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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
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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 the Linksys WRT1900AC provides an outstanding experience via SMART Wi-Fi immediately out of the box, advanced users can further modify the router, which will have Open Source firmware available. Developed for use with OpenWRT, an open source, Linux-based operating system, the router offers an additional layer of customization to suit an individual's needs.

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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  • 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.

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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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5 out of 5 eggsBest router I've ever used.

Pros: Greatest signal I've had with any router and has been rock solid since the day I plugged it in!

I've been using this thing for 3 or 4 weeks and have been trying to find something I hate about it and I just cannot come up with anything except a couple trivial things.

The set up was super easy and I kept thinking that I was missing something but it just was too easy. First thing I had to do was update the firmware and after that it's set to update automatically. It allowed me to name the 2.4 and 5.0 ghz the same name so that I didn't have to have multiple names out there. The guest channel allows the guest to sign on and then get the password from me. I love the two 3.0 usb ports in the back as well as the ability to use a sata device. Great for a central storage area. Lights on the front of the unit are nice and subdued unlike the last router I was using that lit up the entire room with blue strobe lights.

My favorite part of the router is, as I stated, the signal has been just perfect and I haven't had a single hicup. I love this thing.

Cons: The only two cons I can come up with are:

Guest account isn't by default protected. It asks for a password once you attempt to connect using a browser. Because of this I have devices that will connect to the strongest signal and they will 1) connect to the guest account leaving the device useless until I reconnect it to the main account. The fix is to just turn off the guest access.

2) Not really a con but...the wired connection continues to use the default device name that come with the unit. Even though I've renamed the network it continues to use the LinksysXXXX name. This isn't really a con, just something I don't understand.

Other Thoughts: As I said, this is the best router I've ever had. I've always been a big ASUS router fan but this one has convinced me to consider Linksys and Cisco equipment again.

Manufacturer Response:


We thank you for your comprehensive review with regard to the WRT1900AC router. We value your take on its design, functionality, and limitations. Your feedback would greatly help us improve our products. With regard to your take about the guest feature, it is secured by default. The guest network has a default password. You could only get online connected to the guest network only after typing the guest password on the browser. Also, changing the wireless network name is different from changing the device (router) name. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify these confusions about the unit. If you need help, please email us at, make sure to include your contact details (full name, phone number, and location) with the link to this post.


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4 out of 5 eggsImpressive device!

Pros: The presentation on this router when you open the box was impressive. It's a very nice looking device and it's packaged really well. The packaging I seriously impressive.

Now the hardware is equally impressive, you get an eSATA/USB combo port along with a USB 3 port on the rear. You have your standard modem uplink along with four gigabit Ethernet downlinks. Dual-band 5GHz & 2.4GHz, a physical on/off switch, and huge heatsinks and a cooling fan to keep that dual-core 1.2GHz CPU nice and cool. Add 128MB of flash memory and 256MB of DDR3 RAM? Yes, please!!

iOS app for default Linksys firmware, along with cloud support is pretty awesome too.

Cons: The price tag is a bit much to swallow. Although the hardware is great and supports open source firmware, the default Linksys firmware leaves a bit to be desired.

Other Thoughts: Hey Linksys, if you're listening - look at all the options that the open-source firmware has, read the reviews and the forums, and see what POWER USERS want and love, then implement it in your own firmware! You've got the hardware down good, and the firmware is better; but us power users always want more.

This is one heck of a step up from my WRT54GL routers that I've been using forever.

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  • Kannan M.
  • 5/7/2015 10:48:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsit is possible to make it better

Pros: Very good h/w build - good range and great speeds. Interface is a nice upgrade and clean compared to other routers. Works well with most clients.

Cons: LINKSYS SUPPORT - Very slow firmware updates for bugs that is reported and confirmed on multiple forums including their own. There are some very good contributors, who help to analyse and resolve. But where is linksys in all this? Expected a steady flow of firmware updates, until it rock stable. In contrast, ASUS seems to be updating 2-year old routers with minor changes. That is a feel good factor when chosing manufacturer. I got my hands burnt twice so far. WRT610N-V1 had a weird folder deletion issue which never got addressed, and Linksys jumped ships to V2 model. The same seems to happen with WRT1900AC. And they are both flagship models in their time. Linksys has steadily lost market share going by SNB forum reports.

I am not terribly disappointed with the purchase or Linksys H/W choice. But firmware support is lacking and needs a big boost! Limited 90-day support policy is a way to bail out.

Manufacturer Response:


We appreciate you for taking the time to create this thorough assessement for the WRT1900AC. Feedback with regard to our product's design and functionality is important to us, and inspires us to make better and great products. Apart from the efforts of ourselves, the success of a product depends largely on the comments and suggestions of many others, like you. For further assistance, feel free to email us, make sure to include your contact details (full name, working phone number, and location) along with the link of this review.

We hope to hear from you soon.

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3 out of 5 eggsGreat router

Pros: Simple basic setup, but also has lots of advanced options


Good range on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands

Activity lights are not too annoyingly bright, and can even be turned off if you want.

App for iPhone works well, can monitor from anywhere and make adjustments if you want. You need to sign up for an account and use that e-mail to log into the router, but works great.

Built in speed test (pointless, but still in the user menu, the "speedometer" only shows 20k+, but will show numeric speeds above that)

Has very basic built in parental controls (block specific websites and times)

esata port that can also be used as a USB 2.0 hub

USB 3.0 hub

IPv6 capable for home network if needed.

has a built in fan, no noise from it when running.

Cons: Advanced options are hard to find, not where you might think

Not able to customize guest network much. Want to turn off guest network at night, but no option for that, either all wireless off or all on.

Wireless radio options lacking choices .No option to select specific bands at all on guest network (you can turn 2.4 and 5 GHz on or off, but no band selection). On regular wireless, you can make a few selections, but on 2.4 band, options are mixed, b/g only, g only, b only. for 6 GHZ bans, it is mixed or a only. Where is the n only option? Needs to be a check box selection for every band, on both guest and regular wireless.

Kind of large. Bigger than the old WRT series, but not much bigger than some of the other modern routers out now.

Other Thoughts: Overall a really great router. I had to drop one egg because of the price. Seems way expensive for what it is. Hardware is amazing, but the software limits it.
Second egg off is because it says it is opensource ready, but very limited on what will work with it (OpenWRT works from what I read, but is buggy and still limited, no Tomato support and DDWRT (which I loved on my WRT-54g) is still being developed).
Once DDWRT come out and the price drops some, then it will be a 4 egg, maybe 5 egg.
I have not had any issues needing to re-boot it. It has been running for 25 days so far (I know not super long, but better than what some have been able to do)

This is now my main default router. It does what I need, but still hoping for full DDWRT support to be able to fine tune it.

As it currently stands, I would not buy this router at full retail price, maybe at 1/2 the price I would, but it would probably be something I would wish for.

Manufacturer Response:


Thanks for a very comprehensive review. We will take these into consideration. If you need any technical assistance or you want to tell us more about your feedback, you may always email us at with your contact information and the link to this review. We would love to address it for you.


Linksys Support

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5 out of 5 eggsWRT1900AC

Pros: 4 Antennas
Dual Core processor (1.3Ghz)
4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
USB 3.0 port
eSATA port
Cloud configuration.
Remote app for default OS (Smart WiFi)
Dual Band (2.4 + 5 GHZ)
User internet time limiting.

Cons: did not find anything wrong with the router.

Other Thoughts: Lots of nice features in the WRT1900AC router.

One of the nice feature of the route is the ability to set time limits for kids when they can use the internet.

You can also load openwrt router software for the linux fans.

With the default OS the router worked very well, Speed on all of the devices, Ipod, Laptop, Computer and NUC systems. Fast WiFi between the devices. Also added a 3TB disk and used it as a File share.

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4 out of 5 eggsUltra-fast speed

Pros: I've had a very good experience with the WRT1900AC overall. I love how it reminds me of the classic WRT54G, but it's like the WRT54G on steroids. The packaging was flawless and the unit itself is very heavy and feels like quality. I've found that the reason it's so heavy are the large heat sinks that are used to cool the ultra fast SoC this thing sports inside.

Make no mistake, Linksys didn't skimp on hardware here. The high price tag is warranted. The WRT1900AC is powered by a 1.2GHz, dual-core Marvel Armada SoC, 128MB of flash memory, and 256MB of DDR3 RAM. It's also the first router I've ever tested with a cooling fan. It only seems to run when needed, but it's a testament to how much power is under the hood here (in addition to the massive heat sinks I talked about earlier).

Let's talk about speeds... This is hands down the fastest router I've ever tested. It easily bested the Archer C8 AC1750 router I had been using up til now. Using a USB 3.0 802.11AC adapter, I was able to achieve slightly over 350 Mb/s transfer rates over my LAN. That's literally insane. Of course, that's at closer ranges, but the speeds at longer ranges are still faster than the competition I've compared it against.

This router also features the fastest hard drive access I've ever witnessed. I connected a 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive to it and was achieving almost 100 MB/s transfer rates, which totally decimates the Archer C7/C8, as well as Netgear's R6200 (all recent routers I've tested).

eSATA support is a nice touch. I didn't have any Esata drives around to test with this router, but my past experience with eSATA has been very good. My guess is that any hard drive attached via eSATA will match or maybe even outperform a USB hard drive. Most routers don't support eSATA anymore so I was happy to see this option.

Setup is simple. A CD is provided but not required. It's just provided in case the end-user needs to view the manual before getting online. Linksys encourages you to go online and use it's smart Wi-Fi webpage to configure the router, but us power users can easily do it the old fashioned way.

As far as security goes, the WRT1900AC supports all the latest security standards, including WPA 2 Enterprise with a RADIUS server.

Overall, the performance of this router is simply phenomenal. Over the last year, companies like ASUS have released some models that will outperform this model, but they are gonna run you around $100 more at the least.

Cons: Default FW is limited feature wise. This has always been one of Linksys's drawbacks. They just don't offer all the advanced features you should have when shelling out $250 for a router. you can get by with what they offer for the most part, but power users will crave more functionality. Thankfully, OpenWRT is fully supported out of the box.

2.4Ghz performance is strangely disappointing. It's acceptable, but it noticeably slower than other newer routers I've tested. If you have a lot of older Wi-Fi devices on your network, you may want to make a note of this.

Some people may find that the aesthetics (a throwback to the old 2002 days) a little ugly compared to the current crop of routers. Personally, I think it looks like a beast!

Other Thoughts: The disappointing 2.4Ghz performance and the limited feature set of the default FW kept me from giving this a five egg rating. Other than that, this is an absolutely phenomenal router. The performance is blistering. I'd recommend installing OpenWRT if you're a power user. The price could be a bit lower, but honestly the hardware itself is worth it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/24/2015 1:49:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy with this router! Recommended for techies and for everyone else with 2 caveats

Pros: Speed (1.2Ghz dual core)
Wifi performance
Open Source ready
Lots of RAM (256MB)

Cons: Stock firmware is not very good

Other Thoughts: Like everyone else I've been waiting for a replacement for the classic WRT-54G for quite a while and am happy to report that my WRT1900AC is shaping up to fill that role. While I agree the stock firmware leaves a lot to be desired, I was still able to get what I wanted accomplished. I've got it set the way I want now and am very pleased with the performance and wifi range. I've got my USB3 HD serving my media on it and while the QOS on the stock firmware doesn't have much for advanced features it's serving my needs perfectly. I have an Asus RT68U at my office and while I'm also happy with that router I prefer my new WRT1900AC and think that as time goes on it will prove to be a much more versatile, capable and future-proof router that the RT68U or the R7000. I won't hesitate to recommend the WRT1900AC to enthusiasts. With the 2 caveats that the price is a little high and the stock firmware is not great, I would also highly recommend it to non-techies. If you don't like the firmware then flash it with something else; that's the whole point of this router!

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