Linksys brings again its hackable WRT router, provides twin-band 802.11ac WiFi

Linksys brings back its hackable WRT router, adds dual-band 802.11ac WiFi

Keep in mind Linksys’ WRT household of routers? Based mostly on the variety of consumer evaluations for the WRT54G alone, we expect a few of you do. For the uninitiated, nevertheless, the WRT line turned one thing a cult favourite because of its open-supply firmware, which allowed hackers to construct customized software program builds, and even introduce new options once in a while. Although the road was largely discontinued in 2004, Linksys continued to make a single mannequin, which nonetheless sells to today, even though it makes use of wi-fi-G.

Fortuitously for all you holdouts, the corporate is bringing again the WRT line within the type of the WRT 1900AC, which steps into the fashionable age with twin-band 802.11ac WiFi. As you possibly can see within the above photograph, it has largely the identical design as all of the retro fashions, with a black and blue shade scheme and 4 huge-ass antennas. This time, although, Linksys added a twin-core 1.2GHz ARM processor (an improve from the standard 800MHz), an eSATA port for file sharing and distant management by way of a cellular app. It additionally has a modular design: The antennas are detachable, and the router itself is stackable, with indents in every nook. Talking of which, Linksys will even promote an eight-port change, extender/bridge and community-hooked up storage, all of which have the identical stackable design. Every part will ship this spring, by which level Linksys says the primary customized firmware construct ought to be prepared. Till then, you will need to begin saving your pennies: The WRT 1900AC has an inventory worth of $300. Ouch!

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Linksys WRT 1900AC