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Linksys WRT3200ACM Smart Wi-Fi Router Review

Linksys WRT3200ACM Smart Wi-Fi Router Review
Linksys has a unique take on AC3200 class solutions with the WRT3200ACM smart wireless router. Let's take a close look at it.
By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 2:20 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Linksys

Introduction

 

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WRT routers always get me excited if not for anything else, the nostalgia. However, this latest solution to carry on the tradition does have a few tricks up its sleeve. Branded the WRT3200ACM, one would be safe to think this solution is a tri-band router, like the X6 from Netgear, but in fact, you would be wrong. What we have here is just a bit of clever marketing and a router that is a dual-band AC1900 solution with a somewhat juiced up but we can't use it yet 5GHz 160MHz capable band.

 

 

Maxed out link rates work out as 2600 Mbps on the 5GHz @ 160MHz and 600 Mbps for the 2.4GHz which is where Linksys is getting the AC3200. With that said, the only way to test the full capabilities of this 5GHz 160MHz band would be to use a second WRT3200ACM, which we don't have and thus we will be testing with our standard equipment.

 

 

Pricing, Availability, and Specifications

 

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Diving into the specifications, we have a dual-band platform aimed at very large households. You will find four gigabit Ethernet ports on the rear of the unit next to a single gigabit WAN port. Additional connectivity can be made through the USB 3.0 and somewhat out of place eSATAp USB 2.0 combo port.

 

At the heart of this unit, you will find a Marvell 88F6820 dual-core SoC operating at 1.8GHz paired with 512MB of DDR3, Micron for our sample. NAND flash is coming from Spansion with 256MB capacity.

 

As for radios, we have two Marvell 88W8964 each having its own cache of DRAM at 128MB, the radios are pushed by Skyworks amplifiers - SKY85309 for the 2.4GHz band and SKY85728 for the 5GHz band. A unique feature is the 5GHz DFS monitoring radio for 160MHz functionality also from Marvell.

 

MSRP of the Linksys WRT3200ACM comes in at $249.99 with a one-year warranty.

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