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Linksys WRT1900AC Review

Don’t be fooled by the old-school styling of the Linksys WRT1900AC—it may look like a blast from the ancient past, but it schools the modern competition, including our previous favorite AC router, the Asus RT-AC66U. The new Linksys model is faster, easier to set up, and has more ports to play with.

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Trendnet TEW-818DRU Review

The TEW-818DRU is bereft of features typically found in routers  at this price range.

A basic router with a few bright spots

There are only a handful of wireless routers on the market that advertise AC1900 speeds, Trendnet’s TEW-818DRU being one of them. The advertised speed rating is actually a combination of the dual-band data rates. An AC1900 designation means the router is capable of up to 1,300Mb/s on the 5GHz 801.11ac band, and up to 600Mb/s on the 2.4GHz 801.11n band. By adding these link rates together, router makers can slap a higher number on the box, though you can’t actually combine the channels for a 1,900Mb/s connection. Still, the rating is a useful way to glean which are supposed to be the fastest routers.

Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.