Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router
The WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router ($249.99 list) is the latest addition to the Linksys family of WRT routers, and like its predecessors it allows you to substitute the router’s stock firmware with open-source code that offers customized settings and advanced monitoring capabilities. It also supports Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming, which sends data to MU-MIMO–compatible clients simultaneously rather than sequentially. It also offers Tri-Stream 160 technology, which effectively doubles the 80MHz channel width on the 5GHz band to achieve faster throughput speeds. The problem is, there aren’t yet any Tri-Stream clients available to take advantage of the increased throughput capabilities. The WRT3200ACM took top honors on our file transfer tests. And although it also performed quite well on our 5GHz and MU-MIMO throughput tests, it couldn’t match the overall performance of the Trendnet AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router (TEW-827DRU) .
Design and Features
The WRT3200ACM retains the familiar black-and-blue 2.1-by-9.6-by-7.6-inch (HWD) enclosure design used on earlier WRT models such as the WRT 1200AC and the WRT 1900AC . It has four adjustable removable external antennas and a series of LED status indicators on the front for Internet, the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands, WPS, the LAN ports, the USB and eSATA ports, and Power. Around back are four Gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0/eSATA combo port, and Reset, Power, and WPS buttons. The WRT3200ACM is powered by a 1.8GHz dual-core processor and uses the latest 802.11ac circuitry with support for MU-MIMO, beamforming, and Tri-Stream 160MHz technologies. This is an AC3200 router that can reach (theoretical) throughput speeds of up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 2600Mbps on the 5GHz band.