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PC Magazine Editors' Choice

WRT1900AC PC MAG editors choice award
"...without question the most ambitious consumer wireless router networking hardware available."

"The WRT1900AC is basically the WRT54G of yesteryear, but on steroids."

- PC Magazine
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Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

With its 1.2 GHz dual core processor, the WRT1900AC provides the bandwidth to stream, game, and share on multiple devices simultaneously. View larger.

Performance Perfected

Engineered to deliver best-in-class networking performance, the Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router delivers an unmatched user experience and ultimate Wi-Fi coverage for your home. We've upgraded the iconic Linksys blue-and-black design and outfitted the router with the latest Wireless-AC platform along with the industry's first four antenna configuration with a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM to provide exceptional signal strength and range to simultaneously support multiple users. We also added a unique dual eSATA/USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port to the Linksys WRT1900AC to conveniently connect an array of devices and experience lightning-fast transfer speeds.

The WRT1900AC features exclusive SMART Wi-Fi software to monitor and control your network anywhere and anytime. It's our first router to offer the Network Map smart tool, providing an intuitive at-a-glance view of your entire network. For advanced users who want to customize their firmware, the WRT1900AC stays true to its lineage by offering an Open WRT compatible firmware with Open Source ready capabilities that allow advanced users to expand the capabilities of the Router.

Four High-Performance Antennas

Eliminate dead zones--even in large multistory homes--with four adjustable external antennas. View larger.

Four High-Performance Antennas for Maximum Coverage and Reliability

To provide strong, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, the WRT1900AC is the first router in the market to feature four external adjustable antennas that ensures your Wi-Fi signal is always at maximum strength, keeping everyone simultaneously gaming, downloading and streaming without lag. The antennas also enhance 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneous dual wireless bands performance for a strong, reliable Wi-Fi signal that eliminates dead zones even in multistory homes. The antennas can be detached for future upgrades.

Leveraging the Wireless-AC standard, the WRT1900AC delivers innovative Beamforming technology enabling the router to strengthen the wireless signal to specific devices, rather than simply sending out Wi-Fi in a general direction. Now you can experience faster network speeds, better wireless range, reduced interference from other devices, and stronger Wi-Fi connections.

Fastest Dual-Core ARM Processor to Surf, Stream, and Game Simultaneously

With a professional-grade, 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM CPU the WRT1900AC is one of the most powerful Wireless-AC routers in its class capable of moving data at unprecedented rates in even the busiest of networks. Pushing wired and wireless speeds to their ultimate capabilities, the Linksys WRT1900AC router can easily support multiple users at once--whether they're streaming music, watching HD videos, or playing online games.

Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

Ideal for downloading and transferring huge video/photo libaries with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port, and dual eSATA/USB 2.0 ports. View larger.

Most Advanced Wired Connections

For blazing-fast performance, we equipped the WRT1900AC with four Gigabit Ethernet ports--which are 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet to provide the fastest wired speeds. Using the USB 3.0 port, you can add external storage or other devices to share content across your network. For those with an external SATA storage device, the WRT1900AC is outfitted with a unique eSATA port for added convenience and optimal data transfer rates; it can also serve as a USB 2.0 port.

Smart Wi-Fi Monitor and Control From Anywhere

Monitor and Control Your Network--Anywhere, Anytime With the industry-leading SMART Wi-Fi software you can monitor and control a home network from anywhere, anytime using a PC or mobile device. You can set parental controls to restrict Internet access during certain times of the day and create secure Wi-Fi passwords for your guests. You can also monitor activity on your home network, add new devices, and check upload and download speeds. In addition, Linksys SMART Wi-Fi allows you to prioritize which devices on your network receive the most bandwidth to reduce lag times and buffering when you're streaming HD media or gaming. Your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account also gives you access to apps that provide additional ways to control and interact with your home Wi-Fi network.

WRT1900AC is the first Linksys router to incorporate the Network Map tool in SMART Wi-Fi when using your SMART Wi-Fi account. Network Map provides a visual overview of your network allowing you to see all devices on your network, their online status and signal strength, and also measure how much bandwidth they're using at any time. It also allows you to create personalized identifiable names so that you can identify your connected devices.

Open Source Ready

While the Linksys WRT1900AC provides an outstanding experience via SMART Wi-Fi immediately out of the box, advanced users can further modify the router, which will have Open Source firmware available. Developed for use with OpenWRT, an open source, Linux-based operating system, the router offers an additional layer of customization to suit an individual's needs.

Advanced Security to Stay Safely Connected

To keep unauthorized users from accessing your data, the WRT1900AC offers Wi-Fi Protected Setup along with WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall for maximum network security. Parental controls enable you to restrict Internet access for children.

Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac

Minimum System Requirements

For router setup and Linksys Smart Wi-Fi access, the WRT1900AC requires Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Firefox 8, or Google Chrome. For printer sharing and user documentation, it requires a Wi-Fi-enabled PC that has a CD or DVD drive and that runs Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7, or Windows 8; or a Wi-Fi-enabled Mac that has a CD or DVD drive and that runs Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or later, Lion 10.7 or later, or Mountain Lion 10.8 or later.

Package Contents:

  • WRT1900AC Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
  • 4 antennas
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start guide
  • CD-ROM with documentation
 

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EA6300 AC1200 EA6900 AC1900 WRT1900AC
  MSRP $149.99 $229.99 $279.99
Dual-Band (2.4 + 5GHz)
Double the bandwidth to maximize throughput
450 + 450 Mbps
N600 + AC1300 Mbps
N600 + AC1300 Mbps
Beamforming Technology
Focuses signal to your device for optimal performance
 
USB Port
Add external storage or other devices to share across your network
1 x 3.0 1 x 2.0
1 x 3.0
1 x 2.0
1 x 3.0
4 Gigabit Ports
Gigabit (10/100/1000) is 10x faster than Fast Ethernet
Advanced Security
WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall to keep your network safely connected
Performance Antennas
Position antennas for optimal performance
  3 external 4 external
Smart Wi-Fi
Control your home network from anywhere
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Dual-core promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing
800MHz Dual-Core 800MHz Dual-Core 1.2GHz Dual-Core
Open Source Firmware
Developed for use with OpenWRT
   
eSATA Port
Capable of data transfer speeds of up to 3 Gbps Also accommodates USB 2.0
   
Network Map
Within Smart Wi-Fi, view your network and devices at a glance
   

OUR PROMISE


Support Operator
  • Easy setup
  • Best-in-class security
  • 24/7 award-winning customer support
  • 1 year hardware limited warranty; 90 day complimentary assisted support (includes only technical phone support and live online chat support). Linksys online support resources are available 24/7
    http://support.linksys.com/en-us/linksyswarranty
 

PACKAGE CONTENTS


Router Support
What Your Purchase Includes
  • Linksys Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router AC1900, WRT1900AC
  • 4 External, Dual Band, Detachable Antennas
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Power Adapter
  • Power Cord



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


  • Model: Linksys WRT1900AC
  • Technology: Wireless-N & AC
  • Bands: 2.4 & 5 GHz
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM-based
  • Antennas: External antennas 4x
  • Ports: 4 x Gigabit LAN, 1 x Gigabit WAN, 1 x USB 3.0 + 1x eSATA/USB 2.0
  • Power Adapter: 100-240V -50-60- Hz
  • Storage File System Support: FAT,NTFS,and HFS+
  • LEDS: Power, Internet, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, LAN (10/100 Mbps or 1 Gbps), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
  • VPN Support: PPTP IPSec pass-through
  • Media Specifications: UPnP Server
  • Memory: 128MB Flash, 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • Warranty: 1 year hardware limited warranty
  • OS compatibility:Windows, Mac
  • Wireless:802.11b: up to 11 Mbps, 802.11a/g: up to 54 Mbps, 802.11n (2.4 GHz): up to 600 Mbps, 802.11ac (5 GHz): up to 1.3 Gbps, Simultaneous Dual-Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Next-Generation Wireless-AC Technology For Powerful Networking.
  • IPv6 support: Native IPv6 and 6rd support
 

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


  • PC: Wi-Fi enabled PC with CD or DVD drive, running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Mac: Wi-Fi enabled Mac with CD or DVD drive, running OS X Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.1, Lion 10.7 or later
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5 (for Mac), Firefox 8, or Chrome configuration
  • HD/3D Video Streaming: Requires a minimum of 100 Mbps transfer speed, actual performance may vary

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Average Review: Number of reviews: 67
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  A reviewer from O'Fallon, MO
Great product, September 1st, 2014
I love the router, but once in a while, it glitches, and boots devices for no reason.

  A reviewer from Lake Tapps, WA
ROCK STAR!!!, August 16th, 2014
This is the best router I ever bought. Easy set up and VERY fast. Linksys really stepped up to the plate on this one. Thanks Linksys!!

  Alex from CA
best of the best, August 7th, 2014
If you want the best this is the router for you.

  Chuck Reedy from Clackamas Oregon
Blown away, August 12th, 2014
Absolutely blown away. Out of the box this unit covers my entire 1/4 acre lot. I can step into the un- attached garage and browse the web and stream video. At the furthest corner I still get 19+Mbps and the hits just keep on rolling! The app allows me to kick my kids off while I am at work if they are not getting their chores done. The fact that I can ID and name every device on my network is pretty nice too! All in all I love this router. I have been a loyal Linksys fan for over a decade and this one has restored my faith in the product and then some! I am telling all of my friends about this one.

  Stavros Papastavrou from Delray Beach, FL
GREAT ROUTER, July 31st, 2014
Quick, VERY QUICK install, up and running in minutes, my family and I noticed the speed difference immediately, all I can say is WOW

  J. Moeller from Half Moon Bay, California
High End Router for Home Use, July 24th, 2014
Solid components and build quality come to life in the WRT1900AC. This is the most powerful home router I have ever owned. Blazing fast file transfers with rock solid performance. I've had zero drops on the wireless and I love the guest wifi and so do my friends! I use the Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter on my PC and get wicked fast file transfers. Wireless range and file transfer speed (wired and wireless) is the best I've measured at the house. Plug your NAS server into the eSata or USB 3 port of the WRT1900AC and get ready to stream some serious data! I also really like the software because it gives me complete control over my network whether I'm at home or on the road with the smartphone app. Kids take note! The network mapping display feature comes in super handy when you are setting up and monitoring your network too. You're going to be surprised how many internet needy devices you really have! The software is powerful, yet intuitive and very easy to use and master. Now that I have the WRT1900AC up and running I honestly don't know how I would go back to not having one. I finally have a home router that is a powerful, rock solid piece of network gear that is easy to use and gives me total control of my network and internet usage. I can't imagine anyone not liking this router.

  Bill James from Oklahoma City, OK
This Router IMOP is exceptional., July 25th, 2014
Just purchased this router. It replaces an older Linksys E3000 of which performance had become less than satisfactory given the number of wireless devices I have accumulated. The WRT1900AC is supporting a Roku, Sony Google TV, Nest Thermostat, a HP Officejet 8600 Pro printer, and Epson WF7510 printer and 2 Bose Soundtouch devices all through Wi-Fi. I have not experienced any of issues that have been identified in all the reviews that I have read thus far. Setup was a breeze, I disconnected my old router installed the new one according to the instructions. Launch the web interface, changed my SSID and password to the one that was previous setup for my network. It then connected to most of my devices. The others that did not connect, it was just a matter of powering them off and back on. The coverage within my 1800 sq. ft. single story house is now amazing. The device that was giving the worst Wi-Fi performance was my Sony Google TV. Getting strong Wi-Fi signal to watch YouTube or Netflix was largely hit or miss. Now that device works as intended. With the old router I tried to expand the signal using a Linksys RE1000. That device had problems extending the signal satisfactory. I do have it installed and connected to my network, but honestly, I don't think I need it. When I first installed the new router. I did not connect it to see what the coverage would be and as I stated before it was excellent. As an experiment I connected it. It was one of the devices that required to be powered off and on to get a connection. I did that and it connected. My experiment was to see if using the RE1000 would degrade the signal. It did not and it has not. So I'm leaving it connected. From my experience so far, I would say this router is a hit. Issues that I have read about it rebooting when you use the web UI has not happened. I have not had an issue with the Nest thermostat disconnecting. Everything to date work as expected. The only downside about this router is it is expensive.

  Phil from Pennsylvania
Speed increased 240%, AWESOME router!, July 11th, 2014
Replaced my existing ISP router with this and saw my wireless speed increase 240% from 50 MBPS to 121 MBPS. Couldn't be happier and the installation / setup was very easy.

  A reviewer from Missoula
Great Product, June 21st, 2014
This is a fantastic device! I couldn't be more happy with it! Oh and after reading some other reviews and seeing issues like "when I'm interfaced with the router and it keeps freezing up or I get a error trying to navigate the interface". Well guess what that's most likely a browser issue. Some routers don't like firefox, chrome, or IE. Just have to test the browser with it and see which one clicks best with your router. Love the router Linksys!! Keep up the good work!

  A reviewer from Parker, CO
GREAT Product, June 20th, 2014
I have not had one problem with this device. Great to have the guest feature and more importantly, not disruptions with wireless nextwork.

  Zach from Fresno, CA
Awesome!, June 12th, 2014
Great speed and wifi range. I love it!

  Jeff Unrau from Canada
Wow, June 9th, 2014
At first I was wondering why this thing is more money than other routers. Now I know why! Not all routers are made the same! Solved all my wifi issues!! The speed is fantastic and the range is awesome. I can use the wifi outside now. The fact DDWRT is supported is a plus. I'm going to give that a try!

  Ben Wright from Richmond, CA
Easy setup with great speed and coverage, June 6th, 2014
Replaced older and slower Linksys router with the awesome WRT1900AC router. Very intuitive setup took only a few minutes. Netflix flies w/o any delays. Coverage strong over the entire building. Worth every penny.

  Denny Hostutler from Bradford, Pennsylvania
A perfect Router, May 29th, 2014
I am really enjoying the speed of this router. This router also has great wireless range. It was very simple to setup. It looks so perfect sitting on my stand. I would say the only down side I have found is that you can not have an open connection, I really wanted to have a guest account that is open to any guest who is in my home, but now i will have to tell them the password to the guest account. I have had a little problems with sharing the external storage, but other than that this router is the best router i have ever had or seen or have even dreamed about having. Once again Linksys amazes me. Thanks Linksys!

  Miko Melkumyan from Redlands, CA
This is one of the best Router I have ever Had, May 29th, 2014
Comparing all of those other brands routers such as Netgear or ASUS. This IS one of the best in the world and worth the money to pay for the performance that you want to enjoy it. I will never going to buy other brand. I will always will stay with Linksys. I love it so much.

  A reviewer from Canada
AWESOME!!!!!!, May 13th, 2014
Not sure what else I can say that everyone else hasn't said already. Solved all my WiFi issues. Rock Solid, FAST ISP speeds. Worth every penny.

  chris from Minnesota
awesome Router, April 28th, 2014
fast and the OS is nice. having storage options what makes it more Awesome... WiFi is solid!!!! love it!

  A reviewer from North Carolina
Slow speeds and frequent dropped connections, April 26th, 2014
I purchased this router to replace a Valet Plus because my devices grew to 14 or more. My ISP delivers 50 mbps download wired but under 20 with the router. Two calls to tech support had minimal help. This router is not worth 200.00.It's too late to return it. I may have to go back to the Valet plus.

  Ookami from Idaho Falls, ID
A Marvel to Behold!, April 26th, 2014
Today, I purchased the new WRT1900AC router. Upon opening the box, I was immediately presented with the router in very nicely padded and accented packaging, and the layout was satisfying to unpack. The router itself is a work of art and an engineering masterpiece! The feel, and a quick glance through the cooling vents appears to be a solid product. Upon connecting the router to my network, powering it up and configuring it was a snap. Literally, the four steps provided is all I needed. The user interface is intuitive and very easy to set up. Its performance, as well as the wireless coverage it provides is unbeatable. This router is more than worthy to carry on the famous WRT line. Belkin has unleashed the Linksys geniuses on this project and have created a masterpiece! Keep up the good work and I look forward to more amazing products in the near future. For those that are looking to replace their router, you won't regret the purchase of this amazing product.

  Walt Hazelman from Newfoundland, N.J.
Excellent, April 24th, 2014
Was impressed from when the box was opened right thru setup. Setup was the easiest of any router yet. Have 2 desktops (wired) a wireless laptop, printer, TV's and my Blackberry. Everything was up and connected in no time. NO PROBLEMS. And the wall mounting template was right on. The flashback look is pretty cool!!!

  A reviewer from Palm City, FL
excellent router, easy set up, blazing fast, April 24th, 2014
took 15 minutes out of the box to up and running, meets all expectations. highly recommend.

  A reviewer from DeSoto TX
Works great now, tough at first with poor instructions., April 24th, 2014
This is the best router that we have ever had. It receives well through out the whole house (over 3000 sq ft. We have about 20 items; computers to printers to TV's using the router. It could not be better. The only bad thing was the small information sheet that was included, with four steps. As we were changing from another version of routers. The four steps did not cover how to do that and we had some problems. The tec support was a group of foreign scrip readers and were not able to totally help. Fixed it myself by installing everything one step at a time. Wonderful setup now.

  A reviewer from San Jose, CA
Best. Router. Ever., April 24th, 2014
I admit it, I ordered this router originally for emotional reasons; the WRT54G series routers from the early 2000s were my first foray into wireless computing. They were rock solid, feature packed, customizable, and just downright cool. (They were so iconic that even South Park used a WRT in one episode to personify the Intermet.). Technology moved on and with a larger number of devices and higher bandwidth requirements, eventually I had to replace the WRT with something more modern, always looking back with nostalgia at that WRT54G. When I saw this new one, I had to have it. The new router delivers on and advances WRT heritage. In terms of performance, it blew away my previous router (an Asus RT66ac), and has no connectivity problems or glitches. The 802.11n 5Ghz range is incredible, even through lathe and plaster walls. The assembly and build quality is excellent. And of course, it looks cool. I had my old Asus router mounted in a media cabinet away from sight, but with the new WRT, I had to pull it out -- it needs to be seen! I was originally very nervous when I saw that Belkin purchased Linksys, as I figured they'd ruin what Linksys does right since, in my testing, Belkin's routers were substandard. But with the new WRT, apparently Belkin is letting the mad scientists at Linksys tinker and do their own thing. Hope it stays that way.

  A reviewer from New Middletown, OH
super speed, April 24th, 2014
very simple setup. blazing fast speed. the only problem I see is that it works faster than the devices I have that hooks up to it.

  A reviewer from Austin, TX
easy to set up but still need some more direction, April 24th, 2014
I'm an older user and not particularly tech savy. I followed the directions and set up my first computer on the 2.4 band. Later I wished to switch it to the 5 GHZ but could not find out how to do that. I ended up hard wiring the connection which took care of things but I should would like to know how to switch back and forth.

  Paul Thomas from Somers, NY
Double the speed of my E4200 based on speed test, April 24th, 2014
Easy set up, 4 PCs & 4 Wireless all came up with little work. No waiting on my blue rays. One of my best investments.

  A reviewer from Cardinal, VA
range is amazing, April 24th, 2014
We have three buildings on the property and all three get either 4 or 5 bars. That WAS the goal!!!! Now, for the amazing part ~ I can take my tablet to the end of the 300' dock and watch TV with 2 bars!!!!!

  Samuel Tabaziba from United States
Works like a charm., April 24th, 2014
The best configuration interface I have seen for this type of unit. Very user friendly and a lot of options to play with to suit your environment.

  A reviewer from Lexington, ky
Overall best router I have ever owned, April 24th, 2014
The WRT1900 has exceeded all expectation. Wireless range, Ease of installation and functionality have surpassed every router I have ever owned. I am very satisfied.

  A reviewer from Austin, TX
Fast router, easy to setup, April 24th, 2014
This router was extremely fast and easy to set up, and it looks as good as it performs. Even on a subnet underneath an existing router, the WRT1900AC was able to find its own path to the internet without extensive configuration.

  A reviewer from United States
Awesome Router, April 24th, 2014
Great Router, extremely happy with it so far. Blows my apple router out of the water... I think the only downfall was the hype about it I let myself get worked up and so far it is only meeting 75%-80% of what I thought.

  A reviewer from Sacramento, CA
Easy setup; great performance so far., April 23rd, 2014
Setup was easy (perfect except for a minor delay/glitch with my browser). Performance so far has been great for 2 Macs and 2 PCs.

  Jason from Boston, MA
No Hassle Setup, Superior Connectivity, April 23rd, 2014
My installation went flawlessly, and I was able to connect 18 various Wi-Fi devices, 7 wired devices, including a WUMC710 Media Connector, PLE400 Powerline 1-port Fast Ethernet, and an RE2000 range extender, and wireless Printer/Fax/Scanner to this router. This router is the one I've been waiting for. It's been over 6 years since I was genuinely satisfied with any router, finding them klugey, buggy both operationally and through the user interfaces, and sometimes difficult to deploy. The Smart Wi-Fi user interface made setup easy. With Wi-Fi running smoothly in my household, my frustration levels have been considerably reduced. It's got the power to handle my needs seamlessly, (and I know I'm probably pushing it more than most - but you'll get there sooner than you think). And it's fast. Got speedtests ratings improved all over the wide range of devices connected to this router. Media on a 3 TB,USB 3.0 drive connected to the router is visible and accessible by smart TV's, Blu-ray players, computers, gaming systems, and smartphones. The wireless AC technology is the way to go, and this routers speed, connectivity, and range are all excellent.

  A reviewer from Hubert, NC
A great router, April 23rd, 2014
I have been a longtime user of Linksys router’s, the WRT 1900AC is easiest router to setup and use. My wife machine is using WiFi her network speed has doubled with the help of the USB AC1200 adapter. Keep up the good work.

  A reviewer from Kentucky
Easy Setup, April 23rd, 2014
Had the WRT up and going in short time. As with all my Linksys purchases it's well built, quality.

  A reviewer from San Gabriel, CA.
SPEED, April 23rd, 2014
Awesome speed & wifi range.

  A reviewer from chillicothe, ohio
Works Good, April 23rd, 2014
Works good, but wish it could reach outside in yard. Wish reach outside in yard

  A reviewer from Vallejo, CA
Directions confusing even for techie... Distance issue 5Ghz., April 23rd, 2014
FYI: I recommend on the directions regarding WRT1900AC that the direct connection setup to the router be placed in the beginning sections of the setup directions and pdf directions. It is currently placed at the back of the card and I could not get into the router and set it up until I accidentally flipped over the card and found that statement on the back of the card. This cost me several hours of frustration as the browsers would not connect wireless to the router. Working fine once I did a direct connection for setup. Second issue: What is the 5Ghz distance max? 2.4 can connect at about 100ft away, but very slow at this max distance to another building. 5Ghz will not connect at all.... doesn't even show up on Macbook Pro wifi list at that distance, but works fine within 20ft. What would actually be the correct antenna orientation for a slightly level distance of about 100ft to an adjoining building? I have them straight up.

  Steven Burk from Manitowoc.WI
Easy setup, April 23rd, 2014
Very easy setup procedure. Ten minutes and the unit was successfully installed on my system. Seems to be bullit proof, no reboots necessary at any time.

  A reviewer from Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
Gives us great WiFi in all our rooms., April 23rd, 2014
With our previous router we weren't able to have WiFi in all of our rooms. The WRT 1900AC is great. We now have WiFi in all our rooms including upstairs and downstairs. It is easy to hookup. My computer is wired and also wireless. I had to unplug my wired cable as you have to do the setup wireless. Except for that, I had no problems. We are happy with the router.

  AndrewL.Westover.GS from Emerson, IA
Stunningly Beautiful Hardware, April 23rd, 2014
The Linksys WRT1900AC SMART WiFi Wireless AC Router AC1900 Dual Band 2.4 + 5GHz 802.11ac is dependable, responsive, easy-to-use, offering an above expectation experience for the any user

  A reviewer from Centreville, MD
Nice, Easy to set up., April 23rd, 2014
I only had the router for a few days but it was a very easy interface. The range is much better than the old router. I am happy I got this router.

  John W from Chicago
Signal, software ROCK, April 23rd, 2014
Packaging is really cool so good vibe from the outset. Solid feel to the router. Good power cord...no wall wart to take up too much space. Signal is amazing all over my house and the router is at the far corner of a pretty big house with lots of walls. But the best thing is the software. The ability to name various clients as you wish is wonderful for controlling a house full of tablets, phones, laptops, printers, cell signal boosters, etc. Can't wait to start hooking up NAS etc

  A reviewer from Warren, Arkansas 71671
Wonderful router & easy to set up, April 23rd, 2014
The router was a breeze to set up. It makes my internet experience so much better. I had no problems at all getting it set up. I'm very happy with it..It's one fantastic router.

  Matt Pease from Lafayette, CA
Best router yet, April 23rd, 2014
Easy to install and much better then my EA450. We have a 4500 sq ft house and it reaches most rooms. Netflix loads very quickly.

  Dan R from Chicago burbs
Simply brilliant in a rather complex, heavy load environment., April 23rd, 2014
Unsurpassed performance! Loved the WRT approach for years, back to basics! Glad to have it back!

  A reviewer from Peoria, IL
Great step up from E1500, April 23rd, 2014
Lots of features and bandwidth available. The LED's are a little bright a dim green would have been better and the Ethernet LED's do not seem to cover the entire symbol. A dim green would have been better. The app is nice but would be nice to use directly from mobile browser.

  A reviewer from Greensboro, NC
Best router I have ever owned., April 23rd, 2014
The Linksys WRT1900AC is unquestionably the best router that I have ever owned. The signal is strong in all areas of my 4000 square foot, two story home and I am able to access both the secured and unsecured network from all areas in my home. Although I purchased two RE2000 Range Extenders, I haven't set them up yet and may not need them. I would definitely recommend this router to my friends and family.

  A reviewer from New York, NY
A great and fast device., April 23rd, 2014
It's signal is strong and the speed is very fast and reliable. It is worth the money and I am very happy with it.

  Ron Muir from Whitehouse Station, NJ
Everything worked as adverised., April 23rd, 2014
I received the shipment when it was scheduled to be delivered. I unpacked it, disconnected my old WRT54 - 13 years old, followed the quick start guide and had my network up and running in about 45 minutes, including all mobile phones, kindles, Direct TV, and home automation system. The only issue was my HP printer - almost 15 years old - which only had WEP security. I could have used WEP but that disabled WPS, which all my other devices used. The local stationary store had printers on sale so that was easily fixed. Overall I am very satisfied and happy that everything worked as described. The new web interface takes some getting used to, it is actually easier to use than the WRT54 interface.

  A reviewer from Houston, TX area
Best I ever had, April 23rd, 2014
If you want a super fast router with ALL the bells and whistles, this is the one for you/ I never realized a router could make such a difference in surfing the internet.

  A reviewer from Colorado Springs, CO.
Best on market today, April 23rd, 2014
Since receiving my router about one week ago I have nothing but good to say about it. It was very easy to set up and seems to operate a little faster than my older Cisco did. I do use everything wired, which consist of four computers, TV, and a security camera. Very happy with it.

  A reviewer from West Bloomfield, MI
Lightning fast, April 23rd, 2014
It's VERY fast. Easy to set up. Looks very cool. Works perfect with all of my devices.

  A reviewer from Virginia
Most powerful router yet, April 23rd, 2014
I have been a Linksys user for as long as I can remember. The WRT1900AC is attic installed. My ISP is via radio link and with three diverse computer locations at opposite ends & levels, service was spotty and weak. After replacing the old router with the new WRT1900 the problems disappeared like magic. Setup and installation was the easiest of all Linksys I have installed yet. Bravo Linksys!

  A reviewer from Lewiston, ID
extremely good range!, April 23rd, 2014
I purchases the WRT1900 hoping it would give me better coverage throughout my home. Well, it has exceeded doing just that and a very strong increase in speed over my old router also. I love it! I was a little apprehensive about the price before receiving it, however after installing it, I am totally satisfied.

  Alan Sancibrian from Lubbock, TX
Great product, April 23rd, 2014
So far it's working great. I had a little trouble setting it up, but Linksys wireless router tech support was also great and very courteous. It has increased the signal range in my home.

  A reviewer from Minneapolis, MN
Fast, Easy to use, and so many options!!, April 23rd, 2014
I've used quite a few routers, but this one is by far my favorite. The menus are easy to navigate and find what you need. There are a ton of options with this router. I don't think there is anything missing! I highly recommend!

  Michael Stollaire from Princeville, HI
Lightning Fast and Impressive Range, April 23rd, 2014
I just upgraded from the EA6900, which is an impressive device, but the WRT1900AC BLOWS IT AWAY. After setting it up, which took around 5 minutes or less, I did some speed tests and clocked over 90 Mbps ON MY SMART PHONE. Regarding range, it's ridiculous. I exited my home and went out in the street and had to do some serious walking until the connection died. If you don't buy it, you are making a serious mistake.

  A reviewer from Pompano Beach FL
Awesome unit, April 23rd, 2014
Waited 10 years for this ... Works great easy to set up. Love it!

  A reviewer from New Jersey
AWESOME!!!, April 23rd, 2014
This is really awesome....... This product allows me to use the 5 Ghz frequency in my room which did not happen before with other wireless.

  A reviewer from Woodbury, MN
I am impressed!!!, April 23rd, 2014
This router is very nice. Built to be high quality and the firmware has options to do everything with your network. A little spendy but after getting it set up I feel it is worth the money.

  A reviewer from Cincinnati, Ohio
New interface, larger size, no open firmware so feature lacking., April 21st, 2014
This is the first router I have bought as an 'early adopter', usually I wait for the prices to drop. This router has impressive specs yet the installed firmware seems to not take advantage of it. It has a 'beautiful'GUI for the novice, but it is advertised as an 'open source' router. There is no DD-WRT firmware as of yet for this router, so in reality it is not 'open source', they say the chipset for the WIFI is not open either, so they do not have a time line for a true dd-wrt firmware. If your use to the old Linksys, this new GUI is nothing like it. You can manage it yourself or setup an account at linksyssmartwifi, which I have yet to see a use in. You can add an app to your smart phone that looks useful for some local management functions, but it even lacks in displaying your Internet address, which would be nice if you don't use DDNS. The router it self is much larger than the old models, but then they have beefed up the system a *bit*. Right now I'd say it is a fine router but I'd wait for the new firmware(s) and the price to drop.

Response from Customer Service:
Hi reviewer from Cincinnati, Ohio: Please allow us to address and provide assistance with regard to your WRT1900AC experience. Email us your contact details with the URL of this review at LinksysCares@linksys.com and we'll have the Team call you and work with you at a time to your convenience. With regard to the OpenWRT issue, You may refer to our statement about the matter, here: http://community.linksys.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/WRT1900AC-and-OpenWrt/td-p/810750 Regards, Linksys Support http://support.linksys.com

  A reviewer from Toronto, ON
Nice HW, but FW and Support need serious work!, April 19th, 2014
Hardware seems very nice. Very fast wireless with good range on both 2.4 and 5 GHz. When it works. But, I get lots of "unexpected errors" when configuring the router. User interface hangs a lot. Usually, restarting the browser helps, but this thing stopped communicating entirely. (both wired and wireless). Power cycling didn't help. Had to hit the dreaded RESET button and start my configuration from scratch! Would love to send in error reports, but Linksys technical support is a bit of an insult these days. The Support page doesn't provide a way to email the router's error messages to anyone. Want to start a Live Chat? You enter all your info and then there is no NEXT or CONTINUE button to submit this info to start the chat! Would give this box five stars if the FW worked properly. And Linksys seems to make it almost impossible to help them by supplying errors as one encounters them. And, yes, if you are wondering, I have the latest build in the router.

  A reviewer from Cinci, Oh
Great but one fault, April 21st, 2014
I have primarily used Linksys routers. The couple of times I tried other routers, I truly regretted it. I now only buy Linksys. I like how quickly you can take it out of the box, put it in place of your old router, plug it in, and go! No CD's, no Password upgrades, etc. You can do all of this later at your convenience. I like that you can set up 4 wireless signals, including 2 unencrypted signals that require browser log-ins instead. This is a huge help for all of my previously incompatible components. Also, I can change passwords at different intervals for different family members. I have one major nuisance. I have to change the channel on my 5 GHZ wireless one time a day every day to lock in a steady signal. On day 1, I locked in channel 1. On day 2, I locked in channel 2. On day 3, I locked in channel 3. On day 4, I locked in channel 1. Every day, it worked perfectly the first time I locked in a new channel selection. I have not tried to determine if it is a router or PC problem though. I have to dig out my other PCs to check.

  A reviewer from Hutchinson, MN
Awesome Router!!!!!, April 18th, 2014
The performance of this router is all that an more. Can't say enough about how good the WRT1900AC is. Love the software for this product. You can monitor pretty much everything. Really nice with kids an making sure there safe from bad websites an other predators online.

  A reviewer from Mobile, AL
Great router, missing advanced QOS functionality, April 16th, 2014
I'd love to give this router 5 stars, but with the lack of a full QOS system I'm a bit disappointed. The media prioritization feature is a joke at best. Linksys/Belkin should really consider adding advanced QOS settings to this router, similar to what's available with the 3rd party firmwares. I'm waiting on the release of the 3rd party firmware for this router so I can address QOS myself. If QOS is not a concern/need for you, you will love this router. Great range and speed, and extremely easy setup as usual.

  Dale Cusack from Carmel, NY
Great Speed, Easy Setup, April 13th, 2014
Bought this to replace a Linksys EA6900 that was dying, my laptop with an 802.1AC card gets the same internet speed as my wired devices and with Comcast Blast now at 105Mb speed, my connection screams. Unplugged the EA6900. plugged this in and it recognized everything. Only thing that would have been nice is if it could have copied the DHCP settings but that was only a small thing to recreate.