Linksys WRT3200ACM Dual-Band Wireless-AC3200 Gigabit Router

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Linksys WRT3200ACM Dual-Band Wireless-AC3200 Gigabit Router
Key Features
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Standards
  • Up to 3200 Mbps Wi-Fi Data Throughput
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band Support
  • 4 x Dual-Band Detachable Antennas
With a 1.8 GHz enterprise grade dual-core processor the WRT3200ACM Dual-Band Wireless-AC3200 Gigabit Router from Linksys has enough processing power to handle multiple data streams simultaneously. Take advantage of enhanced wireless network functionality as the WRT3200ACM supports wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networking standards and functions on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. With simultaneous dual-band connectivity you benefit from data transfer rates up to 3.2 Gbps, which is perfect for streaming HD content, online gaming, and more. This router also supports Tri-Stream 160 MHz connectivity accompanied by MU-MIMO technology offering three separate data streams for a total bandwidth of up to 2.6 Gbps.
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Linksys WRT3200ACM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Ultra Fast Wi-Fi
  • 3Tri-Stream Technology
  • 4DFS Certified
  • 5MU-MIMO
  • 6Enterprise Grade 1.8 GHz Processor Boosts Throughput
  • 7Open Source Firmware Offers Advance Customization

With a 1.8 GHz enterprise grade dual-core processor the WRT3200ACM Dual-Band Wireless-AC3200 Gigabit Router from Linksys has enough processing power to handle multiple data streams simultaneously. Take advantage of enhanced wireless network functionality as the WRT3200ACM supports wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networking standards and functions on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. With simultaneous dual-band connectivity you benefit from data transfer rates up to 3.2 Gbps, which is perfect for streaming HD content, online gaming, and more. This router also supports Tri-Stream 160 MHz connectivity accompanied by MU-MIMO technology offering three separate data streams for a total bandwidth of up to 2.6 Gbps.

The WRT3200ACM router features four detachable external antennas, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one eSATA port, one USB 2.0 port, and one USB 3.0 port. The four upgradable antennas provide expansive wireless networking connectivity while the four Gigabit Ethernet ports ensure a fast, reliable, wired networking option. Additionally, the integrated eSATA port, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports make it simple to attach peripherals such as external hard drives.

For enhanced networking functionality the WRT3200ACM comes equipped with Smart Wi-Fi software giving you the ability to monitor nearly every aspect of your network. Whether on a PC or mobile device you can monitor your network, set parental controls, restrict network access, and more. This router is also open-source ready giving advanced users the ability to modify the router including the option to take advantage of available open source firmware.

Ultra Fast Wi-Fi
Bring ultra-fast AC Wi-Fi to your home with the WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Open Source Wi-Fi Router. Equipped with Tri-Stream 160 and premium MU-MIMO technologies, this open-source router delivers fast, uninterrupted dual-band Wi-Fi speeds to multiple devices at the same time.
Tri-Stream Technology
Equipped with innovative Tri-Stream 160 technology, the WRT3200ACM delivers enhanced Wi-Fi speeds with virtually no lag. Not available on other Wi-Fi routers, Tri-Stream 160 effectively doubles the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band to power data-heavy activity with ultra-fast 2.6 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds.
DFS Certified
Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) certification from the FCC not only allows operation at 160 MHz enabling Tri-Stream160, but it also triples the channels available at 80 MHz, so your router can operate in the clearest airspace that other Wi-Fi routers aren't allowed.
MU-MIMO
Thanks to MU-MIMO technology, the WRT3200ACM router can handle even the most bandwidth-intensive environments. MU-MIMO builds upon longtime broadcasting cornerstones--such as spatial multiplexing, beamforming, and scheduling algorithms--to boost overall throughput and distribute Wi-Fi bandwidth fairly between devices. Each connected client device receives its own dedicated data stream, so users won't have to compete with one another for bandwidth. Multiple users can simultaneously engage in 4K video streaming, play online games, and perform other data-intensive tasks without latency or buffering.
Enterprise Grade 1.8 GHz Processor Boosts Throughput
Equipped with an enterprise-grade dual-core processor, the WRT3200ACM packs the computing power needed to handle even the heaviest network traffic and deliver the lowest latency. The result is a fast, responsive home network that never lags.
Open Source Firmware Offers Advance Customization
Advanced users can harness the expanded potential of the WRT3200ACM router by customizing with open source firmware. Using packages from established open source distributions like OpenWrt and DD-WRT, you can:
• Set up a secure VPN
• Turn the router into a web server
• Create and manage hotspots
• Capture, analyze, and manage network traffic
• Detect network intrusion
• Access TOR network for anonymous browsing
• Employ many other advanced open source features

Linksys WRT3200ACM Specs

Wireless
Wireless Frequency Bands2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Dual-Band
Number of Antennas4
MU-MIMO Support3 x 3
WLAN ModeWi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Antenna PlacementExternal (Detachable)
Performance
Throughput3200 Mb/s Total
2.4 GHz: 600 Mb/s 
5 GHz: 2600 Mb/s 
Interface
Inputs/Outputs1 x 5 Gb/s USB-A
1 x Combo (USB/eSATA)
1 x 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet (RJ45) (Uplink)
4 x 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet (RJ45) (Console)
USB Sharing SupportYes
Security
Guest Network SupportYes
Wireless SecurityWPA, WPA2
VPN ProtocolIPSec, PPTP, Pass-Through
Firewall SupportNone
Hardware
CPU1.8 GHz Dual-Core
Supported IEEE Standards802.11ac, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n
Electrical
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power VDC at 3 A
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Operating Humidity10 to 80%
General
CertificationsFCC, as per Manufacturer
Dimensions9.68 x 7.63 x 2.04" / 245.87 x 193.8 x 51.82 mm
Weight28.2 oz / 798.3 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.545 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.85 x 9.5 x 4.55"

Linksys WRT3200ACM Reviews

Nice DIY option

By Wesley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-15

Read your favorite flavor of open source firmware before buying but I'm running native firmware and a second DD-WRT build as well while I'm testing VPN configurations. I've made tons of mistakes along the way but the ability of this device to safeguard a good firmware configuration on the second partition gives you a good chance to recover when learning and experiencing any issues. Nothing is fail proof but I'm pretty clumsy and it's been great to work with. I run another access point wirelessly to it and the dedicated back channel has been just as close as wireless can be to gigabit copper line. Haven't adjusted a full DD-WRT build to fully utilize all the features available to it yet but the native Linksys firmware has been great as a standard fallback configuration. I'm sure it will continue to remain a robust device for our home office/learning needs.

Liked it Enough to Replace it with the Same Model

By Richard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-29

This router replaces an identical one that I bought in January of 2018. It's been a solid performer, but it's showing signs of wear. (For example, some of the front panel LEDs have stopped working.) Because I live in the boondocks, my policy in these cases is to replace critical items before they fail, and save them as spares. But first I spent the better part of the week looking at newer routers; and when all is said and done, bought the same one I had. Let me comment first on the longevity. I personally don't think two years and seven months is horrible for a wireless router. Wired routers last forever, but the RF circuitry in a wireless router makes it vulnerable to all manner of damage from stray RF, lightning, and so forth. Also, my old router still worked when I took it out of service about an hour ago. Some of the panel lights didn't, but the router was working fine. Let's look at some other positive things about this router: 1. The LAN and 5GHz throughput is outstanding. I get better than 500 Mbps in the same room, and never less than 280 Mbps anywhere in my large-ish house. 2. The range is very good. I get usable WiFi before I even turn into my driveway, which is 110 feet long and about 140 feet from the router, which is on the opposite side of the house. 3. The file transfer speed to external USB storage via the USB 3.0 port is fantastic. I get about 90 Mbps read and about 75Mbps to a 4TB IronWolf NAS drive in an external USB enclosure. This is one of the few consumer-grade routers that can hold its own as a NAS. 4. It's flashable if you want. I've run DD-WRT and OpenWRT on it when I had need for the extra granularity of control. 5. It has dual partitions, so if you hose one of them playing around with FOSS firmware, you can boot into the other by interrupting the startup three times. So there's a lot to like about this router. It holds its own with much newer models. On the negative side, this router does have some things about it I don't care for, namely: 1. The stock firmware is ... I guess dumbed down would be a good way to put it. Most of what practically all home users and most SOHO users is in there, but it's not easy to find. The granularity of control is meager, as well. Still, it does have both device and app prioritization, OpenVPN, MAC filtering, dynamic and static routing, VLAN, DLNA, and many other features. They're just not easy to find and not very configurable. I was using OpenWRT for a while to better better bandwidth control, but the open-source radio drivers were horrid (especially on 5GHz). So I reloaded the stock firmware and bought a managed switch. 2. Updates are few and far between, and I doubt any more will be forthcoming. Belkin doesn't seem to have much interest in supporting older Linksys devices that they inherited when they bought the company. 3. 2.4GHz throughput is mediocre, at best. I can get about 75Mbps five feet away. (The range is good, though.) 4. This is probably a new thing, but you can't configure this router without an Internet connection. At least I couldn't figure out how to get past the wizard. When replacing a still-working device, I like to configure before I deploy. That's a no-go with this router. In a nutshell, this is an excellent router for my needs, but it's not perfect. The rarity of updates is probably the worst thing about it. But then again, you can always load DD-WRT or OpenWRT (and probably other) firmware onto it if you like, which is probably what most people buying this router will do anyway. I also recommend this router, with the stock firmware, if you need the router to do NAS or media-server duty. The file access speed is phenomenal for a router in this class.

Great range + a surprise

By Cid
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-18

We purchased this model about 9mos. ago for our childcare center along with a google nest signal amplifier and it works really great, no dead spots in the 5,000+ sq.ft. building with multiple walls. Our most recent purchase was to replace our older, smaller Linksys unit at home so we upgraded to this unit. We also planned to purchase a signal amplifier soon after but much to our surprise we don't need a signal amplifier for it to reach all the rooms in our 2-story home! Our older unit had very weak signal reaching upstairs and our kids would need to move to different spots to pickup signal, but not anymore with this model. It's really powerful with 100% range in our home.

Fantastic router

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-18

Love this router. Its really fast. Much faster then my old wrt 1900acs. I use it in a small apartment so its overkill on the wifi. However, that Arm 1.8GHz cpu tears throughout the complex math required to run a VPN service, so didn't care about the wifi as much. But that also is blazing fast. If you want total control of what this router can offer, I recommend dd-wrt firmware. All in all it was worth the money in my opinion. Especially for running a VPN.

Fantastic Router

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-18

Love this router. Its really fast. Much faster then my old wrt 1900acs. I use it in a small apartment so its overkill on the wifi. However, that Arm 1.8GHz cpu tears throughout the complex math required to run a VPN service, so didn't care about the wifi as much. But that also is blazing fast. If you want total control of what this router can offer, I recommend dd-wrt firmware. All in all it was worth the money in my opinion. Especially for running a VPN.

FAST!!!

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-18

Got tired of using the router/WAP that Verizon gave me a few years ago. This thing is blazing!

Best Open Source Router

By Chaim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

Powerful router with tons of options and above all highly customizable with special firmware's for those who need it.

Fool-proof

By Boruch
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

The product is easy-to-use and works. I am very annoyed that the software tries to insist that you need to create an account with their website in order to set the device up; however, I circumvented that (I forget now exactly what I did), and all seems well. The great attraction of this device over competition is how friendly, easy and fool-proof it is for custom third-party software (eg. open-wrt). The product seems impossible to 'brick'! It gives you TWO internal places to store operating systems, and it makes relatively easy to switch between them. It is very easy to upload third-party firmware or to reset to factory-defaults. The default software seems fine, but isn't as visually 'pretty' as I've seen elsewhere (eg. verizon proprietary routers).

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