My home office has more devices connected to the internet than I’d like to admit. I feel that every piece of tech I own taps into my internet usage, and it’s hard to know whether I’m getting the most out of my service on a daily basis. Thanks to Kasda’s new AC 1900M Smart WiFi Gigabit Router, users can expect faster and more reliable speeds, especially those who do a lot of online gaming.
Until recently, I’ve been using the ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router as my primary device, and it has served me extremely well for both my professional and hobbyist needs. For an $88 router, the ASUS RT-N66U has delivered excellent performance, so can Kasda’s cheaper, albeit more powerful, option provide a more economically viable alternative?
Most people may not be familiar with Kasda, but these folks have been developing networking products since 2001. The Transformer KA1900 is the company’s latest router aimed at customers seeking a Broadcom chipset without the Netgear pricing. Accompanying the attractive price tag is a generous 2-Year Warranty and a plethora of impressive specs: a wi-fi speed of 1300Mbps for 5GHz and 600Mbps for 2.4GHz, wireless rate up to 1900Mbps, USB3.0 and USB2.0 port for printer and storage sharing, 6 internal antennas to deliver the best wireless signal, wireless WPA/WPA2 encryption to keep your network safely connected, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port for Internet access & 4 Gigabit Ethernet port for wired LAN connection (ideal for gaming and video streaming), Dual-Band that delivers faster speed with less interference for maximum throughput and, of course, Web filtering Parental Controls for all your connected devices.
"Accompanying the attractive price tag is a generous 2-Year Warranty and a plethora of impressive specs!"
The overall KA1900 design is simple and sleek. It’s aesthetically featureless and blends in elegantly with other tech equipment around the home or office. The back houses four ethernet ports and an internet connection with the two USB ports stealthily tucked away on the side. The entire front face is covered with a high-gloss material that may look good when new, but attracts dust and fingerprints almost instantaneously. The router won’t win any awards for stylistic creativity, but at least it doesn’t call for too much attention.
The KA1900 installation is effortless. After making all the necessary cable connections, it’s just a matter of setting up the proper WAN Connection Type and following the included step-by-step guide. Once installed, the KA1900 delivers impressive performance. Speeds weren’t exactly six times faster (as advertised), but the connection remained notably more stable during prolonged usage.
"Online gaming is practically flawless, and I can finally watch streaming shows without the heavy artifacting."
Normally, my connection starts dropping when I have more than three devices simultaneously downloading or streaming content, but the KA1900 allows me to continue using several devices without worrying about signal drops. I’m able to play online competitively, download a movie and stream Netflix in 4K all at the same time without a hitch—for the most part. My Asus router also had a hard time with speeds at night. I would get frequent 2-3 hour service drops, which have no longer been an issue since I started using the KA1900. On the downside, the KA1900 suffers from its own share of service drops, most of which seem firmware related. The service drops aren’t as frequent, I maybe had 2-3 drops in a two-week period, but they still happen occasionally.
Since installing the Kasda AC 1900M in my home office two weeks ago, I’ve had a much smoother internet experience on a daily basis. Online gaming is practically flawless, and I can finally watch streaming shows without the heavy artifacting. Since I do both gaming and work from my home office, I’ve been able to test the connection extensively, and, aside from a few minor hiccups, it’s been the superior product.