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Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS) Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Nov 12 . Rating: 5 Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS) Bring unparalleled Wi-Fi performance into your home with the WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router from Linksys. Featuring a unique four external antenna configuration and a powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with 512MB memory, the router is engineered […]

Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS)


Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS)


Bring unparalleled Wi-Fi performance into your home with the WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router from Linksys. Featuring a unique four external antenna configuration and a powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with 512MB memory, the router is engineered to support active online households by eliminating dead spots in multistory buildings. Multiple users can simultaneously game online, stream movies, and transfer files without lagging interruptions. In addition to four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the router provides connectivity to wired devices via a USB 3.0 port and dual eSATA/USB 2.0 port, letting you transfer huge files without the wait. The WRT1900ACS is also equipped with exclusive Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software with network map for total home network control and is open source ready for advanced users who want to customize their firmware.

  • Wireless-AC, up to 4.3x faster than N technology: Simultaneous dual-band speed up to 600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5 GHz) for media – intensive applications
  • 4 high-performance antennas: Engineered to enhance dual-band communication, four external, adjustable antennas ensure supreme Wi-Fi signal strength in multilevel homes and small offices
  • Dual Core 1.6 GHz CPU: Powerful CPU promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing allowing multiple users to simultaneously game online, stream movies, and transfer files without lagging
  • Share content via an external storage device with ultra-fast data transfer speeds. USB 3.0 delivers enhanced performance over USB 2.0; eSATA delivers optimal data transfer speeds from external SATA drives and accommodates USB 2.0
  • Users can prioritize devices or websites, gain parental control over content, monitor network activity, turn Wi-Fi access on or off and create select password – protected guest networks. Network Map offers a visual map of the home network
  • Open Source Ready: Users gain unprecedented access to customize the router
  • Package includes: Linksys WRT1900AC Router, 4 external, dual – band detachable antennas, Quick Start Guide, CD – ROM with Documentation, Ethernet Cable, Power Adapter and Power Cord
  • Processor: Dual-Core 1.6 GHz ARM-based



What customers say about Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS)?

  • 25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Signal strength was good, speed was good, features good, October 9, 2015
    By 
    J. Donaldson (Redding, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS) (Personal Computers)
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    I must say evaluating a router isn’t easy. I spent over 4 hours, making changes, doing tests, and writing this report.

    There are two things I’m interested in with a WiFi router. 1) How easy is it to setup. 2) How fast is it.

    If you don’t like reading long detailed reviews here is the synopsis: The setup was easy, the signal strength was good, and the data transfer rates were good. I recommend this router.

    If you like more detail read on…

    SETUP
    This is the easiest to setup router I’ve ever used, and I’ve had perhaps 10 WiFi routers over the years. I disconnected the previous router, connected all of the cables to this router, and powered it up. With a browser I went to address 192.168.1.1 and logged in (using the username and password from the documentation). I selected the automatic setup and went through a couple of steps, renaming the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and setting my own choice of password. That was pretty much it. All of my WiFi devices just worked as did the 1TB hard drive I plugged into the USB port. I did have to map the 1TB drive to our computers which was an expected extra step.

    SPEED
    This is a much more difficult thing to test. There are many variables and signal issues to consider. There are “channels”, “bands”, signal strength, and data transfer rates.

    In the end, to give you the short version, I found this router to be better than the relatively new TP_Link AC router it will replace. But it isn’t magic. It might take some experimentation to squeeze the best behavior out of this Linksys.

    When using the 2.4GHz band other devices such as cordless phones and baby monitors can be on the same band and reduce the signal strength. When running WiFi tests on my smartphone one of the weakest channels is always the channel I’m on. That’s because my phone is using a lot of the bandwidth on that channel and mode. That alone reduces the measured signal strength on that channel. Of course all of the neighbors have WiFi and several devices such as tablets, laptops, smartphones, ROKU, and other devices that can interfere with the available signal strength.

    We are on a cable modem, not a DSL line. DSL offers slower data rates but the data rate is constant. With DSL you’re not sharing the bandwidth with your neighbors. With cable we share the bandwidth with many other people so the bandwidth increases and decreases as other people in the neighborhood use the internet.

    So trying to evaluate one WiFi router vs another isn’t easy because so many things can cause signal strength and data rate variations during testing. But there isn’t much I can do about that so I just went ahead and ran the two tests at my disposal. One is an app on my smartphone called WiFi Analyzer, and the other is the widely known SpeedTest.

    My test method was this: I first ran tests using my old WiFi Router. I went to the four corners of our tract home lot. At each corner I ran both the WiFi Analyzer and SpeedTest, recording the results. I then replaced the old TP-Link AC1200 WiFi router with this Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart WiFi Router and ran the tests again. We live in a single story detached wood frame home. The WiFi router is mounted somewhat off center of the house on top of a 6′ high wood cabinet.

    I ran most of the tests on the 2.4GHz band because I have some devices that only run on that band. I did do one test on the 5GHz band and the results were good, but as the old TP-Link router didn’t have a “B” mode 5GHz WiFi option I could not run comparison tests. I have zero devices with the new AC mode so could run no tests at all for that mode. I suspect most people have no or few AC mode devices. AC devices have been out for a while but I have not had a need to replace any of our devices and many new devices still don’t come with the AC mode. We’ve installed two WiFi printers recently and both only have the 2.4GHz band.

    The results were far less than positive for the Linksys in terms of signal strength at first. So I fiddled with two variables.

    The first change I tried was to install High Gain antennas on the Linksys replacing the four small antennas included. I had previously installed the new High Gain antennas on the TP-Link, which at the time made very little difference while running the same tests. I took the High Gain, much larger, antennas off the TP-Link and installed them on the new Linksys. The results were worse than the stock antennas. Length of the antenna isn’t an indicator of a better signal. I have a background in electronics and spent 4 years on military radar so I understand antennas are tuned. My advice to myself and others is don’t waste your money on high gain antennas.

    The second change I made was to the channel. The TP-Link router had automatically chosen channel 6, but the new Linksys had automatically chosen channel 1. So,…

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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Get a Netgear instead, unless you like wasting your time & money, October 27, 2015
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    a Tampa Bay local (Florida) –

    This review is from: Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS) (Personal Computers)
    This is the 3rd Linksys router I’ve been through in the past two months and NONE of them have delivered.

    I started with the previous model (the WRT1900AC; this one is the WRT1900ACS), both purchased here, and both had the same problems. The 5Ghz transmitter died in both routers – leaving us with only the older & slower 2.4Ghz network. The external storage performance was unreliable as well – the connection to the hard drive connected to the router would randomly drop.

    Then I heard that there were 2 revisions of this model, where the Rev2 resolved the issues the Rev1 had. Amazon sold me two Rev1s. But a few weeks ago Linksys released the WRT1900ACS – basically the Rev2 as a new model.

    So I got the Rev2 and here are the problems we’ve had:
    - it drops all connections periodically
    - the external storage drops connections so often that it is unusable; it’s impossible to copy large files to or from it
    - the network speeds are unreliable and require a lot of configuration and re-configuration to try to get things right

    Linksys support isn’t bad but they have a simple fallback: reset to factory settings & try again. There’s only so many times that’s acceptable; after a while it starts smelling like a load of bullshoney. Plus they tried pinning 2 failed issues with the router on ‘environmental’ or ‘configuration’ issues. Right – like two of the exact same physical thing dying on the router is due to an ‘environmental’ issue? Maybe it’s true – I was shooting daggers at the crappy routers with my eyes constantly. (I had no idea I was so powerful, I should have put that skill to use in some of the crappy jobs I’ve had…)

    Basically, I tried 3 of these routers over 2 months and all 3 had problems.

    I’ve always had solid experiences with Netgear and I only went with the Linksys due to the outstanding storage performance noted at Small Net Builder. Sadly, it doesn’t work well enough to know whether the storage performance. I’m going back to Netgear and just ordered an R7000 here.

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    Oct 28, 2015 1:00:40 AM PDT

    Linksys says:
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    Hi,

    We value your time in posting this detailed review about our product. We are sorry to hear about the challenge that you had in using our device. This is not the experience that we want you to have in using our router. We understand and respect your decision. Should you change your mind and have us review your case, you can email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this post for reference. Looking forward to assisting you.

    Regards,

    Linksys Support
    http://support.linksys.com

     
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  • 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great, stable router but a bit pricey., October 23, 2015
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    H. Vargas (Long Island, NY) –
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    This review is from: Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1900ACS) (Personal Computers)
    This is a great upgrade from what i had before. I’ve had a few Linksys routers over the years, starting with the WRT54G and most recently the E4200 and the E6300. This, by far is the best of them all. I live in s split level home with basement. The router is is in the basement and i get a good signal even 3 floors up, and also into the detached garage, where i have a wireless Audio receiver. The signal is way better than the E6300. I love the indicator lights in the front and i can easily glance to get a quick view of what is going on. Coming from the 6300, the web interface is very similar. The change from “Device list” to “Device map” is great, I love that feature and how it shows which devices are connected and how they are connected (wired, 2G or 5G).
    I currently have about 15 or so devices on the network, from TV’s to computers to laptops, cell phones and iPads and the connection has been great and stable. Overall, i am very satisfied and the only reason i gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because i think this unit is a bit pricey.

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