The successor to the legendary WRT Wi-Fi router from ...

The successor to the legendary WRT Wi-Fi router from …

July 16, 2014

Linksys announced that it has begun shipping the new WRT1900AC routers. This WRT router features four external antennas for optimal wireless coverage throughout the home and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. This new wireless standard offers best-in-class performance, and includes smart technologies including beamforming to further enhance the range of the wireless signal. The design of the new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the iconic WRT54G model that was introduced 11 years ago. The new WRT has been equipped with powerful hardware including a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 128 MB flash memory, eSATA and USB. The new WRT routers come with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi setup and management tools.

“WRT is the cornerstone in the history of Wi-Fi technology and a synonym that has helped many people to have their home wireless, as it was their first wireless router. Since the introduction of the original WRT, we have sold more than 50 million units worldwide and it is still selling with great success, even with the rapid advancement of wireless technology, ”said Mike Chen, Vice President of Product Management at Linksys . “WRT has a cult status for many users because of the open source aspect that made it so immensely popular. We are honored to have partnered with OpenWRT to ensure the product’s open source availability and to build a WRT-worthy successor with cutting-edge hardware and iconic design. ”

Ready for OpenWRT. Linksys and the OpenWrt project have been collaborating to ensure open source capability and continued development of the new WRT router.

“The history of OpenWrt goes back a decade, when it all started with a project to modify the Linksys WRT54G. A lot has changed since then, ”said Gregers Petersen, Relationship Manager at OpenWrt. Today, OpenWrt is a full embedded Linux distribution that enables users to be innovative and create new solutions and features. Other key elements of OpenWrt are the transparency of its source code, its security, and the extensive bundled repositories. We see it very positive to have collaborated directly with the Linksys engineering team in developing the WRT1900AC. As a result, consumers will have the freedom to choose between the default Linksys firmware and the OpenWrt firmware. The OpenWrt developers recognize the potential of collaboration with Linksys, and the opportunities it brings to create more devices and solutions.

New Features

Additional new features have been added to the new WRT router after the initial announcement at CES. Along with the powerful functionalities of the router, the new WRT can now be configured as a range extender or as a wireless bridge. New software features have also been added including support for No-IP dynamic DNS service. Linksys also plans to add Wi-Fi Scheduling and an OpenVPN-based VPN server in a future firmware update to allow users to establish a secure remote connection to the router from anywhere in the world.

Flexible Implementation

The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point can be deployed as a typical access point or configured as a workgroup bridge to extend wireless range coverage.

Better Range Through Antenna Diversity

Like other 802.11ac routers, data is transmitted wirelessly to clients using three spatial streams. Unlike other 802.11ac routers, the new WRT is equipped with four adjustable and removable antennas. Of the four antennas, the router automatically selects and uses the best three to transmit and receive data to connected devices based on their location in the home. Antenna diversity technology helps provide greater range and coverage compared to a 3-antenna system, so all connected devices can achieve the best performance wherever they are.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is a software configuration and management tool that gives users access to their connected devices from a browser or mobile app so they can easily manage their home network. Users can access their home network from anywhere using a browser on a PC or an app on their Android or iOS smartphone or tablet to check the connection status of their devices, provide guest access to visitors, or prevent children. have access to social networks.

With the launch of the new WRT router, Linksys has added a new Smart Wi-Fi tool called Network Map to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi interface. Network Map is a visual representation of your home network showing the router and connected devices. The tool allows users to see which devices are using the bandwidth the most, how strong the signal is, or which wireless band is connected. Network Map provides a more intuitive and graphical approach to monitoring and managing a home network.

WRT1900AC Hardware Specifications

80211ac Wi-Fi (backward-compatible with 802.11a / b / g / n)

Speeds up to 1300 Mbps * on the 5 GHz band

Speeds up to 600 Mbps * on the 2.4 GHz band

Gigabit WAN & LAN ports

1 eSATA / USB 2.0 port

1 USB 3.0 port

1.2 GHz dual core ARM processor

128MB flash memory


Four interchangeable external antennas

WRT1900AC Software Features

Navigation-based configuration for easy installation from a PC / Mac, smartphone or tablet

Can be configured as: router, extender (aka repeater) or wireless bridge

Ability to hide broadcast SSID

Installation wizard that creates two SSIDs, one for the radio band

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi that allows access from a browser, or Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app for iOS and Android

Ability to share printers or storage devices via USB or eSATA

· Incorporates DLNA certified media server and FTP server for file sharing

Drag-and-drop media prioritization to prioritize bandwidth across devices, apps, or games

Parental controls to prevent access to websites or block access during certain hours

Supported dynamic DNS services: No-IP, DynDNS and TZO

Built-in speed test and upload and download speed test

Ready for open sources

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