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Summary: The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 and the Linksys WRT1900AC are pretty much interchangeable, with the BIGGEST difference being a noticeable wider range of wi-fi coverage with the Linksys. Got a small apartment? Get the Nighthawk (assuming it costs less). Got a larger house with lots of walls and rooms? Spend the extra to get this Linksys router. They are both great home units.
Trying to add some information you might not get in the standard review, this is a brief comparison with the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 router which costs significantly less. I love both devices, but my experience might help you decide which to get (or others).
I'm a dilettante home geek, not a pro, and most of my testing is with media streaming rather than online gaming.
First, the advertised top wi-fi speed of 1300 Mbps using the 5GHz band is pretty much only if you are using an 802.11AC adapter on the client side. I still don't see 802.11AC that widely available, especially if you (like me) tend to buy older PC's and laptops. I've been using an ASUS (USB-AC56) Wireless - AC1200 Dual-Band USB 3.0 Adapter for testing on a couple of laptops and my home brew box, and the speed increase is noticeable and measurable over all other 802 protocols as advertised.
Wireless speed: I don't find any appreciable difference in 5GHz between the Nighthawk or the WRT1900AC, and your actual data throughput WILL vary due to all sorts of environmental issues. Read more ›