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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great hardware, but needs work

    Posted
    drjp

    We recently received a Linksys WRT3200ACM in exchange for a fair and honest review of their new WRT-series flagship. This router is the latest in the WRT line from Linksys. The addition of TriBand technology provides theoretical wireless throughput speeds among the fastest currently available. All the ethernet ports are gigabit, and there’s a choice of USB 3.0 and eSATA connections. The router requires minimal assembly coming out of the packaging; the four antennas need to be screwed-in by hand. Once the router is plugged in and attached to a PC, the process will look familiar to Cisco-Linksys product users (the ol’ 192.168.1.1). The stock firmware setup is painless and seamless. Linksys has made the initialization and setup process quite simple, without any unpleasant surprises (...they would arrive later). The router’s stock firmware has plenty of features; there are several configuration options besides DHCP. It is capable of wireless bridging out-of-the-box, though I doubt anyone would purchase a WRT3200 only for bridging. This is a WRT series router, which is a bit of a tip-of-the-hat to the venerable Linksys WRT54G- the router on which a famous branch of open-source firmware got its start. The WRT3200 can work with open-source firmwares that can add specialized features that most of may not need, or even value. However, such alternative firmwares usually provide great customization opportunities- VPN scripting, VLANs, and so forth. Although one of the primary aims of stock firmware is stability, the main goal of open-source firmware is to unlock improvements that weren’t necessarily included -or fully supported- by the manufacturer. Consequently, such firmware can be difficult to support. As the WRT3200 is compatible out-of-the-box with both DD WRT and OpenWRT (popular open source firmwares), one is only a few clicks away from downloading and installing one of these firmwares. Friendly word of caution here: be careful! This sort of thing is simple but highly procedural. One or two mistakes and you may have a very expensive brand new paperweight. That warning aside, and as told by Linksys, I had no problem finding and installing DD WRT. [24 Hour Home-Use Test] The Linksys WRT3200ACM performed quite well at first. After initial setup, I used an EA6500 to wirelessly bridge to the new router; the EA6500 then streamed 1080p/720p live TV to an Amazon Fire Stick. This picture quality was great and response of the Fire Stick through an Android app was peppy. Using Speedtest.net on a smartphone, I received the maximum throttled download speed that our ISP provides. HOWEVER...problems developed that required a hard reboot of the router every 12 hours or so in order to restore wireless service. At irregular intervals, the one of the wifi interfaces (ath0) faded and eventually shut off altogether, reset after several minutes (just the wifi), and returned to working normally. The 2.4 GHz-only interface (ath1) refused any connection, regardless of security settings. Additionally, the WAN connection would suddenly slow to a crawl and disconnect. I experimented with settings adjustments, including removing encryption altogether- these tweaks provided no improvement. I can say that the wifi speeds of ‘fresh’ connections (when the router is first initialized), are fantastic! But the random drops of wireless left me with the impression that we are still early in the life cycle of this router- plently of bugs, big and small, to address. Some further research revealed a good bit of discussion about wireless connections dropping on the WRT3200, as well as intermittently failing WAN connections. It doesn’t seem to be an open-source vs. stock firmware conversation, but likely third-party driver availability. If that’s the case, let’s hope Linksys and their hardware providers can get this straightened out soon, because the hardware-capability side of the WRT3200 is quite strong and provides some future-proofing (please see ‘TriBand’ technology for more). I can’t help but think the WRT3200 will turn out to be worthy of its flagship placement in the WRT-series in time. Just not right now.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Depends on your Needs

    Posted
    AverageConsumer
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    Short Answer: Linksys WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router is great for range and has a app you can download on your phone for easy control. I find it lacking when it comes to signal strength giving me in my experience only a third of what my internet provider supports. Long Answer: When I brought the Linksys WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router home with me my first impressions is quality and BIG! The box has a lot of subtle signs of quality when opening the box to the router which is about half of it's size. The box included the main router, four antenna connectors, a power brick, a cd containing documentation of the router and finally a quick setup guide which I found to be the most helpful. Once you have connected everything properly and begin the setup is where you could have it be really easy or go difficult on you. I originally tried to setup the router with just my Tablet but as you can see from the pictures I've uploaded there was a point to where it would just load and load and load. To be fair it could have been my tablet or any other number of things but once I pulled out my phone and tried again it worked like a charm. Safe bet is have two devices around you for setup purposes. The on screen instructions are very easy only giving a Option A or Option B kind of feel making the experience very enjoyable. I also really enjoyed the connected app which allowed me to have control of my router and it's setup and understanding the app I found to be easy and I'd be surprised if you needed any help but if you do Linksys does have a number for you to call which I appreciated but did not use. This is where the rating gets affected which is the routers overall performance. Stated above the overall range of unit is extremely strong. I found myself being able to drive 2-3 houses away still connected to my Home's WIFI. The overall speed was good not great as my home I pay for a speed of over 150gbs. You of course should not get that as you always lose a little in translation but on previous units getting 100gbs was not unheard of. With the Linksys WRT AC3200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router I noticed that I would get 100gbs if I was physically connected but WIFI would dip down to the 50 to 60's. For most this might be enough and an argument can be said that the strength or range of the unit being so strong is more important but for my needs speed will always be my go to. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helped you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      We appreciate the time you spent in sharing your detailed experience with us. Our Escalation Engineers would love to help you optimize the router settings to improve the download speed. Please get in touch with us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review.

      Regards,

      Rechel
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Slowed Down My Devices

    Posted
    Jordan
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    The Linksys WRT AC3200 is very easy to setup. A few terms and conditions agreements, software update, and it was up and running in no time. This is definitely the router for anybody who is not very tech savvy, as it is pretty much plug-and-play. One big upside with the WRT AC3200 is the fact that it is very compact compared to to other similar routers. I found this to be the best quality of this router, as I was limited in space to put it. As for the looks of the router, the surrounding antennas make it look like it's just going to fly into the air and go. Honestly, the black and blue Linksys signature color looks very nice. The router comes equipped with four ethernet ports, one USB 3.0 port, and a eSATA/USB 2.0 port. The router is Mu-MIMO compatible, ensuring faster connectivity speeds to your devices. Something that I really like is Linksys network map. It allowed the user full control of all connected devices, and even allows you to name each device. You can click on the device that you want and setup parental controls and give you device details. Another thing that I really like about this is that it allows you to prioritize devices to ensure that they get the best performance if you like to stream a lot. This is very important for me, being that we have smart TV's around the house. The price for the device is just right, considering all of the features that this router comes equipped with. One thing that I did notice, and is the reason for my three stars, is the fact that some of my devices were slowed down drastically. I notices that the videos I was trying to watch would pause and have to buffer. This is something that rarely happen with my previous router. I know it is not my internet connection because I compared internet speeds with my old router, and the speeds were more reliable on the older router. If you are looking to save space, and want try-band technology, this is the router for you. It is very compact compared to other similar routers. It is extremely easy to setup. The only upset I saw was that some of my devices were slowed down. If you want something that is more reliable and faster, I would go with the Linksys AC5400, especially if you are a gamer or stream lots of movies.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Overall, but could be better...

    Posted
    RedOmen
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    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...

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, RedOmen,

      We appreciate your taking the time to share your product review. Allow us to share your feedback and recommendations with our Development for future product updates. As for the WRT3200ACM router's performance, it should provide you a consistent connection and faster speed despite numbers of devices connected simultaneously. We would be glad if you will reach out to us so we can tap one of our Escalation Engineers to look at this setback. Email us the details at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact information and the link to this post for reference.


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      Jay
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Incredible hardware, horrible firmware.

    Posted
    Synper311
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    The WRT3200ACM is an excellent piece of hardware. The aesthetics of the unit are wonderful, the front panel has clear visibility for important connection information without being blindingly bright, and the back layout is comfortable, though tight. Ventilation is good and the antennae seem to be of good gain and construction, easily saturating my dwelling. The inclusion of USB3.0 as well as eSATA/USB2.0 along with gigabit ports for the switch is really quite nice. Wired up, this is one excellent router, and accommodates my backup drive and printer nicely (when not using the OEM Linksys firmware). Wireless, this router is just about worthless. There are numerous reports of breaking issues with Marvell's chipset that Linksys have been using in much of their WRT line which cause WiFi connectivity issues within a short period of uptime on one or both bands. I've managed to get 3 days between reboots by disabling the 5GHz band entirely and just using the 2.4GHz band. No, this issue is not resolved by the most recent Linksys OEM firmware, nor does OpenWRT/LEDE or DD-WRT resolve it. The issue lies within the binary driver distributed by Marvell for this chipset, and as of January 2017, it is currently not resolved. Interestingly enough, the Linux Kernel v4.x branch being used by OpenWRT/LEDE does improve the throughput of the router, so that is promising. Furthermore, the OEM Linksys firmware is just about garbage. The NAS functionality is pretty well broken when using File History with Windows 10, as permissions/ACLs are not properly being obeyed. You can write new data to the drive most of the time, but you can't delete/remove data, so cleanups don't work. This all works fine under DD-WRT. Linksys have also somehow made printer sharing MORE difficult than it is using Windows by requiring the installation and running of a utility on the machine that has the printer on it. When this utility even detected the printer, it was fine, but it is an extra step and layer of complexity which doesn't resolve the fundamental problem of Windows printer sharing: the host machine has to be powered on. Conversely, DD-WRT allows the hosting of the printer just fine from the router, giving me 100% availability for the printer on my home network. Unfortunately, my model is not supported by SANE so I have no scan support. If you need reliable wireless, skip the WRT line until Marvell gets their driver sorted out and Linksys pushes it to the OEM firmware. If you want to actually use the NAS or printer sharing functionality, ditch the garbage stock firmware and go DD-WRT or OpenWRT/LEDE. The features simply do not work fully under the OEM firmware. If you're primarily wired, this is a fine unit though you're overspending for capabilities that don't work as advertised. If you don't want an additional unpaid part-time job managing your home network equipment, look outside of Linksys unless you're going for the venerable WRT54G.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    This is an Odd one

    Posted
    OmieOne
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    Normally switching out a Router, Linksys in particular (since I've upgraded three times this year) is a no brainer. Plug the router in, let it update it's firmware, reset all my WiFi Networks to the same SSID and Password and off to the races. Not so with this one. I had problems with the initial setup, and it required me to reset the Router back to factory. It was nice that the error told me how to do it. So props for explaining how to fix the error, as I find that rare still today. Once I reset the box and went though the inital setup again, I was able to connect and reset the network to match my old SSID and passwords for 2.4 and 5Ghz. Why is this important? I have over 30 connected devices in my house, some with keyboards, but a lot without. So finding, accessing and resetting my very long password is, well not something I would do unless I could see a huge benefit. I wasn't seeing anything with this router over my old EA9500. I know it can do 160Mhz for more throughput, but it is future, I don't have any devices that can. Nice to have future proof features, but since I have nothing to take advantage of it, resetting the whole house to use this router isn't in the card. Now if you have fewer devices or don't have a MU-MIMO AC Router, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact I like some edits they did make to the firmware. On the network monitor it had a bandwidth tracker. A handy feature and nice. I did once I noticed I would have to reset wireless password switch it into Bridge mode and tested it with my desktop. It handled great. I got throughput and on 5Ghz Its signal strength was matching that of my EA9500 based db signal strength. So as I said, if you need to upgrade this isn't a bad choice. Get good range and speed, with some neat future proofing once they start releasing newer devices that can use 160 channel size. Now the saving grace may be that the Open Source Firmware it supports will allow me to flash this and not have to change my passwords, but I doubt it will replace my EA9500 anytime soon, but be an additional add-on to my network, either as wireless birdge/space router/test bed for the Open Source Firmware. I am just disappointed I could do a 15 minute quick swap like usual and get my over devices and PC's to pick up without an issue, but don't let my experience stop you if you are looking to upgrade. This is a solid router, I just have odd needs, and remember the Open Source nature of this device may give it longer legs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    mediocre performance/ complex setup

    Posted
    EliteMemberIan
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    I bought this router to take advantage of my Intel 9560 AC 160 wifi card which utilizes 80+80 Mhz channel width to increase the throughput of internet speeds over wifi. I have a gigabit internet plan that sees 990Mbps down and 40Mbps up via ethernet. Although I was able to establish a stable, full-signal 1.7 Gbps link speed between my device and the router with this technology, the throughput just wasn't there. I would need to be standing 2 feet away from the router to achieve 900 + Mbps speeds, and when I traveled over to the location of my desk (12 ft away), the speeds dropped drastically to 380-400 Mbps. I troubleshot every possible setting, I set up the network so that the only wireless devices that could connect would be my 160Mhz capable devices, so there were no legacy issues, I tried Enabling/disabling MU-MIMO, WMM, QOS, different encryption settings, different firmware versions, and then the most noticeable change, channel selection. The Channel signal would be well within the 35-40 dB level of quality with the full 1.7Gbps signal link established, but the speeds were just atrociously low. I spent over 1.5 hours with technical support and they were barely even aware that the device was even capable of the 160Mhz utilization ( it is only available on certain 5Ghz channels and unless you are on one of the capable channels, the option for 160Mhz channel width isn't available). Honestly, I got better performance from my 3-year-old Netgear R7800 ac2600 Nighthawk x4s. It has better internal hardware and higher throughput.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hello EliteMemberIan,

      We understand that you've experienced a challenge with our Linksys router. Allow us to have our Escalation Engineers provide you assistance over this matter. Email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com the reference number provided by our tecnical support team so we can review it; include your phone number and the link to this review for our reference.

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      Princes
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good on WiFi speed; Poor on Set-up

    Posted
    Arthur
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    Good rating on wifi speed/performance (once its working). Poor rating on set-up; Overall rating=Average (more like low Average to Fair). **Summary: WRT3200ACM gave me the speed I was expecting once I got it working; Set-up was frustrating and I experienced an unexplained loss in speed and lost 2.4 GHz signal after 3 months which gave me 2nd thoughts on my purchase. **Details: Bought the WRT3200ACM to replace a 5 y.o. non-Linksys router because of slow wifi speed (my internet plan is 2nd to lowest tier [Preferred] with Cox). Went from ~10-14 Mbps to ~64-69 Mbps with the Linksys - great! However, set-up was frustrating. Its not unusual to need a firmware update right out of the box, but the router became unresponsive during this update. Had to reset it to factory settings and start over. Got it working, but only had 2.4 GHz, no 5 GHz. Reset again...got both signals. Nothing obvious to indicate why only one signal available initially. Turned off auto firmware update feature. Router is working for 3 months (installed in Feb'17), then it drops speed unexpectedly to 1 Mbps. Cable modem is working - did a direct connect using Ethernet cable to my laptop. Did several router and modem reboots - no improvement in speed and the 2.4 signal disappears (logged into the router, the dashboard is telling me 2.4 is broadcasting, but no device in the house can connect to it). Manually updated the firmware, still 1 Mbps...reset to factory settings, flashed with firmware update, rebooted router and modem several more times and finally 2.4 and 5 GHz become available. I consider myself an above average consumer as far as setting up/troubleshooting computer equipment. The WRT3200ACM raised my frustration level. The device works, but may take some patience to get there. Hopefully others have had a better experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi Arthur,

      It’s good to know that you were able to get the router up and running despite some hiccups you’ve encountered during the setup process. If you need any additional help, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review for our reference.

      Regards,

      Rechel
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Powerful equipment with a learning curve.

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    Batlacit
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    So first, I should mention that I have a fair degree of experience working with enterprise grade networking hardware thanks to work. I've also set up many, many consumer routers. So the idea of this particular router, which is basically being presented as a midpoint between the fully customizable professional grade equipment and the cheaper and more user friendly consumer products, was interesting to me. Unfortunately, the conclusion I drew after spending a day struggling with the basic setup was that they've managed to bring a lot of additional complexity to the product along with the improved specs. This router was not at all easy to get running the way I needed it to. Getting it operational required a ton of tinkering, a manual firmware downgrade, and a LOT of working around the bugs that kept popping up. Fortunately I knew how to do all of this - and the fact that it's designed to be a bit more accessible than most to tinkerers helped. But when it comes right down to it, this is more aimed at consumers than it is at pros, and for a consumer product that's very worrying. The thing is, once I did get it working, the router performed brilliantly. It's extremely fast, has good range, and has a host of features that I find very useful in managing my home network. It's got good prioritization, fine control over the guest network, and the option to merge the 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands into a single SSID. Not only that, but the way the 5ghz band is setup does indeed seem to result in an overall increase in speeds with compatible devices (though it's not quite the 3x boost advertised on the box - this kind of equipment never actually reaches its theoretical capacity.) But in the end, these are features that consumers can find elsewhere. So yeah. If you're a hobbyist or need a cheap option to set up an extremely complicated environment, this router is a great choice. But if you're not particularly experienced in working with open-source networking equipment, I can't say that the added cost of this router will necessarily be worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Range. Simple to Manage. OK speed.

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    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 is not 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 is not 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.

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      Kristine
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average overall performance and features

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    ViperElectric
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    The packaging for this device was very nice. It looked like the box could take a beating but still not affect the router at all. First thing I noticed that was a nice touch is that they still have removable antenna for the WRT Model which is a nice touch. After assembly and powering it up, setup was really simple. The device ships with both wireless networks already enabled and the passwords printed in the start guide that was in the box. However being that this is a WRT router and designed to run OPEN source software I feel that it is really lacking in some features. if has 2 5ghz radios but you can not use those independently. You can only set one 5Ghz SSID unlike on the E9500 where you can run both 5g networks as two separate networks. By default the guest network is disabled. Upon enabling, secondary networks are visible. The implementation is questionable. Instead of using an encrypted WPA based connection it is open. Instead, you are immediately presented with a captive portal to allow access. Without digging too deeply it appears that access is granted by password and temporarily allowed by MAC address. If this is the case, that is a considerable security hole; at least the ip address is in a different range than the protected network. Overall it feels like Linksys / Belkin kind of skimped on real WRT features because they assume you are going to use open firmware on the device. But I feel as if they should have included features to make the user not want to use open software and to use theirs. I think they kind of missed the ball on what the WRT really is supposed to be that is why this product gets 3 stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Looks great, but ...

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    TheTruthRealDeal
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    The Linksys WRT 3200 ACM MU-MIMO WI-FI Router has the visual dynamics and craftsmanship of a well made product. But that is all that I can say about it, because it is not compatible with my ISP Verizon Fios. It can be made compatible with Verizon Fios equipment, but you must be a technology geek or at least more than a lay person such as me. The Technician that came to my home after I failed many times to get the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM MU-MIMO WI-FI Router to work by telephone tech support told me several reasons why the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM MU-MIMO WI-FI Router will not work with Verizon Fios equipment. First, the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM MU-MIMO WI-FI Router has no WAN Port which is needed to work with Verizon Fios. The Verizon Fios equipment is not just a plain singular modem as which Time Warner Cable uses, but some type of combination device. In order to use the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM MU-MIMO WI-FI Router with Verizon Fios, you must still keep the Verizon Fios router connected and then give both routers their own separate IP addresses. That requires the knowledge of how to go inside a router and make programming changes. I am a lay person with technology and require simple plug and play technological devices. This router is for those who have the knowledge of making incompatible devices compatible or for those who have a pure one hundred percent router.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Router works fine-not an upgrd

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    hokie00
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    This is a router only and does not include a modem (you will have to keep your current modem to use this) The router was pretty easy to setup. You will have to connect with a cable to the router to finish the setup It has some nice features like multiple wifi bands as well as a guest band (for houseguest or a business) and remote access to your wifi network you can login from anywhere I did not notice a significant upgrade in speed or connection from my Verizon modem/router If you have an Ethernet cable modem only this would be a fine product to add wifi to your home. If you currently have a wifi router/modem already with reasonable speed this may not be a valuable add on. I have not had the opportunity to test this out using several devices at the same time and verify the speed or connection

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good value tablet

    Posted
    Wreckme
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    The insignia tablet has a lot of great qualities for the price. Very economical, nice picture, up and running fast, it's pretty good. But there are some issues with the display, it hops around when you touch to select an item, like a hot link, and I am constantly going to the wrong location and having to back up and try again. It doesn't seem to be an operator error, I can't get used to it and I'm pretty tech savvy. iPad does nothing like this. There are other quirks but it could be me or the internet connection or site issues, but I never had as many little issues on the iPad. I got this for a cheap travel replacement for the iPad and I wanted an Android, so it's fine for me. But realize to some extent you get what you pay for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Has Potential

    Posted
    kjthayer64
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    I bought this router after reading many online reviews and it being rated as one of the best in 2016. Everyone knows that sometime you get a lemon and a product just doesn't work. I had issue with this unit, only on radio work and the option to connect a external drive didn't work either. I ended up returning this item for the Linksys EA9500 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/linksys-ea9500-max-stream-ac5400-tri-band-wi-fi-router/5171100.p?skuId=5171100). Everything worked with this model and was able to connect all my devices. I'm sure this was a fluke with this unit but know this Linksys has great tech support and a 3 year warranty and if you have a problem take it back to Best Buy they will support you as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, kjthayer64,

      Thank you for sharing your product review and we regret to hear that your WRT3200ACM router didn't work for you. We already took note of your feedback and we will relay it to our Product Management Team. Should you need our assistance in the future, feel free to contact us anytime at LinksysCares@linksys.com.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Buy the Service Protection Plan

    Posted
    TheJimPerson
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I never purchase the service protection plan for a new electronic product. The Linksys WRT 3200 ACM WiFi Router came with a 1 year manufacturer warranty. Best buy has a 15 day return policy. On day 16 half of my Brand New Router stopped working. To make a long and frustrating story short, Linksys did replace my router, but only after a total of 14 hours and 23 minutes on the phone with 7 different customer service representatives and supervisors, some of whom actually spoke English well enough for me to understand. The Bottom Line is: Get Best Buy's service protection plan. My replacement Router works beautifully and I'm glad I purchased it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, TheJimPerson,

      We're glad to hear that the replacement router works beautifully. However, the long hours you've spent over the phone caught our attention. We'd appreciate if you will share with us your case number so we can investigate where the process broke so this won't happen again. Shoot us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com, anytime.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works well but coverage may be an issue

    Posted
    Reviewer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This router was easy to setup and worked well. However, professional reviews say it delivers superior coverage, but for me, it was inadequate and far less than the coverage provided by the Apple Airport Extreme that it replaced. I ended up returning this device and replacing it with a much more expensive Linksys Vellop Mesh Router System. Please note; Linksys tech support is offshore and not very helpful. They appear to be a call center with no in-house expertise. Thier techs knowledge is limited to the scripts they read.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      It's quite unfortunate that the device did not meet your expectations. We'd like to investigate what transpired during your call with our technical support team, so that we can evaluate on what we can further improve in the future to serve you better.

      Just send us your case number at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the link to this review.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    not bad, but not top of the line

    Posted
    wase4711
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was anxious to see how this router would compare to my AC5300 model from Linksys, and, after using it for a few days, I am not that impressed. the range is similar, but, I had alot of trouble getting it to keep an internet connection, although, after restarting my modem and network switches several times, it seems to have stuck for now. Plus, I assume that as newer firmware is released, there might be an improvement to the occasional drop outs I am seeing. Its not an equal to the fastest, most expensive routers out there, but for those trying to keep the costs down a bit, it is probably a good option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Expected more... powerful under the hood, but...

    Posted
    RacinJason
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Parental control was not available. This was a very nice router. However, I had to return it, because the software did not allow much adjustment. I had an old Lynksys N type router, and when i logged into this one... It was the same user interface. I was ok with that, but there were no new settings... I needed more control of online/offline hours for devices and so I returned it. Sorry Lynksys. Try again. Bestbuy did have a better model in stock when i returned it... and it has been perfect!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi RacinJason,

      We appreciate your feedback on the router. We'd like to hear more about the features that you wanted the Linksys WRT3200ACM to have. So that we can let our Engineers know.

      You can send it through our email at LinksysCares@linksys.com.

      We hope to hear from you again.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Power cord too short

    Posted
    George
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Setup was easy enough, but the power cord was just barely long enough to reach from my router to my power source. I really had to stretch things and move my power strip and the router in unwieldy ways to make it work. I was replacing a Netgear router whose power cord was longer and easily reached the power strip without without having to stretch things. Linksys needs to lengthen the power cord they provide -- a foot or two longer would be sufficient. I went back to by Netgear router.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend