Linksys WRT3200ACM

Linksys WRT3200ACM

WRT3200ACM Overview

The WRT3200ACM Wi-Fi Router features Tri-Stream 160 and MU-MIMO technologies for the latest in connecting multiple high-end devices at the same time. The Linksys WRT3200ACM has enough ram and a dual core 1.8GHz CPU to run open-source firmware and all your high-bandwidth activities. I got mine from Best Buy you can get yours here http://bby.me/lf3h

Linksys WRT3200ACM
Linksys WRT3200ACM

The desktop form factor of the WRT3200ACM features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards over the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. The integrated 4 port gigabit switch allows for connecting other high speed computers and network devices, the USB 3.0 and ESATA port allows for a quick network storage solution.

Tri-Stream 160 and MU-MIMO

If you’re wondering what Tri-stream 160 and MU-MIMO is in the new WRT3200ACM well it’s a conglomerate of the latest methods to stream data to devices quickly.

First, the Tri-Stream 160 takes the previous AC1900 where 3 80mhz channels are used to increase speed and increases the channels to 160mhz. Increasing the “Pipe” size effectively allows twice the data to be transmitted. The below picture from Linksys sums up the benefit pretty well.

Tri-Stream 160 WRT3200ACM
Tri-Stream 160 WRT3200ACM

Next, Mu-MIMO is the latest iteration of the MIMO standard. MIMO stands for Multiple In Multiple Out. And what it does is allows a device to establish multiple connections to the router in an effort to allow data to be passed to and from the router faster. The problem with this is that only one device at a time could have a MIMO connection. The WRT3200ACM solves that problem by allowing multiple devices to have MIMO connections. That is where the MU comes from Multi User.  This graphic from Linksys sums it up pretty good.

MU-MIMO on the WRT3200ACM
MU-MIMO on the WRT3200ACM

Check out my Unboxing video.

WRT3200ACM Review:

The WRT3200ACM provides excellent coverage and plenty of bandwidth to connect and stream to all of your devices. The web-based basic setup is super simple. Advanced setup is simple allowing for the most common options to be easily found.

External:

The WRT3200ACM is a fairly hefty router, it feels like there is actually something inside. The front display has all the status lights. They, thankfully, aren’t overly intrusive like on some other routers. You can shut them off in the advanced setup.

On either side of the router, you have an antenna. On the back, from left to right, is where you have the WPS button, 4 Gigabit ethernet ports, and the uplink port to your modem. Next, we have the USB 3.0 port and the eSATA/USB2.0 port. Last we have the reset button, power port, and power switch.

Linksys WRT3200ACM Back Pannel
Linksys WRT3200ACM Back Pannel

Setup:

The basic web based setup is quick and painless, All the steps are laid out in a couple pages. The first asks about the TOS and anonymous statistical data, then automatic network detection, then setting network name and password, and finally your routers password. The last optional step is to set up a SmartWiFi account with Linksys.

The only issued I had setting up the WRT3200ACM, through the web interface, was that I had to have the modem plugged in. Otherwise, the basic setup failed. Once I got through the basic setup I was able to get to the advanced settings that allowed for static routes, Dynamic DNS services, You can check out my other videos if you have any other questions on those advanced settings.

Performance:

My current network has over 30 devices on it spread out throughout my house inside and outside. My furthest devices are wireless cameras and they have to transmit their data through multiple floors and walls and they seem to be able to do that without any issues. I am able to stream movies and videos around the network without any issues.

I highly recommend the WRT3200ACM by Linksys

 

disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free