Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router – Review

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Importance of a high-speed, smart, Wi-Fi wireless router requires no introduction. It’s something second to oxygen these days. If you are willing to buy a new router, before making a decision, keep an eye on a few different metrics. Apart from the basic features like its speed and range, you should also keep into account what separates a regular Wi-Fi hub from the greats like Linksys new 1900ACS.

Linksys WRT1900ACS has enumerated features that make this fabulous device a complete package. Linksys prestige, sense of polish and history is something that only a few brands in the wireless router space have. Linksys surely deserves its top spot among others. It is one of the best smart Wi-Fi wireless routers in a number of categories including range, Wi-Fi speed, network storage performance and signal stability.

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Open Source WiFi Wireless Router

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Features

  • Wireless-AC, up to 4.3x faster than N technology: Simultaneous dual-band speed up to 600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5 GHz) for media - intensive applications
  • 4 high-performance antennas: Engineered to enhance dual-band communication, four external, adjustable antennas ensure supreme Wi-Fi signal strength in multilevel homes and small offices
  • Dual Core 1.6 GHz CPU: Powerful CPU promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing allowing multiple users to simultaneously game online, stream movies, and transfer files without lagging
  • Share content via an external storage device with ultra-fast data transfer speeds. USB 3.0 delivers enhanced performance over USB 2.0; eSATA delivers optimal data transfer speeds from external SATA drives and accommodates USB 2.0
  • Users can prioritize devices or websites, gain parental control over content, monitor network activity, turn Wi-Fi access on or off and create select password - protected guest networks. Network Map offers a visual map of the home network

Pros:

  • Powerful management apps and monitoring
  • Blazing Fast setup
  • Great performance

Cons:

  • Doesn’t support time machine back-up
  • High price can be an issue

Design & Features:

WRT1900ACS however on the outside share the same dimensions and retro look as its predecessor WRT1900AC. The design harkens back the blue-black classic look of earlier Linksys WRT series first introduced more than a decade later. The style has been accented with modernized lines making it seem almost aerodynamic. It’s a sizeable unit weighing 886g, measuring 295×205×123mm. It sits flat and firm on its four rubber-bottomed feet. As well as sitting, this new model is wall-mountable.

Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA

$229.99
$121.85
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Features

  • 4 High-performance Antennas For Maximum Coverage & Reliability
  • 2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz Simultaneous Dual Wireless Bands For A Strong, Reliable Wi-Fi Signal That Eliminates Dead Zones Even In Multistory Homes
  • Beam forming Technology Allows The Router To Strengthen The Wireless Signal To Specific Devices
  • Professional-grade, 1.2 Ghz Dual-core Arm Cpu
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports Are 10 Times Faster Than Fast Ethernet To Provide The Fastest Wired Speeds

It has four removable external aerials that can be moved to best optimize signal strength and positioning. The only big difference in design from the previous version is absence of an internal fan. The power supply has also been changed swapping from an inline model to one integrated into the plug.  Removable fan means less need to worry about noise and part that tend to break easily. At the same time, it is similar yet of a great difference to the previous versions.

All the connectivity is positioned at the back of the router, there is an on/off switch, a Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) key for adding Wi-Fi devices and a reset button. There are five Gigabit Ethernet ports: four out ports for connecting to wired network devices including computers, storage and switches and one for connecting broadband modem. These are joined by USB 3.0 port as well as combo port that works with either USB 2.0 connections for printers and external hard drives or eSATA.

On the plus side, this Linksys wifi router has excellent front display with each light accompanied by a symbol which represents the feature is corresponds to. The lights lineup with their corresponding buttons and connections present at the rear of the device, offering you the ease to plug something new in or hit that WPS button.

Performance:

Engineered with an upgraded CPU and double memory capacity than the previous model, it delivers superior wired and Wi-Fi performance. The WRT1900ACS dual-band electronics handle four independent data traffic lanes. For a total peak performance of 1.9 Gbps, this model has the capability of running up to 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps in 5 GHz mode. It uses advanced beam forming technology to squeeze every last megabyte out of its wireless signal. It has excellent range of about 200 feet (61 meters). However, for more efficient traffic management, it lacks MU-MIMO capabilities that other new routers have. It feature 1.6 GHz dual core ARM based processor. You can also get 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 128MB of flash memory.

It works very well with devices ranging from Microsoft Surface 3 tablet, an early MacBook Air, an iPad Pro to a Samsung TabPro S. it successfully streams a Netflix movie on one device with playing YouTube videos and internet radio channel, with fourth system moving data onto and off of a network file server. In a nut-shell, it works pretty efficiently in the absence of MU-MIMO technology.

It’s the first one in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers family that supports OpenVPN. Due to this it allows remote users to connect securely.  It is also helpful for small businesses where local and remote users can connect though they are in same room. Another improvement is in its interface that allows a higher level of customization offering Wi-Fi networks to work in mixed mode, AC-only/A-only or N-only.

Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi RouterThere is also great news for savvy users, instead of using the auto-setting; you can also pick the channel width. Another great feature is Media Prioritization, allowing you to drag and drop connected clients between normal priority and high priority lists. It’s simple and effective Parental Control feature allows you to block certain connected client’s access just to certain websites or to the internet. It also supports one guest network allowing you to customize this networks’ name, password and number of guest users.

One of its coolest features is its live Network Map that displays connected devices by connected types. For configuration of WRT1900ACS, you can download Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app, allowing you to monitor network speed and activity, create a guest network, turn on/off Wi-Fi access and prioritize network traffic. It offers you to access your router from anywhere round the globe using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi service.

Unfortunately, WRT1900ACD doesn’t support Time Machine Backup which means Macs will not be able to use connected storage devices as a Time Machine Backup destination. Other than that, it offers all other features and settings that are found in high-end routers such as DynDNS, IPv6, WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption methods, post forwarding and so on. This versatile model can be set up as a traditional wireless router, an access point or a network extender. Screw in the antennas, plug the router into your broadband modem and power the system, the WRT1900ACS checks out and optimizes the connection. After a minute, the device is ready for you to do the wonders.

The WRT1900ACS wifi router blew away the competition in real-world testing. In terms of speed, if compared with other fastest residential broadband connection, it scores 523Mbps and 341Mbps for short and long range respectively making it best and fastest wireless router. It also stays cool even during extended heavy operation proving omission of internal fan to be a good decision.

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Open Source WiFi Wireless Router

$249.99
$199.97
32 new from $ 160.00
8 used from $ 119.50
Free shipping
Buy This Item
amazon.com
as of August 17, 2017 8:43 am

Features

  • Wireless-AC, up to 4.3x faster than N technology: Simultaneous dual-band speed up to 600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5 GHz) for media - intensive applications
  • 4 high-performance antennas: Engineered to enhance dual-band communication, four external, adjustable antennas ensure supreme Wi-Fi signal strength in multilevel homes and small offices
  • Dual Core 1.6 GHz CPU: Powerful CPU promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing allowing multiple users to simultaneously game online, stream movies, and transfer files without lagging
  • Share content via an external storage device with ultra-fast data transfer speeds. USB 3.0 delivers enhanced performance over USB 2.0; eSATA delivers optimal data transfer speeds from external SATA drives and accommodates USB 2.0
  • Users can prioritize devices or websites, gain parental control over content, monitor network activity, turn Wi-Fi access on or off and create select password - protected guest networks. Network Map offers a visual map of the home network

Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA

$229.99
$121.85
35 new from $ 121.85
16 used from $ 94.00
Free shipping
Buy This Item
amazon.com
as of August 17, 2017 8:43 am

Features

  • 4 High-performance Antennas For Maximum Coverage & Reliability
  • 2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz Simultaneous Dual Wireless Bands For A Strong, Reliable Wi-Fi Signal That Eliminates Dead Zones Even In Multistory Homes
  • Beam forming Technology Allows The Router To Strengthen The Wireless Signal To Specific Devices
  • Professional-grade, 1.2 Ghz Dual-core Arm Cpu
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports Are 10 Times Faster Than Fast Ethernet To Provide The Fastest Wired Speeds

 

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