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Linksys WRT3200ACM

Customizable AC3200 dual-band Wi-Fi® router

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Overview

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The Linksys WRT3200ACM router offers broad Wi-Fi coverage and super-fast data transfer speeds for large business properties. Its dual-band network offers faster network speeds, better range, and reduced interference from other devices. And it's open-source compatible, for users who are willing and able to customize.

Customizable enterprise-grade wireless router

The Linksys WRT3200ACM router offers broad Wi-Fi coverage and super-fast data transfer speeds for large business properties. Its dual-band network offers faster network speeds, better range, and reduced interference from other devices. And it's open-source compatible, for users who are willing and able to customize.

There's an enterprise-grade 1.8 GHz dual-core processor inside, that uses advanced MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology to keep data flowing smoothly to several wireless devices simultaneously. The router's four high-powered antennas create a broad, powerful umbrella of wireless coverage, and you can use beamforming to "aim" stronger Wi-Fi where it's needed most.

Setup, control, and customization

The free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app helps you set up, monitor, and control your new router. You'll have access to some very useful features:

  • parental controls let you restrict access, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the internet
  • prioritize devices that need the most speed — for instance, a 4K TV
  • create a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for guests

And if you're an advanced user, there's another way to customize the router for your needs. The WRT3200ACM is compatible with OpenWRT and DD-WRT — open source, Linux-based operating systems — so you can truly make it your own.

Convenient connections

It's easy to forget about the advantages of making direct connections to your router. The WRT3200ACM provides LAN ports so you can directly connect devices like desktop computers or home automation control hubs, taking some strain off of your wireless coverage, and ensuring top speed through the wired connection. There's a USB 3.0 port and an eSATA port for connecting to external storage drives, so all of your stored content can be available on your wireless network.

Product Highlights:

  • 802.11ac simultaneous dual-band 2.4 & 5GHz Wi-Fi (600 Mbps + 2600 Mbps)
  • four high-powered radio amplifiers with external antennas broadcast strong Wi-Fi® signal
  • enterprise-grade 1.8 GHz dual-core processor can process large amounts of traffic
  • MU-MIMO technology lets router communicate with multiple devices simultaneously
  • beamforming technology directs wireless signal where it's needed most
  • free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app offers smart control of your network:
    • offers app-based setup and monitoring of your router
    • create a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for guests
    • parental controls let you restrict access, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the internet
    • prioritize devices that need the most speed
  • browser-based installation makes setup easy using a tablet, smartphone, or computer
  • OpenWRT® and DD-WRT® compatibility offers an additional layer of customization
    • set up a secure VPN
    • turn the router into a web server
    • create Wi-Fi hotspots
    • analyze and manage network traffic
    • detect network intrusion
  • security: WPA2 and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
  • includes AC power adapter, Ethernet cable and quick start guide
External Connections:
  • one WAN input for connecting to the internet
  • four 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for making wired connections to your devices
  • one USB 3.0 port to wirelessly access and share USB hard drives and printers
  • eSATA port for connecting to bulk storage devices (can also serve as a USB 2.0 port)
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • WiFi router
  • 4 Antennas
  • AC power adapter (attached 58" DC cord)
  • 58" Ethernet cable
  • Documentation on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide

Good router, beastly processor inside. Only problem I had was that it has a known 5Ghz wireless band, only works for about an hour than kicks the wireless off and 10 minutes later it works again.

Adam, Two Rivers, WI

Reviews

Linksys WRT3200ACM Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Linksys WRT3200ACM

John from Mc Farland, WI on 1/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far so good. I've had it a couple of weeks and have noticed when entire family is online, no more slowdowns or wifi disconnects. I bought it to install DD-WRT but haven't gotten to it yet. Default software is pretty good, although I'm not thrilled with the default parental controls, combined with Windows account controls, they are adequate. My Pixel speed test went from 5-25MB/s download to closer to my actual max of 60MB/s download.

Pros: Easy setup WiFi is super fast App to control router if pretty nice

Cons: 5Ghz isn't that great in my house so I've disabled it.

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Crutchfield customer from Upper Marlboro, MD on 1/5/2018

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Hardware problems. I will never recommend this product to anyone.

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Crutchfield response on 1/8/2018 We're sorry you're having issues with your router. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Cabot, AR on 12/15/2017

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Delivery and price product great as usual. However, this device has a firmware or hardware problem. Every 2 to 3 days it must be rebooted. I have seen this on other posting too. Hopefully, linksys will acknowledge and correct this problem.5

Pros: Great speed

Cons: Unreliable, manufacture defect in my opinion.

Linksys WRT3200ACM

Michael from Wilson, NC on 9/10/2017

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I used to have a WRT54GL for years and years but it could not keep up with the streaming (and it still works) so I decided to buy this one hoping it would continue the legacy. I could not be more wrong. This router ran for about three month when it started having Wifi dropouts on both bands to the end that the low band (2.4GHz) disappeared completely. So far I have to restart the router at least once a week to keep it going. I do not think I will buy a Linksys again...

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Crutchfield response on 9/11/2017 After receiving Michael's feedback, we looked up his order and found that his router is still under warranty. While his order is beyond Crutchfield's 60-day return policy, he can contact Linksys at 800-546-5797 for further information about the 1-year warranty on this router.

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Crutchfield customer from Raleigh, NC on 6/30/2017

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Set up was fairly straight-forward, with the only curve coming when the instructions did not clearly state the router password to use while setting it up to a wired desk-top. Linksys customer service was quick and excellent and soon I had the beast functioning. Works great in our 2200 sq. ft. 2 story home; after a couple of weeks have yet to have a dropped signal anywhere in the house or outside.

Pros: Relatively easy set up (and I'm not very tech savvy), easily accommodates four active users.

Cons: Less than clear instructions for set up. But excellent customer service made up for it.

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Guest from Hinton, OK on 4/14/2017

Great update to my previous router. Simple to set up. Great coverage throughout the house. No complaints.

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Adam from Two Rivers, WI on 3/23/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good router, beastly processor inside. Only problem I had was that it has a known 5Ghz wireless band, only works for about an hour than kicks the wireless off and 10 minutes later it works again.

Pros: Powerful router

Cons: 5Ghz wireless issue.

Linksys WRT3200ACM Wi-Fi Router

Crutchfield customer from Schwenksville, PA on 3/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This router works extremely well in all wireless applications. I did have to use Linksys support and it proved to be top notch also. You will not go wrong with this router. Crutchfield is also a top tier place to buy and I encourage trying to buy from them if possible. Other giant online retailers are trying to put all competition out to pasture.......and that isn't a good thing for any consumer.

Pros: Fast and powerful Nice looking Good technical support

Cons: None

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Thomas from Shenandoah, PA on 3/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to set up and works great. Fast delivery and excellent packaging.

Pros: Easy to set up and supports open source.

Cons: None

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Features

1.8GHz Dual-Core Processor + 512MB of RAM: Equipped with an enterprise-grade 1.8GHz dual-core processor, the WRT3200ACM packs the computing power needed to handle even the heaviest network traffic and deliver the lowest latency. The result is a fast, responsive home network that never lags. The WRT3200ACM comes equipped with 512MB of RAM that works in tandem with the 1.8GHz CPU to move movies, music, and other large files faster. With more than double the memory of its predecessor, the WRT3200ACM improves data transfer speeds, allowing you to do more, faster.

Four High-Performance Antennas: The WRT3200ACM features four external, adjustable high-performance antennas that provide strong, reliable coverage throughout your home. The unique antenna diversity technology onboard helps your laptop, tablet, smartphone, and other connected devices achieve an optimal connection, wherever they are in your home. The antennas also enhance coverage for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, keeping everyone gaming, downloading, and streaming without lag.

Wireless-AC: The Linksys WRT3200ACM router supports the following WiFi standards - 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac. AC WiFi delivers exceptional speed and performance, and is 3x faster than Wireless-N.

Dual-Band (2.4GHz + 5GHz): The Linksys WRT3200ACM WiFi Router offers two dedicated WiFi bands that deliver combined speeds of up to 3.2Gbps. High-bandwidth activities like 4K video streaming are connected to the high-speed 5 GHz band, while basic activities like email are placed on the 2.4 GHz band.

  • Band 1 (2.4GHz): Optimal speeds up to 600Mbps for older Wireless-N & G devices.
  • Band 2 (5GHZ): Faster speeds up to 2600Mbps for newer Wireless-AC devices.

Advanced WiFi Technologies: The Linksys WRT3200ACM WiFi Router incorporates advanced WiFi technologies - like MU-MIMO, Beamforming, & TriStream..

  • MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output): The Linksys WRT3200ACM WiFi Router features Next-Gen AC WiFi with MU-MIMO technology, the latest advancement towards uninterrupted, simultaneous WiFi connections. Devices such as 4K TVs, HD streaming media players, tablets, game consoles, and many more use a lot of bandwidth, and with MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology, the WRT3200ACM WiFi router sends WiFi to multiple devices at the same time and same speed. Your whole family can play, stream, and work at once, without experiencing lag or buffering--at up to 2x the speed of a non-MU-MIMO router.
  • Beamforming: The Linksys WRT3200ACM has Beamforming technology on both bands which helps improve the quality of voice, streaming of video and other bandwidth and latency sensitive transmissions. Direct WiFi signals to each of your mobile devices to increase signal strength and coverage. Play video games, listen to music, check emails, shop online, stream HD movies, and more, without having to worry about dropped signals.
  • Tri-Stream: Equipped with innovative Tri-Stream 160 technology, the WRT3200ACM delivers untouched, extreme WiFi speeds that never lag. Not available on other WiFi routers, Tri-Stream 160 effectively doubles the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band to power data-heavy activity with ultra-fast 2.6 Gbps WiFi speeds.

DFS Certified: Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) certification from the FCC not only allows operation at 160MHz enabling Tri-Stream160, but it also triples the channels available at 80MHz, so your router can operate in the clearest airspace that other Wi-Fi routers aren't allowed.

Simple Setup: Setting up the Linksys WRT3200ACM is made fast and easy because of its CD-less setup. Enter http://LinksysSmartWiFi.com in a web browser. You can run the setup from a web browser even if the router initially does not have Internet connection or is on factory settings. The default IP Address for this router is 192.168.1.1, and the default router password is admin. The default SSID and passphrase of the Linksys WRT3200ACM are printed on the product label underneath the device. At the end of the setup you can mange the following router settings -

  • Change the router's name & password
  • Setup a Guest network and Guest access
  • Configure parental controls
  • Connect devices to the WiFi router and your wireless network
  • Test your Internet connection speed
Note: Certified Operating Systems include Mac OSX (10.x or higher) and Windows 7 or higher. Supported Internet browsers include - Latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox 8 or higher, Safari 5 (for Mac and iPad), Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer version 8 or higher.

Smart WiFi App: With the Linksys Smart WiFi App for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can closely monitor and manage your home WiFi remotely using your smartphone or tablet. With the Linksys Smart WiFi app, you can access your home network from anywhere, any time. Easily tap into your home network to check the connection status of your devices, set up WiFi access for guests, or restrict your kids from accessing social networking sites when they should be doing homework. You can even prioritize which devices on your network get priority bandwidth to reduce lag times and buffering. You no longer have to be tethered to your desk at home to manage your home network.

  • Remote Access: Access and manage your network from anywhere and quickly view the status of your WiFi network.
  • Guest Network: There are two Guest networks that can be set up on the Linksys WRT3200ACM; one for each network band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). The default SSID of each Guest network is the SSID of the main network appended with the -guest suffix. Create a separate, password-protected WiFi network for up to 50 guests and easily share the password. Guests will be removed in First-In, First-Out (FIFO) order once the maximum number of guests is reached.
  • Parental Controls: Ensure a safe Internet experience for your kids, even when you're away from home. Restrict access to inappropriate or distracting content, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the Internet.
  • Device Prioritization: You can prioritize devices that need the most speed.

Open Source Ready: While the Linksys WRT3200ACM provides an outstanding experience via Smart WiFi immediately out of the box, advanced users can further modify the router with open source firmware. Developed for use with OpenWRT and DD-WRT, an open source, Linux-based operating system, the router offers an additional layer of customization to suit your needs

Gigabit Ethernet Ports: The Linksys WRT3200ACM router is fitted with five 10/100/1000 (1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology. The WAN port is used to connect your Internet modem, while the LAN ports are used to connect your local network devices.

USB 3.0 Port: The Linksys WRT3200ACM has a USB 3.0 port which is capable of supporting an external hard disk or flash drive with up to 1100mA current draw. This port supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and HFS+ journaled and non-journaled file format systems. Share audio, video, photo, and document files; plus add external storage across your network with the USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 offers enhanced speeds over 2.0.

eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo Port: The combo USB 2.0/eSATA port on the Linksys WRT3200ACM allows you to connect a USB 2.0 device or eSATA (External Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drive to the network. 

DLNA & UPnP Compliant: The Linksys WRT3200ACM router supports DLNA & UPnP for connectivity and streaming between compatible network devices. The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) both have a set of guidelines that allow interconnectivity between network devices.

  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP): UPnP allows devices that are connected to a network to easily discover each other and automatically create a working configuration. By enabling UPnP, you will be able to automatically forward the needed ports for a certain device or application. Examples of UPnP-capable devices include web cameras, gaming consoles, routers, computers, VOIP, and mobile devices. This is very useful especially if you want to do data sharing, communicate with another device in the network, or for entertainment purposes such as video conferencing and gaming.
  • Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA): DLNA is an international collaboration of Consumer Electronics (CE), computing industry and mobile device companies. They developed a concept of wired and wireless interoperable networks where digital content such as photo, music, and videos can be shared through consumer electronics, personal computers and mobile devices in and beyond your home. DLNA-enabled products are designed to be easy to install, affordable, must interoperate with each other without requiring the consumer to undergo complex or tedious setup, and configuration for connection between devices.
Note: In general, all DLNA-capable devices are also UPnP-capable since the former is derived from the later. Also, DLNA uses UPnP to discover and control different devices.

Advanced Security Modes: The Linksys WRT3200ACM supports WEP, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2/WPA Mixed Personal, and WPA2/WPA Enterprise on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Its provides up to 128-bit encryption. You can even use WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) technology to automatically and securely add wireless devices to your network.

DMZ & Port Forwarding: The DMZ feature allows one local user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming and Videoconferencing (VC). The DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one computer. Port Forwarding is more secure compared to enabling the DMZ feature because it only opens the ports you want to open.

Wireless Scheduler: The Wireless Scheduler feature of the Linksys WRT3200ACM allows you to turn Off or On the wireless networks, including the Guest networks at your preferred time.

Firmware Updates: You can update the router's firmware automatically or manually. Click here for the latest firmware updates.

AC Power: The Linksys WRT3200ACM router includes an AC power adapter which will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet. Input (100-240V ~ 50-60Hz); Output (12V, 2.5A).

Mounting Options: The Linksys WRT3200ACM router can be place horizontally on a table-top or mounted vertically on a wall (mounting screws not included).

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