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Linksys WRT32x AC3200 Wireless Gaming Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Aug 22, 2017 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Linksys

Management GUI

 

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Setup of the WRT32x starts immediately after connecting to the router. It's preferred you use a wired connection for installation.

 

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The second step allows you to name your SSID or choose to separate the bands. At the bottom, you will need to choose an administrator password.

 

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The dashboard for the WRT32x is among the best I have seen. It's very clean with real-time traffic at the top, your current internet bandwidth at the bottom, and a list of connected devices to the right. On the left-hand side, we have a list of categories and advanced setup if you need it.

 

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Just like the initial setup, the Wi-Fi menu allows you to setup each band with its own SSID and password. At the bottom, you can turn on guest access if needed.

 

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The device's menu lists out what is connected, and if it has a Killer wired or wireless NIC, it will show the logo and give that device priority.

 

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You can customize the level of device prioritization even for devices without Killer Networks NICs by dragging and dropping in the order you want them.

 

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The administration menu allows you to update firmware and change the router's password.

 

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Diving into advanced settings, we have access to USB and eSATA storage devices. This is the area where you will control port forwards and DDNS if you use those features.

 

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Another benefit of using the WRT32x is the ability to interface with Killer Control Center. Since I upgraded our Thunderbolt 3 test platform to the Alienware 15 R3 at the beginning of the year, I have been using KCC to enable application level prioritization, and with the WRT32x, it adds to the experience allowing you to control the router from the interface seen above.

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