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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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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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  • Anonymous
  • 7/9/2014 4:05:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBig disappointment.

Pros: Lots of features and great hardware specs. Really was looking forward to eSATA and a very fast dual core processor to handle my local network traffic.

Cons: Would have been great had this unit actually worked for me. Was experiencing severe packetloss and latency on wired network. I spent a week on the Linksys support forums trying to sort this out. Resolution was that this was a defective unit. Either the hardware or firmware. My eight year old WRT54G has zero issues, packetloss, or latency with my wired traffic and I tested both routers with the same setup. This router is only a week old.

Other Thoughts: I received a PM from a Linksys tech on their support forums, and after answering his questions I have yet to receive a response three days later. There are a lot of users still experiencing issues with this router on the Linksys support forums, and OpenWRT support is almost zero, months after release. The router is still unstable for a number of people and Linksys/Belkin still has a lot to iron out with their firmware. Maybe in a few more months time they'll have a working product. I'm looking elsewhere for a router that works. This was a huge letdown for a $300 router.

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  • Andy F.
  • 7/8/2014 7:13:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat so far! Extremely fast!

Pros: - Extremely fast wifi with excellent range and quality
- My 100mbps connection tests just as well on N/AC as it does on cat6a across the entire house (105mbps down / 5mbps up)... and this baby is in the basement
- Interface is simplistic but still fairly robust for stock firmware

Cons: - No DD-WRT support yet
- Price (not really a con since I feel like I've got the Lamborghini of routers)
- Interface leaves a bit to be desired, but I anticipate several open source alternative firmwares once it's been on the market a while

Other Thoughts: I've only had it a couple of days so far, but it's been outstandingly fast and reliable. I'll leave more details after I've had it running for a while. I was a bit worried reading about stories of overheating and crashing, but it's only warm to the touch and hasn't had any issues whatsoever thus far.

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  • George M.
  • 7/1/2014 5:26:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThe Best Gaming Router 2014

Pros: 1. Easy to configure, set it and forget it.
2. USB 3.0 port.
3. On and Off switch (comes in handy).
4. The design looks like a robot, very stylish, looks hefty and tough.
5. LED's are soft white and not blinding.
6. IPV6 support.
7. Can handle extreme speeds like Road Runner's highest Speed Tier.
8. Wireless can be extended with another WRT1900AC
9. You can watch Netflix without interrupts.
10. Can handle any HD media and wireless device without a burp.

Cons: 1. Can get Warm due to fast speeds and multiple connections. A small fan aimed at the router would be advisable.
2. Price is high, but you get what you pay for

Other Thoughts: The is far the best router for my overall network upgrade. I changed my modem to docsis 3.0, changed my switches to gigabit ethernet and all my ethernet cables are now CAT 6.

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