In Pictures: Cisco's 10 most opportunistic acquisitions

These acquisitions helped Cisco jump on market trends early on, and take hold of them as they grow into money-makers.

Aironet Wireless, November 1999 With the company's market cap near an all-time high and rumblings of Cisco becoming the first trillion-dollar market cap company, the company ponied up a paltry $799 million to acquire Aironet Wireless for its first enterprise wireless LAN solution. The $800 million amounted to mere pocket change, but proved to be a great acquisition. At the time, wireless certainly wasn't the norm, but the shift to wireless had clearly begun.

Cisco also acquired Airspace in 2005, giving the company a controller-based solution, and, of course, complemented these solutions with the Meraki acquisition last year.

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