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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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WRT1900AC

WRT1900AC
Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

Features:
  • 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

Features

WRT1900AC

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.


WRT1900AC

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.


WRT1900AC

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.


WRT1900AC

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.


WRT1900AC

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.


WRT1900AC

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


WRT1900AC

Beamforming Technology
Focuses signal to your device for optimal performance


WRT1900AC

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)


WRT1900AC

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


WRT1900AC

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


WRT1900AC

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


WRT1900AC

Performance Antennas
Position antennas for optimal performance


WRT1900AC

Open Source Firmware
Developed for use with OpenWRT


WRT1900AC

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



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Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Michael W.
  • 1/17/2015 2:42:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat router!

Pros: Fast, works well, I am able to hook up all my devices.
For Most people this will be a great router. There are a lot who have seemed to buy it so they could use open WRT.
And since that is not available yet, there mad and giving the router bad reviews. To them I say GROW UP! They did not promise open WRT right away. Most will be able to just plug and play with this router. It has very good range, and the online configuration is fine for most.

Cons: I amazes me , how many people claim there tech level is high on postings. And the truth is most are Novice at best. Until you hold certifications in the industry DON'T claim you tech level is high. IT"S NOT! Until you do it for your job, don't claim you a tech! Your not! You are just misleading people on products because it did not do something YOU thought it should, and you did not research before you bought.

Other Thoughts: I am a Tech, in fact I own a computer repair brick and mortar shop, We use this router, and I use one in my home, we have many devices hooked up to in both places, Fast, has never dropped out on us even once. Easy to configure, and has everything most people need. People who say is hard to configure get someone who knows what they are doing to set it up, or go back to tech school. And people who bought this for a wireless AC point? WHY? There are many AP point options out there that are cheaper. WRT will be out for it soon, give it time for the ones who want it. Most normal users will not. They just want it to work and be fast. AND IT IS!

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  • Brennan G.
  • 1/15/2015 6:09:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSome serious hardware for a router...

Pros: -1.2 dual core processor and RAM excellent for handling big packets fast.
- Good AC wifi signal coverage
- Boots up quicker than any previous router I have personally owned
-Open source firmware is coming together now that Marvell finally decided to realise radio driver info
- Awesome throwback 54G case design

Cons: -The Linksys "smart wifi" user interface:
I know you can replace this with 3rd party firmware if desired, but since the WRT is marketed to users that probably desire higher levels of control and customization, it would have been nice to see a factory firmware with more options/ features.
Sometimes I feel like comparing it to a $4K top of the line gaming PC runing Windows 95.
- I feel with a "opensource firmware" stamp, it needs an external port or easier method for reflashing a router bricked from bad flashing/firmware

Other Thoughts: Do your own research before taking any of these reviews seriously. Contrary to many posts, there IS opensource firmware compatible (although because the wifi radio driver was just recently realised, its just now coming together completely); and im not really sure what the "IT expert" below is talking about, with stock fw its just as easy to setup as any other linksys router...

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  • Steven W.
  • 1/14/2015 2:21:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable, fast, very fast

Pros: Reliable, very fast, easy to set up and use

Cons: Pricey

Other Thoughts: Was hesitant to buy this router based on a lot of negative reviews. After reading similar reviews on other high-end routers I decided to purchase the WRT1900AC. I've been a loyal Linksys customer and am happy to continue to do so.
This router has been great so far! Super fast and very reliable. So far I've had no random reboots that have frustrated others. I have no less than 15 devices connected to my home network at a time and the connection is always solid, anywhere in our 3-story home (WRT1900AC is on the top floor). This router is connected to a Motorola SB6141 and I regularly get 124Mbps download on Speedtest(FWIW) with Comcast on a wireless desktop computer.

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  • Walter G.
  • 1/6/2015 8:34:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDon't BELIEVE the Hype!!!!

Pros: This router is the BOMB! I must say first of all that I am a professional computer engineer and specialize in network equipment. Unless you are a professional and know what you are doing DON'T BUY this router. It does exactly what the specifications say it does if you can make IT DELIVER. If you are a newbie or a wantabie don't waste your time or money. As an IT professional it took me about two hours to make this router work in my home supporting both a server, several laptops, iPhones, iPads, you name it. Everything is working and downloading via wireless at around 300MB/s as specified in specs. Also the LAN side of the router is able to support huge files at a full 1GB/s what else can you expect. It has been delivery for me for the past four months. I'm not say you will have the same results, but don't believe all the none sense in these feeds. This router is only designed for professionals in networking and system configurations that know how technology like this really works. I would buy another one tomorrow if I needed it.

Cons: You better be a professional in computer networking if you want to buy this router. It should be marketed to commercial vendors and IT professionals. This is not designed for newbies and wantabies. Save your money and buy something you can configure. This ONE is rock solid in architecture, and you must know the protocols and how networking devices route traffic.

Other Thoughts: I would suggest that you have a detailed description on the box that states to consumers how complex this router is. Most people buying this router think it can be configured like a $50 Netgear model. That is far from the truth. If you buy it make sure you know an IT professional that will help you get it working especially if it is for business usage. I am loving every minute of my new networking device. TEARING up downloads on my Comcast 150MB/s extreme services.

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  • Casmon G.
  • 1/6/2015 3:14:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work!

Pros: Looks nice with the retro Linksys look.

Cons: Had a really hard time configuring/customizing it for my home needs. The 2.4 Ghz band in particular would not work properly; drops connections and only maintains 5 Mbps throughput on a 50 Mbps internet connection. Tried factory reset and setup with defaults was better but connection only went to 30 Mbps. Replaced unit with another and had the same problem. If it was cheaper I would keep it but it is too expensive to be having these type of problems. Gave up and took a refund.

Other Thoughts: Very disappointed cause I really wanted it to work.

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  • Joel K.
  • 1/4/2015 8:07:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsStill not ready for prime time

Pros: Fast, powerful, nice device map feature

Cons: Unstable firmware, web interface locks up with normal use, factory reset with simple power cycle, no way to delete old outdated devices from the device map

Other Thoughts: The router web interface randomly locks up and doesn't come back. I tried to re-login with three different browsers on two different computers running two different OS's. The only solution I could find was to disconnect and reconnect the power cable which resulted in a factory reset of the device! This happened twice. Both the firmware it came with (ver 1.1.8.161917) and it happened again after applying the 12/4/2014 firmware update (ver 1.1.8.164461).

With as new as this device is I could almost forgive Linksys for delivering the device before the firmware was ready. But this device has now been on the market for about eight or nine months and in that time only one update of the firmware has become available and it didn't fix this fundamental flaw. Others are having similiar problems. Search for a YouTube video on "WRT1900AC disconnect/reboot problem".

And lest you think that an open source OpenWrt version of the firmware might become available that would address these problems be sure to head over to the OpenWrt foundation web site and look for the phrase "At this point it is not possible to compile a fully working (including WiFi) customized OpenWrt build for WRT1900AC."

So while this product may be great some day, I'm not putting up with current state of quality. I've returned my WRT1900AC.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi JK,

We appreciate that you've shared your thoughts about this router through this review. How we wish you still have the device so we could help you check what's going on but and we respect your decision for returning it. Your feedback will be shared to the relevant team and thank you for trying our product If you have inquiries, feel free to contact us via email at LinksysCares@linksys.com.


Sincerely,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • VICTOR P.
  • 1/4/2015 12:48:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWay Overpriced - Open Source is a LIE

Pros: Bought this new for $175.00 and I still thought I paid too much for it. Its already about a year and Open Source community does not support this router. I have a wrt54gl that works really well and thats the only reason I bought this router thinking this will be supported.

Cons: Regardless of your tech knowledge, this is an overprice router. You could buy something way cheaper and performs like or better than this router and supported by dd-wrt & openwrt. Just do some research.

This is my last Linksys product.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Lurker,

Your feedback is very valuable to us. We understand how you feel towards the situation and we'll let the relevant team know about your feedback. If you wish for our team to help you improve the performance of the router, you can share the details with us through email at LinksysCares@linksys.com. We'd be glad to assist you.


Sincerely,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Yeekiat L.
  • 12/28/2014 10:06:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid and Stable

Pros: Stable, fast, and intuitive. I'm not sure why there are so many poor reviews of this router. I bought this unit on high praise from IT friends and its proven worthy of those praises. It has functioned excellent for me as a home router. I have tons of devices tied to it from TVs to phones and it has functioned flawlessly. One of my friends did get a faulty unit with the 5Ghz dropping but I think it was just a manufacturing problem. He has since bought 3 units for his family and home and they all perform flawlessly like mine. Coming from Netgear products, this Linksys has so far been more stable. My Netgear router has been extremely unstable and requires constant reboot to get it back online. I don't have that issue with this Linksys fingers crossed. The WRT1900AC is fast and stable and thats the most important aspect of any router.

Cons: I agree with the gripes about the open source marketing deception . Its not right and if I had purchased this unit based on the assumption of accessing the open source development, I would be angry too. Shame on Belkin/Linksys.

Router is a little pricey but I'm sure that will change over time.

Other Thoughts: Good product if you look past the hype (positive and negative)

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  • Daniel H.
  • 12/26/2014 7:48:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsBad News

Pros: Looks good / like the idea of a duel processor.

Cons: Linksys should have done more testing before putting the router on the market . Got it for Christmas hooked it up the next day and was not able to see any of my printers, my weather station or one of my security cameras but the internet did work. I called the help desk and THAT was a joke in itself. They have very little knowledge and if they don't know how to resolve the problem they pass it onto a 3rd party who will charge you regardless if its under warranty - that alone made me very angry.

Other Thoughts: Linksys should be ashamed with the lack of support and to charge their customer for a product under warranty .
JUST TO SAVE A BUCK.. Well that buck is going back into my pocket .

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

We greatly appreciate you for spending the time and sharing a detailed feedback on the Linksys WRT1900AC. We took note of what you mentioned and we will share this to the team for future product improvements. For questions, suggestions, or technical assistance, feel free to email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details, location, and this review link.

Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Hans G.
  • 12/22/2014 9:37:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBig let down - Not a successor to WRT54G

Pros: Styling of the unit is great. Design and build quality seem to be very high. Router just has an overall beefy nice feel and look to it.

Hardware on the inside seems to be bleeding edge and has the potential to be very powerful and flexible.

Cons: However, with the pro's aside. There are a number of issues that plague this unit. First, the easiest one, it's reboots at will even on the latest firmware Ver.1.1.8.164461. Nothing special to reproduce it either. Just use it, browse the internet, and like magic, reboot.

Second issue, Belkin jumped the gun trying to piggy back the success of the WRT54G by advertising this unit as OpenWRT compatible, with firmware available. For those not following the "development" of the OpenWRT project this is how it has gone so far:
- Only one build available, the McWRT build (which is basically a side build of OpenWRT built on a deprecated trunk of OpenWRT that is riddled with bugs and not officially supported. It's a step child firmware that I would NOT suggest you try. Oh and btw when you read the OpenWRT forums on the development. It's basically two belkin employees that are wedged into the OpenWRT MC project that are building the firmware. Again, it's not an official OpenWRT firmware. This is not how "OpenWRT" does business with closed source binaries.

- Marvell (Chipset manf) is NOT helpful in providing the necessary drivers for the OpenWRT community. Then first released just bogus blobs that helped nothing. Then released a half-working driver that needed to be put back together. Now that the community is trying to move forward, looking at the code changes as of late, Marvell is going back closed-sourced. So, again not playing ball. Big miss on Belkins marketing dept. This router is NOT going to be a success in the open source community.

Other Thoughts: So with the random reboots, and lack luster support on the open source commiunity this, to me, is just a pig with lip stick. Looks very nice, has great potential but seems to just stop there. Has potential.......

Manufacturer Response:

Hi cybrnook2002,

Thank you for sharing us your honest and direct feedback about the Linksys WRT1900AC. We value our customers' comments and took note of it. Rest assured that we're listening and putting a lot of effort in improving our porducts.

In case you have questions or need help, you can always send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com together with your contact details and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
support.linksys.com

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