Linksys WRT32X AC3200 dual-band Wi-Fi gaming router

The Good Gamers will love how it stabilizes in-game ping.

The Bad The speeds aren't great and the menu isn't the most user-friendly. No hardware changes from the Linksys WRT3200ACM.

The Bottom Line Hard-core gamers will get their money's worth if they have a Killer PC, but everyone else should find a less expensive option.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 6.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.5 Overall

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Review

Gaming with this Linksys router is Killer

Is a router really going to make your champion in League of Legends kick more butt? Probably not, but the Linksys WRT32X does give you an edge over gamers whose routers often lag behind due to their network traffic. With its Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE), the WRT32X can help you make sure anyone streaming Netflix in the other room doesn't increase your ping.

For $300 (about £225 in the UK or AU$390), this Linksys AC3200-class dual-band router is in line with other gaming routers and works great with gaming PCs. Folks with only regular devices can save $100 and buy the Asus RT-AC3200 or the D-Link DIR-890L/R both of which are tri-band. Or get the Linksys WRT3200ACM router because, well, it's the same hardware as the WRT32X, just without the gaming-centric Killer software.

You've seen this Linksys style before

Gamers should be familiar with the way the WRT32X looks, as it mimics previous routers in the WRT series, like the WRT3200ACM or the WRT1900AC, except this one is all black. The four detachable antennas are short and the router itself is small enough at 9.7 by 7.6 by 2.0-inches and 1.76 pounds to snugly fit on any shelf. It has the standard four gigabit LAN ports and one gigabit WAN port, but offers a USB 3.0 port and a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port for network storage or a printer.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Belkin
  • Color Category black
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 3.2 Gbps
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