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Linksys aims to take the hassle out of home networking with new flagship router, other gear

Michael Brown | Jan. 5, 2016
Also, there's finally support for DD-WRT firmware on Linksys' WRT1900AC, WRT1200AC, and WRT1900ACS routers.

DD-WRT isn't designed for the typical home-networking user, but router enthusiasts prize the alternative firmware for its ability to unlock capabilities in the underlying hardware that aren't exposed by the default factory firmware. 

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app to get a makeover

For users who prefer a little more help managing their home networks, Linksys offers a free cloud-based router-management service called Linksys Smart Wi-Fi, available with late-model WRT and Smart Wi-Fi-series routers. You can log into your home network using a web browser on your PC or an app installed on your smartphone or tablet (Android and iOS devices) to grant a guest access to the Internet, prioritize individual devices so they get more bandwidth, and perform other tasks.

Linksys plans to relaunch Linksys Smart Wi-Fi in the April timeframe, revamping its user interface and adding several new features. The new version, according to Linksys, will do more to leverage the firmware on the device against Linksys’s cloud infrastructure, to proactively inform the user when something with the router or the network goes wrong, and to suggest improvements in the network’s configuration. New Linksys hardware will feature a new user interface, and the company plans to go back and include the new UI in free firmware updates for older products.


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