to bring back what the channel missed from Linksys over the past few years including solid infrastructure products such as switches, routers, access points and surveillance.  We are honored by this CRN award and are motivated to continue to innovate for the channel.”

The 2014 Products of the Year are featured in the December 2014 issue of CRN magazine as well as online at www.crn.com. The Linksys overview can be found here.

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design, and customer service.  Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit www.linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

About Linksys

The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.



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