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.
Best Buy is dedicated to always offering the best value to our customers. We will match the price, at the time of purchase, on a Price Match Guarantee product if you find the same item at a lower price at a Designated Major Online Retailer or at a local retail competitor's store.
If you find a qualifying lower price online, call 1-888-BEST BUY and direct a customer service agent to the web site with the lower price, or when visiting a Best Buy store, one of our employees will assist you.
On qualifying products, Best Buy will then verify the current price to complete the price match.
Exclusions apply including, but not limited to, Competitors' service prices, special daily or hourly sales, and items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving. See the list of Designated Major Online Retailers and full details.
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.
19 out of 19 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!
17 out of 17 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.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Pure Quality / Solid Router
Posted by: WesternSky from: Florida on
Over the years I have owned several brands of routers. Linksys, in my opinion remains the leader. This router by far was a joy to set up. No complicated wiring diagrams to figure out, as the router was clearly marked for your connections. It took me about 3 minutes until I was online. Signal strength was excellent throughout my 1800 square foot home. I did not experience any dead spots nor was there any diminished WI-FI speeds. NICE! You should know that the Linksys 3200 ACM router is multi user capable. It has loads of bandwidth, you can connect loads of devices to it, you can have a guest utilize the network and you can monitor and maintain your network both in and out of your home through the use of your smartphone. I'm not going to bother you with some specifications, rather it goes unsaid that the specs are terrific. You'll be happy with this product purchase.
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
5 out of 5 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...
10 out of 14 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.
A Powerful router for all your internet needs
Posted by: Nate34 from: North Bay Area, Ca. on
Setup on the router was a breeze. Plug it in, install the 4 antennas, connect your Ethernet cables, then power it on. No need for installing a disc or program, I didn't even have to go to the web based set up page. It went there on its own when I opened a browser. It then went right into the Linksys Smart set up, and let me know there was an available important update with the option of having future updates installed automatically which was (recommended). I immediately noticed my PC had a working wired connection already. After the update was complete it went into the Wi-fi settings where you can name your network and choose a password. After updating the wireless settings you then choose a log in password to access the routers settings. The whole set up was very simple, couldn't have been easier.
The layout for the web based routers user interface is very clean and easy to understand and navigate. There are simple toggles for your basic settings as well as more advanced settings like DMZ, port forwarding, etc. for the advanced user that needs to get in there and tweak the settings to your hearts consent.
After I was all set up and had a Wi-fi connection I did some speed and connection comparisons with my previous router which is a Netgear WNDR4300. Here are the results I got:
Netgear WNDR4300 Tests:
Laptop wired: 180.29 Down | 12.15 Up
Laptop wireless: 2.4ghz = 96.22 Down | 12.14 Up
5ghz = 162.98 Down | 12.07 Up upload failed several times after losing connection.
Note: Several times my 5ghz connection would drop completely on my laptop and not even show up on the available networks while using the Netgear WNDR4300.
Galaxy S7 right next to router:
2.4ghz = 87.65 Down | 12.22 Up
5ghz = 17.76 Down | 12.32 Up (connection erratic, inconsistent speeds. It would start off fast, then at about 54mbps, then drop to 15-20)
Galaxy S7 One room away:
2.4ghz = 64.22 Down | 12.09 Up
5ghz = 2.27 Down | 12.37 Up
Linksys WRT AC3200 Tests:
Laptop wired: 180.38 Down | 12.11 Up
Laptop wireless: 2.4ghz = 84.60 Down | 12.13 Up
5ghz = 181.44 Down | 12.13 Up
Galaxy S7 right next to router:
2.4ghz = 40.59 Down | 12.87 Up
5ghz = 108.92 Down | 12.97 Up (connection strong, consistent speeds.)
Galaxy S7 One room away:
2.4ghz = 64.22 Down | 12.09 Up
5ghz = 16.13 Down | 12.65 Up
The 5ghz connection was probably the biggest improvement overall. The connection was much more reliable and did not drop out like it did several times on the Netgear while connected to my laptop and my Galaxy S7. The Linksys router handled every test and task I gave it and passed with flying colors. If you are in need of a great router that will blanket your house or office with a solid reliable connection this is a great choice. With its simple (or advanced if needed) user interface, reliable connection, and blazing fast speeds you cant go wrong here. Great Powerful Router for your home or office.
3 out of 3 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.
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.