Which of the following top 5 Wireless AC1900 router is suitable to meet your need in home? Asus AC1900 RT-AC68U; Netgear AC1900 R7000; TP-link AC1900 Archer C9; D-link AC1900 DIR-880L or Linksys EA6900 AC1900 router?
Why Wireless AC1900 Router
Wireless AC1900 router delivers simultaneous dual band with total bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps. Like other wireless AC1750 routers, in wireless AC connections the router delivers speeds up to 1300Mbps with compatible wireless AC devices such as Asus PCE-AC68U or TP-link Archer T9E. Both are PCI-express wireless AC1900 adapters that technically connect at the optimum speeds in 5GHz band since both ends are capable of streaming at the maximum data rate throughput up to 1300Mbps. And in 2.4GHz band AC1900 router delivers speed up to 600Mbps in wireless N connections.
What are those most popular wireless AC1900 routers competing tightly in the market? The following lists top 5 AC1900 routers. Please note that all of these 5 products are equipped with five Gigabit Ethernet ports, four LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port for high speed connection to modem such as high speed DOCSIS 3 Surfboard SB6183 and SB6190 cable modems or Netgear CM600 cable modem.
Typically you place this router sitting on the table with three external antennas pointing upward.
Netgear AC1900 (R7000)
R7000 is one of very successful products Netgear ever releases to the market with excellent customer rating above 4 (currently Jan 2016 with 4.3 out of 5 stars) beating other competing routers in its class. The design is a bit unfashionable, if I compare it with TP-link AC1900 Archer C9 which looks stylist, I prefer the design of C9 than R7000.
The original version of Netgear AC1900 was not featuring Cloud, and today you can thank to Netgear Genie which is now remote access ready and with ReadyCloud USB Access you can have something like personal cloud access storage.
- Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
- Prioritized bandwidth with QoS for video streaming and music
- Netgear Genie with remote access
- Implicit and explicit Beamforming technology
- Smart Connect technology
- ReadyCloud USB Access
- Automatic backup software
For complete technical and feature details click here for Netgear R7000 spec details.
Should you subscribe ultimate cable broadband plan, you probably prefer the cable router combo offered by Netgear – The Nighthawk C7000 cable modem router combo which is also based on wireless AC1900. The newest router introduced by Netgear is Nighthawk X8 AC5300 router.
ASUS AC1900 Router (RT-AC68U)
Asus always carves most of its flagship router products into the ranks of best-selling products on Amazon with an average customer ratings above 4 out of 5 stars, and user satisfaction is excellent. And Asus AC1900 becomes one of best selling product with average customer rating above 4 stars. If you compare with Netgear AC1900 the design of the body looks nicer and more stylist with the stand you can place it on the table.
- Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
- Broadcom TurboQAM technology for faster speeds
- Two USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x UBS 3.0
- Asus AiCloud service to allow you create personal cloud accessible the data anywhere you are
- Download master and media server support
- WMM and bandwidth management based on user defined rule
- 3G/4G data sharing
- Up to 6 SSIDs
Unlike other routers with USB port for sharing printer and storage, with Asus you can also share 3G/4G network with USB modem attach to the USB port. And the other feature you can take advantage of is the Exclusive Asus AiCloud to allow your USB connected storage as personal cloud that is accessible via mobile devices anywhere you are.
The newest Asus router is Asus RT-AC5300 three band router.
TP-link Archer C9
As I said in the first product Netgear AC1900, I prefer the appearance – the body design of Archer C9 than Netgear. C9 is designed with grayish white color, stylist design with a stand you can place it on a shelf or on the table – it blends with home decoration. TP-link AC1900 is one of successful wireless AC1900 routers in the market with excellent customer rating.
If you compare C9 with R7000 both are powered with the same 1GHz dual core processor. So far, the fastest processor embedded in wireless AC1900 router is 1.6GHGz dual core processor used by new Linksys WRT1900ACs.
- Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
- 3x dual band detachable antennas Beamforming technology
- VPN support – PPTP, L2TP, IPSec
- Two USB ports; 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0
- USB sharing support Samba, FTP server, Media server and also print server
- Tether app for easy network management with your mobile devices
- Bandwidth control
One thing that you might have it absent is the Cloud feature. Archer C9 is designed with specific cloud feature, however you have a FTP server option should you need files accessed remotely.
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The new generation of D-link wireless routers are designed with external antennas after for some times the designs were cylindrical tower such as D-link 868L cloud router or D-link DGL-5500 Gaming router. D-link AC1900 is designed with three external antennas, flat body similar to those original design – the first generation of D-link routers.
The antenna is not designed like other competing AC1900 routers with Beamforming technology, however it is featuring Ac smartbeam for enhancing wifi signal strength and coverage. When you compare it with TP-link Archer C9, your D-link AC1900 featuring cloud. With MyD-link shareport you can enable USB connected drive as your personal cloud accessible remotely via your mobile devices.
- 3x high gain dual band external antennas
- AC Smartbeam for much better signal strength and coverage
- Advanced QoS Bandwidth efficiency with Band steering
- Two USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 ports; up to 250GB drive storage
- MyD-link Shareport for enabling USB storage as your personal cloud
- VPN server IPSec / L2TP
- Free mobile apps: Mydlink Lite; mydlink shareport
So far customer rating is excellent with 4.3 out of 5 stars in Amazon. D-link DIR-880L is one of the best wireless AC1900 routers in the market today.
Linksys EA6900 AC1900
Linksys EA6900 AC1900 is one of the best design routers in the market so far. The body, the antennas and the art style are so elegant and nice to look on your table with three adjustable antennas. The appearance is as nice as Archer C9 blended as part of room décor.
If you compare it with Netgear AC1900 and TP-link AC1900 which are powered by 1GHz dual core processor, this Linksys 6900 is not as fast as those two routers regarding the processor since it is embedded with 800Mhz dual core processor. A better processor of 1.4GHz dual core is used in Linksys next generation E8350 Linksys AC2400 router.
- Powered by dual core 800Mhz processor
- Three adjustable external antennas 3×3 antenna design with Beamforming technology
- Two USB ports 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
- Linksys Smart Wifi apps for remote network management via mobile devices
- Device priority QoS management
One of feature that is absent is the cloud feature. If you compare it with Netgear AC1900 and D-link AC1900 they both have cloud feature to allow you to remote access your USB connected disk.
Click here for Linksys EA6900 AC1900 spec details and current price in Amazon.
Cheers, Ki Grinsing.