File-It-Under: Wireless devices By: D.F.Skin
The Linksys WRT1900AC is the talk about wireless router in 2014,it made a huge splash with the folks at this years CES, also the most talked about with the Linksys WRT1900AC is its hefty price tag. Why is the price the focal point of the router? Aside from the features, it comes a pretty hefty price tag at $249,is the hefty price tag justified for this newly created high-end router from Linksys, let us dig deep into the WRT1900 AC and find out if consumers should shell out that kind of bank.
The Design Though
Aside from the specs and features which we will get into a minute,the design of the WRT 1900 AC is insanely unique in a sense. What's so unique about the WRT 1900AC it has the total retro design, Linksys took its design back to the old generation WRT54G which by the way is still being used by many today. The WRT 1900AC has ditched the tradition of being a square peg shaped router,it resembles more of a pentagon shape. Equally impressive is the routers antenna placement,Linksys again ditch tradition by not having its four antennas in the rear part of the router,instead placed its four antenna on the side of the device,two on the left,two on the right. Score a big one for the design.
What The Specs?
The hardware internals within the WRT 1900 AC is pretty damn right powerful easily smashes its ancient predecessor the WRT54G, in fact the hardware makes this router the most powerful home router on the market. It runs a 1.2GHz ARM-based dual-core processor,contains 128 MB of Flash storage as well as a 256 MB of DDR3 RAM. Considering the routers raw power the device still supports third-party firmware,the Open WRT plan of releasing compatible firmware in the coming months, DD-WRT and Tomato will post its firmware pending in June.
And The Features
The WRT1900AC features four antennas (two placed on each side of the device) which is somewhat innovative considering most if not all high-end routers on the market features only three,oddly enough the router has four antennas yet is a three stream router,most high-end are a 4 stream router. Like most high-end dual-band routers on the market,the WRT1900AC delivers the standard blazing bandwidth speeds, up to 1,300 Mbps on a 5GHz frequency band and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band.
In the back portion of the router it has the standard four gigabit LAN ports and one gigabit WAN (Internet) port. The router also contains a both a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports,but we also have a industry first a router that has a eSTATA port,no other router currently on the market has eSATA port.
Onto the front of the router if you're the type of person who loves lit up devices then you'll love this particular router as it has an array of LED status lights. If you by any chance loathe seeing these LED status lights blinking before your eyes,you have the choice and honor in disabling it via the routers web interface.
About The Price
Clearly this is the best most powerful router on the market,but is it worth shelling out nearly $300 for a wireless router? That all depends if you're looking for a router to attach to a NAS server or plan on taking advantage of the customization of the firmware then this router is for you or you simply just have spare money laying around then just get the damn router,its a device that's high-end and has multiple functions and blazing fast. The thing is there are other routers on the market with similar specs and has the same features,like for instance the one I own the Asus N66U which is $120 less at a $179 price tag (you can read my review on the Asus N66U router just check the archives on the website). Anyway,if you willing to pay the hefty price,the router is currently ready for purchase on most tech vendor websites