Linksys continues to be relevant in the home networking space, despite the recent spate of competitors such as eero, Luma and Google Wifi. At CES this year, Linksys announced their new Velop WiFi system as well as updates to the Max Stream and the WRT ranges.
Today we’ll check out the latest WRT release, the Linksys WRT3200ACM. This familiar looking router follows in the footsteps of the high-powered WRT1900AC/ACS, WRT1200AC and the original WRT54G (released in 2002). With this heritage, it certainly has a lot to live up to.
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The WRT3200ACM is built around the Marvell Armada 38X dual-core 1.8 GHz SOC, that is a faster version of the one seen in the WRT1900ACS. There are other similarities between the devices, both featuring 512MB RAM, 5 Gigabit ports and the familiar iconic case. Where things differ is in the wireless department. Here, the WRT3200ACM features a 4×4 MIMO AC3200 radio that offers 600 Mbps and 2600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands respectively.
The WRT32100ACM is available now for $249.99/£199.99, and hunting around shows some good discounts.
What’s in the Box?
The Linksys WRT3200ACM comes in fairly traditional quality retail packaging, featuring a large product photo and details of the many features. If you’re looking for this on a store shelf it will be quite easy to spot.
Open the box and you are presented with the retro-inspired router sitting proudly within the sturdy packaging. It looks all but identical to the WRT1900ACS, and features a similarly sturdy case. The plastics are all very high quality and there’s no give or creaking when you squeeze them.
Also included in the box are the quick start guide, power adapter, four high-gain antennas, flat Ethernet cable, and a CD (why!?).
The four antennas screw into their connectors, two on the back and two on the sides. Flip over the device and you’ll find fixing holes cleverly integrated into the WRT3200ACM’s feet for wall-mounting. All the connections are located on the back of the router.
Here you’ll find the WPS button, four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one Gigabit WAN port, one USB and on USB/eSATA combo port, reset button, power connector and a sturdy power switch.
The main view you’ll have of the router is looking at the large logo on the top and the indicators on the front. The LED’s are concealed behind a dark-tinted glossy panel and use light-guides to provide an attractive display.
There is little that we haven’t seen in the previous WRT routers, but that isn’t a bad thing. If you are looking for a living-room friendly discrete router then you should probably look elsewhere. However, the WRT3200ACM offers a sturdy and nostalgic design with clear indicators, removable antennas and great usability.