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[Holiday Picks] Linksys WRT 1900AC Router/8-Port Switch

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A one-of-a-kind router, eleven years in the making. Linksys just went Beast-Mode with their new WRT 1900AC wireless router.

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 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.

 

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.

 

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. The Linksys WRT 1900AC Router is available now ($249.99)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch (sold separately) for the Fastest Wired Speeds

Easily connect a gaming console, an IP camera, an external hard drive, or other devices to your home or office network and take advantage of ultra-fast wired Internet speeds. The switch is outfitted with eight Gigabit Ethernet ports that deliver speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps-up to 10 times faster than a traditional Fast Ethernet (10/100) connection. Quality of Service (QoS) technology helps prioritize video and audio applications for better streaming. Available now ($69.99)

 

Perfect with the WRT 1900AC Router

With its sleek lines and stackable design, the SE4008 is a perfect match for our iconic WRT1900AC router (sold separately)–allowing you to expand your local area network and connect devices to the Internet without taking up additional shelf space. The switch is also compatible with most other Wi-Fi routers.

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Power-Saving Mode Helps Reduce Energy Use

To maximize energy efficiency and help you save on your electric bills, the SE4008 automatically enters into power-saving mode when it detects that a port is not in use or a connected device is turned off. Check out LINKSYS for more info.

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