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Getting to know the Linksys WRT1900AC

What is the Linksys WRT1900AC?
 
The Linksys WRT1900AC is a simultaneous dual-band 4x4 Gigabit router with two (2) USB ports (1 x USB 2.0/eSATA combo port and 1 x USB 3.0 port).  It supports a maximum of 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 1.3 Gbps on the 5 GHz band.  This router also comes with four (4) hi-performance external antennas for enhanced dual-band communication, maximum signal strength, better coverage, and range. 

The Linksys WRT1900AC can accommodate all your wired and wireless connections and is ideal for media-centric applications such as streaming video, gaming, and Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP).

 
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The Linksys WRT1900AC can create four (4) simultaneous yet separate wireless networks:
  • The 2.4 GHz Network caters to devices in your network that are 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n.
QUICK TIP:  The maximum speed that your devices can achieve with an 802.11n adapter on the 2.4 GHz band is up to 600 Mbps.
  • The 5 GHz Network will only be able to cater to devices in your network that are 802.11a, 802.11n and 802.11ac.  The Mixed mode will still allow backward compatibility for 802.11a devices.
     
  • Two (2) Guest networks both for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz respectively.  These additional wireless networks allow your visitors at home to access the Internet but not your local network (i.e., shared storage devices, printer access).
For your connected home, you may use the 2.4 GHz network to connect your wireless devices to surf the Internet and email, share files and print.  The 5 GHz network is best for heavy applications including Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, online gaming, and streaming high-definition videos.  To know more about the connected home, click here.
 
Linksys WRT1900AC features
 
The Linksys WRT1900AC has built-in USB 3.0 and Combo USB 2.0/eSATA (External Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) ports that can easily add Gigabytes of storage space to your network by connecting an eSATA drive or USB flash disk.  The dual USB ports also allow you to set up two (2) USB printers at most on your network.  On the combo port, you can only connect either a USB drive or eSATA drive at a time.

 
You can easily set up and manage your router, device, and wireless network with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.  Alternatively, you may opt out of a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account but may still be able to configure the advanced settings on your router via the Local Access link.  To know more about this feature, click
here.
 

The Linksys WRT1900AC is powered by a Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU processor for unparalleled speed.  It is also developed to be Open Source ready.

The Linksys WRT1900AC is DLNA
® CERTIFIED for home media management.  It is also wall-mountable to ensure flexibility.  For instructions on how to wall-mount your router, click here.
 
Setting up the Linksys WRT1900AC is made fast and easy because of its CD-less setup.  Now you can run the setup from a web browser.  To know more about this, click
here
 
NOTE:  Visit the 
Linksys WRT1900AC Product Page to read more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides or firmware updates and other support information related to this product.
 
Front panel
 
LEDColorActivityDescription
 PowerWhiteSolid whiteThe power LED is solid white while the router is powered ON.
Blinking whiteIt will blink when the router goes through its self-diagnostic mode during boot-up.
InternetWhite/AmberSolid whiteThe Internet LED is solid white when connected to the Internet.
Blinking whiteIt blinks white while the router works to establish a connection.
Solid amberA solid amber LED indicates the connection is down due to configuration issues.
Blinking amberAmber blinking indicates that the connection is down due to hardware issues.
2.4 GHzWhiteSolid whiteThe wireless LED is solid white when one (1) or more clients are connected to the 2.4 GHz network.
Blinking whiteIf the LED is blinking white, the router is sending or receiving data over the 2.4 GHz network.
5 GHzWhiteSolid whiteThe wireless LED is solid white when one (1) or more clients are connected to the 5 GHz network.
Blinking whiteIf the LED is blinking white, the router is sending or receiving data over the 5 GHz network.
eSATAWhiteOFFThe USB/eSATA LED is OFF if no eSATA device is connected or a USB device is connected instead.
Solid whiteThe LED is solid white when an eSATA device is connected.
Blinking whiteA blinking white LED indicates activity through the eSATA port.
USB 1WhiteOFFThe USB 1 LED is OFF if no USB is connected or an eSATA device is connected instead.
Solid whiteThe LED is solid white when a USB device is connected.
Blinking whiteA blinking white LED indicates activity on the port.
USB 2 PrimaryWhiteOFFThe USB 2 Primary LED is OFF if no USB 3.0 is connected.
Solid whiteThe LED is solid white when a USB device is connected.
Blinking whiteA blinking white indicates activity on the port.
USB 2 SecondaryWhiteOFFThe USB 2 Secondary LED is OFF when a USB 1.0 or USB 2.0 device is connected.
Solid whiteA solid white LED indicates a USB 3.0 device is connected.
ETHERNET 1 thru 4 PrimaryWhiteSolid whiteThese numbered LEDs correspond with the numbered ports on the router’s back panel.  If the white LED is solid, the router is connected to a device through that port.
Flashing whiteA flashing white LED indicates network activity over that port.
  ETHERNET 1 thru 4 SecondaryWhiteOFFIf the white LED is OFF, the router is successfully connected to a device through that port at 10/100 Mbps.
Solid whiteA solid white LED indicates that the router is successfully connected to a device at 1000 Mbps.
 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)White/Amber The Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ LED blinks slowly for two (2) minutes during Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS).  It will be solid white for five (5) seconds to indicate a successful connection.  The LED blinks amber if the WPS process fails.  Make sure the client device supports WPS. Wait until the LED is off, and then try again.  The router supports one (1) session at a time.

The Linksys WRT1900AC v2 is physically identical to the WRT1900AC v1 except for the following:
  • The Linksys WRT1900AC v2 is powered by a Dual-Core 1.3 GHz CPU
  • Uses a 12V 3A power adapter
Back panel
 
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 Adjustable External Antennas
This router ships with four (4) adjustable external antennas that should be connected to the router before powering it on.  To connect the antennas, twist the antenna connector clockwise onto the antenna port on the router.
 
NOTE:  The antennas are adjustable to customize your wireless signal for single or multi-story buildings and are removable to accommodate upgrades.

 
  • This is the antenna positioning that is recommended for a single-story home.

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NOTE:  You can also upgrade your WRT1900AC’s external antennas for enhanced wireless range and coverage in your single-story home by installing the WRT High Gain Antennas, WRT004ANT.  To learn more about it, click here.
  • This is the antenna positioning that is recommended for a multi-story home.
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     Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button
    Press this to easily configure wireless security on WPS-enabled network devices.
     
     Ethernet ports
    Use Ethernet cables to connect wired devices to these blue Gigabit (10/100/1000) ports.
     
    NOTE:  For best performance, use CAT5E or higher rated cables on the Ethernet ports.
     
     Internet port
    Use an Ethernet cable to connect a broadband Internet cable/DSL or fiber modem to this yellow Gigabit (10/100/1000) port.
     
    NOTE:  For best performance, use CAT5E or higher rated cables on the Ethernet ports.
     
     USB 3.0 port
    Connect and share a USB drive or printer on your network or on the Internet.
     
     USB 2.0/eSATA Combo port
    Connect and share a USB or eSATA drive on your network or on the Internet.  You can also connect a USB printer, but only one (1) device to the port, and share it across your network.
     
     Reset button
    Press and hold this button for 10 seconds (until the power LED starts flashing) to reset the router to factory settings.  You can also restore the factory settings using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi on the Internet or mobile app.
     
     Power port
    Connect the included AC power adapter.
     
     Power button
    Press to switch the router ON or OFF.
     
    Minimum System Requirements
     
    Web Browser
    • Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
    • Safari® 5 or higher (for Mac® computers)
    • Mozilla Firefox® 8 or higher
    • Google Chrome10 or higher

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