Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Sunday July 03, 2016

54Mbps Router From 2005 Still Makes Millions For Linksys

Did you have one of these? Do you still have one of these? You’re not aloneآ—Linksys still makes big bucks from the 11-year-old WRT54GL, which manages to stick around based on its reliability and support of open source firmware.

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آ…people still buy the WRT54GL in large enough numbers that Linksys continues to earn millions of dollars per year selling an 11-year-old product without ever changing its specs or design. "To be honest, it somewhat baffles my mind," Linksys Global Product Manager Vince La Duca told Ars. But production won't stop any time soon as long as Linksys' suppliers, including chipmaker Broadcom, keep selling the parts needed to build the WRT54GL. "We'll keep building it because people keep buying it," La Duca said.