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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost There

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    YourMainDude
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    Presentation The unit arrived packaged in what I would describe as the standard fair Linksys container. And that’s not a ding. I think a lot of thought goes into Linksys packaging, well-constructed, loads of information and balanced. Inside, everything is clearly marked and compartmentalized. The router itself may appear dated to some but I personally find this trademark look to be fantastic. One of the more notable aspects to this updated look is the semi-muted illumination of the indicators on the front panel. They appear softer in light output while still being useful to those that need the dashboard of lights to indicate what’s happening. I do like the ability to shut down the lights in the setup and I’m happy that Linksys maintains this option. With respect to the unit’s size, I would rate it as average – in the middle. There are plenty of routers now that dwarf this thing, in antenna count and foot print. Don’t be persuaded to overlook this model by someone else’s subjective take on things until you see it for yourself, in real life. It’s not huge, relatively light weight and is wall mountable but it performs nearly as good as many a ginormous spider box. Initial Setup To start off, my router came with the latest available to-date firmware … 1.0.5.175944 and for the sake of not injecting variables into my review towards the end, I didn’t allow it to update. I’ve worked with countless routers and this model was a breeze to setup. One of my pet peeves is how awful some mfg’s approach the IPv6 detection. Without mentioning any names, two of the more prominent mfg’s out there have awful IPv6 detection that routinely demonstrates ‘fall-back’ to IPv4 which in my mind is totally unacceptable. I’m happy to report that his new Linksys WRT links up to IPv6 right away - no fuss - and releases/renews perfectly with no apparent fall-backs. In testing this router out for nearly 3 solid weeks, I never observed it losing IPv6 connectivity. You will be offered an opportunity to setup a Linksys Smart WiFi account but I prefer to avoid the cloud angle on devices (initially) and like the option to do things manually, which I did with the 3200ACM. Internal Configuration Inside this beast you’ll find the clean and easily maneuvered GUI where everything is clearly organized. Again, others will complain about the approach Linksys has taken in recent years but I personally commend them for the thought that has gone into the effort. For the ‘plug & play’ type owner, this is where it is at now days. But keep in mind, this is a WRT based unit – so the real geeks will pour over this platform with the full intention of going customization – so in many respects, this unit IS the best of both worlds. The GUI isn't harsh, crammed and tangled like a few other of the router mfg’s out there. You know who they are. I won’t go over all the typical aspects of what you can control, as those features are pretty customary, but I can’t skip mentioning that this unit does have the WiFi Scheduling tab that is sorely missing from even the top of the line model Linksys offers. The combination of Parental Controls and aggregate wireless scheduling is a must have in my mind and I’m glad to see it here. It does need some polish though. On a few occasions I did notice that WiFi stayed asleep after changing the control grid, requiring a soft reboot but it behaved like this randomly and needs further investigation. Setting up the media server, file share and tunneling all worked as intended. Overall, I prefer what Linksys is doing for the configuration controls and GUI on this model. Performance The 3200ACM provided strong, shared connections throughout our ~2000 sq/ft home. The 2.4 GHz channel seemed range bound to no greater than 54 Mbit/sec speeds but the reach was strong through multiple walls and across several rooms. For the record, our home is not “open concept”. I would have liked to have seen speeds closer to 80 Mbit/sec to our capable devices but a solid 2.4 G connection that doesn’t drop at greater distances is nothing to shake a stick at. On the other hand, although the MIMO operation was greatly appreciated and noticeable with the 5 GHz channels, spurious disconnects were observed for no apparent reason, even at short distances. Also, and not too terribly surprising, connection speeds routinely pegged 180 Mbit/sec with speed tests on the 5 GHz channels – matching our Xfin Performance cable limit – but strength & speed rolled off much sooner than I would have preferred compared to other routers I have tested … even at just 12 feet down a line-of-sight hallway from the router. I presume these types of performance gremlins will be rectified in future firmware updates and/or by the open source wiz kids. One last observation worth noting on the WiFi side of the equation is this router’s immunity to nearby channel interference. I found it to be a tad too much susceptible to cross-talk interference even from nearby channels 25 dB down from center. I know, sounds like Greek. But trust me, there’s improvement to be made within the Auto channel control of this router and something to look forward to. I wasn’t able to alleviate much of it with manual channel selection so be forewarned. If you’re in a crowded WiFi environment, or near a high school like we are, you may want to wait for this platform to bake a little more … say 3 to 6 more months. The USB 3.0 port performed up to expectations, never letting me down and serving up music, photos and file sharing at consistently fast speeds with a higher end USB thumb drive. We use network attached storage arrangement like this all the time and have no complaints. Good job Linksys. Another thing worth nothing is the Linksys Smart App (the Android one in my particular case) and what it offers. You can control many of the most important features of the WRT 3200ACM router through this app, including enabling/disabling primary WiFi channels, guest networks, channel assignments (which is handy as heck when you’re trying to optimize your connectivity vs competing nearby signals) and even forcing a reboot. One suggestion though. When playing around with the configuration via the Smart app, which I found myself doing frequently to figure out how to get the most out of the 5 GHz radios, force your phone or tablet to prefer the 2.4 GHz connection. For whatever reason, when you make changes to the router with respect to the 5 GHz side of things, the change/reboot that occurs on the WiFi outputs takes a really long time vs. any changes made to the 2.4 GHz side. And if you are making say – channel reassignments and monitoring surrounding WiFi networks with a separate, surveying app – you’ll be happier in the end. Trust me. Re-initialization of the 2.4 GHz network is far quicker than the other side. Summary For the price, there’s a compelling case to be made for this router. It has all the flexibility any open source Geek could want - married with a truly automatic and pain free, ‘plug & play’ router for the average consumer. You literally can set this thing up and get connected in less than 15 minutes – less than 10 if you’re a total Geek. You can control the heck out of it, right down to shutting off all but one light indicator and you can control it from anywhere in your home with a well-designed & easy to use app. It has the features most mid-range to higher end routers are offering these days – most notably MIMO - and that makes it worth the price of admission alone … and it’s backed by Belkin/Linksys who have been doing this stuff for a very long time. I would personally recommend that anyone looking to upgrade their aging router or wanting expanded features, that they should at least try the WRT 3200ACM out and see if it works in their home or office. Since it is new, needs a bit more polish and I wasn’t able to dive into the WRT side of this router with any reliable open source baseline – I’ve giving it a confident rating of 4 out of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, YourMainDude,

      We appreciate your taking the time to share your detailed product review. It is good to know that the WRT3200ACM router is providing you strong shared connections throughout your 2000 sqr/ft home. We're just curious about your feedback that on a few occasions you did notice that Wi-Fi stayed asleep randomly after changing the control grid, and it's requiring you a soft reboot. Please reach out to us and we'll have one of our Escalation Engineers look into this matter. Shoot us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review for reference.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact and Powerful

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    Cupra
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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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great router but may be overkill for most

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    Routers have become incredibly powerful and easy to set up . On paper , the Linksys WRT3200ACM appears to be all things and the set up appears easy . Let’s review the details - Construction and features - WRT should stand for wide retrolook technology ( it does not.) It is about a foot wide with the side antennas . The router is the all too familiar blue and black a with the same type of overall look of some older Linksys routers from 15 years ago . Obviously , the look is intentional but the design does remind me of old technology ( which it is not) and maybe that is not the best message from a marketing perspective. Regardless, it’s foot print is about 10 inches by 12 inches and has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 eSata connections for hard drives. I would have liked to see a vertical design to take up less of foot print but it is not a deal breaker by any means. Set up - First, Linksys sends a small quick start guide and a CD of documentation. Why do companies still send CD’s ? Send a link to the documentation or put it on a USB drive. As with a large amount of laptops today, mine does not have a CD drive so this CD info is useless. Regardless , you have to connect the 4 antennas, the power and the internet cable from the modem. Easy enough. Next I downloaded the Linksys Smart Wifi app and tried to connect the router via app ( after connecting to the network.) . I get an error message it cannot connect to the router. I tried multiple times to no avail. Then I realized since I did not read the documentation and made some erroneous assumptions, this was not the correct step. As I should have done from the beginning, I read the quick start guide in detail. It makes no mention of of the app so I assume that you need to connect exact per the instructions and then the app would work. Not so fast. The quick start instructions are straight forward. Connect the router and power properly. Next connect to the wireless network name that matches the name on quick start guide ( the password is there as well.) The instructions state to open a web browser to start Linksys Smart Wi fi router set up instructions ( or more appropriately a site with those instructions?) . When I opened a browser it did not bring up the set up instructions. The quick guide does state that if this happens to go to linksyssmartwifi.com and try it. So I did and created an account. Next, the site tells you to associate the router. After trying to associate the router I was presented with an error message “To access the Linsys Smart Wi-Fi Tools, your router requires the EA Seies Linksys Smart Wi Fi Firmware and you will need to associate your router with your Linksys Smart Wi Fi account. On a computer or device connected to your router , open linksyssmartwifi.com and follow the instructions…” I was already at that location so I did not know why that was happening. I tried in both Safari and Chrome. I could surf the internet so I was connected even without configuration. However, that does not update the router nor connect to the Linksys router management and info. There was a address of 192.168.11 listed in the quick guide as a last resort so I gave that a try. From there I was able to associate with the router and the router updated . The site did state it could take a few minutes. After some time , the site gave me an error message that it could not communicate to the router. I tried again, everything worked fine and up came all the details of the router and the networks. I checked the app and everything worked fine. Okay, so some of this was me rushing the set up in the beginning. The rest was something not working correctly on Linksys's end. Once everything was working, the software and app did as they should. It should be noted that most reviews do say the set up is easy so I am not sure why I ran into the issues. My technical skills are above average so it is not that I am unaware of how things work. Performance- As I said earlier, routers have become very powerful. It has reached a point that most average users are never going to approach the upper limits of a router. I am single person and connected 8 devices in my one bedroom apartment. I had Netflix running on one television, youtube on my laptop and playing online on X-Box as a test. There was no slow downs or issues but this is not really a measure of what this router can two. What I can tell you is that over 200 feet away outside that I could still connect and use the internet ( on my phone.) It could probably connect even further and this is indication that it will work well in larger homes ( my apartment is on the 2nd floor of brick building.) Overall - I do recommend this router if you have a lot of devices or if you are in a large home. For the average user, this router will be over kill . You will see a lot terms like OpenWrt including MU-MIMO streaming and beamforming ,160MHz-channel-width streaming etc. If you do not recognize the terms then chances are they are will not be part of your buying decision and maybe you should go with something less expensive. If you want a router that offers the best of the best features, great range and connectivity and is future proof, then this may be the router for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup, Great Speeds, Good Design but...

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    Justin
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    Out of the box this router is very easy to setup, both physically and electronically. It comes in a classic blue and black design with four antennas that are easily screwed onto the base. The router has many heat dissipating holes so I doubt this thing will ever too hot, even during the summer. After saying all this the one design element that needs to be addressed is the size. It isn't a small device and the fact it sits flat makes it a hog of what little space people normal have although this did not present an issue when we installed it but something to note. The overall design is very futuristic and shouldn't easily become outdated. The range of this device seem to be better than other AC routers I have used in the past with good speeds across the house and even outside in my yard. However the speeds aren't much better if at all better than our 2 year old AC router granted we are not putting this one to its full potential. Under normal use it will be hard to distinguish a hands down difference between this and many other although the consistency may be much better due to this routers simultaneous dual band setup. The actual setup of this device was easy with no really problems however a couple bugs did become present right away with the fixed IP addresses being a problem that later corrected itself and allowed proper use. The online setup program has a simple design with many great features like Parental Controls, Media Prioritization, External Storage, 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. All these features are great however the most simple things are buggy on this router, like one of our 5GHz smartphones showing up twice, one as a wireless device and again as a LAN device. It surely isn't a LAN so why it is showing up? Also while using some of the instant data usage features like to showing all devices one minute and none the next even though nothing has changed. Little things like this keep the hardware from shining even though is is most likely a software issue. Overall this is a very quality router with many amazing features that many wouldn't even touch but the capability is there for anyone who wants to use them. With the software bugs however I have to give this a 4 out of 5 star rating. Would 100% recommend despite these issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Justin,

      It's good to hear that you find the setup page easy to use. With regard to properly sorting the connected devices in the Network Map, you can use the Clean Network Map tool (or the Broom icon) to reboot the router and refresh the list. It's best if you can email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your phone number and the link to this post so that our Escalation Engineers can look closely into this.


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      Irish
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Router for business owners and techie

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    TagMstr
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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

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      Linksys Staff

      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
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast Router - Many Bells & Whistles - Pricey

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    dorkhead2
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    My review of this router covers both the router and Linksys's customer service and tech support. I gave this router a strong 4 out of 5 stars because it has better than average speed and good distance. While its 5GHz band produced excellent speeds in my unscientific speed tests, the 2.4GHz band produced a solid higher than average speed. My previous router, released over a year ago, had comparable speeds at the 2.4 range to this WRT-3200 model. So even though the speeds on this new router’s 2.4 band weren’t a great improvement, it’s possible the speed can be improved upon with future firmware updates. Whereas, my older AC comparison router is no longer receiving updates. Another reason why I'm rating the Linksys WRT3200ACM four out of five stars is because of its price. If you already have a solid AC router, there isn't a compelling reason to upgrade to this router unless you really need an open source supported router. If having a router that allows you to load customized firmware is your highest priority, then this router is a very smart choice. But if you're looking for a router with fast speeds and good distance, there are similar models available that are more affordable. One more observation I'd like to make before I comment on Linksys's customer service and tech support, is regarding the router's web-based interface and mobile app. Both are highly polished and have very user friendly interfaces. It is very easy to change the router's settings within both applications. And since it's “cloud” based, you can log into the router’s settings from outside of the network too. Regarding Linksys's customer service and tech support, I unfortunately received a defective unit and needed to work with them to troubleshoot the issue. Working with them was a very easy experience, and they made replacing the product as simple as it possibly could be. After describing the issue to their first level customer service rep, she informed me that a company engineer would contact me next to address the issue further. On a side note, I believe my case was forwarded to an engineer because I was an early adopter of this newly released product. So much so, that when I first opened the package, there was an extra slip of paper next to the router that contained a specific phone number for early adopters to call if I experience any issues with the router. After the engineer confirmed the unit was defective, he quickly began the process of sending me a replacement router. The new router arrived a few days later, and I've been using it now for close to a month without any issues. The original problem with the router was a broken radio controlling the 2.4GHz band. This meant that the router wasn't able to broadcast the 2.4GHz band. It was a little frustrating at first, because the laptop I was using to setup the router only operated on the 2.4GHz band. So at first, I couldn't even see the router in my Wi-Fi connections. I was perplexed for a while, until I decided to look for the router using my phone, which operated on the both the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. My phone was able to see the router and I was able to get the router working on the 5GHz band. Overall, this is a very fast router with good range. And Linksys's customer service was very helpful in resolving my issue. I definitely recommend this router to anyone if they are looking for a strong router and the price is within their range..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic coverage, speed and manageability.

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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 have 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 have 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 have 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 have 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great features and easy setup

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    enem156
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    For the past few years I've relied on my ISP to furnish me with their Gateway device to serve as my modem and router. Previously, I had always used Linksys routers. Actually, the Arris gateway from my ISP was functioning adequately enough but I wanted to be sure I had the most up to date technology in my home network. So, I added the AC3200. I began to scour the web for an accurate set of instructions to put my ISP gateway into bridge mode, to allow me to supply my own router. It seems simple enough, but all of the directions I found on my ISP's web site related to this procedure, give you just enough rope to hang yourself with, and pretty much don't address any of the actual steps to complete it successfully. I finally found some helpful posts and was able to get everything working. Setting up the AC3200 was a breeze, and thinking back to my previous Linksys routers, they've all been easy to set up and user friendly besides. I was able to name both my 2.4 and 5.0 wireless networks the same as I had them when using my ISP's gateway, which made it extremely easy for all of my devices to just simply connect as usual. I have anywhere from 20 to 25 devices of all types connected at any given time on the 2.4, 5.0 and hardwired networks. I've had nothing but very smooth connections over all my devices. I haven't had any noticeable stutters when streaming and everything just seems to work with the least amount of user interaction (which is not to say that you can't if you want to, and I have). Before I switched, I had pretty good wireless connection speeds but thought that they could be better. I honestly expected a bump up in that department. What I got was about the same or a little lower than I had (around 25 to 30Mbps on average to my PC's). Since I pay for 150Mbps, I was a bit disappointed. Playing around with the antennas had a small affect on speed, but nothing worth noting. I attribute most of the lack of speed to the setup of my house (walls with HVAC ducts and returns, equipment older than 2 years old, etc.). My house is not an open floor plan. When using the Ethernet ports, they show my true connection speeds as up around 180Mbps (30 more than my internet package). After getting a new laptop that also has MU-MIMO technology, I now get the full 180Mbps over Wi-Fi. I've always had good experiences with Linksys products and this one is no exception. The downloadable android app is a really slick way to access your router settings from anywhere you happen to be, and gives you access to all the same details as you see with the web application. A really nice touch. Aside from my overblown expectations, I really like this router. It's extremely stable and directs network traffic well. File transfers from my NAS drive are smooth and streaming is clean and fast. I've actually ordered the 8-port 4008 Linksys switch to go with it. If you're looking for cutting edge ac technology that's easy to set up and gives you a secure stable home network to add any device you can think of, this is a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Enem156,

      It is good to hear that you are happy with your new router. As for its speed, the adapters of your devices could've affected it. However, you can try changing the router’s wireless channel to maximize its performance. Email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your phone number and the link to this post as our Escalation Engineers would be happy to walk you through the process.


      Regards,

      Irish
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great features and easy setup

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    enem156
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    For the past few years I've relied on my ISP to furnish me with their Gateway device to serve as my modem and router. Previously, I had always used Linksys routers. Actually, the Arris gateway from my ISP was functioning adequately enough but I wanted to be sure I had the most up to date technology in my home network. So, I added the AC3200. I began to scour the web for an accurate set of instructions to put my ISP gateway into bridge mode, to allow me to supply my own router. It seems simple enough, but all of the directions I found on my ISP's web site related to this procedure, give you just enough rope to hang yourself with, and pretty much don't address any of the actual steps to complete it successfully. I finally found some helpful posts and was able to get everything working. Setting up the AC3200 was a breeze, and thinking back to my previous Linksys routers, they've all been easy to set up and user friendly besides. I was able to name both my 2.4 and 5.0 wireless networks the same as I had them when using my ISP's gateway, which made it extremely easy for all of my devices to just simply connect as usual. I have anywhere from 20 to 25 devices of all types connected at any given time on the 2.4, 5.0 and hardwired networks. I've had nothing but very smooth connections over all my devices. I haven't had any noticeable stutters when streaming and everything just seems to work with the least amount of user interaction (which is not to say that you can't if you want to, and I have). Before I switched, I had pretty good wireless connection speeds but thought that they could be better. I honestly expected a bump up in that department. What I got was about the same or a little lower than I had (around 25 to 30Mbps on average to my PC's). Since I pay for 150Mbps, I was a bit disappointed. Playing around with the antennas had a small affect on speed, but nothing worth noting. I attribute most of the lack of speed to the setup of my house (walls with HVAC ducts and returns, equipment older than 2 years old, etc.). My house is not an open floor plan. When using the Ethernet ports, they show my true connection speeds as up around 180Mbps (30 more than my internet package). I've always had good experiences with Linksys products and this one is no exception. The downloadable android app is a really slick way to access your router settings from anywhere you happen to be, and gives you access to all the same details as you see with the web application. A really nice touch. Aside from my overblown expectations, I really like this router. It's extremely stable and directs network traffic well. File transfers from my NAS drive are smooth and streaming is clean and fast. I've actually ordered the 8-port 4008 Linksys switch to go with it. If you're looking for cutting edge ac technology that's easy to set up and gives you a secure stable home network to add any device you can think of, this is a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Router from Linksys

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    cjviscito
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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: 4 out of 5 stars

    OpenSource = Good

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    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 have 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 have also, in the past, run into stability issues with the Linksys Smart WiFi firmware, though I have 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Baby beast of a router!

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    Linksys has always made a top notch router. They just keep better I call this the baby beast, there is a larger version of the MU-MIMO series router with Tri-band. Don'l let the word baby fool you, this is still a beast! It is super fast and easily configurable right out of the box It is a tad pricey like its big brother and lacks certain things like VPN tunnelling. However, the router makes up with other things such as configuration using an APP, You don't need a PC or laptop wired in to configure the router. A USB port and E-SATA port for adding flash drives or hard drives. Gigabit ethernet ports on the switch. The ability to provide guest access and parental controls. Some quick technical stuff for the techs out there: Super easy setup (especially if you replicate your broadcast SSIDs and passwords) Fast and easy to navigate admin panel MU-MIMO technology means multiple users can simultaneously engage in 4K video streaming, play online games, and perform other data-intensive tasks without latency or buffering. 1.8Ghz dual-core processor (1.6Ghz in the 1900) 256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM Memory delivers improved data transfer speeds (128MB Flash and 512MB of RAM on the 1900) Exclusive to Linksys - Tri-Stream 160 technology delivers extreme Wi-Fi speed that never lags. it effectively doubles the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band with ultra-fast 2.6 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds. External device (storage/printers) connectivity through eSATA & USB 3.0 External hard drive connected via the USB 3.0 port on the 1900 router delivered a write speed of 97Mbps and read speed of 108Mbps Guest access for up to 50 guests 1 gigabit WAN port & 4 gigabit LAN ports Simultaneous 2.4 and 5Ghz dial-band iOS and Android admin apps Device Prioritization: You can prioritize devices that need the most speed. Device specific Parental controls Operation Modes - Wireless Router, Access point, Wired Bridge, Wireless Bridge and Wireless Repeater. Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) certification from the FCC both allows operation at 160MHz facilitating Tri-Stream160, and also triples the channels available at 80MHz, so the router can operate in the clearest airspace that other Wi-Fi routers aren't allowed. All in all I love this router. The open source with WRT capability is great! I believe the company purposes leaves out some features otherwise this would be a perfect SMB router, replacing the need for a Sonicwall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    WRT3200ACM: Has a lot going for it

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    Anthony

    First things first, I received a free WRT3200ACM from Linksys Friends and Family in exchange for honest feedback. The packaging was well thought out, and easy to open. The unit is solidly built, and about the same size as the rest of the WRT line. The cd contains documentation, which I only found one error, in the front call out of the LED's. It says 2.4 GHz for both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz, even though it says 5 Ghz on the router diagram. Setup is extremely easy using either the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account (which allows you to manage the router remotely), or logging into it locally. Started by logging in, changed the routers password, then mimicked my old routers wireless settings, and everything was back online with just a minor hiccup - I just wish they had a setting for AC/N as a network mode choice on the 5 Ghz channel with 80Mhz width (Like open source firmware does), as I have a DVR that works on AC or N but that was the one device out of 28 that needed me to set the router to Mixed mode for it to connect. While the router is set at AC only mode at 80Mhz, it doubled my wireless laptop download and upload to my wired gaming PC, 40 MB/s, 31 MB/s respectively, which really surprised me (Note my laptop is a floor lower and ~30ft from the router, with a high gain adapter). Over my review time, I have noticed that the wireless sometimes slows down doing speed tests which a reboot fixes, and transferring a 5GB test file sometimes the rate would drop to zero for about 30 seconds and pick back up then down again. This can be fixed with a future firmware release. In closing: It really does have a lot going for it, the web management responds fast, the flash and RAM sizes are huge, the processor I believe is one of the fastest currently available in a consumer router. And, one BIG thing that I like, is that it has two partitions so it is hard to brick if you like messing around and adding features with third party firmware. Three things I wanted to test but couldn't: MU-MIMO, I do not have any compatible adapters yet DFS channels, I unfortunately live near a weather radar 160 Mhz, as of right now I would need two of these routers

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi, Anthony,

      It's good to know that you found the WRT3200ACM router extremely easy to setup. Allow us to share your feedback and recommendation with our Development Team. Should you have questions about the product, don't hesitate to email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com, anytime. We'd be more than happy to assist you.


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      Jay
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speed with good (not great) range

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    Phil
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    SUMMARY: Excellent speed, awesome features including the ability to use open source firmware. Lacking in ports but as tech evolves everything should be wireless so more than 4 ports is probably unnecessary. The range is somewhat disappointing in my testing but I'm comparing it to what is in my opinion one of the best on the market, if not the best, the EA9500. This router will work well for most households, apartments and businesses. DETAILS: My internet is Xfinity Blast and typically clocks in around 240/12 anywhere in the house with slight loss of speed in remote areas but still over 200/10. The router placement is on the 2nd floor and not centralized, but currently that's not an issue. I have 3 TV's each with a stick/box for streaming, multiple computers/laptops/phones are typically on simultaneously. With the WRT3200ACM the speed is basically identical to the EA9500 on the first and second floors, however, in the basement is where I see the range become an issue on both wireless bands. On the side of the basement closest to the router I see a 10% drop in speed. On the other side of the basement the speed is about half of the EA9500 and inconsistent. I noticed the WiFi on my cell phone dropped a bar so I assume the range is at fault. With that said, I'm still running somewhere around 100/10 in the most remote section of the basement which should be good enough for most purposes. Also, this significant drop needs to be put into perspective. At this spot in the house I'm essentially 50+ ft away, down 2 floors and behind several walls and doors. Also of note: In the past I've tried using Linksys routers as bridges and usually encounter difficulty with the setup. I tried entering bridge mode with this router and it worked like a charm first try. If I did not own the EA9500 I would give this router a 5/5 but because the range on the EA9500 is beast-mode I have to take 1 star away. I'm confident you won't be disappointed with this router. I would like to thank Linksys for sending me this router in exchange for an honest review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best coverage so far from a single access point

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    wrbluepearl
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    BLUF: Best 5GHz performance I've seen yet in terms of range and consistency of connection. I've used many wireless routers/access points over the years, with varying levels of success. I live in an old house in an old neighborhood, which presents a challenging environment for wireless systems. The old house has lath and plaster walls, which causes significant problems with coverage - the walls just eat the 5GHz signals. And because the neighborhood is old, homes are close together - I can see about a dozen wireless networks from my kitchen, for example - meaning there's a *ton* of interference in the 2.4GHz band, rendering it almost useless. The only real solution I've found has been to use a mesh setup or place multiple 5GHz access points to address the signal coverage and interference problems. With that said, the Linksys WRT3200ACM has come the closest of any router or access point I've tried so far to being able to provide full-house coverage in the 5GHz band. I have Time Warner's 50Mbps internet service (fastest available at the moment) and was able to achieve speed test results of 40Mbps or better everywhere in the house with this router on the 5GHz band. Other routers I've tried cannot even get enough 5GHz signal to the far corners of the house to connect, let alone push 40Mbps. I also noticed that the throughput performance improved over the duration of the speed testing in each location, indicating that the MU-MIMO beam-steering technology in this router does actually work as advertised. During tests with multiple Netflix streams, this router did not break a sweat and was able to feed four HD streams to separate iPads simultaneously. Like most routers sold today, it comes with a fairly-secure WiFi password and somewhat-unique SSID set, so you can safely pull it out of the box, plug it in and use it. A wonderful change from the old days of every router having an SSID of "Linksys" with no password. My only big complaint with this router is that Linksys seems to want to push you into using their "cloud-based" management service, rather than adjusting the settings locally - I have security concerns about exposing settings to the internet-facing side of any computing device. However, the remote management can be disabled and all settings can be adjusted from a web interface.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Surprising Performance

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    Balthazar2k4
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    I substituted the WRT AC3200 for a Netgear Orbi system which had replaced a Linksys AC5300 before that. I am in a 4000+ sq ft. home with a full size basement and the AC5300 struggled to provide a decent 5GHz signal in the basement from the opposite side of the house on the main floor. So I switched to the Netgear Orbi system which provided a main base and satellite which I could use in the basement for better coverage. It's worked pretty well, but I thought I would give the AC3200 a chance since it offered additional features such as an OpenVPN server. Much to my surprise the AC3200 has given me a consistent and strong signal to the basement that the AC5300 could not. In fact, it is as good as the Orbi system without needing a satellite/repeater. Consider me impressed. I have not experienced any lockups or abnormal behavior from the unit over the course of the last week. I have found that with more than 20 or so devices connected to the 5GHz band it does start to struggle with ping times. I have had my iPad timeout in Safari when trying to load a page if several other devices around the house are streaming video. This does give me reason to pause about the robustness of the unit, but I am hopeful some of that can be ironed out with new firmware. I am on Gigabit internet and while I can obviously achieve those speeds when wired in, I can't come even close via wireless. The best I have seen is using a 3x3 802.11AC system in which I achieved 540mbps via SpeedTest. On wired I consistently receive 900+ mbps up and down. So, your mileage may vary and for the vast majority of people this should be more than enough bandwidth as so few have Gigabit internet access. Overall, this is a very solid router and is considerably more compact than the AC5300. It represents a solid value especially when compared to the two "higher" end units I referenced above. The only caveat I have found is that it stresses when too many devices are on the 5GHz channel. This might be a deal breaker for some, but in a smaller household would be a non-issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend