Linksys has announced the availability of the new router called, WRT1900AC, which is currently available in the US market.
Introduced as a dual-band 4x4 Gigabit router, the new Linksys WRT1900AC comes with two (2) USB ports (1xUSB 2.0/eSATA combo port and 1xUSB 3.0 port). This new router supports a maximum of 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 1.3 GB/s on the 5 GHz band.
To make it universally acceptable, the company has added four (4) hi-performance external antennas to enhance dual band communication, maximum signal strength, better coverage and range. The antennas are adjustable to customize wireless signal for single or multi-story buildings and are removable to accommodate upgrades. The router automatically picks and uses the best three out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data to connected devices, depending on their location in the home.
Also, the new WRT accompanies powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 128MB flash memory, eSATA and USB ports and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The company has been collaborating with OpenWrt to confirm that an open source substitute will be available very soon.
“The WRT is a cornerstone in the history of Wi-Fi and synonymous for many people with 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 product management for Linksys (News - Alert).
Chen said that they are honored to have collaborated with OpenWRT to ensure the open source readiness of the product and building a WRT-worthy successor with cutting-edge hardware and iconic design.
Additionally, users can configure the new WRT as a range extender or wireless bridge. The company has also added few software features including support for the No-IP dynamic DNS service etc.
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 start a secure remote connection to the router from anywhere in the world.