Gigabit Wi-Fi Router – Linksys AC1900 Smart Router Reviewed

Your old Wi-Fi network is probably overwhelmed by devices; Gigabit Wi-Fi can help

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Wireless networks used to be cool, but now they’re pretty much an expected essential in our homes.

Linksys Gigabit intro Gigabit Wi Fi Router   Linksys AC1900 Smart Router ReviewedA home network used to power a PC or two. Now, your smartphones and tablets are running off your Wi-Fi network, that fancy Samsung (SSNLF) Smart TV relies on Wi-Fi for connectivity, smart thermostats like the Google (GOOG) acquisition Nest are Wi-Fi enabled, and set-top streaming boxes like the Apple (AAPL) TV rely on Wi-Fi. While online gaming on an Xbox One or PS4 is possible using an ethernet cable connected to your router, who wants a 100-foot long cable snaking through the house?

All these connected devices are congesting home Wi-Fi networks, and the newest ones are using a new standard called 802.11ac or Gigabit Wi-Fi. This technology promises to make life easier for congested home Wi-Fi networks while offering the speed needed to support new streaming standards like Netflix (NFLX) 4K Ultra HD.

Replacing a home Wi-Fi router isn’t something anyone undertakes lightly. When things are working (even if they’re imperfect), there’s a risk of upsetting the works. However, with the promise of the new generation of 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi routers, now may be the time to take the plunge.

I unplugged my trusty Airport Extreme to test the new Linksys AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router to see if Gigabit Wi-Fi lives up to the hype — especially in a home where devices supporting 802.11ac are in short supply.

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