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Linksys Starts Shipping WRT1900AC !

Linksys fans! I would like to share an announcement and good news! If you are looking forward to the Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router, look no further! It’s coming to you soon!

Linksys® today announced that it has started shipping the new WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. The new WRT is the first consumer grade Wi-Fi router to feature four external antennas for optimal wireless coverage throughout the home and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which delivers best-in-class performance and includes intelligent technologies such as beamforming to further improve range and stability of the wireless signal. The new router is equipped with powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 128MB flash memory, eSATA and USB ports, encased in a classic design inspired by the iconic WRT54G Wi-Fi router introduced 11 years ago and ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools. In addition, Linksys has also been collaborating with open source developers to bring open source alternative firmware to markets in the coming weeks.

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“The WRT is a cornerstone in the history of Wi-Fi and synonymous for many people in going wireless at home since it was their first wireless router. Since the introduction of the original WRT, we have sold more than 50 million units worldwide and are still selling it very successfully even with wireless technology advancing rapidly,” said Mike Chen, vice president of Product Management at Linksys. “The WRT has a cult status for many because of the open source aspect that made it so immensely popular. Our aim is to provide a robust and high performing hardware and software platform for open community developers to customize their WRT1900AC the way that they see fit.  Linksys will continue to work with the open source community and our chipset partners to ensure the developers have the necessary tools to do so.”

Open Source Capable

Over the past few months, Linksys and open source developershave been collaborating closely to ensure open source readiness and continued development for the new WRT. At present, an SDK and two pre-built firmware images based on Attitude Adjustment and Barrier Breaker releases of OpenWRT are posted at this Github repository. This release allows users to run OpenWRT firmware on the WRT1900AC router.  Linksys will continue to collaborate with OpenWRT to further develop open source capabilities for the WRT1900AC.

New Features

Additional features have been added to the new WRT router in the development process since its initial announcement at CES 2014. Aside from its extremely powerful router functionality, the new WRT now can be configured as a range extender or wireless bridge. Software features have also been added, including support for the No-IP dynamic DNS service. Linksys is also planning to add Wi-Fi Scheduling and an OpenVPN-based VPN server to the WRT in a future firmware update to enable users to establish a secure remote connection to the router from anywhere in the world. 

Better Range Through Antenna Diversity

Like other 802.11ac routers, data is transmitted to wireless clients by the WRT using three spatial streams. Unlike other 802.11ac routers the new WRT is equipped with four adjustable and removable antennas. The router automatically selects and utilizes the best three out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data to connected devices, depending on their location in the home. This antenna diversity technology helps provide greater range and coverage compared to more traditional three-antenna devices, so all connected devices can achieve the best performance wherever they are located.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Linksys Smart Wi-Fiis a setup and management software 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 from a browser on a PC or app on their iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to check the connection status of their devices, provide guest access to visitors or prevent kids from accessing social networks.

With the launch of the new WRT, Linksys has added a new Smart Wi-Fi tool called Network Map in the browser interface of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi. Network Map is a visual representation of the home network displaying the router and its connected devices. The tool enables users to see what devices are using the most bandwidth, how strong the signal is to a device or to which wireless band it is connected. Network Map provides a more intuitive and graphical approach to monitor and manage a home network.

WRT1900AC Hardware Specifications

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

o   Speeds up to 1300 Mbps* on the 5 GHz band

o   Speeds up to 600 Mbps* on the 2.4 GHz band

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM-based processor
  • Gigabit WAN & LAN ports
  • 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 port
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • 128MB flash memory
  • Four exchangeable external antennas

WRT1900AC Software Features

  • Pre-configured Virtual LAN (VLAN) IDs of all major fiber Internet service providers in Singapore
  • Browser-based setup for installation from device PC/Mac, smartphone or tablet
  • Can be configured as: router, range extender (aka repeater) or wireless bridge
  • Ability to hide SSID broadcast
  • Setup wizard sets up two SSIDs, one per radio band
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi can be accessed from a browser or the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app for iOS and Android
  • Share printers or storage devices through USB or eSATA
  • Built-in DLNA-certified media server and FTP server to share files
  • Drag-and-drop media prioritization to prioritize bandwidth for devices, applications or games
  • Parental controls to prevent access to websites or block access during certain hours
  • Dynamic DNS services supported: No-IP, DynDNS and TZO
  • Built-in speed test to test broadband upload and download speed
  • Open source capable

Pricing and Availability

The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router will be exclusively available at all Challenger outlets from 22 May 2014 to 22 June 2014, at a MSRP of S$399, including GST. It will be available at all other leading IT stores islandwide from 23 June 2014 onwards. 

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design, and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Linksys and Cohn & Wolfe XPR *

Linksys WRT Presents the Next Generation Router!

My first wireless router was the Linksys WRT54G and I simply love the capabilities and reliability of the WRT54G. The Linksys WRT54G served me well when I was still on DSL broadband before my home moved towards the Fibre Broadband and my Linksys WRT54G had to “retire” due to the differences in hardware given by the internet service provider. Today, I am sharing with you a great news if you are a fan of the Linksys WRT54G like me, Linksys WRT presents the Next Generation Router that will revolutionises wireless networking!

Linksys® announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that it is bringing back the heritage of the best-selling router of all time – the Linksys WRT54G but updated and modernized it with the most leading edge available Wireless-AC technology on the market. The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the original WRT54G iconic blue/black stackable form factor but with a modernized spin as well as more powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas (instead of the standard three) and eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 connectivity ports. The new WRT1900AC ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools and will be the first Linksys router to include the Network Map feature. Linksys has also been working with the OpenWRT community to make an open source firmware downloadable when product is available.

Linksys WRT1900AC Router Front Final

“Our new Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router will be the most powerful router in its class on the market.  We have spared no technology expense to make this router a prosumer’s dream,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys.  “The launch of the new WRT router is not only a celebration for the Linksys brand but for our customers too. We have brought back the WRT because our customers have asked for a router that had the reliability, functionality and open source capabilities with today’s AC wireless technology. The WRT1900AC is the result of all these requests.”

The new WRT provides the most robust specifications of any currently available router on the market and will be the world’s first open source compatible router with a dual-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 4 customized and removable antennas, 128MB flash memory and an eSATA port.

World Class Performance Comes Down to the Sum of its Parts:

  • Open Source Support
  • 1x Gigabit WAN port
  • 4x Gigabit LAN ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 port
  • 1x eSATA/USB 2.0 port
  • 1.2GHz dual-core ARM-based processor
  • 128MB Flash
  • 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous dual-band
  • 64/128-bit WEP

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Performance Perfected

The Linksys Wireless AC 1900 Dual-Band Router is capable of speeds of up to 1.3Gbps* on the 5 GHz band and up to 600 Mbps* on the 2.4 GHz band.

The combination of all the above features and functionality together enabled us to build a robust router that could perform without lag or buffering for the dozens of wireless products families have on their networks today including laptops, tablets, smart phones, gaming consoles, media centers, hard drives, TVs, computers, printers and the dozens of connected devices still coming to market.

Open Source/Linux

Open Source is a vehicle for other communities, such as DD-WRT, Open WRT, and Tomato, to create their own custom versions of open source firmware for the product. OpenWRT developers will be provided hardware and SDKs/APIs to begin creating custom firmware for the WRT1900AC.

An OpenWRT custom firmware for WRT1900AC is planned to be available for download online at availability in the spring 2014.

Antenna Diversity for increased coverage

Like all AC1900 routers, data is transmitted on three spatial streams.  The four removable, customized and adjustable antennas on the WRT1900AC router provide antenna diversity by enabling the router to use the three best signals out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data. The antenna diversity technology helps provide greater range and coverage compared to a 3-antenna system, so all your connected devices can achieve the best performance wherever they are located. 

Smart Wi-Fi

Included with our Linksys EA-Series routers and now the WRT1900AC router, Smart Wi-Fi is a setup and management software tool that gives users access to their connected devices from a browser or mobile app so they can easily manage their home network and optimize their online experiences. Users can access their home network remotely on their iOS or Android smart phone or tablet to check the connection status of their devices, give a guest access to the Internet, or block a child from accessing social networking sites.

Linksys is also announcing a new Smart Wi-Fi feature called Network Map on the new WRT1900AC router.  Network Map is a visual topology map that shows all the devices that are connected to the network.  Users can simple manage each device by clicking on its icon and change parental control settings, select wireless bands, filter by device type, or even remove devices from the network, plus more.  Network Map provides a simple more graphical way to monitor and manage a home network.

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Award Honoree:

The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi router has also been named as an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Home Networking product category. The Awards are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products.

The Linksys WRT1900AC Router will be on display at the Linksys/Belkin booth, South Hall 3 #30451, from January 7-10, 2013.

Pricing and Availability

The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router is planned for availability this spring at all leading IT stores. Local pricing will be confirmed at a later date.

* Information, details and photograph Courtesy of Linksys Singapore and Cohn-Wolfe XPR *