Linksys Reviving The WRT54G Router In 802.11AC Form
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 6 January 2014 at 02:31 PM EST. 15 Comments
Many Phoronix readers likely recall the glory years of the open-source-friendly Linksys WRT54G router that for some is still a great device and there's still the thriving OpenWRT community. Good news out of CES today is that Linksys is letting the WRT54G live-on in the form of the 802.11ac-based WRT1900AC.

The WRT1900AC takes the WRT54G and updates it from 802.11g to 802.11ac while doubling the number of antennas, is relying upon a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM SoC, and is adding in eSATA and USB connectivity for the router.

The WRT1900AC will still be open-source friendly with Linksys pledging to work with the OpenWRT development community. Linksys has said they will supply hardware and SDK/API documentation to these open-source developers.

If you're hoping this open-source router would be cheap, sadly it is not, like most other 802.11ac WiFi routers. The retail price once launched on the Linksys WRT1900AC is expected to be $299 USD. This WRT54G successor comes less than one year after Belkin acquired the Linksys division from Cisco.

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