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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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Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

  • Engineered to enhance dual-band communication
  • Adjustable for optimal positioning in single or multi-story buildings
  • Removable to accommodate antenna upgrades
  • Double the bandwidth to maximize throughput
  • Open Source Support



Performance Perfected
Engineered to deliver best-in-class networking performance, the Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router delivers an unmatched user experience and ultimate Wi-Fi coverage for your home. We've upgraded the iconic Linksys blue-and-black design and outfitted the router with the latest Wireless-AC platform along with the industry's first four antenna configuration with a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core ARM to provide exceptional signal strength and range to simultaneously support multiple users. We also added a unique dual eSATA/USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port to the Linksys WRT1900AC to conveniently connect an array of devices and experience lightning-fast transfer speeds.

The WRT1900AC features exclusive SMART Wi-Fi software to monitor and control your network anywhere and anytime. It's our first router to offer the Network Map smart tool, providing an intuitive at-a-glance view of your entire network. For advanced users who want to customize their firmware, the WRT1900AC stays true to its lineage by offering an OpenWRT compatible firmware to allow advanced users to expand the capabilities of the router.


Four High-Performance Antennas for Maximum Coverage and Reliability
To provide strong, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, the WRT1900AC is the first router in the market to feature four external adjustable antennas that ensures your Wi-Fi signal is always at maximum strength, keeping everyone simultaneously gaming, downloading and streaming without lag. The antennas also enhance 2.5GHz and 5GHz simultaneous dual wireless bands performance for a strong, reliable Wi-Fi signal that eliminates dead zones even in multistory homes. The antennas can be detached for future upgrades.

Leveraging the Wireless-AC standard, the WRT1900AC delivers innovative Beamforming technology enabling the router to strengthen the wireless signal to specific devices, rather than simply sending out Wi-Fi in a general direction. Now you can experience faster network speeds, better wireless range, reduced interference from other devices, and stronger Wi-Fi connections.

Fastest Dual-Core ARM Processor to Surf, Stream, and Game Simultaneously
With a professional-grade, 1.2GHz dual-core ARM CPU the WRT1900AC is one of the most powerful Wireless-AC routers in its class capable of moving data at unprecedented rates in even the busiest of networks. Pushing wired and wireless speeds to their ultimate capabilities, the Linksys WRT1900AC router can easily support multiple users at once - whether they're streaming music, watching HD videos, or playing online games.


Most Advanced Wired Connections
For blazing-fast performance, we equipped the WRT1900AC with four Gigabit Ethernet ports - which are 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet - to provide the fastest wired speeds. Using the USB 3.0 port, you can add external storage or other devices to share content across your network. For those with an external SATA storage device, the WRT1900AC is outfitted with a unique eSATA port for added convenience and optimal data transfer rates; it can also serve as a USB 2.0 port.


Monitor and Control Your Network - Anytime, Anywhere
With the industry-leading SMART Wi-Fi software you can monitor and control a home network from anywhere, anytime using a PC or mobile device. You can set parental controls to restrict Internet access during certain times of the day and create secure Wi-Fi passwords for your guests. You can also monitor activity on your home network, add new devices, and check upload and download speeds. In addition, Linksys SMART Wi-Fi allows you to prioritize which devices on your network receive the most bandwidth to reduce lag times and buffering when you're streaming HD media or gaming. Your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account also gives you access to apps that provide additional ways to control and interact with your home Wi-Fi network.

WRT1900AC is the first Linksys router to incorporate the Network Map tool in SMART Wi-Fi when using your SMART Wi-Fi account. Network Map provides a visual overview of your network allowing you to see all devices on your network, their online status and signal strength, and also measure how much bandwidth they're using at any time. It also allows you to create personalized identifiable names so that you can identify your connected devices.

Open Source Ready
While Linksys fully embraces the open source community and is providing open source use capabilities, they do not offer technical support on using open source firmware. Installing 3rd party firmware is done at your own risk and replacing factory-installed firmware with OpenWRT firmware will void your warranty. Please always seek the advice of more experienced users via open source community forums if you’re unsure.

Wireless Repeater Mode and Wireless Bridge Mode for a More Powerful Wi-Fi Network Signal
Users who own a second WRT1900AC will enjoy a more powerful wireless signal using the SMART Wi-Fi interface. Now you can extend the Wi-Fi signal for both of the router's dual bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with Wireless Repeater Mode, or just one of the bands with Wireless Bridge Mode. Either option effectively turns the WRT1900AC into a powerful range extender or wireless bridge, adding range and speed to wired and wireless connections on your network.

Advanced Security to Stay Safely Connected
To keep unauthorized users from accessing your data, the WRT1900AC offers Wi-Fi Protected Setup along with WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall for maximum network security. Parental controls enable you to restrict Internet access for children.


Minimum System Requirements
For router setup and Linksys Smart Wi-Fi access, the WRT1900AC requires Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Firefox 8, or Google Chrome. For printer sharing and user documentation, it requires a Wi-Fi-enabled PC that has a CD or DVD drive and that runs Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7, or Windows 8; or a Wi-Fi-enabled Mac that has a CD or DVD drive and that runs Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or later, Lion 10.7 or later, or Mountain Lion 10.8 or later.


Dual-Band (2.4 + 5GHz)
Double the bandwidth to maximize throughput


Beamforming Technology
Focuses signal to your device for optimal performance


USB Port
Add external storage or other devices to share across your network. USB 3.0 is 10X faster than 2.0 (up to 5Gbps)


Four Gigabit Ports
Gigabit (10/100/1000) is 10X faster than Fast Ethernet


Advanced Security
WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall to keep your network safely connected


Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Dual-core promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing


Performance Antennas
Position antennas for optimal performance


Open Source Firmware
Developed for use with OpenWRT


eSATA Port
Capable of data transfer speeds of up to 3Gbps. Also accommodates USB 2.0 (up to 480Mbps)



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

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  • Kannan M.
  • 7/14/2015 1:35:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGetting better

Pros: After my previous review, I emailed linksys support with the issues, as requested. They are actively following-up. Plus, recently they are pushing updates faster than before. Signs are looking good.

Cons: There are only two issues in my setup now:
- Stability of router. It tends to hang randomly in 14-15 days. A good indicator is led light for 5 GHz goes off first, even though there are devices active on that band. A day or two after this happens, router freezes altogether. A power reset restores it. I am used to routers that doesn't need a power reset for months at a time. So this is one drawback
- Second one is minor. Read/write speeds to HDD connected to USB port of router over wireless is slow (15-16 MBps write, max 25-30 MBps read). Read/write speeds to the same HDD through ethernet is working as expected though. Linksys support is following up on this one. This is not a deal breaker though.

Get the router stable, and sure - this is a good product!

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Kannan,

Thank you for your time and for continuously sharing your observations with the router's performance. We're glad to know that you've noticed improvements. You may also contact us via email at The development team would be happy to hear more from you.


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  • Daniel T.
  • 6/27/2015 12:06:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings

Pros: Fast handles large data transfers, excellent range and easy to use interface when setting up. Handles all my traffic including large file transfers to my NAS along with all other router traffic. Security set ups work with most of my gaming systems without any connection issues.

Cons: After several months of using the router it suddenly reset itself back to factory settings while I was connected to it. Looked it up seems to be a common issue and suggestion of using the most recent firmware stated i.t would remedy the problem. Issue with that was that I was already using the most recent firmware. Since setting everything back up signal has been very intermittent and I have been using only linksys products since the WRT54G which is why i decided to go with this router. Now I am thinking of using another brand of router to hopefully get away from these issues.

Other Thoughts: If this issue could be fixed it would change the router for the better and make me feel like i didn't throw away 200+ dollars. My 80 dollar refurbished linksys router had performed better than this router.

Manufacturer Response:


Thank you for letting us know about the situation. We recommend that you perform a firmware reflash and reset process. Download the firmware file here: Once you have the file saved on your computer, upload it to the router by following the instructions in this link: Reset the router by pressing the reset button on the back for 10-15 seconds. Reconfigure the settings and observe the connection. Should you encounter the same challenges, please email us your complete contact details, location, computer OS, name of the ISP, and the link to this review at so we can have our best technicians assist you in fixing the setback.


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  • JERRY H.
  • 6/25/2015 10:22:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Router Ever Made!

Pros: Reliable, easy to use, and I love the software that comes with the router. Speeds are nothing but fantastic; The range is a real plus as it reaches very far throughout my 1500 square foot home.

Cons: Expensive but you want the best, you pay for the best.

Other Thoughts: Wish it came with a side drink cup holder for my Monster drinks while I'm gaming.

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  • John K.
  • 6/17/2015 1:37:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat! was able to Network CNC machines together

Pros: Was able to wirelessly bridge the two routers I purchased together.
Networked great with our CNC machines

Cons: none at this time

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  • Michael H.
  • 6/14/2015 12:23:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy setup. Great connection for multiple devices in two story home.

Cons: Major complaint is the Internet Bandwidth Usage Report. Can't understand why a router this expensive can't monitor total bandwidth usage by each device. Every time I open up the Usage Report it resets everything to zero and only shows usage since last time I refreshed it. There is no continuous log that you can monitor and manually reset or select periods of time for it to monitor. This makes the Internet Bandwidth Usage Report useless in trying to determine which device you have is using the most bandwidth.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Michael,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on the Linksys WRT1900AC. We understand your sentiments about the router. All Linksys routers do not have a feature to monitor the bandwidth consumption of the connected devices. Rest assured that we will relay your feedback to the relevant team for future product developments.

Email us at should you need any Linksys assistance. The team would be glad to assist you.


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1 out of 5 eggsREVISED: What a waste!!!!

Pros: NONE!!!!

Cons: It constantly drops connections of any and all devices connected to it.
Linksys web site is the worst designed P+O+S I have ever tried to use. I spent 10 minutes going round and round clicking links and there seems to be no way to actually download new firmware for this miserable router. I give up on this router and Linksys.

Other Thoughts: I only use this as a wireless access point for client laptops for my business to keep my personal WiFi network private. I do not routing with this, just WiFi access point. It fails miserably at that. I will try selling it on Craig's list for $100 to someone. I certainly would not sell it to anyone I know.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Thomas,

We are sorry to hear about your experience with the Linksys WRT1900AC router. Adjusting the router's wireless settings could greatly improve its wireless performance. Allow us to look into what happened and assist you with your network. Please email us, at, your contact details and network information. The team would be glad to assist you.


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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Router for Lots of $

Pros: I have no idea why other reviewers are saying the range and signal strength is bad, compared to other high end routers I've tested this one was the fastest!

Initial startup was easy, just punch in the IP of the router, for mine, open "cmd" and run "ipconfig" to find that.
Then it has a setup wizard, just like installing a program. It's automated. Choose a network name, choose a password. This password is the same for both broadcast frequencies (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) which I do not like. You can change that in router settings after you've gone through the quick-setup however.

Then it wants you to create a "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account". But it's mostly negative so more on that later.

Parental Controls: This is a great feature that I'm glad is showing up on all new routers. This one allows you to block specific websites for a specific device. If you want to do that for multiple devices you have to set it up manually for each device. You can also block all internet access on a device all the time, or only for specific times.

I like the network map for viewing and managing network devices.

It supports routing tables! That's a great feature to have, NAT and Dynamic Routing is available. Not something you often see on consumer routers, Not something many consumers know how to use, but still really really nice to see!

Router also supports VLAN on the WAN port and 2 LAN ports. Again, not something most will use but really nice to see the option there!

You can create a schedule for your wireless signal. Turning it on/off on a manageable schedule. That's a pretty cool feature!

Has some basic built in troubleshooting tools, very nice!

Has a built in speed test which is really nice to see!

Also supports OpenVPN, cool!

Cons: "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account". This is an attempt to add value to the product, fair enough. But it is also an attempt to create Brand dependance, which I am strongly against. Most notably "View and manage multiple home networks; for example, your parent's home network or a vacation home". Obviously this would only be possible if all routers were Linksys routers supporting this feature. Not a bad idea to have router settings configurable from anywhere, but unless it's open source and platform independent I don't care.

Guest Network: You can set a password for it, you can choose to have a 2.4Ghz guest network, 5Ghz or both. That's it, that's all the settings that exist. Pretty dissapointing. With a guest network I want to be able to limit speed on that network, total bandwidth for upload and download. I want to be able to block specific sites on the guest network, for all devices that connect to that network. The way it is now you can't even block websites for devices on the guest network. It's a poorly thought out, poorly executed feature with no benefit at all.

External Storage: Another neat feature that doesn't have the functions that would make it really valuable. You can make the content on the external drive available to DLNA devices on your network. So tv streaming boxes or Xbox/Ps4. You can also set up an FTP server to access the contents on the external drive. That's it though. There is no way to simply add the external drive to Windows Explorer the way you would a normal NAS (network attached storage) device. That is the primary functionality I would like, the other stuff is ok, it's fine if it's there, but those are niche use case scenarios, a network discoverable drive is the core functionality that we should have.

It doesn't have Qos!!! Really? Really!
Network Priority, It has the ability grant network priority to specific devices. It also offers the ability to give priority to specific apps on those devices. THough you are limited to the apps they have available in their menu, which isn't terrible, but it's certainly missing many, many programs/apps and games. You can add your own apps/games, but you have to know the port it uses and the network protocol. Given that those things change in most devices every time they're booted up that's not very useful either, combined with the reality that most people have no idea what a port is, what it's used for or even that it's there and you have a function that's mostly useless.

Other Thoughts: Cons Continued: It does NOT have general QoS anywhere. It has device and application specific network priority, but no general QoS capability?! I really hoped it was just hidden in some obscure place because no router made after 2010 should lack that feature! I checked the documentation and didn't see it anywhere though, so no, it does NOT have QoS! Which is an automated protocol that gives network priority to high demand apps, all of them, without having to configure anything specifically for those apps. So Skype, online gaming, Netflix, will all run better with a router that supports QoS! The term isn't even mentioned ANYWHERE in the owner's manual!

Other Thoughts:

As I said, I got excellent range and signal strength with this unit. Like another reviewer I had enough negative experiences with Cisco products, including Linksys back in the 90's and early 2000's I haven't touched their consumer products at all ever since. (Hard to avoid in the corporate world and pretty absent in Industry.) But this unit has dramatically changed my opinion of them. They have some work to do in order to bring this unit up to it's potential, pricing can always be lower, but it's a very strong offering. All my negatives are really flawed "added value", not faults in the core functionality of the router. So that and the price is why there's only one star taken away.

I did a speed test in the weakest wireless signal spot in my house on the 2.4Ghz network. Speed in Mbps.

Brand/Model: Down: Up:
Linksys WRT1900AC 2.62 0.61
Dlink DIR868L 0.31 0.01

Full speed using USB wireless adapter on 5Ghz network.
4.64Mbps Down and 0.64Mbps Up, yes I know, I have terrible internet. It's the best that's available where I live in the US.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Brian,

We truly appreciate the time you spent in making this very comprehensive evaluation for the Linksys WRT1900AC. Thank you for seeing its potential and rest assured that your feedback will definitely be shared with our development team. Should you have other suggestions or recommendations, feel free to email us at

We'd be glad to hear from you.


Linksys Support

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  • Clinton M.
  • 5/29/2015 11:12:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNeeds work

Pros: Retro styling
Phone apps

Cons: Almost no open firmware
Ancient version of Twonky server
Slow on firmware releases
Wi-fi is average
Doesnt play nice with iOS wi-fi.

Other Thoughts: I really want to like this router. There is barely anything out there for open source firmware for this. OpenWRT has something that kind of works but is still being developed. DD-WRT is close, but nothing available yet. Belkin/Linksys does not seem very transparent in providing details to the developers. REALLY disappointed in the wi-fi range. 2 story 3400 sq ft house should be able to be covered easily at roughly 1700 sq ft per floor. Regardless of placement. I even took it out of the network panel so that it wouldn't be "boxed in".

The media server is an OLD ver 6.0.42 of Twonky. I believe they are in the ver 8x now. It fails half the time an has no mechanism to upgrade.

Very minimal admin tools.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Clinton,

We appreciate your time in reviewing our product and providing your detailed feedback. We'd like to have more details about your experience so we can provide proper assistance. Please send us an email at with your contact details, location, and the link to this review for reference.

We'll be waiting for your response.


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5 out of 5 eggsHigh performace contender

Pros: Beyond the packaging hype:

This is probably the best home user router I've ever used. The Anytime monitoring software is a great feature when on a vacation. I recently used it to give access to a guest staying at my home while on vacation.

The beam forming features really help extend the signal quality in my 2 story home more so then any other router I've tried to date. I get a usable signal throughout my entire acre property. both 2.4 & 5 Ghz bands are probably twice as strong as anything used in the past.

Using a 4 TB NAS on the USB 3.0 is quick and responsive for streaming high quality movies and large files.

Router knows when cable (ISP) access gets reset and doesn't have to be reset like many other routers I've used.

Has an actual on/off switch that ensures the router is off and if you have to reset it you don't need to unplug the cord.

You can use the Internet port as a port when in bridge mode. You can also easily access the router once in bridge mode unlike many other routers I've used.

Super easy to use interface walks you through setup for those that don't like to get into any of the details.
LED's not annoyingly bright

Fan that only kicks on when router gets warm. A good thing for Arizona where we keep our homes fairly warm.

Cons: Nothing really.
It's about twice as big as a standard home router and takes up a fair amount of space, but worth it.

Other Thoughts: My ISP has been having issues lately and the router will recover without having to perform a reset. For this type of performance I don't see an issue with the price. Will update review once I perform a full Open Source test.

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  • Bret M.
  • 5/19/2015 6:07:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGood Design but can update

Pros: wireless works good, USB hard drive works OK but could be a bit better, setup is pretty easy.

Cons: NO VPN!!! whats with that, Says it is supposed to be flashable and open source but there is no builds that I have found built for this router and no firmware update at Linksys to help.
Would be a really nice router if they would finish the firmware and features. I have stopped using it because I need a VPN server.

Other Thoughts: should have bought the ASUS or D-Link router that have the extra features I need I guess.

Manufacturer Response:


Thanks for the review and the feedback abou the router.. THe WRT1900AC router is a VPN passthrough which means it should work with VPN. Hasn't your VPN worked before? We would like to hear more from you. We hope you give us a change to help you out. Just send us your full name, contact information, location, and the link to this review. We will do our best to address all these.

We will look forward to your email.


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