Linksys WRT Smart Wi-Fi Wireless AC1900 Router (WRT1900AC)

  • Model #: WRT1900AC-CA
  • Web Code: 10273674
  • Release Date: 04-04-2014
Sold and shipped by: Best Buy
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Get the best in wireless performance with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router WRT1900AC. Whether you're gaming or streaming HD videos, this open source router has the speed you need to get things going fast. It also lets you set up home network connectivity that you can access and control in your home even when you're not there, and restrict your kids' access to content.

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  • Lightning AC speed allows for faster online gaming and video
  • Includes apps to customize your Wi-Fi home
  • SimpleTap technology lets you easily connect wired devices to 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Offers up to N600+AC1300 Mbps speed and simultaneous dual-band 2.4+5 GHz
  • Delivers ultimate range with high power amplifier and adjustable external antennas
  • Certified a/b/g/n backward compatibility and IPv6 enabled
  • Includes parental controls and separate guest network
  • Print, share and store content with 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 eSATA port
  • DLNA certified for home media management
  • Equipped for wall mount or tabletop display

What's in the Box?

  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router WRT1900AC
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CD-ROM with Documentation
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • SimpleTap Card

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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  • Wireless Networking Features
  • Wireless Standard
    802.11a/b/g/n/ac; 802.3ab/u
  • Wireless Speed
  • Number of Bands
  • Frequency Bands
    2.4 GHz; 5 GHz
  • Maximum Data Rate - Per Band
    5 GHz - 1300 Mbps; 2.4 GHz - 600 Mbps
  • Maximum Data Rate - Total
    1900 Mbps
  • Wired Networking Features
  • Ethernet Speed
  • Network Security / Management Features
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Controls
  • Physical Features
  • Colour
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

4.1 / 5
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40 Reviews

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6 Reviews

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  • from Calgary, AB

Perfect Router

Strengths: signal strength, dlna capable with usb 3.0, easy gui navigation, dd-wrt capable, retro blue box look Weaknesses: Good for plug and play users, advanced users may have better luck with dd-wrt firmware or another router. Price is high even on sale. Summary: Connected router to my existing modem and switch and was up and running in 30 minutes. Great wifi signal, router is in my basement (not the best place) but reaches the 2nd floor with at least 60% signal and out to the detached garage. No drops or issues in the first two weeks. DLNA server USB 3.0 hard drive speeds average 50 / 30 mb/s (read/write) transfer speeds which seems a little low, but past experience has taught me this is average in the real world. No issue streaming 1024 hd.

  • from Toronto, ON

Great range - but i get booted off sometimes

This router is awesome. The range, and especially the Linksys account online. So easy to program, so user friendly I'm very very pleased with it. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because I often get booted off via laptop, via Netflix thru my Xbox One. Haven't attempted to connect it to our Xbox One LIVE account yet. Hope it all works out. All in all, if you can be patient with the occasional boot off the network, the range and power of this item is great.

  • from Toronto

Very Happy

I got it on line and on sale because it wasn't available in my local Best Buy stores. I am very happy with the router, and the online purchase and delivery.

  • from Montréal, QC

Great so far

Bought it online. It was delivered within two days. It took about15 minutes to set-up: very easy set-up. Thus far, the WiFi reception is great on all devices, 5 different ones, in all areas of the house, which has many thick walls. This was not the case with the previous router + a range extender. I am greatly satisfied and hope that it will remain reliable over time. It does have amazing speed.

  • from Victoria, BC

Slowed Internet Speeds - Disappointed

I had high expectations for this router. I recently replaced our Asus RT-66U with this, as it was highly rated. After a couple weeks of use, I found that our streaming videos kept on buffering, and downloaded were really slow. I work from home and also noticed the Wired connection was slow. I tried to use the Media Prioritization and bump up to download speed but to no avail. I switched back to my trusty Asus and speeds are back up. Not sure if I got a dud. Returning today.

  • from Mississauga


I was reluctant to buy this router due to the high price, but as I saw it on sale, I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This router has plenty of options in the set up, it's easy to use and it has a good wireless range. Only negatives are the router's value and size. It's a large device but I've managed to hide it well enough.

  • from Toronto, ON

If You Want The Best, Get The Best

There are cheaper ones out there, but if you want the best, this is it. Range is unreal - I've actually got rid of my wireless extender. The software is great, it takes minutes to get up and going, and it's incredibly fast. The only 'cons' you could list are the size (its big and heavy) and the price. But you know this already, and know it's the best reviewed router out there in 2016. If that's what you want - you can't go wrong.

  • from Lethbridge, AB

Directions Ambiguous, Online Help Great

After two wasted afternoons with Telus - first guy turned off radio, actually reducing range of their crappy "extender" - and second guy doing his best but basically telling me telus router is useless unless you're in a one room studio apartment - I did a little research and settled on the WRT1900. Brought it home, but when installing, it prompted for "password" - no explanation for password for THIS router, password for the OLD router I was piggy backing - I went to online support. Great, actually - firstly telling me password was "admin" (neither existing nor previous password) - and then running through setup, was great. Range now up and down from second story to basement and on backyard deck. Very happy a week later.

  • from Burlington, ON


I would definitely recommend this router to anyone. Very easy to install. I is very fast with a long range. For the dollar value they charge it is well worth every penny. I am now able to run multiple wireless units at the same time without getting booted off with ease and they all run fast. If you are looking to upgrade your wireless router, this is the one.

  • from kitchener

Big Blue is the Best

I love this router. I got the 1900AC (V2). Loaded it up with the latest applicable DD-WRT firmware, and so far,'t s been rock solid! I have full control over all of the features and potential of the router. Definitely worth the extra money.

  • from Windsor, ON

Amazing Router!

We live in a large two story house, with multiple rooms on each floor requiring WiFi. At first we went for a D-Link AC1750 Router, the range was quite poor, going from three bars to half by just moving a few meters away from it. We then began searching for a more high-end router...and after reading all the amazing reviews for this thing, we bought it. Sure enough, it was amazing. Setup was simple and the internet was up and running in under 5 minutes. The range was boosted drastically...getting almost full bars in the room in the opposite corner of the floor up. We did not get under half signal in any part of the house. Speed wise, it decreased very little. We pay for 60mbps and in the opposite corner from the router we are getting 53mbps or so. After some extreme testing we found that the signal reaches the far opposite corner of the backyard, as well as two houses down when testing on the street. All in all, amazing router, amazing speeds, killer range, not to mention the looks. This thing looks like something from Transformers. Absolutely recommended. Definitely worth the extra bit of money. A++++

  • from Toronto, ON

Great product if you know what you're doing.

Looking through online reviews there seems to be a common issue. The stability of the 2.4ghz band. I tried two refurbished models before trying the new one and online reviews were correct. For some reason that band was unstable. Luckily, Linksys swore to be open source so installing a third party firmware the router into the true powerhouse it is.

  • from Windsor, ON

Outstanding product

An excellent router, great workmanship and design built with high quality materials. Performance is outstanding, long range Wi-Fi, unit could be placed inside cabinet enclosure as well without any interference.......the beam forming technology takes some getting used to but once completed the Wi-Fi connection is stable and fast throughout the house regardless of location basement included.......price high but worth every penny..... Highly recommended

  • from Waterloo, ON

Great Router

So I Upgraded to this when i lived in a apartment building built in the 60's which means all cement.. It worked great only 1 room had issues but that room was hell for even a radio signal. moved to a house built in 2011, and works great one one side of the house is the router on the main floor on the other side upstairs is a computer wireless usb and full bars of service picking up 400mbps that should tell you something.. Linksys is the way to go still unless you can go for their mommy Cisco.. now for price well its been out for a couple years now and well should have come down.. soo .. up to you but as for how it works well great.....

  • from Richmond, BC

excellent router

just finished installed it, very easy to install. pages are loaded faster than my 6 years old wrt 45 g. love it.

  • from St catharines

Fast but...

The only complaint I have on this is that I can't access all the features if ipv6 is enabled and to disable that error you have to unplug the cable from the modem. Hopefully they will solve this with the next update. I kept this router because of future open source firmware and it looks sick.

  • from Belleville, ON

Great Router!

Have had this router for a little under a year and can say its definitely the best one I have ever owned. The wireless reaches everywhere in my house (multiple stories, not a bungalow) and is connected to many devices with great connectivity. I have it connected to Apple TV, PCs, mobile phones, and Xboxs/game systems. Definitely a good buy if you have multiple devices and people in your household

  • from S6V 7H5


Ugh, dropped signal, random reboots, I've reset and reboot this thing so many times, I'm done, Netgear r7000 nighthawk thank you very much

  • from Edmonton, AB

Buyer beware

There are two versions of this router that use the exact same sku. Google it. V1 has a fan, has unreliable drivers in the imbedded chipsets, has crashing issues and only has 256MB of ram. V2 has no fan, drivers that are very stable and V2 compatible only, 512MB of ram, and an insignificant slightly higher clock speed. These 2 versions with the same SKU explain why online reviewers either love or hate this thing. Version 2 is solid and reliable with the June 2015 Firmware release. Everything prior is just too buggy to recommend. To check for V2 look for 1.3Ghz on the packaging not 1Ghz or 1.2Ghz. Also V2 will be listed as 'Rev A01' while V1 is listed as 'Rev D00'. Finally V1 will have a serial number starting with 13J1 and V2 begin with 13J2. There is a noticeable difference in reliability and performance between the 2. Odds are if you see any box store offering a rebate or good sale they are trying to clear out old V1 stock, but to everyones advantage Linksys used the same SKU so you can always price match if you find a version 2 at any Best Buy. I've spotted Version 2 in some stores in Ontario but I've had no luck finding any out west. The best thing to do is go in to the store and look in person.

  • from S6V 7H5


No more dead spots, top speeds, 4k streaming with 3.0 USB connected hard drive, easiest set up I've ever had, very happy

  • from Milton, ON

Very Good

Currently the best AC router out there, even better than the Tri bands routers. Excellent wireless range and speed, the easy setup is good for novice users and user friendly interface second to none. The only downside for me is the price, that is why I gave this beast a 4 stars value. But if you have the money and in need of a good and solid wireless router for your home, I highly recommend this router.

  • from Toronto, ON

Use the latest firmware

Great range. Works much better after manually updating to the latest firmware.

  • from Vancouver, BC

Very happy with this router!

Like everyone else I've been waiting for a replacement for the classic WRT-54G for quite a while and am happy to report that my WRT1900AC is shaping up to fill that role. While I agree the stock firmware leaves a lot to be desired, I was still able to get what I wanted accomplished. I've got it set the way I want now and am very pleased with the performance and wifi range. I've got my USB3 HD serving my media on it and while the QOS on the stock firmware doesn't have much for advanced features it's serving my needs perfectly. I have an Asus RT68U at my office and while I'm also happy with that router I prefer my new WRT1900AC and think that as time goes on it will prove to be a much more versatile, capable and future-proof router that the RT68U or the R7000. I won't hesitate to recommend the WRT1900AC to enthusiasts and if the price drops a bit I would also highly recommend it to non-techies.

  • from Inverness, Qc

Advanced hardware but limited functionality

This is an odd combination. This router appears to offer advanced hardware and performance but its functionality is very limited. It's a basic firmware in an advanced hardware which means you can barely take advantage of the full theoretical capacity of this device. This router is part of the "Smart WiFi" series and this is important to be aware of. There is no "classic" UI access and on a mobile device, you're basically forced to use their app which offers ever more basic functionality. The implementation of "smart WiFi" firmware also limits DNS functionality. This router can ONLY be in DNS relay mode. Finally, this router is supposed to be open to third party firmwares but a quick look at what the developers community has to say confirms that we're not very close to see a thorough functional 3rd party firmware for this device. Until then, this is a good but overpriced router that will serve basic users very well.

  • from Cornwall, ON

Linksys WRT1900AC

I have just changed the home telephone from Fixed line to VOIP. The household has been downloading more movies and TV programs recently and I needed to get a router that could handle the Internet traffic now and in the future. It was probably the easiest router to set up I have used and so far has been working well.

  • from Collingwood, ON


I brought this router in July 2014, since then I had to return the router two times. The reason why is because the 2.5GHz wifi drops out and you need to either disconnect the power to reset the router or do a remote reboot of the router to get your devices reconnected to the 2.5GHz. [...] If you can, skip the WRT1900 and get the EA9200

  • from Langley, BC

Very nice machine

My only regret was not to get the new tri band. I love this thing, so far piled devices on it and streamed movies all on one 2.4 band, wow. You won't go wrong here, price is price, to me I can't afford cheap. My last link sys was dropping devices and crashing, it was an older but modern g. I was about to swear off linksys but read a whole bunch of positives lately. you can bridge this also, very nice, but very big machine if your trying to hide it.

  • from Vancouver, BC

Very Satisfied

My old router failed to give a strong signal in my whole home. I used to get a lot of dropped and slow wireless WIFI connections to my laptops and desktops with my older N router. The children were complaining. By upgrading to the WRT 1900AC the dropped and slow wireless problem have all been solved. Upgrading from N to AC is worth it. The wireless speed increased from 15 to 80 Mbps. The children are happy again . I am very happy with the purchase of this router.

  • from Delta, BC


Didn't really extend the wifi range but things did get a bit quicker.



It was easy to install and works like a charm. Great for home and office and I would buy it again.

  • from Victoria, BC

Multi level geek

I read that it was different and a bit hard to set up so I was prepared for that but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. No time at all. The power of it is impressave. It has a very large range, I get -40 from the other side of my house! The USB drive port works great and is fast. I do not have a usb 3, only usb2 and it is not fast enough to watch a show over the network but the issue is my hardware not the router. The guest network is completly seperete from the main network but remember, a wireless network is never really secure but this seems to be one of the best i have used in a long time. I was suprised of the size of it, a bit larger than my last one. So far it has been solid in every aspect and replaced the need to have 2 routers attached with a 50 foot cable.

  • from Etobicoke, ON

Nice product

I previously owned two E and EA series router, both worked fluently. I am still using EA6500 with WRT1900AC to boost up the signal.

  • from Chatham-Kent, Ont

cheapest price I found in Canada, free shipping.

Solved all my signal problems, having my router in the basement. I now have 4 bars on all corners of my property.

  • from Ottawa, ON

Pricey but powerful

Okay admittedly, I fell in love with the retro 90's look but there's more to it. I found blazing speed and performance. The interface is easy and I don't seem to be limited too much by how many port redirects I can setup. I found the automatic firmware update useful by potentially dangerous. (You can turn that off). Haven't found too many times where I have to power-cycle the router compared to other routers. Apparently you can even modify with open-source but for the price I paid for it, I'd rather not screw things up.

  • from Scarborough, ON

Nice hardware-but Firmware and support are dismal

Amazingly fast wireless performance ... when it works. But Router firmware is still in serious need of fixing. Router may work perfectly for you, but if you need to set DHCP reservations or do other advanced functions, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Router UI crashes when attempting to set DHCP reservations. Cycling power didn't help. Had to do a factory reboot and start configuration from scratch a few times. Linksys tech support is abysmal. There is no way to email error codes to them. Live chat doesn't work. Phone support seems to take most of their time deciding if you are entitled to any support at all. Second tier tech support promised to call me back but never did. Boxed this router up and returned it. I hope you have better luck with this product than I did.

  • from Niagara Falls, ON

Linksys Router

good performance with good features. A little on the pricey side

  • from Belleville, ON

Firmware needs updating

I bought this unit anticipating some higher-end configuration properties available right away but planning on using WRTOpen in the long run (once Linksys/Belkin has something WRTOpen can start with). The configuration is overly simplistic and doesn't allow the depth of detail in configuration that I had hoped for. The remote access app for Android is somewhat useful but is even more simplified and is really just a gimic. After installing the router, I discovered the guest login is restricted to 50 users, which in our environment means the DHCP lease time needs to be set unfavourably short. As well on more than a couple occasions, the guest network has been shut off on its own. Not sure if this is a glitch with the remote app or the router firmware. A huge concern recently came up when accessing the configuration on the router (wirelessly from a PC). Can't recall which status function I was trying to view but it ended up totally knackering the router. It crashed, lost many of its settings and had to be powered down before I could even log back on. Not confidence inspiring. The signal strength is very good even on the 5GHz band. Overall a nice unit with powerful capabilities that are not yet accessible.

  • from Sainte-marie, QC

Linksys Smart WiFi Router (WRT1900AC)

Excellent Product. Very reliable.

  • from Pembroke, ON

A good router, promise not fully realized

I bought this router because linksys explicitly stated in their press release that it would have the more flexible Open-WRT firmware as an option. This has not panned out, as third party firmware support is only now just being worked out and is probably a few months away. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent router with great specs that does the job, but if you plan to tinker with it at all to get the most out of the horsepower under the hood, look elsewhere or hold off until other firmware options are available. If you don't plan to tinker with it that much, you're probably better off with a router that's not as pricey and has the same features.

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