Last month, Cisco announced it would buy Linksys, a maker of wired and wireless gear for SOHO users and consumers. We took a personal interest in the acquisition, since we both use Linksys gear in our own SOHO networks.We\u2019ve used Linksys devices for setting up our respective offices, using a four-port firewall\/router\/Ethernet switch on our broadband connections. We\u2019ve also used the voice adapter to send voice-over-IP calls using the Net2Phone service. And we\u2019ve recently gone wireless, using a Linksys 802.11 device to provide wireless connectivity to our computers.Following this unsurprising announcement, we came up with a slant not necessarily in line with the official Cisco press release.The official announcement stated that the acquisition was in support of Cisco\u2019s \u201cvision to drive innovations into the consumer market.\u201d While we don\u2019t begrudge Cisco for entering the consumer market, we don\u2019t really believe that Cisco is going to be selling home appliances anytime soon.Rather, we believe Cisco is following the enterprise trend of extending corporate VPNs to home-office users. The trend of traditional cube dwellers working at home is definitely on the upswing - and will continue to grow. Ten years ago, \u201cworking at home\u201d implied the teleworker was goofing off. Now working from a home office is a widely accepted business practice.It seems Cisco can kill two birds with one stone - get in with an established player like Linksys to enter the stand-alone consumer and SOHO markets, and extend the products to the corporate enterprise wise enough to support the teleworker.