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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports

  • Four High-Performance Antennas
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core ARM Processor
  • 4 x Gigabit Lan Ports, eSATA and USB 3.0 Ports
  • Media Server DLNA and Open Source
  • 128MB Flash, 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • Open Source Ready
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  • Matthew H.
  • 7/28/2014 7:00:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Router

Pros: I have never used a router that transmits a stronger signal than this. In addition to this router I own a Netgear WNDR4500 and they trade blows on the 2.4Ghz band, neither really showing clear evidence of being stronger than the other. On the 5Ghz band, however, there was no contest. This WRT1900AC was clearly 5-10 dBa stronger than the WNDR4500, regardless of range.

The 4 adjustable antennas seem to be doing their job nicely. I haven't experimented much with using alternate antenna positions but I like that the option is available to do so. They are also detacheable, allowing for them to be switched out for different antennas.

Soft white LED's don't look like Christmas lights or lasers. They are probably the most attractive and effective LED indicators that I have seen in a router. The brightness is a good balance of being effective and not distracting. Each indicator has a unique appearance which allows someone to recognize what is being indicated without having to get up close and read the labels.

Ethernet port LED's differentiate between 10/100 and 1000Mbps. This is great for devices like gaming consoles, which do not readily make connection details apparent.

Effective heat management includes a built in fan and plenty of ventilated surface area. Heat should not be a problem at all as long as the router is allowed to breath. My house stays at an ambient temperature of around 73 degrees Fahrenheit and the router remains just warm to the touch. In the past 3 weeks I have never noticed the fan turn on.

Not JUST USB ports for file sharing, but USB 3.0 AND eSATA. Personally, I don't have a great need for file sharing through a router but I ran some tests anyway to compare it with others. USB 3.0 makes a tangible difference in access times and transfer rates. It has proven to be very responsive and even allows scanning through high bitrate video files while playing with barely any noticeable buffering. That's the best performance I've experienced on a router media server so far.

The router menu and interface are fantastic. Everything I have come to expect in a high end router is there, in addition to the best looking interface I have come across to date.

Cons: No option to set up vertically without wall mounting. I used a Netgear WNDR3700 for a couple years and I loved having the option to set up either vertically or horizontally. Granted, the WNDR4500 I upgraded to can only be used vertically and if I had to choose just one of the two configuration options it would be horizontal, like this router. Not a big deal really.

The power supply does not have a dedicated ground. I have experienced multiple network devices fail as the result of a lightning storm or power surge so I would like to see this feature be more common (especially as high end as this router is). It IS a feature of my Netgear WNDR4500 power supply.

The Twonky media server interface seems a little 'twonky'. Some of the features don't seem to work properly. I have tried multiple times to use the 'upload' function and every time results in a connection reset. Attempting to load the "Flash Media Browser" results in a "service not available" error. Nearly every setup tab has the same three buttons, "Save Changes", "Cancel", and "Restart Server". Save what settings? There don't seem to be any settings to change. In addition to those limitations there seems to be some limitation on file formats. A couple videos played without audio and a couple didn't play at all. All that being said, the files that play seem to play seamlessly.

While the router may in fact be "Open Source Ready", Open Source does not yet seem to be ready for the router. I have checked for updates on the openwrt forum and the driver does in fact seem to be on the way, it's just unfortunate that it has taken as long as it has.

This thing is gigantic. In actual dimensions it's not much bigger than my WNDR4500, but laying horizontally, in addition to the 4 antennas gives this thing some serious size. It demands desk space as a sacrifice.

Price. This is one of the best routers on the market right now. You just need to ask yourself if that's what you need/want and whether or not you're willing to pay for it.

Other Thoughts: When I was asked to review this router I was already set on using my WNDR4500 for the foreseeable future and I didn't see this Linksys changing any of those plans. Why not keep what has been working for me and sell this for a pretty penny? That was my thought process but I find myself rethinking that strategy. I think my Netgear WNDR4500 will have to find a new home because this thing is pretty awesome.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Range, Good NAS, No Open Source

Pros: What it is:

A high end home networking system to manage your network security, provide wifi access to you and your guests and to host shared files, (movies, pictures and backup, etc).

This is the best range 5ghz wifi I have tried. For me, that makes it a real possibility to substitute for gigabit ethernet and to make use of the higher bandwidth the Cable and Fiber companies are now delivering.

Probably the most differentiating feature of this for a typical user is the file sharing feature -- it is for me. USB and eSata connections allow an external hard drive to be attached and then shared on your network -- and even outside your network.

Most routers have this function as an afterthought -- something easy to include in their linux based firmwares. Unfortunately this often results in poor performance, slow transfers, inconsistent connections.

Linksys, however, seem to have done a good job, delivering class leading transfer speeds which actually take some advantage of the USB3 and eSata connectors on the back of the router. This makes the device competitive with entry level NAS devices from WD and Seagate, without making you buy another box. Nice. (Please don't expect wirespeed usb3.0 file transfers -- this thing delivers very respectable speeds for its class).

This file sharing can be secured with permissions and logins for specific users. Think of it as a hundred dollars you don't have to spend on a NAS box, especially if you already have an external hard drive you'd like to use. Of course it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a full blown NAS, but it does have SMB, FTP and DLNA, so it covers the most common use cases.




Who its for: I think there are two folks this will appeal to. (1) People who want the best and are willing to pay. (2) Nerds who like cool powerful hardware and want to hack around with 3rd party software. Unfortunately, #2 isn't ready for prime time in any real way, yet.

Why you want it: Your current router may be too slow to take advantage of the higher speeds that ISPs are delivering these days. You don't want to run wires to make use of those higher speeds. All or most of your gadgets can connect at 5ghz and some take advantage of the new AC speeds. You were thinking about spending bucks on a NAS device, but already have USB hard drives that you could use with this device.

What it does: Networking: Manages IPV4 networking, DHCP reservations and QoS. WiFi: Both 2.4 and 5ghz bands up to full 1900ac (if you've got anything that uses it), guest networking. Security: Both IPV4 and IPV6 firewalls, port forwarding, dmz, IP and URL filtering, Parental Control. File Sharing: FTP, SMB (with security), DLNA all though USB 3.0 and/or eSata.

Cons: Power consumption: Idles at 11 watts, which is a bit high when compared to other devices. Power consumption increases a bit to 14 watts with an attached USB powered 2.5 inch spinning hard drive. The top of the case is always warm, although there is good ventilation (very extensive heat sinks and even a little internal fan that I haven't had turn on yet.)

Design: I'm sorry, but trying to make a modern version of "old blue" wrt54g doesn't cut it for me. YMMV, but I'm not seeing this as earning a place out in the open in a living room. It still needs to live in the office. High nerd factor, low waf.

Firmware: The feature set in firmware is limited for power users (VPN notably missing). Open source alternatives, although bragged about, are not ready for prime time, so that leaves a big gap.

Cost: An economical reliable wifi router for ma and pa. At the end of the day, what I think most folk want is a set-and-forget router that's rock solid and never needs a reboot, without spending a lot of dough. This may prove to be set and forget, time will tell, but it is pricey. So this aint it.

Why you might not need this: If you're looking for a great open source router platform. Although it may evolve into one, its not there yet.

Open Source is a red herring...see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: Why Linksys is doing this is beyond my understanding. They claim commitment to open source, trying to recapture lightning in a bottle that linksys had way back with the wrt54 series -- the router that arguably started the open source excitement. Unfortunately, that was a serendipitous movement, not an engineered one. Since serendipity cannot be engineered, the folks at Linksys need to take a more thoughtful approach to making inroads into open source -- and a big part of that is investing in software development and entering the market fully formed and ready to play. The open source community is capable of incredible feats, but they are fickle as heck and wont do your homework for you, without a really good reason.

Maybe you're thinking of buying this in anticipation of the great open source firmware that is to come. Seems a gamble to me. My guess is that by the time its supported, hardware will have moved on and there will be another pretty girl on the street.

Buy it if you want great range, a decent NAS, and the design appeals to you.

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4 out of 5 eggsBig in Every Way

Pros: Like the title says, this router is big in every way. Big performance, Big range. This is the 4th high end AC router I have had and it is on par overall with the others. Some aspects it is better and some aspects it is worse.

This router does have good range. Relative to the other brands’ top AC routers I found this had relatively better 5GHz range and slightly worse 2.4GHz range. One thing that was interesting is when I was in the same room as the router, the WRT1900AC had the weakest signal. However, when I started putting walls in between me and the router, the WRT1900AC had the strongest signal. Given that I have to say this is the best one I have tested.

The throughput was also very strong which you should expect on a high end AC router. The NAS speed is also good thanks to the USB 3.0 port.

Set up is a breeze: few steps and little time.

Interface wise there are plenty of pros but they have corresponding cons. The menus are well made, simple and you can manage and change things easily (once you get the hang of them). One thing I like is the network map and the ability to change setting for devices from the map. For power users Open WRT will be a big plus… when it happens.

I have been using it for a month and have not noticed any hiccups. Devices have not dropped connecting and had to reconnect and I have not needed to reboot it.

Cons: Again, this router is BIG in every way and that turns into cons as well.

The big performance means big form factor for keeping things cool. It also means big power usage. Yes it can be wall mounted but big is big. If you don’t have lots of space you are going to have to find a place to put it. I currently have it on the floor.

Another big aspect of this router is the price. It is higher than that of equal performance competition.

No when it comes to the software, the simplicity means that lots of things power users will look for will be missing. Heck even for non-power users that know something about networking there will be stuff missing. For example, The 5GHz can’t be set to AC only. Linksys will say they do that because few things are AC but actually, I have quite a few things that are AC now so I would be able to take advantage of this. I say, go ahead and make default Mixed but allow me to change it to AC only.

Another big con with the menus is that they are organized very strangely compared to any other router. For example Port Forwarding is under Security -> Apps and Gaming. It took me a while to find that. If you buy this, I recommend click through every menu when you first get it just to get a sense of where everything is.

Other Thoughts: While it does have a cooling fan in it, I have yet to see it kick on so I am not worried about a short life span due to running too hot.

Don’t be fooled by the 4 antennas. It only uses 3 at a time. It selects the best 3 and turns the 4th off.

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4 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect

Pros: Outstanding signal strength and range- I have 9 various routers for comparison, including a Netgear AC1200 router, and this one blows them all away.
Easy to setup
Great AC wireless throughput
Stable - no crashes, no downtime, no random drops in the 2 weeks I have spent with this router.
Easy USB sharing from external drives - easy to setup secure access, FTP, DLNA, SMB

Cons: Power users will be disappointed in the simplicity of the firmware - and there's no alternative as of now (OpenWRT was promised months ago and is still MIA).
Size - this thing is HUGE. It's a bit tricky to wall mount due to it's size depending on where you would like to mount it.
Throughput from external USB 3 drives were kept at USB 2 speeds with both USB 3 external drives I tested - I was connected wirelessly and was 5 feet from the router with an Intel 7260 2x2 AC wifi card. The connection on my laptop showed the max 867 (866.7) link but transfers were maxing out at 29.5 MB/s with a wired or wireless connection. Both drives can consistently top 100 MB/s when connected directly to my laptop via USB 3.
2.4 Ghz speeds were slower than my Netgear AC1200 router - not by much (an average of 1 MB/s) and it was only noticeable when I was copying files to/from external storage connected to it via USB 3.

Other Thoughts: Had this router been a bit less expensive all of the cons listed would not have warranted deducting an egg - but this is in the premium tier of wireless routers. There's no point of having USB 3 ports if they can't product USB 3 speeds when you're 5 feet away - or even when you are connected via cat6.

I recently acquired the Netgear AC1200 router and was muttering to myself having to (once again) completely redo my wireless network (it's a bit complicated at my house, I have a home business that I isolate). But the experience was much better than I thought it would be. The setup could not have been any simpler, and the wireless strength and throughput is the best I have ever seen (with the exception of the slightly slower 2.4ghz band).

Don't let the 4 egg review detour you from buying this router (unless you are planning on heavily using a NAS with this router). This router has great range, is fast, stable, and easy to setup. But at this price range EVERYTHING has to be perfect for 5 eggs.

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  • John B.
  • 7/17/2014 4:50:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsHighly reliable router

Pros: Easy and fast connectivity. High power range! Handles over 15 devices at once. Does not constantly reboot. VERY FAST!!

Cons: Stays Warm, not hot, but just constantly warm

Other Thoughts: I wanted to spend the money to get a high end router. Owned the r7000 for 6 months, and it constantly rebooted on me!! range was only decent. Bought this router and it was life-changing!! this thing is a "beast". YOU need to turn it on, and step away from it, because it puts out power!! No reboots after a little over a month of ownership!!!

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat hardware, open-source not (yet) ready

Pros: + Bleeding edge hardware, with solid OEM firmware
(1.2 GHz dual-core ARM, 128M flash, 256M ddr3 ram)
+ Promised (but see below) compatibility with OpenWRT firmware
+ Good (and necessary!) heat-dissipating features, including a fan
+ Versatile "best 3 out of 4" antenna array
+ usb3 port for adding a fast NAS hard drive
+ esata/usb2 port for more storage, or for a shared usb printer
+ nice white LEDs that are visible without being intrusive

Cons: - functioning open-source firmware is not yet available
- large size and retro design will be unwelcome in some locations

Other Thoughts: The massive size of the WRT1900AC is the first clue that it is designed for very high performance data handling, and it did not disappoint. I don't own equipment that could really test the limits of the wireless side of this router. I do own another AC router and was able to set up the WRT1900AC as a bridge to an adjacent building, giving speeds that to me were indistinguishable from gigabit wiring. For ordinary household use this router is overkill, but those of you who need a high-performance AC router (you know who you are) will find that this hardware competes with the best of them.

Unfortunately, the one feature that puts this router well ahead of the competition, and would justify the price premium, is not yet available. The manufacturer (Belkin now owns LinkSys) has committed to making the WRT1900AC compatible with OpenWRT, an open source (free) firmware project that will unlock all of the rich features of the hardware. The OEM firmware that comes installed on the router is perfectly adequate for most purposes, but those who want to hack more deeply into the system will want to replace it with OpenWRT. Early reviews of this router tend to highlight this compatibility as the router's coolest feature -- and it would be, if it actually existed.

The problem seems to be that there is not yet an open-source driver for the wireless chipset in the router, so that the OpenWRT website states: "At this point it is not possible to compile a fully working (including WiFi) customized OpenWrt build for WRT1900AC. . . [W]e would currently recommend against purchasing this device." Well, that's a little harsh. The OEM firmware works well, and I expect that the OpenWRT compatibility problem will eventually be overcome. There seem to be enough people in the OpenWRT community who want access to this high-performance platform, and the manufacturer (and, one hopes, the chipmaker) are working to find a solution. You can follow progress on an OpenWRT forum.

For now, four eggs. And the hen appears to be working hard to push out a fifth.

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5 out of 5 eggsVery Impressive . . .

Pros: - Signal strength (!)
- Ease of setup/use
- Flexibility
- Non-intrusiveness

Cons: -- Price

Other Thoughts: The WRT1900AC is the most “Cisco” product I’ve seen from Linksys. The engineers obviously wanted a quality look and feel with kudos to the venerable WRT54 . For starters, the large unit weighs nearly 2 ½ lbs. with all four antennas attached. The back has the usual 4 gigabit ports plus uplink, with an on/off rocker switch, one USB 3.0 port, one combo USB/eSATA port, a WPS button and a separate hardware reset. The 48w power adapter would be at home on a notebook. Although there is a dual core processor, I can’t hear the 4cm fan on top of the processor run when it finally ran briefly after 15 minutes of delivering two simultaneous HD streams. It should not have anything on top while running, but the unit remained silent although warm on top and bottom.

Setup with the stock firmware GUI was a breeze. I had the router up and connected wirelessly with the default password in under 2 minutes. I wondered how it would wirelessly configure (not recommended). The smart wizard immediately found a firmware update and installed it automatically, then rebooted faster than any other router I’ve used (about 45 sec.). After 2 minutes of “Almost there...” message, I manually reconnected (expected) and setup still picked up perfectly. If you configure with wired, you’ll not have that hitch. The orange “internet” light flipped soft white when ready. The 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz indicators light independently as clients connect. After setup the home page has some great features, including a speed test and surprising iconic network map showing individual device information. I couldn’t find where it displays the “signal strength” as described in the manual, but it is very useful if you need to troubleshoot. There’s a setting to disable the front panel LEDs panel, although they are more subtle than most.

The isolated guest networks don’t configure during initial Smart Wizard. You’ll have to look at the home page to see the assigned password and change them from there.

The router is designed with modern connectivity features. You can remotely manage a network-connected home using Linksys apps, even managing multiple networks. This requires a Linksys account. As my home is more stone-aged, I didn’t try that feature.

The connected USB device was easily shared. This feature can give you network attached storage with your router. Clicking on the Linksys “Media Device” which shows when a USB device is connected pops up the “Twonky Server” which makes all media available through a web browser.

The router produced the strongest signal I’ve ever seen. Compared to a common Arris modem/router, the signal strength of the Linksys was 4db higher at 10 feet away and varied to up to 20 db higher (!) between 10 and 120 feet. The beam-forming array seemed to be very effective. It should cover a very large house if placed well. Nice job Linksys!

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  • William J.
  • 7/14/2014 7:15:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive Router

Pros: Impressive range, easy setup, web UI, remote monitoring.

Cons: Large size, price.

Other Thoughts: This thing is humongous, IMOP not designed to be enclosed. Has an thermostatic internal fan to keep things cool. Just purchased this router and have found it to be exceptional. It replaces an older Linksys E3000 of which performance had become less than satisfactory given the number of wireless devices I have accumulated. The WRT1900AC is supporting a Roku, Sony Google TV, Nest Thermostat, a HP Officejet 8600 Pro printer, and Epson WF7510 printer and 2 Bose Soundtouch devices all through Wi-Fi. I have not experienced any of issues that have been identified in all the reviews that I have read thus far. Setup was a breeze, I disconnected my old router installed the new one according to the instructions. Launch the web interface, changed my SSID and password that was setup for my network. I was connected to most of my devices. The others that did not connect, it was just a matter of powering them off and back on. The coverage within my 1800 sq ft single story house is amazing. The device that was giving the worst Wi-Fi performance was my Sony Google TV. Getting strong Wi-Fi signal to watch YouTube or Netflix was largely hit or miss. Now that device works as intended. With the old router I tried to expand the signal using a Linksys RE1000. That device had problems extending the signal satisfactory. I do have it installed an connected to my network, but honestly, I do not need it. When I first installed the new router. I did not connect it to see what the coverage would be and as I stated before it was excellent. As an experiment I connected it. I was one of the devices that required to be powered off and on to get a connection. I did that and it connected. My experiment was to see if using the RE1000 would degrade the signal. I did not and it has not. So I'm leaving it connected. From my experience so far, I would say this router is a hit. Issues that I have read about it rebooting when you use the web UI has not happened. I have not had an issue with the Nest thermostat disconnecting. Everything to date work as expected. The only downside about this router is it is expensive. I did not purchase from Newegg because my old router was failing and in need of replacing, so I purchased locally. Probably could have save some money by doing so. But I think this purchased was money well spent because it solved all of my wireless problems.

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5 out of 5 eggsBest Router I've Owned

Pros: Appearance: Mean-looking physical presence with its four adjustable antennas and hard edges. Looks like the rightful successor to the legendary WRT54GL. Front lights are just the right brightness and don’t illuminate the room in the dark.

Performance: Under the hood this thing is like a mini-PC. It has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM processor and DDR3 RAM. Range is stronger than the device it replaced, which was also a dual-band 2.4/5GHz router. I’m getting close to a full signal from devices at the opposite end of my house through multiple walls. The web interface loads quickly and is very responsive.

Stock Firmware: The GUI is very user friendly and provides access to the standard features one would expect, including Wifi setup, security, port forwarding, device prioritization, etc. It is easy to set up services such as parental controls or the guest SSIDs. It also has some extras like apps you can download and a built-in speed test. Remote network administration features (even mobile apps) are a plus. Wireless bridge and repeater modes offer additional options for extending your network.

There is a USB 3.0 port as well as a eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port, which can be used to host content on your network.

Cons: “Open Source Ready” … perhaps, but it doesn’t look like there is a stable build for this router yet in the open source community. It looks like it’s getting there though. I would say at this stage that if you must run open-source firmware, you should check out those sites to see how support for this model is progressing. I'm torn about whether to deduct an egg for this or not, but I'm not going to. Although it seems there is some frustration in the open source community about this router and perhaps Linksys / Marvell could be more responsive to the community to get open source off the ground, overall that does not detract from its performance, which for me has been stellar.

Price is somewhat high, but this not a flimsy piece of hardware.

Other Thoughts: I used the Linksys WRT54GL with DD-WRT for the last several years (two of them; one was a bridge), and only recently upgraded them because of some 5GHz devices I added to the household. I now use this router and a Linksys WUMC710 Wireless AC Universal Media Connector as my bridge, and they work great together. I am able to push 1080P HD video wirelessly from a server connected the WUMC710 to devices that are wired to the WRT1900AC and they run flawlessly; there are no stutters at all.

The WRT1900AC was a breeze to set up. I opted to do the setup myself by just plugging the router directly to a PC via one of the gigabit Ethernet ports and browsing to 192.168.1.1 (default password is admin in case you can’t find it like me). All I needed to do was set each of the SSIDs (2.4 and 5GHz) and passwords to match the settings of the router this unit was replacing, make sure the LAN IP was correct for my network, and replicate some of the port forwarding I had set up. I then unplugged my old router, connected this router to my modem, plugged in my CAT6 segments to the Gigabit ports, and fired it up. All of my network devices (wired and wireless) had immediate connectivity. I did not have to log into any of them. In total it took maybe 20 minutes for the switch, and most of that time was because I wanted to familiarize myself with some of the router’s interface options. I also upgraded the firmware with a click of a button from within the router’s web interface.

Some of the other reviews are making me nervous about this unit’s longevity, but so far so good for me, although I have only owned it for a week. If this router stays reliable it will easily be the best router I’ve owned to date. It can only get better if open source firmware truly becomes a reliable option. I’ll try to post another review in a couple of months.

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  • Tony A.
  • 7/10/2014 2:38:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsDidn't Work Right of the Box, but I'm Satisfied

Pros: Fast, larger range than my previous router (D-link DIR-615) . Option to turn off indicator lights. User-friendly interface.

Cons: Trouble initially setting up with Arris modem/router (TG862) from Time Warner. I could only get it to work as an access point (wireless/wired).

Other Thoughts: As stated above, the initial setup from the box was not as straightforward as I had hoped. The router would always lose internet connection the following morning. The only way to get the internet to work again was to power cycle the modem and Linksys router. In the beginning I had tried to fix this problem by setting the NAT of the modem to “Bridge” instead of “RoutedWithNAT,” and had the wireless disabled for the Arris modem. I also tried messing around with the firewall settings, but it didn’t seem to fix anything. Afterwards, I tried disabling the DHCP settings on LAN for the modem and upgraded the firmware for the router. It still didn’t work.
After reading many negative reviews from people having similar situations as mine, I was starting to think that there is a problem with how the router handles the IP connections. After trial-and-error, I arrived at this solution: I completely reset both the modem and linksys router to their default settings. I made sure that my Arris modem had wireless disabled, DCHP was enabled, and NAT was set to “RoutedwithNAT”. I then went into the Linksys router interface and changed the internet connection from DHCP to Bridge Mode (Connectivity -> Internet Settings -> Connection Type). The Linksys router is now acting as an Access Point rather than an actual router. This way, the Arris modem is giving out IP addresses to devices connected to the network. Because the Linksys WRT1900AC is given an IP address by the modem, the Linksys settings would be accessed by using the starting IP address shown by the modem settings (For example, I access the modem settings by typing 192.168.0.1. When viewing the modem settings, I have the Starting IP Address set as: 192.168.0.2, the IP address of the Linksys would then be 192.168.0.2). At this point, internet should be working. If not, I would power cycle both the modem and Linksys.
After getting the internet to work, I can still access the Linksys settings to change the SSID for both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz, even change channel settings. However, this solution limits the extra features provided by Linksys. I can no longer have an external storage attached to the router nor access to parental controls.

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