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Linksys launches new WRT router

Linksys Tuesday announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that it is bringing back the heritage of the best-selling router of all time - the Linksys WRT54G.

But the router will be updated and modernized with the Wireless-AC technology, Linksys announced.

The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the original WRT54G iconic blue/black stackable form factor but with a modernized spin as well as more powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas (instead of the standard three) and eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 connectivity ports, its press statement said.

The new WRT1900AC ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools and will be the first Linksys router to include the Network Map feature. Linksys has also been working with the OpenWRT community to make an open source firmware downloadable when product is available.

"Our new Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router will be the most powerful router in its class on the market," claimed Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys.

"We have spared no technology expense to make this router a prosumer's dream. The launch of the new WRT router is not only a celebration for the Linksys brand but for our customers too. We have brought back the WRT because our customers have asked for a router that had the reliability, functionality and open source capabilities with today's AC wireless technology. The WRT1900AC is the result of all these requests."

The new WRT will be the world's first open source compatible router with a dual-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 4 customized and removable antennas, 128MB flash memory and an eSATA port.


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