Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-12-26

Linksys WRT3200ACM is a high-performance router sporting the AC3200 standard, supports bandwidths up to 160MHz on the AC band, MU-MIMO for streaming data to multiple devices at once and packs a powerful 1.8GHz dual-core processor. By connecting a storage device to it, we can easily transform the router into an entry-level NAS, the read/write speeds being surprisingly good for a device of this type.

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Packaging, A Closer Look Part I

After trying out the EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router from Linksys, it is time to get a bit more down-to-earth and try out the WRT3200ACM model, which does feature the AC3200 MU-MIMO standard, can support bandwidth widths up to 160MHz on 5GHz on all spatial streams, a powerful 1.8GHz dual-core processor and is also compatible with Linux-based open-source firmware such as OpenWrt and DD-WRT. The product is borrowing from the design lines of their older series such as the WRT54G (the first Wireless-G router) but has made quite a bit of enhancements, so the WRT3200ACM looks much more futuristic. On the top cover of the box, we will get to see a photo of the router, along with the main product highlights:




On the side, the manufacturer does show a view from the back of the device, along with some features of the mobile application, Smart Wi-Fi:




The full list of specifications is also available nearby, along with the package contents:




Even more product details are explained on the bottom area:




After lifting the top cover, we will get to see the main product, surrounded by quite a bit of protective foam:




If we do remove the router from the packaging, we will be able to spot the documentation underneath:




The next layer is holding the removable Wi-Fi antennas:




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