January 6, 2014 – Linksys announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it is bringing back the heritage of the best-selling router of all time – the Linksys WRT54G but updated and modernized it with the most leading edge available Wireless-AC technology on the market, as the Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router. (I’ve used the WRT54G at home and when I was working in a LAN shop. So glad the iconic router is back, newer and pack more features!)
The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the original WRT54G, with iconic blue/black stackable form factor but with a modernized spin as well as more powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas (instead of the standard three) and eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 connectivity ports.
The new WRT1900AC ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools and will be the first Linksys router to include the Network Map feature. Linksys has also been working with the OpenWRT community to make an open source firmware downloadable when product is available.
Notable parts / details:
- Open Source Support
- 1x Gigabit WAN port
- 4x Gigabit LAN ports
- 1x USB 3.0 port
- 1x eSATA/USB 2.0 port
- 1.2GHz dual-core ARM-based processor
- 128MB Flash
- 256MB DDR3 RAM
- 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous dual-band
- 64/128-bit WEP
Like all AC1900 routers, data is transmitted on three spatial streams. The four removable, customized and adjustable antennas on the WRT1900AC router provide antenna diversity by enabling the router to use the three best signals out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data. The antenna diversity technology helps provide greater range and coverage compared to a 3-antenna system, so all your connected devices can achieve the best performance wherever they are located. (yay! that’s what i like most of WRT54G and used it as a basis for most of my Wi-Fi routers)
Included with our Linksys EA-Series routers and now the WRT1900AC router, Smart Wi-Fi is a setup and management software tool that gives users access to their connected devices from a browser or mobile app so they can easily manage their home network and optimize their online experiences. Users can access their home network remotely on their iOS or Android smart phone or tablet to check the connection status of their devices, give a guest access to the Internet, or block a child from accessing social networking sites.
Linksys is also announcing a new Smart Wi-Fi feature called Network Map on the new WRT1900AC router. Users can simple manage each device by clicking on its icon and change parental control settings, select wireless bands, filter by device type, or even remove devices from the network, plus more. Network Map provides a simple more graphical way to monitor and manage a home network.
The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi router has also been named as an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Home Networking product category.
As for its retail price, it’ll be available in spring (in a few more weeks time) at a MSRP of US$299.99 at Linksys.com and leading online and US retail stores.
Availability date and retail price for Singapore, to be advised.
Details as shared by Linksys Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe XPR.