Linksys Revives a Classic Design For Its Newest Wireless RouterS

Linksys' WRT54G is considered to be the best selling wireless router of all time. And its iconic black and blue design has become synonymous with such hardware—just look at the image used on this generic wireless router Wikipedia page. So it makes sense that for its next generation router, the new Linksys WRT1900AC, the company would revive that iconic design—albeit with a few aesthetic and technical upgrades.

The 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous dual-band WRT1900AC is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 256MB of DDR3 RAM. To maximize its range it's got four removable and upgradeable antennas instead of the more common three, as well as USB 2, USB 3, and eSata ports for sharing access to external storage devices.

Linksys Revives a Classic Design For Its Newest Wireless RouterS

More importantly, though, is the fact that Linksys is working with the OpenWRT community to ensure that open source firmware is available for the $300 WRT1900AC as soon as it's available sometime this spring. After all, what really made the original WRT54G incredibly popular wasn't its bright color scheme or clever stackable design, but how easy it was to hack and install custom firmware. And it seems like the WRT1900AC will carry on that tradition. [Linksys]