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LINKSYS WRT1900ACS for $120 CDN a good value?

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justmehereajax wrote: LINKSYS WRT1900ACS is it worth $120 today?
https://www.linksys.com/ca/p/P-WRT1900ACS/
I saw it on clearance for that much. Is there anything at that price better?

Thanks,

Dave
If you are interested in an AC1900 router, you might want to consider:


http://www.factorydirect.ca/tp-link-arc ... t-router-2


If you are more technically inclined, the following from the US is better option:

https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-AC1900- ... ords=ac68u

but only if you go through the 23 step process to turn it into an Asus RT-AC68U ...

This both these are refurbished deals. If you want brand new, it is about $20-$30 more.

Now the linksys you picked out has a much faster processor than both these options. Which may or may not be important to you. If so consider:

http://www.factorydirect.ca/linksys-e84 ... nd-gigabit

AC2400 instead of AC1900, and a faster dual core processor.

I don't know if the linksys routers support alternate firmware.

The TP-Link above is probably able to use DD-WRT, and the Asus can use OpenWRT-Merlin if you go though the steps to convert the router.
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facebook259 wrote: If you are interested in an AC1900 router, you might want to consider:


http://www.factorydirect.ca/tp-link-arc ... t-router-2


If you are more technically inclined, the following from the US is better option:

https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-AC1900- ... ords=ac68u

but only if you go through the 23 step process to turn it into an Asus RT-AC68U ...

This both these are refurbished deals. If you want brand new, it is about $20-$30 more.

Now the linksys you picked out has a much faster processor than both these options. Which may or may not be important to you. If so consider:

http://www.factorydirect.ca/linksys-e84 ... nd-gigabit

AC2400 instead of AC1900, and a faster dual core processor.

I don't know if the linksys routers support alternate firmware.

The TP-Link above is probably able to use DD-WRT, and the Asus can use OpenWRT-Merlin if you go though the steps to convert the router.
The AC1900 supports DD-WRT. I have a release day AC1900. If you look it up, back in the day there was a lot of issues with putting DD-WRT on it as it was not fully supported even though it was advertised as such. These days I think Marvell released the necessary information to make it full compatible (don't quote me on it). I think in subsequent versions of the AC1900 they switched to a different chip maker (broadcom) which made it more easily compatible with things like DD-WRT.
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I would stay away from Linksys, even though it looks like the classic WRT54GL it doesn't perform like that. Wireless is terrible and spotty on these routers, and they barely update the firmware. Read the Linksys forums about these models. I had the WRT1900AC (non-s) version. Firmware is junk. Hasn't updated since 2015, and I got rid of it, replaced it with ASUS RT-87U and never had a problem since. https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Networking/RTAC87U/

If that's out of your budget I would look at NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 https://www.amazon.ca/NETGEAR-Nighthawk ... KJTWF?th=1

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=063780 - $119 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=063780

The R-7000 is a fantastic router and is recommended by a lot of users and has great reviews: https://www.amazon.ca/NETGEAR-Nighthawk ... B00F0DD0I6

Asus RT-AC66U B1 Dual-band 3x3 AC1750 - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=102612 - $160
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justmehereajax wrote: LINKSYS WRT1900ACS is it worth $120 today?
https://www.linksys.com/ca/p/P-WRT1900ACS/
I saw it on clearance for that much. Is there anything at that price better?

Thanks,

Dave
I have a WRT1900AC v2 which is same hardware as the ACS. If you are going to buy this and will be using Linksys firmware, not so good but ok at $120. This router shines nowadays with third party firmware especially LEDE, DDWRT is ok with it, I personally use Gargoyle even though it is not using the latest wifi driver but I like Gargoyle stability and as a matter of fact openwrt has merged with LEDE so in the future Gargoyle will be LEDE based instead of openwrt.

I have no experience with Linksys factory firmware but with Gargoyle it is more or less perform (wifi 5ghz range) the same as Asus AC68 but if with LEDE (5Ghz range) is better than AC68. In any case don't buy TPlink, I hate their firmware, one of the worst in the industry, their hardware is ok.

By the way, if you are going to buy a router and uses factory firmware, no consumer grade router beats Asus, Asus firmware is one of the best.

To answer your question, yes the 1900ACS is a good router but only if you use LEDE.
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Thanks everyone for their input.
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apvm wrote: By the way, if you are going to buy a router and uses factory firmware, no consumer grade router beats Asus, Asus firmware is one of the best.
Yeah Asus really turned that around. It used to be they had the worst, now it is the best. People install openwrt-Merlin because they like the stock firmware and only want a few enhancements.

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