Linksys has come out with a new wireless router in the model in WRT1900AC, but people will be talking about the design more than the specs. Its oblong-looking shape is a flash from the past. Shall we say retro-looking to say the least. I’m not the biggest fan, but if your home decor or office computer network leans towards the 70’s or 80’s look, the design is for you.
Luckily, the specs have stayed current. You’ll be able to take advantage of the 1.2GHz processor, 128MB of flash memory and 256MB of RAM. Sounds like a computer, right? It pretty much is, including: 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, and Mac support or PC support.
There are four antennas, offering what’s called spatial streams. In short, you can cover a lot of square shortage very quickly with these antennas. Specifically, you’ll be able to get up to 1.3Gbps or comparable to a 5GHz frequency band. As with other bleeding-edge technology, you cannot fully take advantage of this technology support unless you have wireless adapters of the same spacial stream technology on your computer. No such adapter had been released yet. So, you’ll have to settle with your N-speeds from your laptop or desktop to link up to this beast of a wireless router.
If you have a current Linksys router, should you upgrade to the WRT1900AC? The previous model, the EA6900, or the 802.11ac router, is 30% slower according to Linksys speed tests. So, if you have the need for speed, definitely upgrade.
Price tag: $300. Not terrible for the hardcore specs inside and the ability to easily connect external drives, printers, peripherals, and, of course, computers. Overall, I’m impressed that there’s actually a decent processor and RAM in the router. Many network laser printers don’t come close to having 256MB of RAM. My point here is you can even use this device to be a work-horse print server for you that may handle big print jobs. You can also share an external hard drive to view files from your devices.
The possibilities go on and on here. If you’re a Linksys fan, it is definitely worthy of a purchase. Personally, I’m a big Airport Extreme fan so I’m sticking with mine. But, as we all know, the computer world is becoming more of a subjective art versus its native science origins.