Wireless router photograph.
Product review
February 2019

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

Linksys

WRT1900ACS

Price
$350
Score
69
Average

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This dual-band router does well on most things. It has a very good 5GHz WiFi network and offers very good direct fibre speeds. An all-round decent router.

Test results

  • 68
    WiFi performance
  • 63
    Ease of use and setup
  • 80
    Security

Good points

  • Good WiFi performance.
  • Very good 5GHz WiFi performance
  • Easy to use.
  • Very good for security.
  • Very good fibre speed.
  • Good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Only OK 2.4GHz WiFi performance.

Model

  • Avg price

    $350

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    8.5/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    5.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    8.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    4

  • Antenna placement

    Two on rear, one on each side, can fold 90° and rotates 360°, removeable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    246 x 194 x 52

  • Weight (g)

    722

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    2

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Time scheduling on device, site filter

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

Member reviews

1 Member review

Great but ran hot and failed too soon

Pros

Worked well, ok Wifi

Cons

always ran hot. Failed in less than two years.

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Previous member

Used 6 months or more

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