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Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac Smart Wireless Router Review - Benchmarks - File Transfer Test & Final Thoughts

Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac Smart Wireless Router Review
Today we take a look at Linksys' WRT1900AC, a brand new 802.11ac smart wireless router. Follow as Tyler tells us what he thinks of it and how it performs.
| Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Linksys

File Transfer Speeds

 

In our file transfer test, we use a single 4GB ISO file and transfer it from test system one to our second test system via the network. To eliminate any bottlenecks, each system is utilizing a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.

 

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File transfer testing for the WRT1900AC went quite well. At 2.4GHz 20MHz, we topped out at 10.4 MB/s, which puts it next to the RTA15 from Amped and the 868L from DLink. Next, we moved on to 40MHz where we landed at 32.5 MB/s, making the WRT1900AC the quickest on the charts. Over on 5GHz, we start with 20MHz and land at 25.6 MB/s, again the quickest on our charts.

 

40MHz claimed 46.7 MB/s, once again the quickest in the chart. Then we hit 80MHz where the R7000 shined; sadly, the WRT1900AC couldn't muster enough to top the 96.3 MB/s of the Netgear, but we did grab 80.9 MB/s, which made it the second quickest.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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The Linksys WRT1900AC is surely right up there with the Netgear R7000 when it comes to the best-looking router. The classic design spruced up with modern lines really makes this unit stand out. Accompanying the design, we also have excellent build quality, and one thing is for sure: this router is a beast. I'd hazard to say it weighs more than the Netgear R7000 thanks to the massive heat sinks used internally.

 

Performance of the router was exceptional, and if it wasn't for that pesky Netgear R7000, it would definitely be the top router in every chart. Alas, the unit does perform well where it matters. We have top-notch wireless throughput, and wired throughput is chart leading.

 

In addition to the performance of the router, the WRT does carry a plethora of features, but the number one in my mind is the inevitable support for OpenWRT, DDWRT, and possibly Tomato. Back when the WRT54G was king, people gobbled those up just for the ability to use DDWRT, leading Linksys to release the GS just for that purpose, so it's definitely great to see Linksys openly supporting use of third party firmware.

 

This is not to say that the included "stock" firmware isn't good; it's really one of the most user-friendly firmware Linksys has ever used. Everything is laid out in a manner that allows you to see and configure everything rather easy. Of course, then we have the network map, allowing you to see what's connected and the built-in speed test to put the icing on this very awesome router from Linksys.

 

MSRP for the Linksys WRT1900AC is listed at $279.99 with a one-year warranty.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Linksys WRT1900AC for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Linksys WRT1900AC retails for $351.60 at Amazon.

 

 

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