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[The Source] Linksys EA6900-CA Wireless AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router $99.99

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[The Source] Linksys EA6900-CA Wireless AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router $99.99

Saw this in store (Guelph Stone Road Mall), 2 in stock. Online as well. Seems like a good price, mixed reviews. Wondering how it is on third party firmware. Any comments welcome. Don't know how PSP works, feedback on that appreciated as well.

Edit: $89.99 with PSP 10% off savings.
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How much better is 1900acs vs ea 6900? This could be had for 75 +tax with source coupon.
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BlueLightSpecial wrote:
Oct 7th, 2017 7:03 pm
Don't know how PSP works, feedback on that appreciated as well.
PSP may now work, since it can not be combined with any other offer, discount, coupon, special price or promotion.

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5. Enjoy PSP!
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http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?th ... wrt.71718/
BlueLightSpecial wrote:
Oct 7th, 2017 7:03 pm
Saw this in store (Guelph Stone Road Mall), 2 in stock. Online as well. Seems like a good price, mixed reviews. Wondering how it is on third party firmware. Any comments welcome. Don't know how PSP works, feedback on that appreciated as well.
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clark_ji wrote:
Oct 7th, 2017 7:17 pm
How much better is 1900acs vs ea 6900? This could be had for 75 +tax with source coupon.
The WRT1900ACS has much better storage performance and better open source firmware support, but the EA6900 has better 2.4 Ghz wireless perfomance.

Read Linksys EA6900 vs Linksys WRT1900ACS

Overall, the results are very interesting, as both routers have performed really well, and there wasn’t a big difference between them. So, at the end of the day it depends whether you use the 2.4Ghz or the 5GHz band (or both) and if you need a router with a great NAS performance.

It’s clear that Linksys WRT1900ACS is a bit better equipped, has more powerful hardware and delivers a great performance. At the same time, we can’t ignore the fact that Linksys EA6900 isn’t far behind and even excels in some areas.
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Kherani wrote:
Oct 7th, 2017 7:11 pm
Better off getting the WRT1900acs for $30 more.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/li ... 34396.aspx
Is the WRT1900acs better than asus wrt66u b1? Wrt66u-b1 has dual core 1Ghz CPU. What third party does the WRT1900acs run? Looking to use it for VPN and torrenting, need decent speed. How does open-wrt vs merlin for asus? Also curious which router has a longer reach, hoping to use one router to cover the main and second floor in the house.
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tido88 wrote:
Oct 7th, 2017 9:56 pm
Is the WRT1900acs better than asus wrt66u b1? Wrt66u-b1 has dual core 1Ghz CPU. What third party does the WRT1900acs run? Looking to use it for VPN and torrenting, need decent speed. How does open-wrt vs merlin for asus? Also curious which router has a longer reach, hoping to use one router to cover the main and second floor in the house.
According to this thread, the firmware on Marvell's 88W8964 seems to be buggy, and they have not been proactive in addressing the issue.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=304086

As such, a number of WRT*ACS/ACM users have switched over to the Netgear camp for the R7000 or other models.
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Using this and this is cheaper than the refurb, this can run AsusWRT firmware.
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Just bought a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000 @130 + tax from Walmart a couple hours ago. Now wondering if I should switch to this to save $30....any idea?
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Can I use $25 coupon in store? or is the coupon for online only?
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netbbq wrote:
Oct 7th, 2017 11:23 pm
Just bought a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000 @130 + tax from Walmart a couple hours ago. Now wondering if I should switch to this to save $30....any idea?
Keep the R7000.
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Got this router a month ago, put Tomato firmware on it and its been running great. wifi signal is pretty good compared to my old e2500. very stable.

you just have to follow a guide on how to upgrade the firmware and fix the 32k bug.
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I have been using this for about a year, bought refurb from canada computer for $60.

The stock firmware isn't good enough, I used to get dropouts and had to reset it sometimes. After putting Xvortex on it, it has been rock solid, great throughput on both 2.4 & 5ghz.

But I would not get it at this price, better to get the R7000 if you can spend a bit more.
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Since when did buying a router become so complicated... what’s the best stock firmware router out there with good range and stability. Sigh

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