What makes this router special?
It effectively doubles the bandwidth from most dual-band routers that can support up to 80 megahertz, with this system you can go up to a hundred and 60 megahertz.
Now be warned there’s actually not a lot of devices currently available right now that supports that bandwidth.
In fact, the only thing that I can really think of is I getting another one of these WRT 3200 ACM routers and using it as a wireless bridge and now that being said there’s going to be dedicated adapters as well as devices that are going to support advanced 4×4 MIMO AC wireless technology. Which is going to utilize the potential bandwidth that this thing has to offer.
In fact, in 2.4 gigahertz mode, you can theoretically get up to 600 megabytes a second and in five years or her mode you can theoretically get up to 2600 megabytes a second. Thus if you add 600 +2600 you get 3200 and that’s why this is called the WRT 3200 in the first place.
Now all this is going to be relevant to the person that streams a lot of a high definition and 4k content whether that be movies or television shows and as well is going to be streaming at games with all these different services and internet bandwidth becoming a huge issue. Not everyone can have a wired connection and this is where a router design for multiple high bandwidth users becomes pretty relevant for the home enthusiast or even really small business solutions.
Now externally you can see the design of this router is pretty much identical to the previous generation WRT 1900 AC as well as the S model. So from the front panel indicator lights as well as the land connections at the back at USB 3.0 as all those eSATA connections, you pretty much have at the same router from a functional standpoint as externally speaking internally though. It has an upgraded Marvell processor, still using a dual-core chip but its clocking at 1.8 hertz compared to 1.6 gigahertz compared to the ACS a model and as well as you have a little bit more flash memory on this unit about 256 megabytes compared to 128 on the wrt and 1900 ACS.
In terms of the software itself like most WRT Linksys routers, it has the smart Wi-Fi OS which is very easy to use and setup. Maybe limited for advanced users but the great thing is of course just like any other WRT routers you can easily install third-party open sources firmware such as open WRT or DD-WRT. If you want to go beyond the stock software that comes pre-installed with the router.
Performance & Speed test
Now in terms of the performance of this router itself when speaking of the wired a LAN connection. The maximum rate for a data throughput in terms of transmission control protocol by the wired connection is around 1055 megabits per second.
And when it comes to testing out the data throughput from a wireless standpoint to keep things as real-world as possible I basically connected USB 3 hard drive directly into the router and then I connect on my MacBook Air just a 5 feet away from the router itself. Both on the 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gear heard channels and here is a basic result over here.
So in terms of the 2.4 gigahertz a channel, the downlink speed was about 68 megabits a second and the uplink was about 52 megabits a second when we switch over to the 5 gigahertz channel. Now keep in mind that the MacBook does not have an advanced ac adapter in there just a standard 2×2 MIMO systems. So certainly not utilizing the full capabilities of what this router has to offer but that being said we got a speed about 204 megabits a second in terms of downlink and about 174 megabits per second in terms of an uplink.
So generally not too bad you’re not going to see any real difference between this router and a standard ac router unless you have the proper 4×4 adapter built into your laptop or you have an external adapter that can utilize that full bandwidth. And again even that being said there’s still not any adapters that can utilize the tri-stream technology of having a spatial stream up to 160 megahertz. So that’s certainly future-proof technology.
Should you buy Linksys WRT AC3200?
It will probably be seen in a lot more upcoming devices with more advanced AC wireless technology but really guys that’s really it as you mentioned before this router is certainly designed for the future and for the person that’s going to expand their networking capabilities later on. So it’s a great solution if you’re going to plan ahead. Right now speaking, there’s not really a major advantage from this to a standard 1900 ACE router and certainly at the price is a little bit higher for that future-proof technology and you are getting solid hardware inside.
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