Linksys Goes Back To The Future For New AC1900 Router

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  1. Razor512

    Razor512 Senior Member

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    Original article link: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/othe...goes-back-to-the-future-for-new-ac1900-router

    I cant wait to see some storage benchmarks. Some modern SOC's offer great support and acceleration for SATA devices, for example the APM82181 being only 1GHz single core, can do 45-50MB/s write speeds, and 75-90MB/s read speeds on the WNDR4700 using the V1.0.0.52 firmware.

    But the dual core 1GHz CPU on the R7000 struggles to do even half of that speed over USB 3.

    If the new linksys router, makes use of an SOC that can provide proper acceleration for SATA, and the CPU speed is close to or better than that of the WNDR4700, then we may finally get a router that can finally max out a gigabit connection (at least for the read speeds)
     
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  3. Dr.S

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    eSATAp?

    p means POWERED?
     
  4. GeorgeVes

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    I was just planning on buying a R7000 and now this... :( Damn
     
  5. sinshiva

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    300usd for what'll likely be a gimmick 4th antenna on a new AC router, with no word of 802.11r support; pass.

    sorry, they've just been in this business for so long, i expect them to be pioneers in the field
     
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    I copied this from PCworld " it weighs in at a staggering 5 pounds" WOW. It doesn't look that big but weighs 3 times a R7000... What's with that weigh?

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    lol, maybe they are filling them with lead to reduce USB3 interference
     
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    Is it too much to ask any of these manufacturers put in 8 GigE ports?

    Why do we have to buy an extra switch with it's own power adapter while buying a $300 device?
     
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    Cosmetically looks really nice ... to me at least.

    Can't say the same about the price :(
     
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    While it is a given that almost no one will buy the router at that price, I would be interested in seeing what the extra weight is going to.

    Would be funny to see a ton of external shielding for the USB 3 when they can just run the data through an internal layer of the PCB, in between 2 ground planes, and probable add some guard traces to further help shield it since it is only 1 device/ set of traces that are noisy. If they do not want to invest in the additional PCB layer, then they can always just cover the port, and signal path with copper foil.
     
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    You think those fast processors run cool? Heatsinks do add weight.

    They might also be doing what old stereo receiver manfs used to do (and maybe still do); adding weight just to give the impression of higher quality.
     
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    May be so, it just seems weird to get something much heavier than an R7000

    I have one and getting much heavier, will put it in the weight class of a high end 200watt TDP videocard.

    How much heat will a router need to dissipate, and would someone want to use one if it is using enough power to generate the heat needed to require a giant heatsink?

    If they are just adding weight when it is not needed, then when a teardown happens, they will need to be called out on that.

    Anyway, for $300 they should be moving to 10 gigabit ethernet (we have been on 1 gigabit for far too long, and it is very limiting for home network)
     
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  13. thiggins

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    Does it matter how much a router weighs?
     
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    Saw the specs - it's a beast... looks like perhaps Belkin is taking Linksys upmarket to the pro-sumer space, not a bad thing.

    Kinda puzzled by the low memory - 256MB isn't much these days... esp if one starts adding multiple apps.

    Like the industrial design, a nod to the Linksys of old :cool:

    sfx
     
  15. tupz

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    This.


    Also, not a fan of the price but like the look (not that it even means much)
     
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    So happy about this, well overdue for upgrade after ~4yr, never thought I'd see Cisco get it's mitts off Linksys.
    I do hope we see a bump in the memory, especially given the processing power...
     
  17. thiggins

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    The specs are what they are. Maybe next version gets more memory, but not this one.
     
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    i'm surprised router manufacturers haven't gone after the App store on a common OS way of doing things. We need a more modular environment for software on our routers. If somebody doesn't produce such an OS, somebody eventually will (hi, google) and scoop the business from everybody else for probably a solid year or two. I remember MS and Apple thought Android was DoA, and look how well that worked out for them.
     
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    Cisco/Linksys Smart WiFi has loadable apps. NETGEAR is working on genie+ marketplace. Slow going on both.

    Problems are router gearheads expect apps to be free or real cheap. Market is also much more limited for app developers. Why would they bother?

    Droidifi was supposed to be working on an Android based router. They took the KickStarter cash and never produced anything except a few hundred pissed-off backers (of which I was one @ $1000).
     
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    my god, i'm sorry to hear that. /sigh
     
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    Thanks, but I'm a big boy and understood the risks. It was just disappointing to see the way that Droidifi handled things.
     

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