Belkin makes a variety of networking devices. The company was founded in 1982, and is currently headquartered California. Their WeMo family of devices connect with one another over Wi-Fi and offer a full suite of home automation features. These WeMo devices include wall plugs which can remotely turn on and off, can monitor energy, light switches with multiple lighting modes, and motion detection for alarms or automatic lighting. Belkin also partners with appliance manufacturers to make them WeMo compatible, including slow-cookers and air conditioners. Belkin's product range spans routers, iPhone and iPad accessories, energy-saving home accessories, laptop accessories, data center accessories, connectivity peripherals, home theater, and copper and fiber optic cable.
In 2009, anonymous reports stated that Belkin employees were encouraged to do everything they could to get good press, including leaving fake reviews on competing products and paying reviewers of their own. In 2003, a Belkin router would occasionally interrupt web browsing with an ad for a Belkin product. The feature was subsequently removed. On the flip side, Belkin has been involved with many charities, including One Laptop Per Child, Susan G. Komen (a breast cancer foundation), and Everybody Wins (a literacy program). Belkin is also involved in local law enforcement through the Compton Advanced Surveillance and Protection Plan as well as the L.A. Country Sheriff's Department.
Belkin's CEO is Chet Pipkin. Belkin acquired networking company Linksys in 2013. They have a single retail location in California, but have a wide variety of retail and online partners that carry their products. Belkin is a private company, so their stock is not traded. Despite being very private about their finances, analysts say Summit Partners invested in Belkin in 2012, though that stake is likely less than 5%. Major offices are set up in Australia, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.