Linksys ships WRT1900AC dual band Wi-Fi router priced at $279

Linksys today said the price of WRT1900AC dual band Wi-Fi router will be $279.99 in the U.S.

The route is available for purchase from 13 April.

Linksys said the new WRT features four external antennas for optimal wireless coverage throughout the home and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

The new WRT comes with dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 128MB flash memory, eSATA and USB ports. The new WRT ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi setup and management tools, and Linksys has also been collaborating with OpenWrt to make sure that an open source alternative is available in the coming weeks.

Linksys ships WRT1900AC dual band Wi-Fi router

The new Wi-Fi router can be configured as a range extender or wireless bridge. The company has added new software features including support for the No-IP dynamic DNS service.

Linksys is also planning to add Wi-Fi Scheduling and an OpenVPN-based VPN server to the WRT in a future firmware update to enable users to establish a secure remote connection to the router from anywhere in the world.

The router automatically selects and utilizes the best three out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data to connected devices, depending on their location in the home. This antenna diversity technology helps provide better range and coverage compared to more traditional three-antenna devices, said Linksys.

In addition, Linksys has added a new Smart Wi-Fi tool called Network Map in the browser interface of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi. Network Map is a visual representation of the home network displaying the router and its connected devices. The company said the tool enables Wi-Fi users to see what devices are using the most bandwidth, how strong the signal is to a device or to which wireless band it is connected.

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