Linksys already had a pretty impressive router in their WRT1900AC router and now they are ready with an upgrade to that model called the WRT1900ACS. The router keeps the same design and shape, but Linksys gave the hardware inside an impressive update.
The CPU is now a 1.6GHz Marvell dual-core chip where the old model only had a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The RAM was doubled from the previous model and the new WRT1900ACS features 512MB DDR3 RAM as well as 120MBB flash memory for the firmware.
The WRT1900ACS is fully OpenWRT compatible, allowing you to customize the firmware to your liking, that is if you don’t like the one that it’s already shipping with. With more CPU power, more RAM, and more storage space, you got even more possibilities to create the perfect router setup for yourself.
The rest of the features stay the same. You get four external high-performance antennas with beamforming technology, a USB 3.0 port for storage and a combined USB 2.0 and eSATA port for printers, storage, and other legacy devices. There are four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port for the wired connections while the wireless part can perform with up to 1300Gbps on the 5GHz and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
“We just made the best performing Linksys AC1900 router even better,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management and engineering for Linksys. “We are committed to making the Linksys WRT lineup the most advanced and best-in-class router line for the prosumer so they can get more out of the network they use in their home and office environment. We improved on the original WRT1900AC because we were able to incorporate better components such as a faster processor to make the router perform at higher clock speeds and providing more RAM for advanced users. Adding more memory enables our customers to build more off the open source platform as well as enabling us to provide more enhancements in firmware as we innovate and create more features.”
- 1.6GHz Dual-Core ARM-based Processor, 128MB Flash, 512MB DDR3 RAM.
- Full Open Source Ready, OpenWrt Chaos Calmer Support.
- Open VPN Server, PPTP VPN Support, IPSec Pass-thru.
- 4x Gigabit LAN Ports, 1x Gigabit WAN Port.
- 1x USB 3.0 Port, 1x eSATA/USB 2.0 Port. (FAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file system support)
- 2.4GHz and 5GHz Simultaneous Dual-Band.
- 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal and Enterprise.
- 3 spatial streams, 4 external adjustable and removable antennas. Implicit and Explicit Beamforming.
- UPnP, DLNA
Despite the improvement in hardware, the new Linksys WRT1900ACS comes at a better MSRP. It will be available directly from Linksys’ store on October the 15ths for £179.99.