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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great router for WRT enthusiasts!

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    This router is a very good choice for an average size home. Nice selection of features and modern radio setup make this device a great deal! Enclosure is quality made and does have key holes on the bottom suitable for wall mounting, bottom feet provide adequate cooling air flow. LEDs on the front panel are easy to read and give you a good idea on the device status. There is also an option to disable activity lights so they won't bother you at night (I wish Linksys made this available for a specific time period). Port selection consists of 1 WAN port, 4 LAN ports, 1 combo USB/eSata port and a USB 3.0 port which could be used to connect an external hard drive or a USB enabled printer. 3G/4G backup modem is not supported by the factory firmware, however - that could be fixed, keep reading :) Initial setup is extremely easy, connect to the modem using the included Ethernet cable and to the power. Initial setup wizard will guide you thru a few screens and that's it! Router can be setup to function in multiple modes: as a regular "main" router, as a repeater to boost your existing WiFi network or as a bridge to connect to the existing WiFi and create a separate WiFi of it's own. Plus an access point (bridge) mode - router will turn into the "dumb" repeater - just adding a WiFi capability to your existing wired network. The primary use case will be as a "main" router of course. If you set it up like that - you have a wide variety of choices for your provider connection - regular DHCP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP and fixed IP address, it has an ability to change it's ISP facing MAC address if your provider requires that. Once you get your devices to connect to this router - you'll be able to see the network "map" - a detailed look at your network showing all the connected devices, click on any device will give you an ability to look at the details, make a DHCP reservation, or setup a parental controls. Nice touch is the ability to see the traffic used by each client separately. Router also does support VLANs, just in case your provider uses different (tagged) VLANs for Internet and IP TV, ports 3 and 4 of the internal switch could be assigned for the special VLAN in that case. Router is capable of supporting 2 bands - 2.4GHz and 5GHz, you can name them the same or give different names if you like to do so, then point your fast devices to the 5GHz network and slow ones to 2.4GHz. Some more expensive tri-band routers will provide you with a seconds 5GHz network so you could set it up as 802.11ac only for extremely fast WiFi for the fast devices (laptops, for example). This router could only do 2 bands though. This router is also capable of creating a special isolated "guest" network which is not going to be encrypted, your guests will be presented with a web page to enter "guest" password (kinda like at the hotels, airports, also known as a "captive" mode). Radio signal strength is sufficient and I was getting the full speed at the distances around 50ft between the router and device, however at about 75ft and a few walls - speed has dropped from 200Mbit/s down to about 10Mbit/s. Consider a repeater or additional access point if you wish to cover a big home. Parental controls - any device on your network could be limited by the access schedule (so you can make sure your kids don't spend more time online than they allowed to), plus you could setup a list of sites that are not allowed to be accessed from those devices. That web site list has to be setup one by one. Media prioritization - if you have a slow internet access (and starting that download makes your Netflix buffer) - you can give some services a "priority" (little bit more bandwidth) which may be helpful. Router comes with a wide variety of pre-defined services/games or you could define your own range of ports. Security features - this router has a standard packet - DMZ support, port forwarding, port triggering, UPnP support. I would like to mention that your typical home network is always behind the NAT so it's not accessible from the outside Internet unless you setup port forwarding so you don't have to worry about outside attacks. Looking thru the settings on the security panel made me look into the help, for example I would not have guessed that "Filter anonymous Internet requests" flag really makes this router to ignore incoming ping requests, I wish Linksys named it more self-explanatory (like "Ignore incoming Ping requests"). Troubleshooting and logging - router's management interface gives you an ability to send ping probes, use traceroute, backup and restore it's configuration and also e-mail your configuration to Linksys support just in case you are having problems. OpenVPN server - this is really a great feature which would allow you to setup a secure way to your home network for something like viewing your IP cameras, accessing files on the local hard drive, etc. Client is widely available for any platform. However, the best part still to come, being a WRT router - you could install a custom Open Source firmware on it named OpenWRT or DD-WRT. I was able to install OpenWRT absolutely no problem and that opens up a whole new world of possibilities, your router becomes a mini computer you could run almost anything on! Create your own firewall setup, file server, various application servers, about 3000 packages are available! Overall: if you are looking for a great hardware to run OpenWRT or DD-WRT on - this router is for you! It provides plenty of RAM and horsepower, strong WiFi radio and it looks great!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Impressive Router for business owners and techie

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Linksys Staff
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      Hi, TagMstr,

      Your feedback is greatly appreciated. To achieve an optimal Wi-Fi experience with your new WRT3200ACM router, try tweaking the channels for both frequency bands to whatever works best with your current network environment. Should you need a hand, shoot us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com and we'll get you over to our Escalation Engineers for further assistance.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Compact and Powerful

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    It's always nice to unbox a Linksys product. They have very tactile packaging, similar to Apple products. When I opened the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM, you are greeted by a little welcome note from Linksys. Under the note, the new router was sitting on a well protected foam bed. Under the router was a 'quick start' guide and 4 antennas. Under the foam bed was a CD of information, a power cord, which surprisingly in this day and age seemed to be rather large, and an Ethernet cord, which I am concerned about the longevity of, as it is more of a ribbon cable, rather than a traditional Ethernet cable. On to the set up, it was a breeze setting up the actual product. Screw in the 4 antennas, plug in the power cord, and then connect the Ethernet cable from your modem to the 'yellow' Ethernet port on the back of the router. Turn the power on. A nice light blue power light blinks at you. Then an amber 'Internet' light and the 2.4GHz and 5GHz 'Wifi' emblems. When the Internet light turns to light blue, you are good to go. I connected initially via my phone. Got connected and went to LinksysSmartWiFi.com to set up the router. The connection failed and timed out the router. I tried to connect with my PC to no avail, it kept showing 'no internet'. So looking at the troubleshooting guide, it suggested resetting the router. To do this, hold down the little red button on the back for 10 seconds. I did this, the router went blank, then powered back on, then internet came back up and the WiFi emblems. This time I was able to connect on both my phone and on my PC and get the router configured. Not sure what happened first time round that warranted me having to reboot the router, but second time was a charm. I validated everything, set up the router passwords, and here I am, writing my review via the new router. Speeds seem to be fine, and evenly balance between my phone and my laptop. Videos have streamed with no lag, but as a caveat, I do have AT&T GigaPower fiber optic at my home, so speed typically isn't an issue. I haven't taxed the router as of yet, but once I transition over my home automation products (Hue Lights, NetGear Cameras, LiftMaster Garage Opener etc) that will start taxing the router a little more. Overall, the router has been fairly simple to set up, apart from my teething issue causing me to have to reboot (hence the 4 stars). It has a relatively small footprint, so isn't too obtrusive on my desk, and the balancing of the signal between my phone and PC is working well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This router is a beast!

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    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. Pros: Easy setup 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 Build quality Guest Network Cons: Large power brick

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great router with intuitive controls & fast speed

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    There are several things I really like about this new router from Linksys. For one, I find the design to be quite striking with its classic dual-tone black & blue theme and the four antennas that come out of its chiseled and angular body. It is a sleek and futuristic-looking device. Each of the four antennas are easily screwed on and it is a simple matter to adjust the antenna angles while trying to find the best position for optimal signal propagation. The black upper housing is perforated with numerous circular holes (openings) that ventilate the heat out of the router well. I feel very confidant that even during hot days, the router will not have any issues dissipating the heat effectively and protecting the internal circuitry. Having used lower- and mid-level routers before many years ago that had suboptimal thermal design that led to frequent router resets and disconnections, I place high importance on a router's thermal design nowadays. Having said that, if there was one thing I could change about the router design, I would make the footprint of the router to be a bit smaller so that I could save more space on my shelf. Since this router is a flat rectangular design with four legs that is meant to be placed down in one orientation, it takes up more space compared to routers that "stand up" like a book would. Another thing I really liked was its speed and reliability. I have four smartphones, 2 eBooks, a wireless printer, a Chromecast, and two laptops connected to the router (about half the devices are on the 2.4GHz band and the rest are on the 5GHz band). All the devices share the bandwidth very well and there have been no conflicts nor slowdowns. Each device connects to the Internet seamlessly and smoothly. Absolutely no complaints here. And the 5GHz band definitely offer much faster speeds than the 2.4GHz band. Sitting out here on my front porch table where I'm pretty far away from the router, I get 4.57 Mbps download on the 2.4GHz band while I get 25.30 Mbps on the 5GHz band. My max Internet speed from Time Warner is 50 Mbps. Another very important thing that Linksys gets right is the easy-to-use router settings page. The Settings page has a simple and clean design where the router options are sorted logically and at easy-to-find locations on the left side of the screen. Some router companies try to spice up the settings page with wild colors and fancy graphics that often make things harder to find and distracting at times. I appreciate the clean and straightforward design that Linksys chose to use. No need to look gimmicky and tacky. The Network Map section provides a nice visual look at all the devices that are connected to the network (the router occupies the middle of an oval and all the connected devices are located on the orbit around the router). This makes it easy to quickly scan and identify the devices that you're looking for. Other useful features include Guest Access (on both the 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands), Parental Controls (you can block individual devices from accessing the Internet at your specified times), Media Prioritization (for giving higher Internet priority for apps and games of your choice), External Storage (adding your own external hard drive to create your own personal Cloud drive), and an easy-to-use Connectivity options menu for things such as creating a Static IP address, setting up Static DNS's, and creating IP forwarding rules. For the moderate- to experienced users who have dabbled in router settings before, everything is pretty easy to figure out and configure. But for beginners and the everyday person, some setting options might look overwhelming and confusing. I feel Linksys could've done more here by putting a Help or Question Mark icon next to or closer to each setting choices to provide a brief summary of what each option does. To be fair to Linksys, there is a Help link but it is located all the way on top of the router settings page. All on all, I highly enjoy this router and all the features it offers. If you are a power-use type that need the extra features & options this router offers (such as personal Cloud, individual device control, fast device-to-device file sharing) at stable & superb speeds, this router is definitely worth the money. But if all you expect from a router is connecting your phone and laptop to the Internet to perform simple browsing and watching videos, this router is overkill. It is still a good buy but overkill.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Linksys makes Smart WiFi easy to use

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    A long time ago, I set up my first WiFi network in my first apartment. It was a bit of a tedious process because the idea of home wireless networking was very new. My brother insisted that I have it though because it would make my life easier. He was of course very correct in that estimation and I’ve never had a residence that didn’t have WiFi. That being said, as our Internet protocols have advanced, so has the equipment for our home networks. I’ve had routers that connect to modems, modem/router combinations, and even just direct connections to switches with a good old ethernet cable. My point is that I’ve had experiences setting up networks. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to review the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM Router, I was a little hesitant because sometimes, it can just be a pain. But, as I was to find out quite quickly, the Linksys WRT 3200 is an impressive piece of hardware with an even more impressive signal output. Before I get into the review at hand, I want to describe our current WiFi network and its settings. We have a Netgear Nighthawk C7000 WiFi Cable Modem Router combo headlining our network. While we can turn off the WiFi network from the Netgear, we have been using it. We also have a mesh network set-up for signal consistency throughout the house via the eero WiFi system. Now, we also have the Linksys set-up as yet another WiFi network signal. I mention all this because all of these systems are pulling the same signal from our Internet Provider (Time Warner) and it makes the speed test results below even more impressive. SET-UP (ROUTER) Set-up was very, very easy. The Linksys comes with a quick start guide that gives you 4 simple steps to get your WiFi network up and running. You connect it to power with the supplied cable, then you connect the router to your modem (in our case, the Netgear Nighthawk). Once the indicator lights on the front of the Linksys show that it is powered and receiving an Internet signal, you connect to the wireless network through your computer (or mobile device) using the default network name (Linksys00505 in our case) and provided password. For me, this part of the set-up process took about 5 minutes. It was that easy. I used a MacBook Pro (mid-2014 model) to connect to the network and it was just as easy as selecting the network name from my WiFi drop-down menu and typing in the password. The last step of the set-up is to launch the Linksys Smart WiFi instructions in an Internet browser. This step includes the Linksys system updating. I would recommend that you give permission to the system to update automatically, but you can always change this later. SET-UP (SMART WIFI) Once you have the initial set-up complete, then you can move into the Smart WiFi aspect of the router. It’s actually quite ingenious the way the Linksys has it set-up. First of all, you can connect to the router’s settings via the web address listed above, or through the mobile app (available for iOS or Android). What’s really cool about this particular system is how easy it is to use. As I mentioned, I’ve set-up and maintained several different WiFi networks throughout my adult life and I’ve always needed assistance getting them set-up (either from a human or additional instructions online) because the admin panel is always written in gibberish (a.k.a. programmer’s speak). The interfaces are just not very friendly. Linksys got this system right with the Smart WiFi option. Anyone can get their network set-up quickly and easily when using this option. SPEEDTEST When it came to speed testing the WiFi signal, I used two sources - speedtest and sourceforge. Both options give the user a clear view of the network speed and what you are truly getting. We were recently upgraded to a 250-meg service when our internet provider was acquired by a new company. But, we’ve never really seen that download speed and assumed it was because we were checking it the speed at times when the provider may have been throttling the network signal (higher traffic times). As it turns out, it was the hardware we were using at home. As you will see below, I have listed the results of the speed tests. I only used sourceforge to test out the accuracy of speedtest and then I used speedtest to test each of the networks against each other. LINKSYS WRT 3200 speedtest: 231.18 Mbps (down) | 19.89 Mbps (up) sourceforge: 228 Mbps (down) | 23 Mbps (up) (only used to test the results of speedtest) NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK C7000 speedtest: 97.66 Mbps (down) | 15.43 Mbps (up) EERO WIFI SYSTEM speedtest: 86.23 Mbps (down) | 19.53 Mbps (up) I ran the test several times - switching back and forth between the networks - and every time, the Linksys router won with the best download speed. We got the same results when we ran the speed test on the iPhone, too. I continue to be very impressed by the speed of the signal provided by the Linksys router. CONCLUSIONS The Linksys WRT 3200 ACM Router is a solid piece of networking hardware. It’s very easy to set-up and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with its performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Loved it!

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    Linksys once again made a powerful router in a great all around package. The design is inline with the rest of Linksys is high end rough with sharp edges and the classic blue it's known for. Design here still makes a bold yet "early 00s" vibe to it. If you ask me it's time for a change but it's a router so I won't judge too harshly. Its easy to set up and include most of the basics. Quick start guide is clear and everything is simple to understand. The unit has 4 Gigabit LAN ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 eSATA / USB 2.0 port, and 1 Gigabit WAN port. All of which are pretty standard by today. I used and connected all the ports and they all worked fine without the headache of a massive setup. There are a ton of LED indicators on the front of the unit which can be distracting though it's a good thing to know which lights does which unlike some of these modern routers. The performance on the router is phenomenal. Everything you looking for in a modern consumer router is here. Great dual-band WiFi, MU-MIMO support, Tri-Stream, Open-WRT, Range...Its all packed into the WRT AC3200 router. Every device I used maintained the level of speed it was designed to handle. Streamed 4K Netflix content without a problem on my TV, Maintained the level of speed with my Nvidia Shield Tablet streaming PC games, iPhone and iPad stayed strong with Apple Music, Galaxy S6 edge Plus and PS4 was being used simultaneously with other devices all at once. Nothing can slow this router down when you want need it and that's always a plus. The range is fantastic I can literary go outside the house connected. It covered my whole house easily and the backyard. Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app is really good. You can keep track of everything going on with your router with the app. You can see what's connected and charge passwords among other things. Useful and modern app design is nice and something recently Linksys have been doing. Guess networking working without a flaw. Outside of that I really down have any issues with the router itself. If you are looking for a great router the WRT AC3200 will meet all your expectations and more. It's just simple to use and easy to use. I would recommend to friends that's looking for good router at a fantastic price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Advanced WRT router

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    Wanted to let you guys know the positives and negatives of this Linksys WRT 3200 ACM router. First off normally I am one of those guys that buys the cheaper routers that do the job, but since switching cable providers my internet speeds have gone down to 50 download/ 5 upload. With the lower speeds I had noticed issues using my netflix account in the TV that is in my bedroom (farthest point from my router.) The decision was made to upgrade to the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM which has a crazy amount of features that gamers or those that do online conferences would appreciate but for me it was just the fact that until I get higher cable upload/download speeds I needed to gain the benefit of every Mbps without losing signal. Long story short, this router is amazing. I now get 5 bars (from 3) on the farthest room in my house and have noticed a big improvement using Netflix or my smart TV programming etc. I have many things connected to this router and that is where the improvement is most noticeable. A normal traditional router uses single-useer MIMO tech which means Wi-Fi to one device at a time, while this router uses the Next-Gen Multi-User MIMO tech which means WiFi to multiple devices at once, at the same speed... It is also open source ready and for those of you who get a dreaded port issue playing an online PS4 game and need to go into settings to allow ports this router will be a Godsent as it is very easy to manipulate networking functions. Now lets go into the setup of the router. It comes with obviously the router and an ethernet cable along with the power supply. Also a card in the box that tells you the initial password/username for the router (you change this after). Setup was a breeze with zero complications. I removed my old router, put this in its place, found it on the wifi signal and it took me right away to a page where I could change my password along with add or remove features (guest log on etc etc)... Now I obvously love the router, it has improved my limited infrastructure of what I need it for. I have an amazon alexa app along with security cameras set up on it, multiple iphones, ipads and netflix along with gaming systems for the family. It handles everything fine with all bars in my 1200sf home. Positives: Advanced features for those that like to mess around with security, ports, privacy, VoIP. Easy intuative website that Linksys has done a great job with New Gen router for those of us that want to get the benefit of the best when we do competitive gaming on PC or gaming consoles. Negatives: Price Big, meaning if you put it on your table it will take a good amount of space (you can stand it up if you prefer). Probably more then most of us need in a router, many features that I for one wont ever bother with or look at. submitted a few pictures as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast setup...superior whole house coverage

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    Super fast setup and useable right out of the box with pre-set broadcast IDs for both 2.4 and 5Ghz. There is a slew of settings available either by visiting linksyssmartwifi.com or the routers IP of 192.168.1.1. Some additional pluses are you can forgo the Linksys admin interface and go for the Linux-based open source firmware like OpenWRT or DD-WRT, which open up more options and secure feature sets. I opted to just use the plain old linksys firmware. In my house setting of about 3,500 sqft with the proper placement of the router, you should be able to deliver more than enough bandwidth to each connected devices. Wireless coverage is remarkable and extensive. I had coverage all over my house and extending into outdoor areas without needing any of my prior extenders and powerline devices. I never got any lost or dropped connections and always rock steady. My wireless devices displayed 3+ bars even into my unattached garages. Some technical stuff: The Tri-Stream 160 technology delivers extreme Wi-Fi speed that seems never to lags. One of my 4TB External hard drive connected via the USB 3.0 port delivered a write speed of about 90Mbps and read speed of 118Mbps. And so in closing, this is a beast of a router in what it can deliver for simultaneous demand - especially in relation to speed on the 5Ghz spectrum, and in reach for the 2.4Ghz band. Another big plus is ease of setup, screw on the 4 antennas and plug it in and your basically are ready to go with customizations to come as you go along. This was a pleasure to setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast and stable router

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    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. Pros: -Easy setup -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! Cons: -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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This Router Is A BEAST!!

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    In a world where technology seems to get smaller and smaller, the Linksys WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router goes Beast Mode on the competition! I found it to be a bit larger than the traditional Linksys wireless routers of old, but still functional for the shelf where I use it. The 4 antennas allow for a complete home signal - our home is approximately 2000 sq ft and 2 floors. No problems or blind spots anywhere. Provides both 5 Ghz and 2.4 GHz bands for older and newer wireless equipment but maintains blazing speeds on both. I was pleasantly surprised by the immediate power and throughput of this router. There is a noticeable difference in streaming and gaming quality experiences. This unit is replacing my N-technology 750 level router, which I thought was doing a great job. After putting the AC3200 through the ringer, with 2 Netflix streams, Xbox One online gaming, and 2 cell phones streaming music, there was never a glitch in performance... as was the case on my old router. My speedtest resulted in 98.97 mbps download and 24.xx mbps upload - all while multiple devices were accessing it. Awesome! This is a MUST HAVE wireless router for any serious gamer or those families who are always connected! Get the Beast and get an amazing experience!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Linksys WRT AC3200 review

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    An open source router gives you the flexibility to use open source software from DD-WRT or OpenWRT to update the firmware that can be customized to your needs that range from setting up vpn, web server, manage hotspots, analyze network traffic, detect intrusion and so on Setup - If you like a step by step setup process this router is awesome. However for power users you cannot skip to the advanced configuration without going through the basic setup. Also if you do stop in the middle you need to do a hard reset to get it back to initial setup. A skip to manual confihuration would have been nice. Coverage - I found the coverage to be really good in a 1500 square feet house with 3 rooms. The signal stregth for both 2.4 and 5 GHz network was very stable and none of the 15-20 devices in the house had any issues. Speed - This router has a very fast processor on board and is rated to handle up to 3.2 Gbps of data. It supports a/b/g/n networks and is backward compatible with older devices. All the ports are gigabit ports and it also has 2 usb ports. Media Server - In todays worls we record a lot of videos and save them to a hard drive. The best way to backup and use the data is to connect the drive to a network server and then streaming it wirelessly to all DLNA devices. This router worked perfectly to stream videos to Fire tv and never had an issue. Software - Since this router supports open source software it will be very interesting to see what firmwares come out from DDWRT and OpenWRT in the future to customize it to your needs. The included software is good as is and one of the best feature is to see the dashboard and see how much data is being used on the internet connection. All in all this router is an excellent network device that offers more for the increasing demands of todays devices and support digital lifestlye.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent

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    What do I like about the WRT 3200 ACS? Easy answer, Everything. Have had both the original WRT 1900AC and the upgraded model WRT 1900ACs, both are solid performers. What is great about the Updated WRT 3200ACS, faster processor, MU-MIMO Technology, the ability to operate on OpenWRT, and blazing fast Wi-Fi. Read the specs, it is loaded for its price range. Have been reconfiguring my network system more intensely the last few years due to the huge ramping up of Wi-Fi usage, it has been an uphill battle. You should be aware that the Wi-Fi Bandwidth usage is just not within your home, but is all Wi-Fi systems that are in range of your network. Just like the freeway at rush hour there is only so much space on the Wi-Fi band for the data traffic. For one, I do not like going slow on the network or Internet. My network is highly used with over 20 devices that are directly connected either through wire or Wi-Fi (page one of my Network picture is attached) with a network backbone of three Routers, two switches and a repeater (for the garage.) The WRT 3200ACS has been setup in wired Bridge Mode to expand the wired as well as the Wi-Fi on my network. This provides me with four more wired connections on the far side of my home and Killer High Speed Wi-Fi throughout. What do I like, it is giving me rock steady maximum 2.4 and 5 Ghz throughput on my Wi-Fi. Attaching two pictures, one before and one after of my laptop connection speed. Before my 5 Ghz connection would be choked down to 520-585 Mbps now it remains steady at 867 Mbps, where my Wi-Fi adapter tops out. Since the addition of the WRT 3200ACS to the network I have “Finally” become a Happy Camper.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy Setup and Extended Range

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Decent Router from Linksys

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    I was impressed with a previous router from Linksys, so I thought I'd give this one a try. I currently use a Linksys EA9500 for our house as I wanted something that could really push 4K streaming. The WRT is a decent router and even has some nifty features that set it apart from the EA9500. It's still better than most routers out there today, but I'm still a little partial to the EA9500. One of the main selling points is the ability to use open-source Linux software with this router. I wished I had a need to play with this feature. This alone sets the WRT apart from a router for someone who wants to set-it-and-forget-it. If you don't want the ability to use the open-source option, there might be a better option out there for you. I also found that going from the 8-gigibit ports on the EA9500 to only 4 on the WRT was limiting. I was honestly spoiled by being able to connect all my gammon consoles, Apple TV and Smart TV to the network with a dedicated line. The eSATA port on the back of the WRT model is nice if you want to connect a hard drive via a SATA port - but I myself prefer USB 3.0 as it's more prevalent in portable hard drives for connectivity. PROS: * Open-Source option for deeper customization * Tri-Band option helps manage 5GHz traffic * eSATA ports allow for more connectivity above USB 3.0 CONS: * Only 4 ethernet ports on the back may require a hub for more devices * AC speed slower than EA9500 * CPU/RAM is less than EA9500 Bottom line: This router is a great router for people who really like customizing their home networking setup. It also boasts some additional ports that could open up more connectivity options. While not as robust as the EA9500, this is a solid router and is more than enough for the casual user who only wants to stream content in an average size location.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A fast and very impressive router

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    I am going to be honest here, the last Linksys router that I bought was the WRT54G, which was about 12 years ago. It has served me well through the years and I expect the same quality and longevity out of the WRT3200. This router has some weight to it and it feels very sturdy. Four antenna allow you to angle the signal direction to suit your needs. Setup was pretty simple and straight forward and it walks you through the steps. Very easy for beginners to set up and the advanced features are rich and full of features that the most advanced users will enjoy customizing. I haven't played around with the open-source features, but according to the manual, its ready to play nice with open-source applications. The range has been really good in my large house and I have really good coverage at each of the corners in both the upstairs and downstairs. This is a router that will last you for a while with its fast speeds and ability to handle a lot of devices. I have about 50 devices connected to it and I have noticed zero slowdowns at all. IMO, get this now!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Super Speed & Set-Up Ease

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    I hooked up my new Linksys WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router 2 days ago. It is just a Beast of a router in terms of speed and great looks as well! I use an iMac Retina as my main device and set-up was smooth and very quick. I did have to manually make a couple of changes with my wireless printer in the way of settings but only took an extra few minutes and was No Biggy! With several devices connected there is a big noticeable difference in performance and speed of any tasks. Even when using with only my iMac, I obviously didn't increase my speed I pay for from ATT, But with this Linksys attached inline, I have serious improvements in performance and speed of all tasks now including streaming video! I love it and would recommend to everybody! Thank you Linksys!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very customizable router

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    I received this product in exchange for a review. Out of the box, this is a pretty visually impressive router. It is solidly built, with distinct lines and edge, as well as the black and blue color scheme from the old WRT line of routers. It comes with 4 antennas, a power adapter and an ethernet cable. On the back, there are 5 Ethernet ports (1 for the incoming Internet connection and 4 for other devices), a USB 3.0 port and a USB 1.0/eSATA port. There is also a power toggle switch, a physical reset button and a WPS button for pairing with WPS-capable devices. The stock router administration software provided by Linksys is pretty good for most users. They want you to hook your router into their cloud service, Linksys Smart Wifi, so that you can remotely administer your router. Linksys publishes a mobile application, too, so you can easily control your home network from your phone. Some features provided by the software include a network map, a view of all connected devices, guest access control to administer and share a guest wireless network isolated from the rest of your network, parental controls and device prioritization. The administration page also has pages to adjust various settings and troubleshoot any connection issues. There is even a page to configure OpenVPN access. Additionally, there is a feature for accessing external storage plugged directly into the router. You can enable several different methods of access to the external storage. I tested out the folder access by plugging in an external hard drive to one of the USB ports of the router and turning on secure folder access. From the administration page, you can set up authorized users that can access the storage with a username and password. I was able to connect to the shared storage via a Mac and read and write data. I was able to copy an approximately 4 GB directory via Wifi from a separate floor of my house in under 10 minutes while also browsing the web. It’s a handy way to utilize this router for network attached storage. You can also setup an FTP server to access files from the Internet and a media server to share files with compatible devices, like smart TVs. One of the cool things about this router is that Linksys makes it easy to use an open source router firmware such as those provided by OpenWrt and DD-WRT. This enables more fine-grained control of the hardware and software to customize your network more than Linksys allows out of the box. I opted to remain with the stock firmware for now, but it’s nice to know I have additional options. Overall, this is a very good router. It fully covers my home, which isn’t the largest by any means, but I have nearly full signal strength a floor above and below. The only thing I would improve on this router would be to offer more Ethernet ports, but 4 will be sufficient for most users. The administration software and file server functionality are very impressive. I would recommend this router to someone looking for a strong, customizable router for their home.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice router

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    I've been using this router for a little more than a month, and I'm quite impressed. Out of the box, I had it up and running in about 10-15 minutes. It does have a larger footprint than my old router, but I have plenty of room where it will sit. However, if space is an issue, it can be mounted on the wall. I had 6 devices connected to it in minutes, some to the 2.4Ghz channel and some to the 5Ghz, and all streaming some form of media; there was no latency or lag on any of the devices. I also noticed a significant boost in speed using either channel over my old wireless-N router. With my old router, I was maxing out around 20-30Mps. With this router's 5Ghz channel I consistently get 120Mps+, and around 50-70Mps+ on the 2.4Ghz channel. The signal strength is also much stronger than my previous router. I don't have any numeric data, but my laptop that's in the far corner of my house from the router used to show 3-4 bars for the old router while this router always shows as 5 bars. The signal outside my house is also considerably stronger, and up to about 40 ft there's little if any speed reduction on either channel. One of the things I like most about this router is the interface for remote access. When you first set up the router, you also set up an online account that allows you to remotely access settings, etc, from anywhere, including via the downloadable app. You have access to the usual settings you'd expect, wireless configuration, security settings, etc, but there are also other handy features. There's a network map that allows you to easily see connected devices, settings for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz guest networks, parental controls for each device, media prioritization for each device, and the ability to set up external storage using a USB HD. I probably won't use all of the features, but it's nice to know they're there in case they're ever needed. For the most part, I've had very little trouble with this router. However, during the first few weeks, I did have some issues; some devices would drop connection while other would be fine, and I sometimes would have to reboot the router to get those devices reconnected. During the same period, I would also occasionally have trouble connecting to the router's admin interface; I got a message saying the router wasn't online even though I was connected with several devices. There was an automatic firmware update that seemed to fix these problems, and since that time, I've had absolutely no issues with the router. Overall, I think this is a very capable, stable, and feature rich router. If your current router, like mine was, is a bit older than you'd like, or if you're pushing it to the edge of it's limits, I think this router is worth a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    One of the best routers around

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    It is hard to go wrong with this router. There is pretty much nothing I can say bad about from what I have experienced thus far. Starting with looks, this thing looks cool. It takes me back to the style of older Linksys routers but with a much more modern and premium style. The indicators in the front are pretty hard to get confused by and are very straight forward. The rear side contains four gigabit Ethernet ports, a internet Ethernet jack, 1 USB 3.0 slot and 1 east/USB2.0 combo port. This should be more than enough for most people. It looks like it can be mounted on the wall as it has holes on the legs. It is not a larger router compared to some of the more high end models. The advertised specs are pretty self explanatory so I am not going to go in depth on that, but the performance of this router is excellent. I have it hooked up to my main PC via ethernet but all the other devices in my house (laptop, other PC, IoT devices, Xbox, tablets, phones) are all connected via wifi. Most devices are 5ghz in my house and the coverage was excellent. I keep my router in the basement (not ideal) and I only had one bedroom which got degraded coverage, I do not feel this was because of distance but just materials. To test the network speed I transferred a 2GB file from computer to computer over the 5gHz network. I received 29 Megabyte per second (240 mbps) transfer time while doing this which is pretty good overall. I compared it to my EA9500 router which is a tri band router. When testing I received almost identical performance. The larger 80mhz and 160 mhz channels seem like they might be useful for high speed transfers but I am curious if it is affected by how crowded the wifi is in an area. I live in an area that is not too crowded with wifi and performance was great. Media prioritization is a useful feature if you want to ensure certain devices obtain the fastest connection. The software for the router is very easy to use and uses Linksys Smart Wifi management so you can manage it over an app even if you are away from the network with a login. I do wish it had two factor authentication as it seems rather unsafe to use this with only a password login as it controls the entire network of your house. Hopefully they add support for this in the future. Firmware updates can be set up to be automatic keeping it simple for every user. Setup took less than 10 minutes and involved plugging it in, logging into the router and setting up a network name and passwords. It was that simple. The router does not display a network map though you can see the devices connected. In summary, this is an amazing router that looks cool, performs great and is easy to use. Be sure you check out the documentation to ensure you have the antennas properly positioned for single level or multi level homes.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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