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Linksys - WRT AC3200 Dual-Band WiFi 5 Router - Black/Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1705 reviews

91%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Router with good speed

    Posted
    Nismo456
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    The router's user interface is well laid-out with some clear options that even include a speed test feature, one which connects with the popular Speednet service. You can configure the modem to run on OpenWRT or DD-WRT, two popular alternative router operating systems Pros: Faster speed Consistent signal strength Remote area access Full parental control Optimised performance ensured by the streamlining of apps and websites Easy installation and simple instructions Proficient support staff Cons: Large and Bulky Pricey for some Needs more Ethernet Ports

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    OpenSource = Good

    Posted
    Beradon
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    I've had the opportunity to use a couple of the new Linksys devices recently to varying degrees of enjoyment, I've to say, this one is one of the best. Build Quality: To start with, this device is physically one of the best built routers I've ever laid my hands on. Immediately upon picking it up out of the box you can feel the heft to it, there is no feel of flimsy plastic or rattling. The antennas attach with solid metal connections and look/feel very substantial. The only downside to the physicality of the device is that the power brick is comically large. If it requires a brick this large then they should have made it so that it has a power cord running to the brick rather than a brick this size connecting directly to the plug, it is just too large. Capabilities: It has a significant amount of processing power and RAM for a router, which is nice to see, though at this price point I'm disappointed that it is not tri-band as so many are in the upper-tier devices. Aside from that, however, it does have USB 3.0 and eSATA for external connectivity which is nice and not terribly common (at least as far as the eSATA). It has your standard 4 ethernet ports + 1 WAN port, I can wish for more, but that's a rarity in most home routers. Setup: I was disappointed to find that it did not initially start with any of the open source firmware pre-installed. Instead it has the same look and feel of all of the current Linksys offerings, which is to say, heavily pushing the Linksys Smart WiFi account based setup. This is unfortunate as I feel it is an unneeded extra step in configuring a home based device, and has some odd requirements that you need to massage to get around (such as requiring a internet connection off the bat unless you click through 2 extra windows to force a local login). I've also, in the past, run into stability issues with the Linksys Smart WiFi firmware, though I've not yet with this, which is an improvement. The firmware contains all of the basics you would expect, including DHCP reservations, port forwarding. It also has the capability to function as an OpenVPN server which is nice. To the point of the open source firmware... Both DD-WRT and OpenWRT have builds already available for it depending on your preference. . All-in-all it appears to be on the right track of a very nice device, with the true power being in the installation of the DD-WRT and OpenWRT firmware to really unlock much of its potential. My gripes are nit-picky and there do not appear to be any real blaring issues with the device. Overall I'm happy with it. Positives: Open Source VPN Server (in default firmware) 160MHz channel bonding for futureproofing Wireless AC Quick bootup time Negatives: Ads in the router gui Linksys Smart WiFi Giant power brick

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Router

    Posted
    billr920
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    Wow, The router practically set it self up. Plugged in, connected and turned on. My PC automatically went into the UI set up screen. I chose to use the same device access Password from my previous router and all my devices (12) were automatically connected. It took approx. 5 minutes. The Linksys range extender auto connected as well. I immediately noticed faster relay times with the 1.8GHz processor. I was very disappointed with the length of the power cord. I had to rearrange the position of where the router would normally be to bring it closer to the power outlet. The plug end is very large and makes it difficult when plugging into a power strip. I did not have this problem with a previous Linksys router. It is still a very good router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, flexible router

    Posted
    bredeker
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    The WRT3200ACM from Linksys has worked very reliably for me, and the hardware seems to be very powerful and well-made. The stock Linksys firmware works well, although it's not particularly feature-rich. However, Linksys has kept the WRT line friendly to powerful open source router firmware replacements such as OpenWrt and dd-wrt, which is very exciting. In practice, the WRT3200ACM was painless to set up, and anyone who's set up a router before should also find it easy. I noticed no "hiccups" with device connections, nor have I seen any stability issues that have required restarts. It's handling my mix of wireless and wired devices fine. The range easily matches that of the best routers that I've used in the past. The router is fairly large, though not as large as models like the Linksys EA9500. I am pleased that it has wall-mount "keyholes" on the feet, which does allow the flexibility in mounting it by not requiring desk space. Internally, the WRT3200ACM has a faster CPU than the EA9500 (1.8 GHz vs 1.4 GHz), though only 4 LAN ports to 8 on the EA95500. Overall, the WRT3200ACM has been a very capable performer out-of-the-box. But the fact that Linksys has embraced support for dd-wrt and OpenWrt is the real ace up its sleeve. If you're comfortable with networking configuration, this router is a powerful platform for running those alternate firmware images. However, if you're not comfortable with firmware updates and advanced network configuration, then this router is merely a solid performer and you may want to check out some alternatives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Range. Simple to Manage. OK speed.

    Posted
    NYY0420A
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    My first thought upon opening the router's box and removing the contents was one of simplicity and ease. The good feelings continued on as I plugged in all my network connections and powered on the WRT AC3200. It was a breeze to set up and all I needed was the included printed quick start guide. Build quality feels nice and it does not feel heavy when I hold the router in my hands but I do find the overall shape to be bulky. The Linksys settings screen has a simple to navigate and clean user interface. I had no trouble tweaking wireless options, checking for firmware updates or changing the router password. This router has the best range of all the routers I have ever used in my house. We have a 2200 Sq. Ft. house so it was important that signal coverage and wall penetration all around are excellent. I am getting 4 bars in the wireless indicator as opposed to 3 bars before. Link speeds are higher. Wireless connection speed isn't as fast as my previous router. I have a 109 MBPS Internet connection and I am getting anywhere from 70-90 MBPS on average on the second floor with the Linksys via 802.11AC while my previous router's output was about 109 using 802.11AC as well. Every speed test seems to show slower or faster speeds while my network is under zero load other than the speed test. Establishing a wireless connection to the router isn't as fast as I would like and sometimes it has trouble connecting. Wired connections like my Xbox One or OOMA seem more on par and first floor wireless speeds seemed fine. It comes down to wireless performance here as I am not getting speeds close to what I am supposed to and sometimes when I lose my wireless connection it isn't always quick to re-establish a connection. My hope is since this router came out this year (2016) there is still ample time to improve performance via Linksys firmware updates, WRT or DD-WRT patches. PROS: Easy Setup and Installation. Good Build Quality. Simple to navigate UI. OpenWRT and DD-WRT support. Smart Wi-Fi Mobile App. CONS: Below average medium-long range wireless speeds. Disconnects sometimes. Somewhat bulky design. Pricey.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, NYY0420A,

      In order to improve the wireless performance of the router, we can set fixed channels on both networks. This will help resolve issues of wireless interference on your network. Please email us your contact information at LinksysCares@linksys.com so that our Escalation Engineers can guide in optimizing its wireless settings and for you to have the fastest wireless experience. Include the link to this review for our reference.

      Regards,

      Kristine
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic coverage, speed and manageability.

    Posted
    GadgetGuy1981
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    The WRT3200AC has been an amazing addition to my home network. Finally I no longer need to use a base router and extender to reach the entirety of my ~2300 sqft home. Setup was a breeze. Physical connections, Power on, Wizard, DONE! Usually I've my own tweaking to do to a new router to "harden" it after going through setup on the web GUI, but in this case all of my typical configuration options were either the default or offered in the setup. Unboxing/Initial Impressions: The router comes in a very nice package and opening/unpacking the required parts/components is intuitive and simple. The router is rather large compared to older Linksys models I'm familiar with, but just a bit, and it would need to be to make room for those extra antennae. The packaging is smart and attractive and setup instructions are easy to find to get up and running. Setup/Configuration: As I mentioned in my summary, the initial setup wizard made it super-simple to configure, secure, and connect the router to the required resources and to specify my preferences as per my own standards of security, IP convention, ISP requirements, etc. It was also very easy to enroll the device in cloud management per the "Linksys Smart Wifi" cloud/mobile management service. They even integrated that enrollment with first time setup so that more novice users would be able to take advantage of it that otherwise wouldn't know it was there (a problem that many competitors have with their advanced management and integration features.) Use/Daily Operation: This router blows away my previous AC1900-grade router (from another manufacturer) in terms of coverage. While I understand that the AC3200 technology in this latest router only provides improved on-premises inter-device bandwidth and per-device switching/routing improvements, I noticed a major difference in coverage and at-distance throughput when compared to my previous setup, which included a base AC1900-grade router (Simultaneous dual-band) and an AC1200 dual0band repeater where I was repeating 5GHz to my upstairs bedrooms from a stronger 2.4GHz second SSID which, while it worked, was a complicated setup that kept me from enjoying fully automatic network band selection, and without such a repeater setup, devices on the outer halves of my upstairs bedrooms suffered. I left the WRT3200AC configured as per defaults (identical SSID for 2,4 and 5GHz, WPA2 auth, NAT class-c routing, etc). I noticed immediately BETTER bandwidth and coverage throughout the entire house with just the single device driving the entire network. I only evaluated the device in mixed 2.4/5GHz mode, which is the intended configuration for this Tri-band router, and I've no need to change anything as performance is excellent. Summary/Rating: While I've lauded all aspects of the router, and I'd recommend it to a friend, I've only one complaint keeping me from a 5-star review: Mobile/Cloud management. The interface is great and the applications for Android and iOS are excellent, but I've two concerns: - I observed a limited feature set when it came to modifying the router's DHCP or other advanced networking/config settings, the mobile GUI doesn't support that, and its JUST keeping me from a pefect 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded my very high expectations!!

    Posted
    byctrainer
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    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 wasn't 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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Winning combination

    Posted
    emiliosic
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    This is the first consumer router to support 160 Mhz channels. The first 'ac' routers supported 20 Mhz and 40 Mhz channels. Most high throughput routers works with 80 Mhz channels (with one or two independent 5 Mhz radios). This router uses a very new AC with dual 160 Mhz channels and simultaneous 2.4 Mhz radios. This means a theoretical speed of 867 Mhz per channel (two channels in 5 Mhz) and also supports DFS, which dynamically selects the best channels available for less interference. On the software side, it comes with standard Linksys software. If you're familiar with the EA line, this is nothing new. However this is a 'WRT' router, meaning that open source alternatives OpenWrt and DD-WRT are openly supported by Linksys. Both distros already offer builds for this router. The standard software has a remote access app for Android/iOS that works very well (this is completely optional, not required). Also, it supports OpenVPN out of the box. This is a nice surprise, and it's one big reason why many would install OpenWrt or DD-WRT, so for now I'm using it with the standard software. It has a dual-code Marvell CPU, one USB 3.0 and one SATA/USB 2 port for file sharing (supports SMB and FTP), and can read FAT32, NTFS and HFS (Mac) partitions. It also supports DLNA. The four antennas are removable. The bottom feet have markings for wall-mounting, has a power switch on the rear and four LAN ports. The power supply is quite large and has no extension cable on the power socket, which might annoy some. The white LEDs on the front and rear Ethernet LEDs can be turned off from the web interface. The enclosure design is a throwback to the old Linksys designs from late '90s, so it's likely something most people won't expose (Nerdy yes, but not pretty). I'm using mine on a basement and feeds a two-story house with no issue. It covers the backyard and have reasonable reception from a sidewalk across the street. Have good to excellent Wi-Fi connectivity through the whole medium-size house. As for internet, we have a symmetric 100 Mb connection and gets full bandwidth on speed tests, tested with Ookla Speedtest for iOS. Going back to the standard linksys software , is very easy to configure, and fairly complete with a very useful graphical map on the web page, standard DHCP and NAT forwarding. Very rudimentary parental controls, but as I said, supports OpenVPN with a very simple to use web interface, while most will end up using OpenWrt or DD-WRT, and Linksys openly supports these. I'll wait a few more weeks before going to OpenWrt since the images for this hardware is so new, but this time Linksys is openly supporting these, so it should go smoothly. We have a lot of WiFi devices: Mac, Win7, Win10, iOS, Android, Fire, Roku, Chromecast and other IoT devices. All of them are connecting without issues. I want to get a good feeling of how it works with the stock software first.

    I would recommend this to a friend