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Linksys Now Shipping WRT1900AC Wireless AC Router

Linksys announced on Thursday the launch of its new WRT1900AC. The design of this router was inspired by the iconic WRT54G that was introduced 11 years ago. However, don't let the old-school look fool you; the innards are all up-to-date Wireless AC parts including a dual-core processor, flash memory, eSATA and USB ports.

"The WRT is a cornerstone in the history of Wi-Fi and synonymous for many people with going wireless at home since it was their first wireless router. Since the introduction of the original WRT, we have sold more than 50 million units worldwide and are still selling it very successfully even with wireless technology advancing rapidly," said Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys.

According to the specs, the new router provides Wireless AC speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and Wireless N speeds up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. The router also includes five Gigabit Ethernet ports (one for WAN), one eSATA/USB 2.0 port, and a USB 3.0 port. There's also a dual-core ARM-based processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 128 MB of flash memory, 256 MB of DDR3 RAM, and four exchangeable antennas.

The router can be set up using any device via a browser-based interface. Users set up two SSIDs, one per radio band, but have the option of hiding these labels. Additional features include sharing a printer via the USB or eSATA port, parental controls to prevent access to naughty websites, drag-and-drop media prioritization, dynamic DNS services, and more. The router is also open-source ready.

"We see it as a very positive development to have collaborated directly with the Linksys engineering team on the new WRT1900AC router," said Gregers Petersen, relationship manager at OpenWrt. "As a result of that consumers will have the freedom of choice between the Linksys default firmware and OpenWrt. The OpenWrt developers recognize the potential of the collaboration with Linksys, and the opportunities it brings for more devices and solutions."

Unlike other Wireless AC routers on the market, this model provides four adjustable and removable antennas. The router automatically selects and utilizes the best three of the four antennas to transmit and receive data. This helps provide greater range and coverage, which in turn provides the best performance wherever users are located.

The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wireless-AC Router will be available starting April 13, 2014, at Best Buy stores and at the Linksys.com store at an MSRP of $279.99.

  • amk-aka-Phantom
    This router pays tribute to the classic WRT54G.

    Haha, no it doesn't. Classic WRT54G is a highly affordable device loved for its ability to run alternative firmware such as DD-WRT. This new thing, now don't get me wrong, it's awesome hardware, but by no means affordable. And with Linksys now owned by Belkin, I won't touch their hardware now. I'd much rather get same-priced routers from Asus.
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  • john675
    What's the advantage of the router compared to the Asus RT68 or the Netgear Nighthawk which are priced $80 less and can both run dd-wrt?
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  • Avus
    This router pays tribute to the classic WRT54G.

    Haha, no it doesn't. Classic WRT54G is a highly affordable device loved for its ability to run alternative firmware such as DD-WRT. This new thing, now don't get me wrong, it's awesome hardware, but by no means affordable. And with Linksys now owned by Belkin, I won't touch their hardware now. I'd much rather get same-priced routers from Asus.

    Retro or pay tribute of a product doesn't need to align with its original price. Take VW Beetle and Mini Cooper for examples, both were dirt cheap car in original version. Nowadays Mini Cooper is an over priced premium compact car.
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  • krakhen
    Agreed! Almost $300 is hardly an open enthusiast oriented router nor will it sell that well.
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  • zanny
    Note that so far Belkin hasn't yet produced acceptable patches for openWRT to actually run on this thing yet. So you would be getting their stock proprietary firmware until they get their crap in order. They are also trying to stick binary blob drivers in their commits...
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  • memadmax
    I would be more inclined to buy this if it included the cable modem.

    Otherwise, I can get the same thing with a modem....
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  • Braddo
    Is this just an overclocked ea6900 with the ability to run custom firmware?
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  • laststop311
    Too expensive. There are better 3x3 wireless ac options out there like Asus.
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  • Zepid
    What's the advantage of the router compared to the Asus RT68 or the Netgear Nighthawk which are priced $80 less and can both run dd-wrt?

    Thanks for the references from Asus and Netgear. I'm in the market for an upgrade and was highly considering the nostalgic factor of the new WRT, but was turned off by the fact that Belkin owns them now. I think I'll go with the Nighthawk, I'm already a fan of their other products and they use to be great back in the day for switches/routers.
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  • hotroderx
    I thought the original price on this thing was going to be like 199-250... Those prices where pretty darn high anyway. At 279.99 I think I would just stick with the proven Asus model's.
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