updated 08:49 am EDT, Thu April 10, 2014
New home router first to feature a quad-antenna array for range, speed
Linksys today announced that it has started shipping the new WRT1900AC. The design of the new router is inspired by the decade-old WRT54G. The new WRT has been equipped with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 128MB flash memory, plus eSATA and USB ports for storage and other peripheral connections.
Linksys' new model has speeds up to 1,300Mbps on 5Ghz, and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band, with an 802.11ac connetion. The router is backwards-compatible to 802.11a/b/g/n standards. It has gigabit WAN and LAN ports, one combination eSATA/USB 2.0 port, and one USB 3.0 port. Software features include DLNA media streaming, an FTP server, parental controls, graphical network mapping and management, and built-in speed test for broadband speed evaluation.
The new WRT is the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to feature four external antennas for wireless coverage, and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Software features have been added, including support for the No-IP dynamic DNS service. Linksys is also planning to add Wi-Fi Scheduling and an OpenVPN based VPN Server to the WRT in a future firmware update.
The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router will be available starting April 13 at a retail price of $280. Electronista is currently evaluating this router, look for a hands-on soon.