We met up with Belkin at CES Unveiled, where they were showing off the shiny new Linksys WRT1900AC, one of the first new wireless products released under the 25 year old brand since Belkin acquired Linksys from Cisco in March 2013. It caught our attention not because of something sensible, such as “oh, look, Belkin is here,” but rather, “is that a WRT54G?”
Behold the WRT1900AC in all its throwback majesty. This 802.11ac wireless router boasts a host a features that hope to merit its $299 price point in the US (€279 across the pond). It sports four detachable antennae in a 3×3 setup and the standard 4-port Ethernet switch plus one WAN port. For storage, it has two ports: one USB3 port and one USB2/eSATA port.
Outside, it promises to be stackable with a forthcoming range of switches, NAS devices, and more. Inside, it’s sporting a 1.2 GHz processor and “plenty of RAM”, and more than likely a familiar Broadcom SoC that the WRT series has used for a long time.
The WRT1900AC will be officially launched Monday, January 6 at CES. It will be available later in Q1. Our rep says that the WRT1900AC is intended for the higher-end market, where performance and openness is more important than price.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.