Linksys WRT1900AC Review

Introducing the Holy Grail of wireless routers. Or not. We should take a closer look.

Linksys WRT1900AC

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Setup & Software

The Linksys WRT1900AC user interface comes with a whole bunch of settings. Most of them are easily understandable and not necessary for a basic installation but the sheer variety alone can be confusing if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Most of the setup process is easy to follow though just not a simple “connect with cable, turn it on, voilá: your connection is ready for takeoff”-process. The installation wizard also urges you to create an user account which is only useful for security reasons under some special circumstances.

Hardware & Wireless Connection

In terms of size the Linksys WRT1900AC is comparable to the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000. The Linksys router is a bit smaller but still bigger than your average wireless router.

But at its heart is an even more powerful core: a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that has no problem handling all the devices you throw at it. Virtually of course. Though I’m convinced the router will also triumph over a smartphone that’s physically thrown at it. Apart from that you get 1 USB 3.0 port, a combined eSATA/USB 2.0 port and four LAN ports as well as 4 antennas for great performance.

This wireless router has the same old dual bands you know about, 2.4GHz and 5 GHz. Both of them can achieve a maximum speed of 1300 Mbps. Keep in mind that it is highly unlikely that you will constantly be able to get a speed like this because of several other wifi signal or environmental influences or distance and so on. The reach and signal strength from the Linksys WRT1900AC is exceptional though. It can handle distances and walls way better than the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000.

However, some users report problems when getting a new Linksys WRT1900AC. Sometimes the new wireless routers randomly perform factory resets every few days. This means that you have to complete the setup again from step 1. While Linksys knows about the issue and not many people seem to be affected you should still take it into consideration.

The Linksys WRT1900AC in comparison

ASUS RT-AC68U
NETGEAR
Nighthawk R8000
Linksys WRT1900AC
Data Transfer Rate (max)1900Mbps3200Mbps (Tri-Band)1900Mbps
LAN Ports444
Parental Control?YesYesYes
USB 2.0111
USB 3.0111

Overall…

The alternative to the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000. While not the best wireless router the Linksys WRT1900AC will give you a stable and long-reaching connection. If you’re owning a house or have to use the router from a greater distance then the Linksys is a great product for you and definitely better than the Nighthawk.

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