Linksys WRT1900ACS

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Linksys WRT1900ACS Review

Key features

  • 1.6GHz dual core processor
  • Developed using open source firmware hence you have more options when it comes to customization
  • Modern and advanced security features
  • Dual Band connectivity

Introduction

Right from the looks to the functionality, this router has been built for the top. It also packs features you would not expect from an entry level or mid-range router hence the slightly higher price tag. With open-source firmware, users have a wider range of options since they can download and install alternative firmware to tweak the performance of the router to their liking. Some of the good aspects of the router include the good wireless range, plenty of ports, dual band capabilities and the powerful monitoring software. When it comes to the design, this router comes with the same old blue and black design that you will find in most other devices from Linksys. It also has broad feet that look similar to what you would find on other WRT devices from Linksys. This means that you can easily stack your WRT router, switch and any other WRT device that you might be using on your network. Despite its large size, (9.7 by 7.6 by 2.0 inches) this router can easily fit horizontally on a book shelf. Alternatively, you can use the provided template to drill holes on a wall and mount the router there. The Linksys WRT1900ACS gaming performance in online multiplayer games is unmatched thanks to the high transfer speeds.

What is its performance ?

When it comes to performance, the Linksys WRT1900ACS delivers impressive transfer speeds and a wide range of options for connecting. It comes with four thick antennas that can be rotated and angled to ensure optimal reception. If these are not good enough, you can spend $100 on a set of high-gain larger antennas with two times the sensitivity you would get from the shorter stock antennas. The front of the router has white LED indicator lights that show the status of the different functions of the router. They can tell the status of the internet connection, whether the router is powered on or not, the bands that are active and the connection status of the different ports. This router can achieve transfer speeds of up to 600Mbps for the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps for the 5GHz band. The back side of the router has a power switch, a WPS key for adding Wi-Fi devices, a reset button and the ports. The ports are a 12V DC inlet, one USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port and five Gigabit Ethernet ports. The storage ports give you a wide range of options in your Linksys WRT1900ACS speed test for your NAS. One of the five Ethernet ports is for connecting your broadband modem and the other four are output ports for connecting wired devices. The lack of an internal fan ensures that the device runs quietly and potentially reduces the need for frequent maintenance.

Is it easy to set-up ?

The setup process of the Linksys WRT1900ACS is easy and very similar to that used in its predecessor, the WRT1900AC. You can even use it without any setup since it comes preloaded with default network settings that can be used straight from the box. All the information that you will need to use these default settings is on the underside of the router. All you’ll need to do is to plug in the router to a power source and the yellow Ethernet port to an internet source and you will be ready to go. If you need more customization options, you can log in to the web interface to get more control. You also have the option of using the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi mobile app that can be used to make changes to some of the settings.

Conclusion: Should I buy it ?

Even in Linksys WRT1900ACS vs Netgear R7000 tests, this router is a clear winner. From storage capabilities to high transfer rates, this router has what it takes to take your home network to the next level. Granted, the Linksys WRT1900ACS price is a bit on the higher side, but you get value for every penny paid for it.

  • The Good :
    High transfer speeds, multiple storage options, open-source firmware
  • The Bad :
    Expensive
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Linksys WRT1900ACS is manufactured by Linksys and was added in March 2016 in the Routers section
  • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5

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