Linksys WRT1900AC Review
Consumers who are looking for a powerful router that has a very large Wi-Fi range should look no further than the Linksys WRT1900AC. This particular model performs great and allows for a surprising amount of add-ons and adjustments for advanced home users to use in order to maximize their experience. Compared to other products it is higher priced, but if you are looking for a router that will stand head and shoulders above the competition, it is worth the investment.
At first glance, you will immediately see a departure from the trend of creating small and slick looking routers. Linksys has gone retro with the WRT1900AC, bringing back the classic blue-and-black color scheme of a decade ago and going with the bulk required to include a strong fan to prevent over-heating and a unique-looking antenna set-up that features four big antenna. Designed to support even the most active households with multiple Wi-Fi connections to stream movies, play online games, download music files and more, all without lags or drops, you will quickly overlook the retro appearance and find a place for this big router in your home.
If performance is what you desire, the WRT1900AC delivers. This Dual Band Wi-Fi router features a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that works great in multistory buildings and provides more thorough coverage to stop dead spots in their tracks. The unique four antenna configuration takes full advantage of the dual 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands to achieve better, more consistent connections throughout your home. There are four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port and a dual eSATA/USB 2.0 port that allows you to connect directly to the router for even faster file transfers and downloads. Advanced users will appreciate the ability to customize the firmware through its open source ready options for total home networking control and management.
In addition to all of the power and opportunity that the WRT1900AC provides, there are also other unique options that give homeowners more control than ever before. The Linksys SMART Wi-Fi software is also included with this model, giving you access to industry-leading software that allows you to control and monitor your home network via your smartphone no matter where you are located.
Parents have the ability to restrict Internet access when they are home, and you can give guests a unique Wi-Fi password when they visit. Monitor the devices that are connected to your home network: check Internet speeds for uploads and downloads, monitor the amount of time that each device is online and give priority to some devices over others to prevent lag or buffering on important devices.
Home users that require a range extender or a wireless bridge to add range to large properties or areas that have a difficulty maintaining a strong and consistent connection can double-up on the WRT1900AC and add a second unit to create the most powerful wireless signal available via the SMART Wi-Fi interface. This option allows you to extend the signal for both of the dual bands in Wireless Repeater Mode, or choose one of the bands to extend in Wireless Bridge Mode, to increase range and speed throughout your property.
If you are looking for a powerful router that is easy to set-up, yet allows for endless custom adjustments, add-ons and opportunities to maximize your connections throughout your home, the Linksys WRT1900AC is probably exactly what you need. While priced higher than other routers in the same class, you will quickly see that it is worth the investment by the improved connectivity and ability to monitor and control your network.
Submitted By: Solange
This router has slightly better range than the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900. Otherwise the 2 routers are pretty much the same. I choose the Linksys because I need large coverage but if you have a smaller area to cover you might be okay with the Nighthawk.