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Linksys AC3200 WRT3200ACM Open Source Ready Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Supported by DD-WRT, eSATA / USB 3.0
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Pros: The WRT3200ACM is the latest flagship from Linksys which includes 256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM and a enterprise class duel core 1.8GHZ chip.

MU-MIMO technology allows for full bandwidth to multiple devices simultaneously without any type of tier effect when bandwidth is shared.

Beam-forming technology reduces interference by allowing a more direct signal to devices

DFS Certified with Dedicated Scanner Radio
The WRT3200ACM operates in a clear airspace denied to traditional routers thanks to Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) certification from the FCC

The 4 high gain antenna's provide for superior coverage and range.

I tested the range and no drops through multiple walls all the way to my garage. I have no doubt you could sit on your porch with a laptop and still have a strong signal.

Both 2.5 and 5 worked without issue and my bridge wireless network survey shows around 75% for 2.4 and 59% for 5 which is expected. Since 2.4 has better signal penetration.

Open-source ready to use distributions like OpenWrt and DD-WRT.

4 gigabit Ethernet ports, ESATA port and USB 3.0 for connecting external devices.

WPS, Reset and a rocker type power button.
WPA2-AES security.

Soft white LED indicators which can be turned off through the GUI
Can bet set up to automatically update firmware when a new version becomes available.

In keeping with the WRT theme this model is larger and more angular but still retains the style and stable footprint of the original plus color theme.

I still have a working but retired WRT54G which has to be 15+ years old.

Power cord is roughly 6 feet long, plenty long enough to get the router higher off the ground for clear coverage.

Flat ribbon style RJ45 Ethernet cable is included in the box.

Setup was very easy, the wizard is a click through with simple answers and it's up and running.
The GUI is clean and simple with a easy network map with icons you can change, built in speed test, route trace, etc.

The usual guest network, parental control are includes as one might expect and all other router features which have been standard for decades.

If you have any Linksys AP's it's really easy since you can just use the WI-FI protected setup [WPS] button on the AP then under wireless on the router click the push button icon and within a few seconds the AP recognized and running with SSID name and password.

This was great for the simple fact even though I have two Linksys AP's the router could not see then for me to set them up manually unlike routers of different brands in which I get the IP from the client list and use that information to open the AP to set it up.

Cons: Power brick is on the larger side so placement in a power strip or USP, it will need some space.

Cost is always a factor but stat wise compared to other routers in this class it's in the same price tier so not really a con.

I like the browser based GUI but a few things are annoying which a future firmware could address.

The DHCP client list is under troubleshooting? I never seen it listed under that heading because it's not very logical and not easy to find at first.

Linksys home networking widget can't be removed from the main page, it's just a hotlink to the Linksys smart WI-FI router home page.

Small annoyances but nothing that can't be corrected or lived with.

Other Thoughts: Power draw is rated at 33W due to the duel core processor, expected.

The honest truth is for the majority of home networks this router is overkill. If you are running 100mbps+ cable, FIOS and have many devices you might give this router a workout otherwise it's not even breaking a sweat.

Yes the range is great but in reality any multiple antenna quality router in the right spot should allow range from house end to end and even outside a good distance.

To sum up this is a top line fully loaded fast router with the latest technology and a price tag to match.

If you have the network speed, multiple devices and want to future proof this is a excellent choice of hardware otherwise a less powerful and lower cost router might suffice without sacrificing speed and range.

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TP-Link Archer C1900 High Power Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
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Pros: The TP-LINK Archer C1900 is a mid-upper router sporting a duel core 1ghz processor sporting 3 duel band detachable antenna's w/ 900mW high power amplifiers and the theoretical speed of 600Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps on 5GHz.

I like the white led's for the indicators, they are clear without being overbearing bright.

Packing is basic but secure, the router was sealed in a bag, a white RJ45 cable is included along with paperwork and the power adapter.

This is my first router in which is stands upright, the stand itself is fixed to the router and cannot be removed so you cannot lay it down flat.

it's fairly large compared to most routers I've had and certainly much taller but if you have the desk space it just takes getting used to. The upright orientation should help with heat removal.

Both 2.4 and 5 are stable, no drops and I easily hit my speed bandwidth consistently.

Power cord is around 5+ feet long. I was able to reach from my UPS to the top of a computer desk.

2-year warranty and 24/7 premium technical support.

It has a WPS/reset button,wireless on/off button,Power on/off button.

The rocker type power button is fairly easy to access, the wireless on/off not so much and it's very small.

Not sure in what circumstance you would need this when you have a power switch but it's there.

Reception numbers from TP-LINK:

5GHz:
11a 6Mbps: -94dBm
11a 54Mbps: -76dBm
11ac HT20: -68dBm
11ac HT40: -64dBm
11ac HT80: -60dBm
2.4GHz
11g 54M: -77dBm
11n HT20: -73dBm
11n HT40: -71dBm

Security includes 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryption

Supports virtual server and DMZ host for port triggering, UPnP, dynamic DNS, static routing and parental control.

Guest network in both 2.4 and 5 are available, File sharing FTP and print server too.

Cons: Not the most reasonable router but it does stat wise match many other routers in it's class at the same price point.

Power brick is on the larger side, if you have outlet currently with another plug you will need to find another or use a power strip or plug it into a USP like I do with all my computer equipment.

The upright design takes some getting used to. It's stable but I can see it being knocked over from the back if you put it in any place where kids or pets could hit it.

Only one firmware which is over a year old, it works fine and I don't see any issues but for a router of this class I would hope for more updated maintenance.

Other Thoughts: The GUI for the router is very easy to navigate. Upon going to the IP of the router you are presented with the basic layout-network map which gives you a quick glance at wired, wireless, your IP address as well as printer and USB if attached once right clicked on all information is presented.

The GUI also has a reboot icon which is handy to refresh or restart next to the logout in the upper right hand.

The advanced tab you can dig deeper into fine tuning your home network as desired or looking up DHCP client list IP's.

There is also a built in quick setup to guide you through setting up your router, it's mostly automatic with your input and the “wizard” does the rest. Kudos to TP-LINK for simplicity.

Overall I am impressed with the function, layout, speed and so far zero issues with connection issues.

The Archer C1900 is a fully featured upper end router that should handle the most demanding home networks without any struggle.

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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Great basic reasonable router 10/21/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: The Archer C50 from TP-Link is a lower end router but that does not mean it does not have what most home users with a simple system require.

The router is fairly lightweight, it's stable since it's more in the desktop style with duel antenna's and soft green indicators lights [I can't stand super bright blue LED's]

It is like most router being plug and play for Ethernet and a bit more legwork for any bridges or access points like I have, that being two Linksys WET610N to which I had to manually set up since they are not the same manufacture [This I was aware of beforehand.]

Range is just as good as my Engenius router and my older Linksys WRT54G and the speed was consistent as well, topping out at my fastest speed which granted is not much at 15/3 so if you are running 100mbit or FIOS your speeds could be lower versus a higher end router.

On/Off WiFi is a nice touch and a power button is great if you want to cycle or simple turn it off.

2 year warranty

Setup pamphlet is easy to figure out if you are a novice since not everybody is a IT engineer.
They also have the same in PDF form on their website if you prefer that method.

Now for some stats from TP link.

Key Features:-
- Supports 802.11ac standard - the next generation of WI-Fi
- Simultaneous 300Mbps (2.4GHz) & 867Mbps (5GHz) connections
- Dual band external antennas provide stable wireless connections and optimal coverage
- USB Port - easily share a printer locally and files & media with networked devices or remotely via FTP server
- Easy network management at your fingertips with TP Link Tether

Specifications:-
- Ethernet Ports: 4 10/100Mbps LAN Ports & 1 10/100Mbps WAN Port
- USB Port: 1 USB 2.0 Port
- Button: WPS/Reset Button, Wireless On/Off Button, Power On/Off Button
- External Power Supply: 12V/1.5A
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 7.2 x 4.9 x 1.3 in. (182.95 x 123.5 x 32.1mm)
- Antenna: 2 Dual Band External Antennas

Wireless:-
- Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
- Frequency: 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Signal Rate: 300Mbps at 2.4GHz, 867Mbps at 5GHz
- Transmit Power: CE: <20dBm(2.4GHz), <23dBm(5GHz)
FCC: <30dBm
- Reception Sensitivity: 5GHz: 11a 54M: -76dBm, 11ac VHT20 MCS8: -70dBm, 11ac VHT40 MCS9: -65.5dBm, 11ac VHT80 MCS9: -61.5dBm, 2.4G: 11g 54M: -76dBm, 11n HT20 MCS7: -74dBm, 11n HT40 MCS7: -71dBm
- Wireless Function: Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics
- Wireless Security: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2
encryption

Cons: None, some might say it does not have a gigabyte WAN but at this price point as I pointed out earlier if you are not running FIOS you won't ever seen the difference.

Other Thoughts: TP-Link has some very easy to navigate GUI, all the basic information you need it on the basic page, the advanced page you can dig deeper to fine tune.

As I have duel bridges I use the DHCP client list to see what the IP is of those bridges so I can set them up initially to match the SSID of the router, once set then I rarely bother with them.

Both 2.4 and 5 work just fine, I do not have any interference with 2.4 so I stick with it due to a stronger signal.

Also to mention this router appears to be kept up firmware wise, the latest out just a few months ago and I flashed to it before I even started.

Bugs happen but it's nice when the manufacture improves/fixes issues or any security problems.

Overall a decent router that should satisfy a basic home network.

If you have 100mbit cable or FIOS, multiple WIFI devices this router might simple not be able to handle the stress and bandwidth and you should look into more upper end like the Archer C1900 or similar which has a duel core processor to crunch the numbers so to speak.

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