As we've seen in Hollywood, the latest trend is to take something old and make it new again. Linksys is the latest to fall prey to the hype, taking its very popular WRT54G router and cramming it with the latest Wireless AC technology. The result? You be the judge when the Linksys WRT1900AC arrives this Spring.
What Linksys has done is build a new router from the ground up, but retained the look and feel of the company's popular WRT54G, keeping the "iconic" blue/black stackable form factor intact. The router also packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, four removable antennas, and ships with the company's Smart Wi-Fi setup and management tools. The device will even be the first to feature Linksys' Network Map feature.
"Our new Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router will be the most powerful router in its class on the market. We have spared no technology expense to make this router a prosumers' dream," said Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys.
According to the specs, the router provides one eSATA/USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. There's also 128 MB of internal storage, 256 MB of DDR3 RAM, open source support and loads more. Linksys states that this router will be the first open source compatible router solution to feature this combination of hardware.
"Open Source is a vehicle for other communities, such as DD-WRT, Open WRT, and Tomato, to create their own custom versions of open source firmware for the product. OpenWRT developers will be provided hardware and SDKs/APIs to begin creating custom firmware for the WRT1900AC," reads the press release. "An OpenWRT custom firmware for WRT1900AC is planned to be available for download online at availability in the spring 2014."
The new Linksys router provides speeds of up to 1300 Mbps for Wireless AC devices on the 5 GHz band, and up to 600 Mbps for Wireless N devices on the 5 GHz band. Linksys explains that the router will use the three best signals out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data. This "diversity technology" helps provide a greater range and coverage compared to solutions currently on the market that only have three antennas.
The upcoming Linksys WRT19900AC dual-band router will be made available this spring for $299.99 USD.