Linksys WRT 1900AC Linux-Based Firmware

The legend Has Come

Linksys is now reviving the spirit of WRT54G router what was once is phenomenal as the pioneer of 802.11g standard-based router, the router with linux-based firmware, the open source firmware.

Even though there are lots of people still use the WRT54G router considering that its performance is very excellent and is durable, but with the emerging of the wireless N technology and now wireless ac which is a fifth-generation of wifi technology – the future of wireless technology, the echo of the pioneer is dim. No wonder that Linksys would like to revive the spirit of WRT54G to incarnate with the spirit of the fifth generation of the wifi technology. Of course a huge fan of the legendary WRT54G can’t stand waiting for the legend to incarnate in the new spirit of wireless ac technology.

Why Linksys offers another wireless ac 1900 router knowing that it has introduced EA6900 wireless ac 1900 router? This one is different. Probably Linksys would like to call WRT54G old users, you know that the WRT54G was sold over 40 million devices around the world, to taste the new incarnation of WRT54G in the form of WRT 1900AC router – a router with the future of wifi technology. Moreover, it is different with the EA6900 becasue the firmware is based on open source Linux OS you can customize to meet your needs as developpers.

Have a look at the following video introduction (courtesy by Tek Syndicate on YouTube) when the router was showcased in CES 2014.

Main features

  • Based on wireless ac1900 technology
  • Open source firmware
  • Speeds of up to 1300Mbps (5GHz) and 600Mbps (2.4GHz)
  • 4x external antenas – adjustable position for best signal reception and performance, engineered with beamforming antenna technology
  • Comes with 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Gigabit interfaces – 4xLAN and 1x WAN
  • Guest network access
  • Powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor
  • One eSATA port

The features are nearly the same as EA6900 except firmware and eSATA port, have a look at this comparison table.

Linksys wrt 1900ac

This WRT 1900AC also comes with smart-wifi apps you can manage your home network from the palm of your hand. It also comes with network map to help you view your network and connected devices easily. Windows server 2012 series also come with network map you can easily manage your network by clicking the node and configure it. They can provide you a complete networking diagram what your servers are organized. This is what Linksys would like to equip in its smart-wifi apps.

In the lack of one USB 2.0 port, you still have option to store more space by adding eSATA disk attach to the router that can deliver the data rates of up to 3Gb/s, and it can also support USB 2.0 device with the speeds of up to 489Mbps.

Click here for WRT 1900AC Spec details

Comparison table

 WRT 1900ACEA6900
Wifi technologyWireless ac 1900Wireless ac 1900
Antennas4x external antennas with beamforming technology3x external antennas with beamforming technology
SpeedsUp to 1300Mbps (5GHz) and up to 600Mbps (2.4GHz)Up to 1300Mbps (5GHz) and up to 600Mbps (2.4GHz)
Linux firmwareYesNo
Ethernet portsGigabit 4xLAN and 1x WANGigabit 4xLAN and 1x WAN
USB ports1x USB 3.01x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
eSATA port1xN/A
PriceUSD $178.00USD $130.00

To see more manufacturer’s description and current price in Amazon, click here for WRT-1900AC spec details and current price in Amazon.

Linksys EA6900 is powered by the dual core 800Mhz processor, but the WRT 1900AC is powered by 40% faster processor – dual core 1.2GHz processor. You can compare it with Netgear R7000 or Asus AC68U, both routers come with the same AC1900 technology but R7000 is powered by 1GHz dual core processor and Asus with 800MHz processor, this WRT router would be the first router with the fastest 1.2GHz dual core processor ever made so far and is Linux-based firmware (open source) in AC1900 class.

Now, we will have many options in the wireless AC1900 routers. Currently there are already some wireless ac1900 routers available in the market including Asus RT-AC68U and Netgear R7000.

We will see how the competion between these wireless ac1900 routers are going. And you may also like the new flagship from Linksys in AC5400 technology – the Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router

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