On Friday Belkin-owned networking company Linksys launched its fastest wireless router yet, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 Router. The company claims this device offers Wireless N speeds on the 5 GHz band at 600 Mbps, the fastest this wireless spec can push, and up to 1300 Mbps Wireless AC speeds on the same band. That's plenty fast for both specs, but the premium speed comes with a premium price: $249 USD.
"Beamforming technology helps to deliver better network range and faster Wi-Fi speeds in the home," the company said. "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with beamforming technology are designed to precisely adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of the Wi-Fi signals for better performance."
The device comes packed with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one Gigabit WAN port, one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port, the latter of which would be ideal for streaming large media files over the network when using a USB 3.0 external hard drive. The USB 2.0 port would be best utilized for sharing music, documents and photos.
The company said the device uses a dual-core processor clocked at 800 MHz for maximum performance, and backs the router's "enhanced" web interface that can be accessed by iOS/Android apps for tablets and smartphones, and PC-based browsers. The router can even be set up using mobile devices; simply connect to the router and then follow the simple set-up wizard.
"Our products are not only extremely fast, they are also easy to install and control through the innovative Linksys Smart Wi-Fi platform," said Mike Chen, Senior Director Home Networking at Belkin. "With your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account and App you can get access anywhere and anytime to media stored on a connected USB storage device or change settings of the router -- all from the palm of your hand."
Other features offered with the new router include DLNA certified media streaming (server), wireless WPA/WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall, guest access, parental controls, device quality of service (QoS), and simple-tap setup supporting NFC devices. The three external dipole antennae are removable for maximum flexibility.
The new router will be available next month for $249 USD. However, Linksys is now offering a dual-band Wireless AC adapter for $69 offering speeds up to 867 Mbps Wireless AC speeds on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band.
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The thing is that these days one can't trust the word of the fellow user since everyone has an awful experience against all brands. For instance you say Linksys is junk. I say Netgear is a POS, since I bought a Netgear N900 and it was worthless with horrible QoS and it reboots constantly and just yesterday I disconnected it and plugged back my old D-Link Dir-655. To me D-Link is a reliable brand, to others its junk and so on, so on.
Best solution is just to stress the shit out of any router you buy and return ASAP if it doesn't meet expectations.
That sounds an awful lot to me like saying that allowing the NSA access to ALL your data is actually a feature.
Bingo. Everyone hates something and, on the internet, there's some loud mouthed person to hate everything. Whatever brand of hard drive you buy? Garbage. Graphics card? Whatever one you pick, the other is better. Brand of PC? Died a week after they got it. Flash memory stick? Got ten writes then stopped working.
There are some good products out there. So many people blaming the whole brand for them being the unlucky ones to get a lemon is as bad as the people who will praise products out of blind loyalty whether it's good or not. Both ruin the reliability of user experience on a product.
Nothing new here.
When ever linksys does a reference design the router usually becomes regarded as a really good and stable router.
Their only successful non reference router was the WRT54g (V4 and lower, and GL)
Asus has been sticking mostly with reference implementations (essentially using all of the recommended parts and designs from broadcom, and thus they can use drivers from broadcom
From the description it seems to be the same technical design as the Asus RT-AC68U
Which uses this CPU http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4707-4708-4709
and 2 BCM4360's
The '4000 has had poor firmware updates, has been buggy, and generally hasn't behaved at the "appliance" level that I would have liked. I haven't used the VPN features, but have heard about issues with those as well. Ever since Linksys got bought by Cisco, it's been on a decline.
Linksys is a business that Cisco wanted to sell. That should tell you a lot about how much they were willing to invest in R&D.