Linksys introduces new 802.11ac Wireless Router

Rick Otto

The new 802.11ac WiFi standard is beginning to replace 802.11n.  Linksys has introduced a new 802.11ac router to help you make the change.  The new router is named the WRT1900AC.

There is something special about this new router.  Linksys' WRT54G is their best selling wireless router of all time.  The image of it's black and blue router has become commonplace in the networking market.  Linksys has decided to bring this design back for the WRT1900AC as can be seen in the above image.  

The WRt1900AC has simultaneous dual-band radios for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.  It's powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and it has 256MB of DDR3 RAM.  The wonderful range of this router is provided by four removable and upgradeable antennas.  Most routers have only 3 antennas.  The router has a USB 2.0/USB 3.0 and a eSATA port.  These ports are used for connnecting external storage devices for shared access.  There's 4 Ethernet ports and a WAN port along with an On/Off switch on the back, a Reset button, and a connector for the AC Adapter.  

Like the earlier WRT54G the routers are stackable.  Linksys is also working with the OpenWRT community to make sure that open source firmware is available.  Part of the reason for the popularity of the original WRT54G was the fact it was easily hackable.  Custom firmware was easily available for download on the internet.  The router will be priced at $300.  

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