Everyone remembers those classic blue Linksys routers of yore, so while the Linksys WRT1900ACS may exude nostalgia, its technology is all brand new.

The router is marked down to $180 today, a match for the lowest price Amazon has ever offered. Of course, you get 802.11ac wireless, four antennas, USB 3.0 and eSATA for data storage, but what makes this router so special is its firmware. Everything here is open source and easily hackable, meaning you can install DD-WRT or Tomato to tweak everything little setting exactly to your liking. That’s not the kind of project everyone will want to take on, but if you like to tinker, this is a great router to optimize to your liking.


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