Linksys improves their best router and announces the WRT1900ACS
The new open source-friendly router is now equipped with a faster processor and double the RAM, this is rewarded by the addition of an “S” prefix to its name.
With the WRT1900ACS, Linksys says that it has
…improved upon its best AC1900 wireless router to deliver even better performance with more processing power, more memory, fully open source ready and at an even better price”.
The new WRT ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi setup and management tools, and Linksys has also collaborated with Marvell and OpenWrt.org to ensure full open source support in the latest version of OpenWrt’s Chaos Calmer release (15.05) at launch. The new hardware and multiple software and firmware options make for an unprecedented router with advanced customisation and the promise of blazing fast speeds – Linksys claims 1.3Gbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 600Mpbs on the 2.4 GHz band.
The newly improved WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Gigabit Router is equipped with powerful hardware including a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, 128MB flash memory, 512MB DDR3 RAM memory, eSATA and USB ports.
The WRT19000ACS retains the previous iteration’s style and would look just as nice sat atop my WRT 8-port switch.
There may be more feature-rich routers out there but, I for one appreciate the focus on getting the basics right. Also, the company’s commitment to open source is commendable.
Pricing and Availability
The new Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-AC 1900 Router will be available at the Linksys.com store from October 15, 2015. The MSRP is £179.99.
Linksys WRT1900ACS specs at a glance
1.6GHz Dual-Core ARM-based Processor
512MB DDR3 RAM
Full Open Source Ready
OpenWrt Chaos Calmer Support
Open VPN Server
PPTP VPN Support
4x Gigabit LAN Ports
1x Gigabit WAN Port
1x USB 3.0 Port
1x eSATA/USB 2.0 Port
2.4GHz and 5GHz Simultaneous Dual-Band
WPA/WPA2-Personal and Enterprise