Connect your external wireless devices to the internet with this Linksys dual-band router. Two 5Ghz bands support both high-end gaming and low-end applications without compromising speed, and remote management lets you make adjustments from any location. This Linksys dual-band router has a sleek design that integrates easily into most workspaces.
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Impressive Router for business owners and techie
Posted by: TagMstr from: on
It took roughly 10 minutes from out of the box to setup to have internet connection. It is very easy to use and setup if you have little experience with network equipment.. But with those who have experience, I was quite impressed with the ports it has and as well as the menu system. As you could see within the attached photos, you can establish an OpenVPN server for added security and it was able to connect to my account with ease. The monitoring software keeps track of all the devices and their upload and download status. Now for the range, I have a have some mix feelings about this. From the opposite side of the house, I lost 3/4 of my download speed (I was about 3 rooms and one floor away, but I was expecting the connection to be better) but while i was outside, I was more than 150 feet away and I was still downloading about 27mb/s from a regular 60mb/s connection.. While I was on the same floor of the router, there was only 1mb difference in speed between the Ethernet connection and wireless and it was a stable connection for long periods of downloads and streaming videos. This is a good router for business owners if they want to check device usage and it has remote access to monitor the usage too. Like I said, I was fairly impressed with what this could do but the connection between multiple rooms could be a bit better but I am satisfied.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Exceeded my very high expectations!!
Posted by: byctrainer from: on
Long review for a great product (mostly because this is a very new product)...
So I was shopping around for a new router to replace my fully functional and satisfactory current router (Linksys E2500 N600 Dual-band Router). The main reason I was looking for a new router was mainly due to the increasing number of devices that are being connected simultaneously in my household. My price range was $200 and I was not really looking to exceed that. While in Best Buy, I was looking on Linksys' website to see what products they had available (and to price-match obviously) and saw some new products that really caught my eye. There were a few terms that caught my eye since I had never heard of or seen them before...MU-MIMO and tri-band. I am fairly tech savvy and also do my own home networking so these terms definitely piqued my interest. Doing some quick mobile research, I was convinced that these new advances in technology (dual-band to tri-band capacity, increased speed, and MU-MIMO [technology that greatly enhances the routers ability to handle multiple devices very efficiently at once]) were worth some money! It just so happened Linksys had this product at a small markdown to $250. Best part was, it wasn't even available on Amazon yet which was shocking to me.
Now on to performance. All those terms I mentioned above showed their performance, more so than I could have ever imagined! As mentioned before, my household has a lot of devices connected at the same time, and many of these devices are streaming devices. Some causes for my urge to buy a new router were noticeable increased latency when too many (2-3+) streaming devices were running at the same time. Another problem I had that always bugged me was my Chromecast and the lag time I experienced when casting my device (PC related only, mobile to Cast was always fine).
After installing the Linksys WRT3200ACM, I quickly had it put to the test. My parents were downstairs streaming a show on Roku, which alone used to slow down the network. I noticed no slow-down at all. Then while they were streaming, I decided to start streaming Netflix through my PS4. Still no decrease in WiFi performance. Then I loaded up Youtube on my PC and cast my SCREEN (which is significantly more heavy in network usage than just a tab) to my TV. WIth all this running at the same time, I noticed an almost unnoticeable lag from real-time to cast-time!
Taking into account that I had 16 devices connected to the router at the time (knowledge I gained after installing the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App <--awesome), I would definitely say this router goes above and beyond and I don't know if I could put it through any reasonably realistic amount of stress that would cause this router to falter.
P.S. I also stream video games live via online services (Twitch, Youtube, etc.) which always uses a large amount of bandwidth. I was able to increase my streaming bitrate and also noticed a large decrease in broadcast lag time (about 2 seconds compared to a previous 12 seconds), while having 2 other streaming devices running at once.
THIS ROUTER HAS 10 THUMBS UP FROM ME! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND WORTH EVERY PENNY!
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Fast Feature rich router
Posted by: bridaw from: on
I have been using this router for a week and I am very pleased. Setup was straightforward and it was up and running in minutes. Using the defaults gets the job done fast and then you can customize to suite your needs as you learn more about the many features. The router is being used by my family of three in a small two story condo with 20 devices which I think is average these days.
This router is faster than any I have owned. It should be, right? I pay for a 150Mbps download and 10Mbps upload cable internet service and I’m using a reliable DOCSIS 3.0 8x4 channel modem which is well matched with my service. SpeedTest on my desktop with a LAN connection shows connection speeds beyond what I’m paying for, yay. My mobile devices (5GHz) sometimes exceed the service down/upload speeds but are usually in the 140-145 Mbps download range. Tests are from my phone or tablet while most network devices are online and my son is playing internet games using teamspeak on the desktop and Netflix is streaming in the living room during peak hours. Fast enough is fast enough. No stutters or stalls when playing video on any device, web pages load fast and internet dependant apps launch fast. Everything is now running on this one router where my old setup required a 5GHz bridge in the living room to the AC1750 router in my office. The PS4 is now connected using 2.4GHz and performance is great compared to when it used to be plugged into the bridge.
The web interface used to configure and monitor the router is the best I have ever used. The home page of the web interface has a main menu of features on the left grouped by Smart Wi-Fi Tools and Router Settings. The rest of the page displays 8 status “widgets”. The user can choose whether or not to display 6 of them and rearrange their display order. You do not need to create the optional Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account to access the router. The web interface provides links to switch back and forth between using the Smart Wi-Fi sign in (email address + password) and local access (router password only). The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app for Android and iOS is also really nice. It remembers login information so you don’t need to enter that every time you launch the app on your phone/tablet. I would prefer the Smart Wi-Fi UI didn’t use dark text (gray) on a dark blue background but most of the important text is white and easy to read. At first I thought I would not have a real world use for this app but I have used it to enable/disable the Guest Access and edit the Media Prioritization features of the router. I have also used it to determine what band (2.4GHz or 5GHz) a particular station/client was using when I first configured the router to use a single SSID name. I’ve since switched back to my long established habit of using two SSIDs (more on that later).
The Network Map is a really nice feature in the web interface. It is a graphical representation of the devices connected to your network. At a glance you can see the name, icon, connection type and status for each device. The map will show 16 devices on a page and you can switch pages and/or use a filter to control what is displayed on the map. You can select any combination of device type (computer, mobile, printer, other) and connection type (LAN, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, offline) to filter what devices are displayed. When you click on a device a popup menu lets you choose between Device Info, Parental Controls and Reserve DHCP Address. If you select Device Info you can edit the device icon and name displayed in the map. It also gives you additional detail about the device including IPv4, IPv6 and MAC Addresses for Wireless and/or LAN connections. The Smart Wi-Fi app has a different interface called a Device List that lets you do and see everything the web Network Map does except you can not change the device name (only the icon) and it groups the device list into Connected and Offline status, no filters. Both the web and mobile app interfaces allow you to delete offline devices.
Several years ago it became popular for consumer electronics to have super obnoxious bright blue status LEDs that I cover with several layers of tape to dim the lights. I was very pleased to see the status lights on this router are a cool white. They don’t seem too bright in my office and if someone finds they are too bright (bedroom), there is an option to turn off the status lights. The power light will remain on.
I use the routers DHCP server on my LAN but I have several devices (desktops, laptop and netbook) that are always assigned static IPs below the DHCP start range. In the past I have encountered routers that didn’t play nicely with these devices. Everything on the LAN had to be within the DHCP range, obviously a firmware bug. That isn’t the case with this router it works just fine -as it should. The router also has the option of reserving the DHCP assigned address which is a useful feature but not the same.
I think most people will set this router to use the Automatic Configuration - DHCP on the Internet/WAN connection to use the public IP assigned to the modem by your service provider. The router also supports using a Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, Bridge Mode, Wireless Repeater and Wireless Bridge.
One SSID name or two? You can configure this router to work either way. It depends on the user but two SSIDs have always worked best for my setup. I live in a small condo with no real yard to speak of so the main difference between the two bands for me is SPEED since 5GHz gives me all the penetration and range I need to cover my condo and even reach outside. Devices that support 5GHz will use it and I never connect them to the 2.4GHz band. Simple. I don’t want my devices hopping around between the two bands. Older devices or low bandwidth devices like my brand new printer that only support 2.4GHz will obviously only use that band so two SSID names is irrelevant for those devices. I tried using one SSID name on this router for a few days but when I return home my android phone tends to see the 2.4GHz band first and connect before I get into my house. Even if I used the Smart Network Switch feature on my phone (which I don’t) it wouldn’t be able to switch itself over to the 5GHz band because of the one SSID name. This must take place on the router side so the easiest solution is two SSID names. You only have to make the connection one time and then your device will automatically connect so it really requires no extra effort using two SSID names and it keeps everything sorted. Users with large houses and/or large yards have different challenges and the solution may not be as simple. Some users want one SSID name. You even have the option of turning off the 2.4 and/or 5GHz network altogether.
Another SSID option is whether or not to broadcast the SSID name(s). You can hide either one or both. Years ago I used to think not broadcasting my SSID name somehow made my network more secure. Security through obscurity. It really makes no difference at all from the router perspective. WPA2-AES with a good password is what keeps your network secure. People can still easily “see” your SSID even if your router doesn’t broadcast the name in the beacon. All the network name does is distinguish it from other networks near you -it is NOT a password. SSIDs were never designed to be hidden -it isn’t in the spec. Plenty of information out there to make your own informed choice and this router lets you run either way.
You can also assign the channel, channel width and network mode for each band. I’m using Auto for channel and channel width on each band. The 2.4GHz band supports Mixed, 802.11gn, 802.11n Only and 802.11g Only network modes. The 5 GHz band supports Mixed, 802.11ac Only, 802.11a/n Only, 802.11n Only, and 802.11a Only network modes. I’m using Mixed on both. Most information I found suggested Mixed is the best choice for the 5GHz band and it seems to make little difference for the few devices I have on 2.4GHz so I left it on Mixed.
There are plenty of features I am not using but I plan to use several like the OpenVPN server and External Storage. The review is already long so no need to cover features I’m not using. Hopefully others can relate to the details I have shared and it will help them determine if this router will fill their needs. I’m very pleased with this router.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
This router is a beast!
Posted by: TcCokato from: on
One word could review this router... Wow!
When I first connected to the router I thought it was a bit sluggish, however, once the initial setup was complete my devices were connecting blazing fast.
This router feels very well built. The four removable antennas are connected to the unit with metal connectors, not cheap plastic ones, making a very solid connection with the base. I had no concerns about breaking these when I tightened them down. The power brick (Wall wart) is huge but designed so it doesn't block the other outlets on a standard power strip. Overall this router is quite a bit larger and heavier than some of the others on the market, which speaks to the build quality.
The web-based admin site is very easy and intuitive. It lacks a help menu, but with a few clicks, you will easily find the settings you're looking for. This router also is fully compatible with DD-WRT and OpenWRT for those advanced users who want to control every aspect of their device. This router is also compatible with the Linksys app (available for both Apple and Android). This app gives the user full access to their router from anywhere, providing they activate this feature.
The signal strength, both 2G and 5G bands, was far better and stronger than expected. From over a block away I was able to maintain a stable connection to my network, I also noticed that my signal was quite a bit stronger than my neighbors even though I was just outside their house.
Overall this is an excellent router for anyone looking to upgrade their home network.
Android / Apple App
Fully Compatible with DD-WRT and Open-WRT
Strong signal strength
4 wired Gigabit ports, 1 USB 3/2 port, and 1 SATA port
Metal antenna connectors
Large power brick
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Good Overall, but could be better...
Posted by: RedOmen from: on
I've been using this product for a couple weeks, and for the most part it works well.
On the positive side, you get 4 networks (two 5g networks with one for guests and one for personal use, and two standard networks with one for guests and one for personal use), and it performs the same whether one device or multiple devices are connected to it (for better or for worse, as described later). I have not tested this with hardcore online multiplayer gaming, but I suspect that some of my concerns below would play into that. Distance from the router also did not appear to be an issue with receiving the signal (which was not the case with a previous Linksys router I used).
The problem with the router is that it is a bit glitchy and inconsistent. When I've done wifi speed tests, the performance has mostly shown the full wifi speed available, but every now and then, the speed tests show that there is only a little over half of the speed available that should be available (I have 75mbps wifi, but sometimes this router randomly only allows about 40 to 45mbps). This seems to happen whether there is one device or several devices hooked to the router, although the router is supposed to be able to extend simultaneous wifi connections to several devices at consistent speeds without prioritizing or throttling wifi speeds per device the way most standard routers do. I must stress that this is not a constant issue (it goes days with no issues at all), but it is a very noticeable issue when it happens, so heavy gamers may want to be careful with this one.
The initial set-up also seemed a bit overdone as compared to other Linksys and NetGear routers I have used, and I was a bit thrown off by the way the guest networks display as being "open" by default (it took me a while to realize they were still secured in spite of what the router is broadcasting).
Overall, a solid router, but perhaps in need of a firmware update of some kind (none available for this as of the writing of this review), and in need of a simpler UI for installation and wifi network management (the UI here is a far cry from the simpler NetGear router UIs). I'd recommend this product, especially if heavy gaming is not an issue, but I'd recommend it somewhat hesitantly...
9 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Easy Setup and Extended Range
Posted by: JohnZ from: on
With my old router, I needed a repeater to get wireless coverage in certain parts of the house. With this one, I don't. Setup was a breeze going through their wizard. I need to play with the parental controls on the device. I currently have a separate setup for that. I may be able to get rid of it with what is included in this router. Speed seems to be faster. Going around the house resetting network access for all the smart devices was a necessary hassle. There is a WPS button on the back for Wi-Fi Protected Setup, it just isn't labeled as such. There is no written manual, but online Help is available through the web Smart Wi-Fi interface. Overall, now that we have multiple devices in the house doing higher bandwidth activities, we seem to be sharing the net bandwidth better.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great Specs; Ultra Slow Performance = Defective?
Posted by: gadgetguy11 from: on
The WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router has amazing specifications!! Enough to tempt me from my 2) existing Apple Time Capsule 3.0TB Router / Hard Drives. I have over 95) devices connected, so the possibility of boosting speed to an even higher level than at present is appealing.
I connected this router, updated firmware & set it up by the book.
First observation: A lot of great whistles and bells! Every connected device is identified by name, complete with an icon for each device!
Second observation: You can prioritize up to 3) devices, and even hold bandwidth for them!
Third observation: Front panel display is much more intriguing than the 2+ year old Apple TC's. It is very informative.
Fourth observation: USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 jack on the back is super convenient for connecting an external hard drive and a printer.
Fifth observation: Many, many options available on the free Linksys Smart WiFi app! I loaded the app on 2) iPad Pro's & 1) iPhone 6S+. It is a great app, super intuitive & very flexible.
BUT HOW DOES IT PERFORM???
Apple TC speed via ethernet: 301 Mbps
Apple TC speed via WiFi: 245.99 Mbps at 5' from router
WRT AC3200 speed via ethernet: 121.75 Mbps
WRT AC3200 speed via WiFi: 49 Mbps at 5' from router
Worse yet, WRT AC3200 speed dropped to 11 Mbps before disconnecting most of the 95+ devices!
HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE, SPECIFICALLY?
9) Big A** Haiku Fans (substitute "ss" for the real name of the high tech fan manufacturer), their related wall switches & Haiku Lights would not connect
4) DropCam (Nest) cameras would not connect
50 feet away, a Speed Test could not get enough signal to run a test!
iDevices all went offline, not enough signal to work.
59) HUE Lighting Bulbs connected to 2) Hue hubs would not operate.
4) WINK Relays went offline, and could not connect.
1) Netatmo Welcome Camera with Facial Recognition could not come online.
2) iRobot 980 Vacuums could not come online.
14) Apple Airport Express units used for sound would not connect.
I called the Technical Support Line at Linksys & was helped by Jack for over an hour. We switched off 2.4, then 5, then restored to factory settings. Jack concluded this is a defective piece. Linksys Customer Service is closed on Saturdays, so I must call Monday morning to arrange for an exchange.
The reason why I use 2) Apple TC3.0 Time Capsules at present is: They are at opposite ends of my 3,500 sq. ft. house. They are ethernet connected; one serves as the router; the other to extend the network. This provides the maximum bars of signal strength throughout the house. The specs of the WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router suggest it can easily outperform the older Apple routers in the area of speed. I am concerned that one device positioned at either end of my house - as limited my my ethernet connection & periphery devices - will not provide sufficient signal strength throughout the house.
I am not giving up on this Wireless Router, because it has so much potential! I will attempt to swap it out with a replacement unit, and retest. I will submit an update to my test report at that time.
15 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Fast and stable router
Posted by: JamexRZ from: on
Router came in a neat packaging using foam to protect it and the antennas (4 in total). Setup was a breeze, the interface wizard is very simple and auto detected my cable modem connection quickly (you can also access a more detailed interface to fiddle with settings like NAT, Lan settings etc) and I was up an running within 5 minutes. I'll point pros and cons I noticed.
-Fast and strong connection (I was able to get full bars from my living room where the router is at to my bedroom, whereas other routers would not).
-Reliable, I have not lost any connections since installed, be it wireless or lan cable.
-The status leds are not glaringly bright, and you can disable them if you wish.
-Was able to max out my cable modem connection speed, sometimes even exceeding it more than I was provisioned for!
-Big, make sure you have a good dedicated space for the router.
-Power brick is big too, make sure you have good space if you are using an extension or surge protector as I had to fiddle with mine. I guess with great power, comes bigger sizes too.
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Phenomenal router after working out issues
Posted by: AgentOJ from: on
Great overall router and is for anyone ranging from those who are tech savvy to those who like good step by step installation CDs. There are two gaming PCs playing online multiplayer games along with 3 televisions streaming at the same time and the router has performed perfectly after ironing out a few kinks.
I have had numerous routers, but this is the first Linksys router that I have set up. I utilized the typical web based setup (type in 192.168.1.1 for Linksys routers into the web browser) and took less than 10 minutes. The WRT 3200ACM comes with a black flat Ethernet cable which I like more than the standard round Ethernet cables provided with other routers, a setup CD, power brick/cable, and 4 antennas.
As stated before, I had connectivity issues the first two days where the Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection would stop working after about 1 hour and I would need to restart the router to get it working again. While I did not like having issues during the first two days I was reminded of the fact that the past routers I have installed I have had some sort of problems with them as well. I also remember having to resort to scouring the internet for solutions to router problems in the past, whereas with the WRT 3200ACM I found the solution on the Linksys website on the common router issues page found here: http://www.linksys.com/no/support-article?articleNum=135766 . I do not know if it was just luck, good product support, or the fact that Linksys is widely used.
The Linksys router software is by far the best I have used. I also installed the Linksys app on my phone which has been a great utility when troubleshooting and seeing what devices were using the most bandwidth. I great feature is that I can restart the router from my phone without having to move things to get to the WRT 3200ACM.
With that said, I have noticed that my Wi-Fi speed increase, but this is likely due to the fact that I had an old router that was far from my computer. The range on the WRT 3200ACM is phenomenal and covers the whole house (1450 sq ft single story). Overall I would recommend the router to anyone looking for a top of the line router that offers more features than similarly priced competitors.
-Able to mount the router to the wall with the screw cutouts made in each of the 4 legs.
-I like the Blue/black color scheme of Linksys routers.
-The white status lights in front are not overly bright.
-Has an on/off switch on the back of the router
-Linksys app on iOS is superb for viewing the status of your internet connection and managing router settings, including the extremely useful feature of being able to restart your router from your smartphone.
-I lost internet connectivity numerous times the first two days for no apparent reason. I went to the Linksys website and did some trouble shooting. After making a few changes, my wireless network hasn’t lost connectivity.
-Takes a lot of table space if you do not want to mount it on the wall
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: YourMainDude from: on
The unit arrived packaged in what I would describe as the standard fair Linksys container. And that’s not a ding. I think a lot of thought goes into Linksys packaging, well-constructed, loads of information and balanced. Inside, everything is clearly marked and compartmentalized. The router itself may appear dated to some but I personally find this trademark look to be fantastic. One of the more notable aspects to this updated look is the semi-muted illumination of the indicators on the front panel. They appear softer in light output while still being useful to those that need the dashboard of lights to indicate what’s happening. I do like the ability to shut down the lights in the setup and I’m happy that Linksys maintains this option.
With respect to the unit’s size, I would rate it as average – in the middle. There are plenty of routers now that dwarf this thing, in antenna count and foot print. Don’t be persuaded to overlook this model by someone else’s subjective take on things until you see it for yourself, in real life. It’s not huge, relatively light weight and is wall mountable but it performs nearly as good as many a ginormous spider box.
To start off, my router came with the latest available to-date firmware … 126.96.36.199944 and for the sake of not injecting variables into my review towards the end, I didn’t allow it to update.
I’ve worked with countless routers and this model was a breeze to setup. One of my pet peeves is how awful some mfg’s approach the IPv6 detection. Without mentioning any names, two of the more prominent mfg’s out there have awful IPv6 detection that routinely demonstrates ‘fall-back’ to IPv4 which in my mind is totally unacceptable. I’m happy to report that his new Linksys WRT links up to IPv6 right away - no fuss - and releases/renews perfectly with no apparent fall-backs. In testing this router out for nearly 3 solid weeks, I never observed it losing IPv6 connectivity.
You will be offered an opportunity to setup a Linksys Smart WiFi account but I prefer to avoid the cloud angle on devices (initially) and like the option to do things manually, which I did with the 3200ACM.
Inside this beast you’ll find the clean and easily maneuvered GUI where everything is clearly organized. Again, others will complain about the approach Linksys has taken in recent years but I personally commend them for the thought that has gone into the effort. For the ‘plug & play’ type owner, this is where it is at now days. But keep in mind, this is a WRT based unit – so the real geeks will pour over this platform with the full intention of going customization – so in many respects, this unit IS the best of both worlds. The GUI isn't harsh, crammed and tangled like a few other of the router mfg’s out there. You know who they are.
I won’t go over all the typical aspects of what you can control, as those features are pretty customary, but I can’t skip mentioning that this unit does have the WiFi Scheduling tab that is sorely missing from even the top of the line model Linksys offers. The combination of Parental Controls and aggregate wireless scheduling is a must have in my mind and I’m glad to see it here. It does need some polish though. On a few occasions I did notice that WiFi stayed asleep after changing the control grid, requiring a soft reboot but it behaved like this randomly and needs further investigation.
Setting up the media server, file share and tunneling all worked as intended.
Overall, I prefer what Linksys is doing for the configuration controls and GUI on this model.
The 3200ACM provided strong, shared connections throughout our ~2000 sq/ft home. The 2.4 GHz channel seemed range bound to no greater than 54 Mbit/sec speeds but the reach was strong through multiple walls and across several rooms. For the record, our home is not “open concept”. I would have liked to have seen speeds closer to 80 Mbit/sec to our capable devices but a solid 2.4 G connection that doesn’t drop at greater distances is nothing to shake a stick at. On the other hand, although the MIMO operation was greatly appreciated and noticeable with the 5 GHz channels, spurious disconnects were observed for no apparent reason, even at short distances. Also, and not too terribly surprising, connection speeds routinely pegged 180 Mbit/sec with speed tests on the 5 GHz channels – matching our Xfin Performance cable limit – but strength & speed rolled off much sooner than I would have preferred compared to other routers I have tested … even at just 12 feet down a line-of-sight hallway from the router. I presume these types of performance gremlins will be rectified in future firmware updates and/or by the open source wiz kids. One last observation worth noting on the WiFi side of the equation is this router’s immunity to nearby channel interference. I found it to be a tad too much susceptible to cross-talk interference even from nearby channels 25 dB down from center. I know, sounds like Greek. But trust me, there’s improvement to be made within the Auto channel control of this router and something to look forward to. I wasn’t able to alleviate much of it with manual channel selection so be forewarned. If you’re in a crowded WiFi environment, or near a high school like we are, you may want to wait for this platform to bake a little more … say 3 to 6 more months.
The USB 3.0 port performed up to expectations, never letting me down and serving up music, photos and file sharing at consistently fast speeds with a higher end USB thumb drive. We use network attached storage arrangement like this all the time and have no complaints. Good job Linksys.
Another thing worth nothing is the Linksys Smart App (the Android one in my particular case) and what it offers. You can control many of the most important features of the WRT 3200ACM router through this app, including enabling/disabling primary WiFi channels, guest networks, channel assignments (which is handy as heck when you’re trying to optimize your connectivity vs competing nearby signals) and even forcing a reboot. One suggestion though. When playing around with the configuration via the Smart app, which I found myself doing frequently to figure out how to get the most out of the 5 GHz radios, force your phone or tablet to prefer the 2.4 GHz connection. For whatever reason, when you make changes to the router with respect to the 5 GHz side of things, the change/reboot that occurs on the WiFi outputs takes a really long time vs. any changes made to the 2.4 GHz side. And if you are making say – channel reassignments and monitoring surrounding WiFi networks with a separate, surveying app – you’ll be happier in the end. Trust me. Re-initialization of the 2.4 GHz network is far quicker than the other side.
For the price, there’s a compelling case to be made for this router. It has all the flexibility any open source Geek could want - married with a truly automatic and pain free, ‘plug & play’ router for the average consumer. You literally can set this thing up and get connected in less than 15 minutes – less than 10 if you’re a total Geek.
You can control the heck out of it, right down to shutting off all but one light indicator and you can control it from anywhere in your home with a well-designed & easy to use app.
It has the features most mid-range to higher end routers are offering these days – most notably MIMO - and that makes it worth the price of admission alone … and it’s backed by Belkin/Linksys who have been doing this stuff for a very long time. I would personally recommend that anyone looking to upgrade their aging router or wanting expanded features, that they should at least try the WRT 3200ACM out and see if it works in their home or office.
Since it is new, needs a bit more polish and I wasn’t able to dive into the WRT side of this router with any reliable open source baseline – I’ve giving it a confident rating of 4 out of 5.