Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Router - Router Web Interface and Setup

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Router
Features and Settings
Router Web Interface and Setup
Testing and Final Thoughts

Web Interface & Setup:

The interface of the Linksys WRT1900AC is a bit different than the heavy text-based interface that made the WRT-Series popular. In many ways, the interface of the WRT1900AC is almost identical to the older EA6500. I used to preach text-based interfaces for everyone, but while I do like the layout of the stock DD-WRT firmware, there is something to be said about the fresh, clean and functional interface on these new Linksys routers. I really like some of the features and the fact that you can put widgets on your homescreen - as well as get rid of things that you don't use.

If the router were underpowered, the graphical dragging and dropping features would lag a bit and if you have heavy router use at that time, network performance could also suffer. The WRT1900AC has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor - more than many entry-level consumer NAS devices and the router is not doing any parity checking. Needless to say, the interface on this router is buttery smooth.

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As with pretty much every router these days, you can choose manual setup with a custom password or pass phrase or you can use WPS.  One thing that Linksys adds to this Smart Wi-Fi router is the ability to use Apps to connect to the network as well as by using a "Guest Login" that will load up a web page on your device that you can enter a password to access the internet. With this router, Linksys dropped the NFC card, but that feature was more of a gimmick than a useful feature really.

Much like the EA6500, Linksys takes their USB storage on this device pretty seriously.  They include two USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 / eSATA) with the USB 2.0 port doing double duty as eSATA as well. This way you have the ability to have two drives that are as fast as an internal drive in a machine - and hooked up to your network. With the processing power available in this device, it is more than a capable fileserver and the performance is very good. It certainly won't replace a NAS product if you need the security of RAID, but it's really going to be more than enough for most people.

The WRT1900AC includes a network map that shows what connection each device is using (wired, wireless 2.4GHz, wireless 5GHz) and it goes beyond that and shows how much bandwidth each device is using. This is a pretty nifty feature that was previously available with open-source firmware on Linksys devices and is now becoming more mainstream as they cater to high-end users with their high-end products.

Network Map

Network Map

Internet Usage

Internet Usage

The router has all of the typical Wi-Fi setup configurations as most routers and this is pretty straightforward. As for port forwarding and such, this too is also pretty standard. There are many more images of the interface that we didn't include in the review to save pages of information that is pretty basic. Make sure to check out the gallery here for all of the images. On the last page we'll take a look at the performance of the router and see how it performs.