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Linksys WRT3200ACM Smart Wi-Fi Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 2:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Linksys

File Transfer Speeds

 

Our file transfer test has matured over the last few months. Initially, I was using an ISO file to transfer back and forth across the network, then I moved to using ATTO by mapping a network drive. For the last few months, I have been using NASTester 1.7 and the 100M and 1000M file sizes.

 

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The WRT3200M doesn't disappoint when it comes to storage. I could get 112 MB/s write with the 100MB transfer size and 112.3 MB/s with the 1GB transfer. The only thing holding this back from being even faster was the gigabit link to our test system.

 

Read performance was down quite a bit at 54 and 66 MB/s, maybe Linksys will tune the firmware for a better balance?

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Looking at Linksys' portfolio, they have 28 routers listed. These range from the infamous WRT54GL to the latest WRT3200ACM and everything in between. If one vendor can have 28 solutions for you and there are a plethora of vendors - you see where I am going - the market is crowded with choices.

 

With that said, what you want to know is, "Is this router worthy?" The short answer is "Yes." The build quality is quite good with this solution including fit of the plastics, the front white LEDs while they can be too much for some can be turned off in software. The overall software platform is very easy to setup and manage and even has its own app for Android and iOS.

 

As far as performance is concerned, this solution will certainly get you the most through its wired connections, but as far as wireless is concerned, it does slip back towards the middle of the pack. Our 2.4GHz throughput testing came in at 158 Mbps on the 40MHz band, and the 5GHz throughput topped out at 386 Mbps on the 80MHz band. Results, of course, will vary based on distance and all of my testing is done at 15ft.

 

I would have loved to take the 160MHz band for a test, but unfortunately, there are no consumer devices taking advantage of this quite yet but Linksys does have another trick up its sleeve, and that starts with USB 3.0. Storage on this solution is fantastic, probably one of the best I have seen right with the Netgear X8.

 

For those wanting a router that can possibly take over NAS duties, they are few and far between, but the WRT3200ACM delivers.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance89%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging89%
Value for Money85%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: Adding to the legacy of the WRT brand, the Linksys WRT3200ACM Smart Wi-Fi Router is a future proof platform with ample performance in both storage and networking.

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