Download Firmware Linksys router WRT1900AC Wi-Fi. When Linksys first showed me a prototype WRT1900AC last year, I thought to myself, Wow, I hope that their performance meets its bold looks. The good news is that it does - for the most part. Actually, it is the fastest router we have ever tasted. The bad news is that its $ 280 MSRP router brand as the most expensive I have ever tasted (Linksys router launched a $ 250 retail price). The WRT1900AC Linksys WRT54G Linksys looks like a fluffy, and it is safe to remove feelings of nostalgia within anyone familiar with this 2002 classic. Linksys engineers, meanwhile, should feel justifiably proud of their accomplishments so soon after being released from the chains of developing products that Cisco had inexorably wrapped around his old division. Under new management at Belkin, Linksys seeks to recover its "Mojo" as a manufacturer of high-level consumers and small businesses alike-enthusiastic network.
The WRT1900AC is the first step in this initiative, and is an aggressive move. Powered by a 1.2GHz processor, dual core Marvel Armada SoC (system-on-a-chip), 128MB of flash memory and 256MB of DDR3 RAM, this is the first consumer router that I have seen to be equipped with a cooling fan (it is located on top of the unit, but turns up only when needed and is very quiet). Moreover, the upper half and the entire bottom of the plastic case is milling perforated with ventilation holes. Linksys says it's okay to stack the router over other gear, but nothing should be placed above it. The slots on four legs WRT1900AC let you hang the device on the wall (an option that has disappeared in many modern routers). Much of this router 2.5 pounds of weight can be attributed to massive heat sinks mounted internal components.
The WRT1900AC proved 4- to 30 percent faster than the Asus RT-AC68U, depending on the location of the test. Linksys equipped the WRT1900AC with four external antennas, but still a 3 × 3 mechanism. In other words, it supports three spatial streams for transmission and three for reception. The antennas can be removed and updated, and Linksys plans to introduce an optional upgrade high gain set sometime this verano.Linksys says Marvel chipset uses both explicit and implicit beam forming to determine that three of the four antennas are delivering range and optimal performance at any time, and that can dynamically switch between them.
Explicit beam forming is used with clients that also support beam forming. Together, we can actively shape the best path over which signals must travel radio. Implicit beam forming is used with clients that do not support beam forming or not using the same algorithm. The router can perform an optimization of the signal, but is not as effective without the customer to help. (You can (read the story) for more information on the formation of the beam). A row of LEDs dressed in all the wide side of the router, with white text print small labels and symbols under them to report the status of energy, access to the Internet, the 2.4- and 5GHz radios, USB and eSATA connections , switch ports, and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). Behind you will find a WPS button, a four-port gigabit switch, a WAN port, USB 3.0 and eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port (another first), a power switch, and a reset button. The WRT1900AC uses a power supply line that is almost as big as the one for my laptop, but provides welcome respite from out-hogging outlets.
Installation and Configuration
In the interest of safety, Linksys has moved away from assigning its easy to remember passwords at the factory routers. Instead of passwords like "dynamickangeroo800", you will find default passwords such as "dt0n0nhvt0". This can reset the administrator password, and SSID anything you like during installation, Claro, Linksys provides additional space on a CD cover for you to write this information. (No need the CD to install; it's just a convenient way to provide the user Linksys router manual in case you need before you get online). The guest networks - one is available in each frequency band - Keep the memorable passwords (my eval unit was "pineapple21"), and the same password is used for both comments networks). Guests can access the Internet, but they can not access the rest of the network. You can limit the number of guests only five to as many as 50.
This user interface will be familiar to anyone who has recently used a Linksys router. Linksys encourages you to go online and use your Wi-Fi ready to configure the router Web page, and this is useful for beginners as you walk through the entire process and ensures that configure complex passwords for wireless networks and administrative access to the router. Experts can easily ignore this and configure the router to the old way, Although both methods give the same sets of options. Free telephone support is available to any buyer for the first 90 days, but no one should be able to get the WRT1900AC up and running in minutes. On security, the WRT1900AC supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and all security protocols at the consumer level accompanying (WPA2 Personal et al.), But also supports WPA2-Enterprise with a server radio independent.
I compared the performance of the Linksys WRT1900AC around exceptional Asus RT-AC68U, with the help of a gaming notebook AVADirect. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5 - 3210m and has 4GB of DDR3 / 1600 memory. Using JPerf benchmarking tool to measure TCP throughput between a router connected to the server and a client connected to their wireless networks. I put the customer at three different locations within a single story, 2,800 square-foot home ranch-style (You can view floor plan below).
Wi-Fi routers Try placing the customer at four locations within the house. The gaming notebook has no native support for 11ac, so I used a (ASUS USB-AC56) Wi-Fi adapter for a set of tests. If you want maximum speed in a portable configuration, and your laptop does not have a built-in Wi-Fi 11ac adapter, a USB model is the way to go. I found the USB-AC56 being one of the fastest in its class in this (recent raid). When tested with this adapter, the WRT1900AC result for 5- to 30 percent faster than the router Asus RT-AC68U 11ac his latest firmware (See performance chart, below). The difference was negligible - only 5 per cent where the client was at close range (in the same room, 9 ft router). But it jumped to 18 percent when I moved to the client in the kitchen (20 feet from the router, with a wall cabinets and plywood isolated separating the two). Performance was actually here - from 390Mbps to 418Mbps in the kitchen of the room.
When paried with Wi-Fi Asus 11ac adapter, the router Linksys router WRT1900AC exceeded the Asus RT-AC68U in all four test locations. The delta between Linksys and Asus routers jumped to 29 percent when I moved to the customer in my home theater. This client 35 feet from the router at this location, but many wireless devices have difficulty penetrating this room because of its construction: A design room-within-a-room, with double frame and double layers plaster and insulation of walls and ceiling. It is not soundproof by any means, but it's as acoustically isolated as it could do so in a reasonable budget. With TCP throughput of 114 Mbps, the WRT1900AC had no problem streaming HD video to HDTV in the room via laptop. The Linksys router also performed well when the client was in my home office, 65 feet from the router and separated by two interior walls insulated and fitted a variety of plywood. With TCP throughput of 259Mbps, was a little over 30 percent faster than the Asus RT-AC68U here. If you want to connect multiple wired clients in a room to your 11ac wireless network, the best solution is to set up a second router of the same make and model as a wireless bridge. This is not the only way to do it (implement something like a (Linksys WUMC710) is a cheaper solution, but is not as fast).
The Linksys router Asus exceeded in three of the four test sites when combined with a second WRT1900AC configured as a wireless bridge, achieve 607Mbps TCP performance range. Not all 11ac router can be configured in this manner, but the WRT1900AC and Linksys can provide a second unit for testing so. The Linksys router exceeded the Asus model (When connected to a second RT-AC68U) in three of my four points of the test, its impressive performance - 607Mbps - when the router and the client were in the same room. Most importantly, the WRT1900AC RT-AC68U exceeded by more than 37 percent when the client was in my home theater, delivering 382Mbps performance. The Linksys does not perform well as long-range (65 feet customer router in my home office), delivering 352Mbps performance compared to Asus 430Mbps. On the other hand, if 352Mbps is too slow for you, you should think about laying a cable.
For most people, a router is 2.4GHz, 802.11n performance is important only when you connect legacy hardware. At home, use this band for IP cameras in my home control system and that's it. So if you're like me, you do not mind if the WRT1900AC is a performer comparatively slow in that band. The Asus RT-AC68 was between 8- and 63 percent faster when I measured TCP throughput using onboard Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 adapter computer Wi-Fi, with the smaller delta that occurs when the client was farthest the router. But there is one explanation of operation of the WRT1900AC 2.4GHz. If you are familiar with wireless networks, you know that routers can link multiple channels within a given frequency band to provide a broader with additional bandwidth channel. In the 2.4 GHz band, however, there are only three non-overlapping channels. It is assumed that any certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance unlink channel router if it detects another router 2.4GHz operating near the link, so do not degrade network performance.
The WRT1900AC is not exactly a barn burner in the frequency band of 2.4 GHz. The WRT1900AC offers two options on this front: You can set it to always use a single 20MHz channel, or you can set the router in "auto" mode, in which case it will a second channel 20MHz to deliver 40MHz bandwidth only if not detect neighboring networks 2.4GHz. ASUS will you give a third option with RT-AC68U: Can be set to link two channels by default. The RT-AC68U is also certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, so it must return to single-channel mode in the presence of 2.4 GHz adjacent networks. My house is located in the center of a plot of 10 hectares of land, but some Wi-Fi adapters I used to collect extremely weak signals from two other networks that are at least 500 feet away. The Asus router ignored and right barrel with channel bonding. The Linksys no, and his performance suffered accordingly.
Performance File Transfer
The WRT1900AC is unmatched when it comes to transfer files from a connected hard disk: Only shouts. Likely the highest performance with an external hard drive that could leverage its eSATA port, but USB 3.0 drives are much more common. I used a Western Digital Passport drive with a USB 3.0 interface for my tests. The Linksys router was particularly impressive when it came to reading a 10GB file (copy the file from the hard drive connected to the router on the hard disk on a desktop PC connected to the router). That performs this task in a whopping 80 megabytes per second (MBps) Compared to 19.5MBps the Asus RT-AC68U performance. Wrote back that file to the mobile hard disk 46.1MBps, managed 87-percent faster than the Asus.
Add a USB 3.0 hard drive and find the Linksys WRT1900AC a fast enough to replace a dedicated NAS box. The WRT1900AC was just over twice as fast as the Asus RT-AC68U when it was a collection of small files 10GB portable hard drive reading: 47.2En compared to 20.7MBps for Asus MBps. It was almost two times faster write this collection back to the portable hard drive: 41.5En 21.1Mbps compared to Asus MBps. It's fast.
Limited set of features firmware
Now, the downside. Come on, you know you had another drawback besides the price tag. One reason that the WRT1900AC is so easy to set up is because it has so few features to configure. The user interface is well laid out, but this first iteration of your firmware is very brief. The positive side, Linksys plans to offer software developer kit an OpenWRT very soon, perhaps as early as the end of this month. The open nature of the original WRT54G - and the availability of open source firmware like DD-WRT and Tomato - played huge roles in the success of the router. These communities should take exponentially more powerful WRT1900AC, this could become one of the best routers ever. Linksys says it is "committed to DD-WRT firmware available and wait," but the company also said that no "have a time frame - will be up to [the DD-WRT community]." The WRT1900AC has a DLNA media server, but lacks an iTunes server. You can connect a USB or eSATA storage (and as noted in the Performance section, get wicked-fast, network-attached storage), but you'll have to install a third party application if you want to access storage from the cloud. Mac users, meanwhile, will be disappointed to find that there is no support for backup from Time Machine. Linksys says he is considering adding these and other features, but the company could not provide a timeline.
Do not buy if you are looking WRT1900AC a lot of bells and whistles. The firmware is pretty basic, and parental controls are particularly anemic. You get to smb and ftp servers, and no support for VPN pass-through, but the OpenVPN is not supported. Also no BitTorrent client for streaming torrent unsupervised. And its quality of service (Por) settings are limited to drag a representing different clients on the network in a box "high priority" or choosing applications (iTunes, Skype, Vonage, etc.) and manipulation of games icon online dropdowns to prioritize your traffic. Parental Controls are even more basic, though this feature is much less important in my book. You can block network clients specified Internet (options are "never," "always," or according to the schedule day / time), or you can block network clients call access specified sites (lots Luckily knowing every site on the web that do not want your children to visit). If you believe that parental controls a critical function in the router buy, check out the (Wi-Fi Router Skydog)).
You could say that criticize a router that vehicle for not having the latest bells and whistles in the firmware is like calling a drag racer for not having air conditioning. I'm just saying that the WRT1900AC has the power to support these other features without compromising speed. Linksys could add more features as time goes on, or third parties Developer Smart Wi-Fi applications, but you should not buy the assumption that these events happen. For many users, speed outperforms features that never need anyway. Using a Sonos music system, eg So I do not care if my router has an iTunes server. I'm dying to speed, WRT1900AC offers in spades. And his performance, network-attached storage blows the doors to competition. If speed is the most important consideration when buying a router, the router is WRT1900AC to buy. If the features are most important, and are willing to give up a bit of speed to get, consider the Asus RT-AC68U or (R7000 Nighthawk Netgear). The WRT1900AC is not the most feature-laden that can be purchased router, but it's the fastest.