Top 5 Wireless AC1900 Routers

Which of the following top 5 Wireless AC1900 routers is suitable to meet your need in home? Asus AC1900 RT-AC68U; Netgear AC1900 R7000; TP-link AC1900 Archer C9; D-link AC1900 DIR-880L or Linksys EA6900 AC1900 router?

Why Wireless AC1900 Router

Wireless AC1900 router delivers simultaneous dual band with total bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps. Like other wireless AC1750 routers, in wireless AC connections the router delivers speeds up to 1300Mbps with compatible wireless AC devices such as Asus PCE-AC68U or TP-link Archer T9E. Both are PCI-express wireless AC1900 adapters that technically connect at the optimum speeds in 5GHz band since both ends are capable of streaming at the maximum data rate throughput up to 1300Mbps. And in 2.4GHz band AC1900 router delivers speed up to 600Mbps in wireless N connections.

What are those most popular wireless AC1900 routers competing tightly in the market? The following lists top 5 AC1900 routers. Please note that all of these 5 products are equipped with five Gigabit Ethernet ports, four LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port for high speed connection to modem such as high speed DOCSIS 3 Surfboard SB6183 and SB6190 cable modems or Netgear CM600 cable modem.

Typically you place this router sitting on the table with three external antennas pointing upward.

Netgear AC1900 (R7000)

R7000 is one of very successful products Netgear ever releases to the market with excellent customer rating above 4 (currently Jan 2016 with 4.3 out of 5 stars) beating other competing routers in its class. The design is a bit unfashionable, if I compare it with TP-link AC1900 Archer C9 which looks stylist, I prefer the design of C9 than R7000.

The original version of Netgear AC1900 was not featuring Cloud, and today you can thank to Netgear Genie which is now remote access ready and with ReadyCloud USB Access you can have something like personal cloud access storage.

Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router
Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router


  • Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
  • Prioritized bandwidth with QoS for video streaming and music
  • Netgear Genie with remote access
  • Implicit and explicit Beamforming technology
  • Smart Connect technology
  • ReadyCloud USB Access
  • Automatic backup software


  • Doesn’t support MU-MIMO

For complete technical and feature details including current price and rating:

click here for Netgear R7000 spec details.

Should you subscribe ultimate cable broadband plan, you probably prefer the cable router combo offered by Netgear – The Nighthawk C7000 cable modem router combo which is also based on wireless AC1900. The newest router introduced by Netgear is Nighthawk X8 AC5300 router.

ASUS AC1900 Router (RT-AC68U)

Asus always carves most of its flagship router products into the ranks of best-selling products on Amazon with an average customer ratings above 4 out of 5 stars, and user satisfaction is excellent. And Asus AC1900 becomes one of best selling product with average customer rating above 4 stars. If you compare with Netgear AC1900 the design of the body looks nicer and more stylist with the stand you can place it on the table.

Asus AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
Asus AC1900 (RT-AC68U)


  • Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
  • Broadcom TurboQAM technology for faster speeds
  • Two USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x UBS 3.0
  • Asus AiCloud service to allow you create personal cloud accessible the data anywhere you are
  • Download master and media server support
  • WMM and bandwidth management based on user defined rule
  • 3G/4G data sharing
  • Up to 6 SSIDs


  • Doesn’t support MU-MIMO technology
  • Doesn’t support Smart Connect technology

Unlike other routers with USB port for sharing printer and storage, with Asus you can also share 3G/4G network with USB modem attach to the USB port. And the other feature you can take advantage of is the Exclusive Asus AiCloud to allow your USB connected storage as personal cloud that is accessible via mobile devices anywhere you are.

Click here for Asus AC1900 spec details.

The newest Asus router is Asus RT-AC5300 three band router.

TP-link Archer C9

As I said in the first product Netgear AC1900, I prefer the appearance – the body design of Archer C9 than Netgear. C9 is designed with grayish white color, stylist design with a stand you can place it on a shelf or on the table – it blends with home decoration. TP-link AC1900 is one of successful wireless AC1900 routers in the market with excellent customer rating.

If you compare C9 with R7000 both are powered with the same 1GHz dual core processor. So far, the fastest processor embedded in wireless AC1900 router is 1.6GHGz dual core processor used by new Linksys WRT1900ACs.

Archer C9 TP-link
TP-link Archer C9


  • Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
  • 3x dual band detachable antennas Beamforming technology
  • VPN support – PPTP, L2TP, IPSec
  • Two USB ports; 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0
  • USB sharing support Samba, FTP server, Media server and also print server
  • Tether app for easy network management with your mobile devices
  • Bandwidth control


  • Doesn’t support MU-MIMO technology
  • Doesn’t support Smart Connect technology

One thing that you might have it absent is the Cloud feature. Archer C9 is designed with specific cloud feature, however you have a FTP server option should you need files accessed remotely.

Click here for technical spec details (Archer C9)

Google liaises with TP-link and Asus to introduce Google OnHub routers – a new era of Smarthome wireless router. Click here for Asus and TP-link Google OnHub routers.

Linksys EA7500 AC1900

Linksys Max Stream series routers are very successful, at least most of them receive high customer rating in Amazon including powerful Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router – three band AC5400 network segment; Linksys EA8500 wireless AC2600 two band router and Linksys EA7500 wireless AC1900 dual band router.

What makes this EA7500 router is different with its predecessor Linksys EA6900 router is that EA7500 comes with high end MU-MIMO technology that mostly applied to high end wireless router and business class wireless AC access point such as Linksys LAPAC2600 AP or any new wifi products with wave 2 wifi technology including business class POE wireless AC AP.

Linksys EA7500 AC1900
Linksys EA7500 AC1900

Linksys EA7500 Max Stream router is very successful in the market with its high performance features it receives high customer rating in Amazon.


  • Based on wireless AC1900 dual band technology that works with Amazon Alexa
  • Dual band speeds with 3x detachable external dual-band antennas
  • Supports Beamforming technology and high end MU-MIMO technology
  • 4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
  • Powered by 1.4Ghz dual core processor


  • Doesn’t support Smart Connect technology

Linksys EA7500 Max Stream AC1900 is one of best wireless ac1900 routers available in the market today. To learn more details about this product including current price and rating and manufacturer’s description and spec details:

Click here for Linksys EA7500 AC1900 router

D-link DIR-880L

The new generation of D-link wireless routers are designed with external antennas after for some times the designs were cylindrical tower such as D-link 868L cloud router or D-link DGL-5500 Gaming router. D-link AC1900 is designed with three external antennas, flat body similar to those original design – the first generation of D-link routers.

The antenna is not designed like other competing AC1900 routers with Beamforming technology, however it is featuring Ac smartbeam for enhancing wifi signal strength and coverage. When you compare it with TP-link Archer C9, your D-link AC1900 featuring cloud. With MyD-link shareport you can enable USB connected drive as your personal cloud accessible remotely via your mobile devices.

D-link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 router
D-link AC1900 (DIR-880L)


  • 3x high gain dual band external antennas
  • AC Smartbeam for much better signal strength and coverage
  • Advanced QoS Bandwidth efficiency with Band steering
  • Two USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 ports; up to 250GB drive storage
  • MyD-link Shareport for enabling USB storage as your personal cloud
  • VPN server IPSec / L2TP
  • Free mobile apps: Mydlink Lite; mydlink shareport


  • Doesn’t support MU-MIMO technology
  • Doesn’t support Smart Connect technology

So far customer rating is excellent with 4.3 out of 5 stars in Amazon. D-link DIR-880L is one of the best wireless AC1900 routers in the market today.

Click here for D-link 880L spec details and current price

You may also consider new mesh home wifi system such as Velop by Linksys with three band technology; or Ubiquiti HD mesh wifi system and still more. For small to medium business wifi system, you may consider best wifi AC access point with management software.

Cheers, Ki G.

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