Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router Review

Introduction


Linksys is a well-known brand in the router business and it is a pleasure for me to take a look at their WRT1200AC router today. The WRT1200AC is a dual-band smart wi-fi router based around a powerful dual-core processor to provide great transfer speeds and reliability.

The design is a mix of a conventional box with a slight futuristic touch. It’s simple enough to please those who don’t want their router to stand out, yet it features enough distinctions for those who do want it to stand out. A great mixture of the two worlds and one that is striking similar to the WRT1900 router.

The front has individual LEDs for the WAN, LAN, eSATA, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connections as well as one for the 2.4GHz and one for the 5GHz band. Each of the four gigabit ethernet ports also has their own LED to let you know what port is active and which isn’t.

The rear side features the aforementioned four LAN and one WAN port, all full gigabit to support modern faster than 100MB/s internet connections. The USB 3.0 port allows you to attach modern and fast storage while the combined USB 2.0 and eSATA port allows you to connect both legacy and fast storage. There’s both a reset and sync button as well as a dedicated power switch for when you want to turn the whole thing off.

The Linksys WRT1200AC has two high-performance antennas and supports beam-forming technology for the best possible connection to your wireless devices. Both bands work simultaneously like they should for combined N400 and AC849 Mbps connections.

The router has a lot of ventilation holes on both the top and bottom to ensure that the router is properly cooled even when tasked to the limits and when running in hot environments. The four large feet keep the router firmly in place and you don’t need to worry about it shifting its position even when a cable is pulled or plugged.

Inside the package you find everything you need to get going with a wireless Linksys experience, the router itself and its two antennas, an LAN cable to connect it to your internet connection, an AC/DC power adapter and manuals to get started with everything.

The WRT1200AC also comes with all the software based features you’ll want. The wireless signal is protected by WPA/WPA2 encryption and the unit comes with a built-in firewall, parental and guest control, as well as scheduling and more.

If you shouldn’t be happy with the Linksys system and rather have something more familiar, then your in luck. The unit is built to be compatible with the open source router software, OpenWRT.

Linksys Launches the WRT1200AC in the UK

If you’re in the market for a new router, then you might want to take a closer look at Linksys’ latest router, the WRT1200AC. The Linksys WRT1200AC delivers best in class performance and convenience, and now UK customers can get their hands on it too. The router was first introduced at CES in Las Vegas and it’s great to see it arriving here.

It is built around the Avastar Wireless & ARMADA Processor product series from Marvell and features wireless speeds up to 1.3 Gbps and a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU. The 2×2 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless-AC Gigabit Router also comes with a USB 3.0 port and dual USB 2.0 and eSATA port for easy connectivity of external storage devices. Another great feature is that the router is fully compatible with OpenWRT as the drivers have been incorporated into the latest image snapshot.

It comes with two adjustable and removable antennas for maximum range, and it features beamforming technology to boost the Wi-Fi signal. Every other device is getting the smart tag lately and it’s no different in the world of routers. The Linksys WRT1200AC comes with Smart Wi-Fi, a web and app-based management tool that helps users set up and manage their router from any device, including smartphones. OpenVPN server functionality will also be added this month via a firmware upgrade.

Feature Highlights

  • Up to N400 + AC867 Mbps speed
  • Simultaneous Dual Band 2.4 + 5 GHZ
  • Network standards: IEEE 802.11a,b,g,n,ac
  • Beamforming technology
  • OpenWRT compatible
  • WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall
  • Two high-performance antennas
  • USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA connectivity
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Dual-core 1.3GHz CPU
  • Smart Wi-Fi app for smartphones and tablets
  • Parental control, guest access, and scheduling

The Linksys WRT1200AC is available now for an MSRP of £149.99 at leading retail stores and online retailers.