The WRT54G is one of today’s most popular and adaptable routers but its capabilities are beginning to show their age. Now, Linksys is introducing its spiritual successor: the WRT1900AC.
As its name suggests, the WRT1900AC keeps the WRT-series’ heritage of open source stance (which brought us the famous Tomato firmware) while adding a laundry list of new features and enhanced internal hardware specifications. Consumers haven’t exactly been clamoring to replace their faithful WRT54G companions but with new standards becoming available, Linksys rightfully thought this would be the best time to push out some updated hardware.
Straight off the bat, the differences between this new router and the iconic WRT54G are apparent. While the eye-catching black / blue color scheme has been carried over, there’s now a quartet of high gain antennas that are completely adjustable and removable. Meanwhile, the WRT1900AC’s mounting system has been improved as well.
Around back, there’s an all-new layout with four Gigabit LAN ports and a single Gigabit WAN connector. There’s also an eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port and a dedicate USB 3.0 port for quick NAS connectivity. That USB 3.0 port will certainly come in handy since the WRT1900AC natively supports the FAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems.
A significant facelift has been performed on the internals as well. There’s now a 1.2GHz dual core ARM processor, 256MB of DDR3 memory, 128MB of internal flash, dual 2.4 / 5.0 GHz network bands and most importantly compatibility with the ultra fast Wireless AC standard. This allows it to achieve throughput of up to 1.3Gbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band.
Rounding out this impressive list is WPA/WPA2-Personal and Enterprise network standards, support for 128-bit WEP encription, DLNA certification, a complete network topology map, support for up to three consecutive spatial streams and the addition of Linksys’ Smart WiFi.
Price is not yet set.
It looks like Linksys threw the option book at their WRT1900AC and that’s a good thing considering the fierce competition in its segment. From the specs alone, it certainly has a chance to become one of the best on the market and carry on in the WRT54G’s footsteps.