Linksys WRT AC3200 Three Stream 160Mhz Technology

Linksys introduces new wireless two band router WRT AC3200 with three stream 160 technology delivering speeds up to 2600Mbps @5GHz band and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band. This product is the fastest two band router with open-source firmware DD-WRT and OpenWrt.

What this product does

The first generation of wireless three band routers (wireless AC3200 routers such as Linksys EA9200 router or TP-link Archer AC3200) deliver total bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps and most people perception when they notice AC3200 router would be this model of three band router. People might be familiar with wireless AC3100 router as the two band AC router such as Asus RT-AC88 AC3100 router.




 

3x stream 160

Now when you notice that Linksys WRT-AC3200 router is the first generation of three band AC3200 router is wrong. WRT-AC3200 is a two band router with new three stream 160 technology delivering speeds of up to 2600Mbps @5GHz band and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band.

The first AC flagship in DD-WRT Open source firmware i.e. Linksys WRT 1900AC and Linksys WRT 1900ACS which both use the same three stream of 80MHz delivering speed up to 3x433Mbps (1300Mbps) @5GHz band, the latest Linksys WRT-AC3200 uses new three stream 160Mhz delivering speed up to 3x867Mbps (2.6Gbps). Three stream 160 technology provides bandwidth twice as much as traditional three stream 80Mhz technology.

Fastest router @5GHz

With speed of 2600Mbps @5GHz band, Linksys WRT AC3200 router will be the fastest router @5GHz band so far. You can mention that wireless AC5400 routers such as Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router, or TP-link Archer C5400 deliver speed of 2166Mbps @5GHz band. And even Talon AD7200 delivers speed of 1700Mbps @5GHz band, however Talon introduces new 60GHz band with speed of 4600Mbps if the client is at line of sight with the router, no obstacles.

In a nutshell, Linksys WRT AC3200 router is the fastest router @5GHz band so far.

linksys wrt ac3200

Linksys WRT AC3200 dual band router

Highlights

  • Dual band wireless router with three stream 160 technology
  • MU-MIMO for fast connection to multiple devices concurrently
  • 4x dual band external antennas
  • DD-WRT and OpenWRT open source firmware for flexible customizable
  • Smart-Wifi app for easy network management via your mobile devices
  • Powered by high performance 1.8GHz dual core processor with 256MB flash and 512MB RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports for 4x LAN and 1x WAN ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 port and 1x combo USB 2.0 / eSATA

To learn more manufacturer’s description:

Click here for Linksys WRT AC3200’s spec details and price in Amazon.

Will this product be successful in the market and make users change their mind to choose this fastest router instead of wireless AC3200 or AC5400 three band routers? We’ll see.

Comparison

Lots of most popular wireless router with high customer rating in the market including Netgear Nighthawk X6 in AC3200 network segment and Asus RT-AC5300 router you may compare with Linksys WRT AC3200 router.

Take a look at the following spec comparison tables. Table 1 shows you spec comparison between Linksys WRT AC3200 and Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 router. while table 2 shows you spec comparison between Linksys WRT AC3200 and Asus RT-AC5300 router.

Wifi technology

All the three routers represent different wifi technologies. Linksys WRT AC3200 router is designed with the three stream 160Mhz technology to produce the fastest wifi speed @5GHz band. Nighthawk X6 represents three band router with three stream 80Mhz technology. While Asus RT-AC5300 router represents three band routers with four stream technology and Broadcom NitroQAMTM technology to boost the speeds.

The other features are general something like number of LAN gigabit ports, USB ports, Beamforming and still more.

Table 1 Linksys WRT AC3200 Vs Nighthawk X6

  Linksys WRT AC3200 Nighthawk X6
Wifi technology AC3200 dual band

3 stream 160Mhz technology

AC3200 three band

3 stream 80Mhz technology

# bands Dual band

2.4GHz band; 5GHz band

Three band

2.4GHz band; 5GHz band-1; 5GHz-band-2

Speeds 2600Mbps @5GHz

600Mbps @2.4GHz

2x 1300Mbps @ 5GHz band-1 and band-2

600Mbps @2.4GHz

MU-MIMO Yes No
Beamforming Yes Yes
Open source DD-WRT

Open WRT

N/A
Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN ports

1x Gigabit WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN ports

USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 / eSATA combo

1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 port

Processor 1.8GHz dual core processor

256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM Memory

1GHz dual core processor
Price (Oct 2016 in Amazon) $279.99 $254.90

 

Table 1 Linksys WRT AC3200 Vs Asus RT-AC5300

  Linksys WRT AC3200 Asus RT-AC5300
Wifi technology AC3200 dual band

3 stream 160Mhz technology

AC5300 three band

4×4 Broadcom NitroQAMTM technology

# bands Dual band

2.4GHz band; 5GHz band

Three band

2.4GHz band; 5GHz band-1; 5GHz-band-2

Speeds 2600Mbps @5GHz

600Mbps @2.4GHz

2x 2167Mbps @ 5GHz band-1 and band-2

1000Mbps @2.4GHz

MU-MIMO Yes Yes, with Smart Connect technology
Beamforming Yes Yes
Open source DD-WRT

Open WRT

N/A
Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN ports

1x Gigabit WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN ports

USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 / eSATA combo

1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 port

Processor 1.8GHz dual core processor

256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM Memory

1.4GHz dual core processor

128MB Flash and 512MB of RAM Memory

Price (Oct 2016 in Amazon) $279.99 $369.90

 

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Summary

Linksys WRT AC3200 is the fastest dual band router with three stream 160MHz technology to deliver the fastest 2600Mbps speed @5GHz band. This router is designed with open source DD-WRT firmware.


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