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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 8/26/2014 11:18:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsFirmware Versions

Pros: Not sure at this point. I mostly rely on some dated smallnetbuilder reviews.

Cons: Not sure at this point. I mostly rely on some dated smallnetbuilder reviews.

Other Thoughts: Reading the reviews, I'm not seeing which firmware version the reviewers are using. If they are not using Ver.1.1.8.161917 then the review is not helpful. There are 3 open source firmware versions available. I assume none of these reviewers are running non-Linksys firmware... but, how would I know?

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  • Cyrus M.
  • 8/19/2014 7:57:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Promises, promises - specs are great & supposed OpenWRT compatibility would be awesome.

Cons: Reliability has been shoddy, at best - occasionally dropping connections and sometimes refusing to connect new clients unless rebooted. Range is fine at 2.4GHz but pathetic at 5GHz, reaching through only 3-4 walls and about 20 feet. And read up on the latest in the saga of OpenWRT compatibility - it hasn't been going well.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,


Our appreciation for sharing your feedback about the WRT1900AC router. Does the dropping connection affects all your wireless devices? Try adjusting the wireless Channels of the router by using non-overlapping Channels 1, 6 and 11. Allow us to further assist and send us an email regarding the details of your Linksys router at LinksysCares@linksys.com together with the link to this review.


Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Angela S.
  • 8/15/2014 8:57:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIn use for 2 months

Pros: The specs are great, or at least look great. Linksys has always been a solid brand in wireless networking, but maybe this one just needs more attention given to the firmware.

Cons: It's not nearly as good a performer as I had hoped. I am renting a room in a house that has 5 other people in it and the current wireless was saturated. Drops, sluggishness, all sorts of issues that were not due to the cable modem's available bandwidth. Rather than wire the house up, I thought that I could just upgrade the wireless router to a more powerful model and that's why I bought this one.

Now don't get me wrong, it has definitely improved the situation (no more flat-out drops), but there are still enough lag spikes and other general issues with the wireless that the rest of the house has decided to let me go ahead and wire for a gigabit network.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure what the final resting place of this 200+ dollar device will be - I haven't decided yet - but I don't see the point in keeping this in use when the old router will work just fine for a wired gb network. It's a shame - it looks beastly and I had expected the performance to be similar, but even with me all by my lonesome up in the 5.0 ghz band (no one else had a capable device), lag spikes render it unusable. The 2.4ghz folks aren't the only ones seeing problems - and I've already gone through all the standard channel changing troubleshooting and moving the device to different physical locations. It just can't handle what it says it can. Again - maybe it's the firmware. The base firmware is lame and you have to log into something else to unlock more features which is silly, but that's where IT is trending so no eggs off for that. The -2 is just for the flat out low performance of the device.

If you only have maybe 1-2 devices that don't need persistent connections, you will probably be ok. But then again, you aren't looking at at 200+ dollar router to handle 1-2 ipads. I'm not sure what this device's role should be in a home network.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

Thank you for sharing us your experience with the Linksys WRT1900AC. There are a lot of factors why you were experiencing slow and intermittent connection from the router. These are:

• Low signal quality received from your wireless router
• Frequency interference from other wireless devices
• Physical obstructions
• Mismatched router and adapter settings
• Computer adapter's driver needs to be upgraded
• Power outage

Adjusting the wireless channel of the router will help in improving its wireless performance. Also, make sure that the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz networks have different SSIDs. We can help you in optimizing the router settings as well. You may contact us by sending an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
support.linksys.com

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  • William R.
  • 8/6/2014 11:59:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLooks good on paper

Pros: Fast throughput across all interfaces +1 egg
Intuitive web based controls +1 egg
Pretty darn good range and the automatic directional beamforming seems to work well +1 egg
Separate SSIDs (optional) for 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios +1 egg
USB 3.0/eSATA connections for fast and easy SMB +1 egg

Cons: Signup with centralized service required to realize all features. This shouldn't be required when managing a simple SOHO router -1 egg

Devices sometimes won't connect, requires reboot weekly or so -1 egg

Bought the same router for our BYOD network at work. Continually reset itself to factory defaults after 12 hours. 5GHz radio died shortly thereafter. Had to RMA. -1 egg

Other Thoughts: Having a WRT1900AC at home that needs to be rebooted about once a week or so and the same model at work failing after 12 hours of use... these seem dubious at best. Hopefully a future firmware update will make my home router more stable and the replacement for work will function normally.

VLAN implementation is there, but it seems pretty rudimentary. I need to investigate further.

I would have tried DD-WRT firmware, but this model is not currently supported.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Polian,


We appreciate your time in sharing this review. We value your feedback about Linksys devices and we'd like to offer our assistance with your challenges. If the router is rebooting, the router might not working properly. We'll have to further isolate your case so we can do necessary troubleshooting. Send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com together with the link to this review.


Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat multi-purpose router

Pros: The WRT1900AC router is pretty much a do-it-all item that would be a great addition to either someone just setting up a new network, or someone looking to add a LOT of features and usability to their existing network. Getting past the marketing, here are the features I found the most useful to me in my home personal and small office network.

Fast network storage - They put a fast enough processor in this router to make network transfers from attached devices pretty fast. My solution ended up being attaching an older unused laptop drive to the router using the eSATA port, and it ended up being a very nice way to share information over the network. The laptop drive attached to the router turned out to be faster than my old larger mass storage NAS box, making drives attached to the router a much quicker way to share large files that don't need the backup redundancy provided by my NAS.

The wireless and network monitoring/management features were also pretty nice. I was able to see which devices were on the network at a glance and even set priorities for them (meaning my wife gets all the bandwidth!)

Speed - 802.11ac is where its at. I don't have hard numbers this time, but the wireless connection speed with a matching 802.11ac adaptor on my laptop was more than 4 times as fast as the same laptop connected with 802.11n, even across the house. Very quick.

Cons: Yes, it's kind of expensive. With all multi-purpose devices I think there is the potential to have *too many* features, and this device treads very closely to that. I think the biggest drawback is that some users might not have use for all of the features and might accidentally leave one enabled that opens up a security risk. For a simple example, leaving wifi enabled but not using a good password is a very common problem for people with a wireless router that don't actually have any wireless devices! The issue I ran across with this device was that when I was done exploring the device options I inadvertently left active file sharing without protections, and only noticed a day later that my shared files were visible without a password to anyone on the network.

So you'll just need to use caution and I recommend disabling the features you don't need and setting reasonably complex passwords for everything.

Other reviews have covered the open-source issues, so I won't touch on them other than to note that most people who just want their router to perform as advertised won't care, as long as the router meets their needs. For the hardcore networking admin or superuser, there is plenty of material out there to read that goes well beyond the scope a product review here...

Other Thoughts: For someone setting up their first network or trying to add features and speed to an existing home network, this might be a nearly ideal router. It has tons of useful features including very up to date tech like USB 3.0 and fast eSATA for attaching shared storage, and the network management features can help keep track of where everything is. Wireless range and speed was top notch, comparable with the capabilities of another brand's 802.11ac router that I've been using for quite a while now.

Based on the feature set and ability to really boost both speed and network usefulness, I recommend this router for pretty much anyone except the complete newcomer who only wants a basic router to attach one computer and one laptop to the internet. For them, go with something cheaper. For everyone else though, this may be a really good choice.

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  • Renard B.
  • 8/2/2014 11:23:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsReturned

Pros: It works great for a half an hour or so then the random drops and reboots.

Cons: The software is really disappointing. You have to log into the smartwifi account to have access to all of the routers setting. I spent over 3 hours trouble shooting with the Linksys support and in the end I let them log into it to see how bad it was. They were miffed as well and authorize and immediate replacement.

Other Thoughts: I decided to return the router to OfficeMax were I purchased it for a refund while I could get one. I'll wait until they fix the issues as this router is not ready for prime time. My devices could never stay connected and the random reboots in the middle of working online was the final straw. I went back to my EA4500 with no issues, no drops or reboots!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/31/2014 7:26:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsmy 1st linksys router

Pros: It handles everything I throw at it hands down I went from 3years and 3 dlink dir655
to this and I got to say it a beast yes it just came out but I have a lot of people on my network and so far not a single stutter or lag or anything

Cons: a little pricey but I sure u get what you pay for here with the 1900 ac

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  • Troy H.
  • 7/30/2014 7:25:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAverage Router for High Price

Pros: - Style of the router
- Easy setup
- On/off switch
- Works with Comcast modems and MOTOROLA SB6141.

Cons: - poor Range on 5ghz
- Signal drops on both 2.4 and 5.
- refuses to connect to my xbox 360 no matter what I do.
- Download speeds are all over the place from 5 MBS to 115 MBS.

Other Thoughts: Wait and grab the Asus RT-AC87 in August.

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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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