The Linksys WRT 32X comes with a design that, its primary goal, to curtail the network lag for gamers. It incorporates a perfect prioritization engine to distribute a home’s bandwidth with a quick install and an exemplary interface.
Unfortunately, this produces middling performance.
Linksys WRT 32X Review
Linksys WRT 32X can streamline downloads, broaden the router’s bandwidth and apply priorities for gamers which makes it combining several powerful elements into $299.
- Low latency design
- Perfect Prioritization Engine
- Exemplary interface
- Lags other routers on speed
The WRT 32X galling router comes with low latency design and the power to prioritize your home’s network connection, especially lags on the overall performance. Although it misses the latest security at $299, it comes to the interest of heavy-duty gamers.
The WRT 32X is the one the most recent routers since 2002. It might be large at 9.7- x 7.6- x 2.0-inches, but the black coloured WRT 32X can be put with a matching 8-port switch or threaded into a wall or shelf. Linksys also provides a printable tutorial template for where to drill the holes.
Its primary aim is 100 per cent gaming.
Looking into the inside, it has Marvell’s versatile 88W8964 WiFi control chip that sets up four lanes of data traffic and can use 20-, 40-, 80- or 160MHz channels, adequately doubling each channel’s bandwidth.
The router’s Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) establishes operations but continually searching for and using the latest glutted airspace.
The WRT 32X is powered by a 1.8GHz dual-core processor, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash for storing firmware and settings. It has abilities of 600Mbps performance in 2.4GHz and 2.6Gbps in a 5GHz channel. It comes up to an AC3200 rating.
It makes the gamers’ dream comes true with its design that lowers latency while increasing performance. The blooming on top is Rivet Networks’ Killer Networking Killer Prioritization Engine.
Concerning the Quality of Service (QOS) software that the WRT 32X provides and takes it a new level of prioritization focuses and reducing device lag.
It means, it lets you monopolize as much bandwidth as you need to have the best experience.
Besides of its gaming tendency, the WRT 32X has a reticent but functional front board that lights up in a cool blue to show devices connected.
In comparison with other WRT devices, you can find a turn off the switch in the back but that you can do with its software.
In the back of the router, you can find a proprietary power port, an on-off switch, a button to connect via WiFi Protected service along with an adjourn reset button.
The router provides single WAN and four LAN ports that can manage gigabit per second traffic, a USB 3.0 port and a combo connector for either a USB 2.0 accessory or an eSATA drive.
It makes the gamers’ dream comes true with its design that lowers latency while increasing performance.
The WRT 32X has four augment screw-on antennas that are rated at 4dBi for 2.4GHz work, and 7dBi for 5GHz. They can be rotated and aimed. If that does not do it, they can also be replaced with off-the-shelf replacements.
WiFi Spec: AC3200
Number of Antennas/Removable: 4/Yes
Ports: 1 WAN/4LAN gigabit per second, USB 3.0, Combo USB 2.0/eSATA
Processor/Memory/Storage: 1.8GHz Marvell dual core/512MB/256MB
WiFi chip: Marvell 88W8964
Peak 802.11ac performance: 544.5Mbps (at 15 feet)
Range: 95 feet
Size: 9.7- x 7.6- x 2.0 inches
Depending on a Marvell 88W8964 WiFi chip, the WRT 32X can build AC3200 802.11ac network. In testing at Utah facility using ixChariot software, the WRT 32X was a reliable midrange performer that was capable of a maximum throughput of 544.5Mbps at 15 feet; it delivered 527.6Mbps at 5 feet. That’s affluent the pace set by the ability of Norton Core or Eero routers to distribute up to 672.2Mbps and 573.7Mbps at 5 feet.
This bandwidth drops to 538.3Mbps (at 50 feet) and 247.0Mbps (at 100 feet) but rises to 302.4Mbps at 150 feet. Still, Core was able to move 384.1Mbps at 150 feet.
The router may focus primary at advanced gamers, but it can also provide excellent video quality, primarily, smooth 4K video playback.
The WRT 32X can help when it comes to living in a home with lots of Wi-Fi-impacting walls. The router was capable of getting through walls made of metal and soundboard with 559.0Mbps and 532.1Mbps emerging on the other side, compared with Core’s 662.6Mbps and 700.0Mbps. The WRT 32X passes 534.6Mbps of data through a ceiling.
In concluding analysis, the router could not be more powerful to reach my 3.500-square-foot place leaving many places uncovered, especially my basement. It provided a range of 95 feet with my iPad Pro, but Linksys doesn’t sell matching mesh extensions, although its Velop mesh system is quite
In the final analysis, the WRT 32X wasn’t powerful enough to fill my 3,500-square-foot abode on its own, leaving several places (particularly in the basement) uncovered. It had a range of 95 feet with my iPad Pro, but Linksys doesn’t sell matching mesh extensions, although its Velop mesh system is quite efficient.
The router may focus primary at advanced gamers, but it can also provide excellent video quality, primarily, smooth 4K video playback. It effortlessly eliminates my informal saturation test by playing videos on an iPad Pro and a Surface Pro 3 as I was also listening to internet radio on my Macbook Air. Meanwhile, data was transferred from, and to a Samsung Tab Pro S., The video and audio reception came without skips or lags.
It works fine when tested on a Core i7-based MSI gaming notebook; I flew a Spitfire against German ME109s in Fighter Patrol 42. Later I went for a play in a Porsche 911 with Real Racing 3 on an iPad Pro. Both games felt fast, responsive and smooth with less noticeable lags.
Fortunately, the WRT 32X router provides an old school set up. You can use the Linksys phone and tablet app to monitor the router and network remotely. You can find a version for iOS and Android.
Following screwing on the four antennas and plugging the router into its AC adapter, I switched it on. A sticker is found on the bottom of the router with its default network name and password, through which I successfully managed to connect a client to the router using http://myrouter.local; 192.168.1.1.
Afterwards, a well-explained step by step sequence for connecting the WRT32X to an internet connection. You can also do every set up manually.
Following the validation of the Linksys license, I connected my home network to the WRT 32X and quickly changed the name and password settings to be more secure. The interface’s screens are dark, functional and accurate. Finally, after the setup, all my devices connected successfully.
If you tend to have an adventure’s taste, the WRT 32X works with DD-WRT open-source firmware, albeit hitherto there’s nothing explicitly made for the WRT 32X. You can use the DD-WRT firmware available for the similar WRT ACM3200.
The interface’s Advanced Settings section is a rich of opportunities to customize and streamline the WRT 32X’s operations.
The WRT 32X makes its system’s interface and software very easy and straight forward for use. The system also includes setting up port forwarding and adjusting the Killer Prioritization Engine to give my system first entitlement on data.
The system’s Dashboard noticeably shows how many devices are connected to the router, the network’s name along with which port forwarding details. On the top, it displays current downloading and uploading speeds.
The system uses WPA2 encryption to shield your network, and the router can only accept encrypted firmware updates. It has a Stateful Packer Inspection firewall but does not have elements such as deep packet inspection and examining analysis that is turning to be part and parcel for home network security. Both are offered on the security-focused Norton Core.
Along with videos, tips and FAQs, Linksys provides 24×7 support for its WRT 32X router. On the downside, it includes only a one-year warranty. This diminishes the comparison to the two years of coverage included on F-Secure’s Sense router.
The Linksys WRT 32X is one the first routers worldwide designed for your gaming pleasure with a prioritization engine and the capability to double each channel’s bandwidth and speed up data transfers. Meanwhile, its testing does not match with the best but considering $299; it is a little price to pay.