Cisco buys Pure Networks for Linksys division

Cisco has dug a little into its pocket to purchase privately held Pure Networks, a Seattle-based provider of

home networking-management software and tools. Pure Networks, which will be integrated into Linksys, enables consumers to set up a home network connecting a range of devices, applications and services, says Cisco. Pure already partners with Cisco to provide the software infrastructure and tools used to create the Linksys Easy Link Advisor (LELA), aimed at smoothing the process of organizing and managing a home network, according to Cisco. The network giant will pay approximately $120 million in exchange for all shares of Pure Networks and the purchase is expected to close in Cisco's first quarter of fiscal year 2009.

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