When Belkin acquired Linksys in 2013, they went to work and a year later reintroduced the WRT brand back into the market with the WRT1900ac. I was fortunate enough to get my hands-on that router just a few months after release and after testing was very happy with its performance. Now nearly four years later, we have two revisions of the WRT1900, an entry-level WRT1200 and flagship WRT3200.
At CES 2017, Linksys unveiled its project with Rivet Networks, a partnership that has birthed this latest solution dubbed the WRT32x. This router shares both its form factor, design, and internal components with the WRT3200ACM but has gone a bit further aesthetically; the WRT32x is completely blacked out.
Specifications include a Marvell 88F6820 with two cores operating at 1.8GHz, 512MB of memory and 256MB of NAND flash. Two Marvell 88W8964 radios are provided, one for each band while on the outside these are supported by four RP-SMA antennas. Controlling the wired ports Linksys has deployed a standalone switch, the Marvell 88E6352.
Diving deeper into the specifications, the WRT32x is an AC3200 class platform. This gives 600 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 2600 Mbps on the 5GHz band with support for 802.11agn+ac. On the wired side, we have a single WAN next to four LAN ports, and external connectivity includes both USB 3.0 and eSATA.
The MSRP for the Linksys WRT32x comes in at $299.99 with a one-year warranty.
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