Linksys today announced that they are re-introducing the retro-inspired WRT line of high-performance wireless networking products. Read on for details!
Linksys today announced that they are re-introducing the retro-inspired WRT line of high-performance wireless networking products. Remember the won’t-die WRT54G router from 2002? You know, the Linksys router that was built like a tank and was the best-performing router in its class? I still have one and it still works, even after a lightning strike took out a LAN port! Well, Linksys is trying to tap into the continuing goodwill associated with that product in its new AC1900 flagship high-performance router line with the introduction of the new WRT1900AC router and related product line. Here are some product shots of the router:
The WRT1900AC sports four antennas, which should deliver these benefits:
- Project large, overlapping Wi-Fi patterns for maximum signal strength and coverage;
- Engineered to enhance dual band communication;
- Adjustable to customize your wireless signal for single or multi-story buildings;
- Removable to accommodate antenna upgrades; and,
- 4 antennas provide antenna diversity for a more robust connection with wireless clients.
Here are the specifications:
- 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
- 128MB Flash
- 256MB DDR3 RAM
- Power, Internet, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, LAN 1-4 (10/100Mbps or
- 1Gbps), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, WPS
- 2.4GHz and 5GHz (concurrent) – you could also say “simultaneous”
Data Rates – Maximum speeds:
- 600Mbps (802.11n)
- 54Mbps (802.11g)
- 11Mbps (802.11b)
- 1.3Gbps (802.11ac)
- 450Mbps (802.11n)
- 8 54Mbps (802.11a)
- 4 External Antennas, adjustable and removable
Storage File System Support
- FAT, NTFS, and HFS+
- Parental Controls
- Media Prioritization (QoS)
- Network Map
- Remote Management (Linksys Smart Wi-Fi)
- Wireless MAC Filtering
- Backup/Restore Router Configuration
This should be a high-performance router with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and Smart Wi-Fi onboard. Speaking of which, Smart Wi-Fi will add an additional network mapping feature called Network Map, which should give you a better idea of what devices are connected, how they are connected and what they are doing. Here is a quick infographic that shows the new feature:
In addition, Linksys will be selling WRT accessories during 2014, including high-gain antennas, a NAS unit, and bridge and extender products.
Last but not least, OpenWRT will be fully supported from day one on the WRT1900AC, and Tomato and DD-WRT support is also planned. If you like to use open-source firmware with your router, the WRT1900AC will give you that opportunity in a high-performance AC1900 router.
I’ll leave you with a trip down Router Memory Lane with this fun infographic that shows the history of Linksys WRT routers. I look forward to testing the WRT1900AC. In the meantime, enjoy this.