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the Linksys WRT32XB Gaming Router

WiFi THAT TAKES Xbox GAMING TO THE EXTREME

Engineered purely for gaming, the Linksys WRT32XB Gaming Router with Killer Prioritization Engine provides a dominating home network.

This high-performance gaming router detects and prioritizes your Xbox to reduce peak ping times by 65% and deliver smooth, lag-free gaming.*

You gain an unrivaled advantage over your competition in shooters and other games where a single millisecond can mean victory or defeat.

High-performance gaming router

LOWER PEAK PING UP TO 65% ON Xbox*

We partnered with Killer Networking, industry leaders in gaming networking, to develop a WiFi router for hard-core gamers. The WRT32XB uses the Killer Prioritization Engine to identify, prioritize, and accelerate your gaming traffic above all other devices and activities on your home WiFi.

The WRT32XB gaming router auto-detects Xbox to prioritize WiFi gaming and video streaming. Its Killer Prioritization Engine protects against extreme lag spikes, lowering peak ping by up to 65%.* The result is unparalleled game-conquering response rates no matter what other devices on the network are doing.

Reduces peak ping by up to 65% on Xbox*
Killer Prioritization

CUSTOM-BUILT FIRMWARE BOOSTS PERFORMANCE

Enjoy exceptional online gaming performance from specially engineered software. Gaming-optimized firmware works to minimize response times, thus providing a virtually lag-free connection when you need it most: in the midst of a heated competition.

You won't lose your edge even if your roommates or LAN party are streaming, gaming, or strategizing with you over voice chat about how to take down the competition.

ULTRA-FAST WiFi

The WRT32XB gives you dominating Next-Gen AC WiFi speeds up to 3.2 Gbps that keep you at the top of your game. Experience exceptionally smooth, responsive gameplay. The Killer Priorization Engine will reliably fast-track gaming traffic whether you're using a wired or WiFi connection.

POWERFUL INTERFACE FOR ULTIMATE CONTROL OVER WiFi TRAFFIC

The intuitive interface lets you see your home's Internet traffic. You can monitor connected devices, manage advanced networking settings, and conduct speed tests with just a few mouse clicks.

With the gaming-focused UI dashboard, you can check network traffic speeds, check VPN and network storage status, see Killer device connection status, and also control port-forwarding. You'll know at a glance whether your PC or console games are performing optimally.

Dashboard Interface Screenshots

MU-MIMO PROVIDES STUNNING MULTI-DEVICE PERFORMANCE

Thanks to MU-MIMO technology, the WRT32XB Gaming Router can handle even the most bandwidth-intensive environments. MU-MIMO builds upon longtime broadcasting cornerstones--such as spatial multiplexing, beamforming, and scheduling algorithms--to boost overall throughput and distribute bandwidth fairly between devices. Each connected client device receives its own dedicated data stream, so users won't have to compete with one another for bandwidth. Multiple users can simultaneously engage in 4K video streaming, play online games, and perform other data-intensive tasks without latency or buffering.

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THE FASTEST 5GHZ BAND OF ANY ROUTER*

DFS Certified speed diagram

TRI-STREAM TECHNOLOGY

Equipped with innovative Tri-Stream 160 technology, the WRT32XB 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 WiFi routers aren't allowed.

Router gaming design

ENGINEERED TO OUTPERFORM

The WRT32XB features a performance-grade 1.8 GHz dual-core CPU, custom-built firmware and user interface, four external adjustable antennas with high-power amplifiers, and high-efficiency heatsink. Aesthetically, it boasts a stealthy design, sleek matte-black finish, and blue LED lights-the perfect complement to any gaming environment.

LINKSYS AUTO FIRMWARE UPGRADE

Linksys automatically pushes software updates to your router overnight and seamlessly brings the latest features and security to your home network. The WRT32XB will be consistently getting better over time.

WRT32XB Rear Product Shot

PRO-GRADE GIGABIT ETHERNET CONNECTIVITY

The WRT32XB gaming router also features a pro-grade Gigabit Ethernet switch with four ports, making it ideal for connecting multiple gaming rigs or consoles at your next LAN party.

  • Connect game consoles, gaming laptops, 4K TVs, and other devices
  • Ultra-fast eSATA port for connecting shared network storage devices at high speeds
  • USB 3.0 port for connecting hard drives or USB memory sticks
Technical Specs
  • Wi-Fi Technology:
    Dual-band AC3200 MU-MIMO w/ MU-MIMO, DFS
  • Key Features:
    • 802.11a
    • 802.11g
    • 802.11n
    • 802.11ac
  • Wi-Fi Speed:
    AC3200 (N600 + AC2600)
  • Wi-Fi Bands:
    2.4 and 5 GHz (simultaneous dual-band)
  • Wi-Fi Range:
    Very Large Household
  • Number of Ethernet Ports:
    • 1x Gigabit WAN port
    • 4x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Other Ports:
    • One(1) USB 3.0 port
    • One(1) Combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port
    • Power
  • Antennas:
    4x external, dual-band, detachable antennas
  • Processor:
    1.8 GHz dual-core
  • LEDs:
    Power, Internet, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, eSATA, USB1 (USB 2.0), USB2 (USB 3.0), LAN 1–4 (activity/10/100 Mbps), LAN 1–4 (1 Gbps), WPS
  • Wireless Encryption:
    WPA2 Personal
  • VPN Support:
    • PPTP
    • IPSec pass‐through
  • Storage File System Support:
    FAT, NTFS, and HFS+
  • Easy Setup:
    Browser-based Setup
  • Certified Operating Systems:
    MacOS (10.X or higher), Windows 7, Windows 8.1 (Works with Windows 10)
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    • Internet Explorer® 8
    • Safari® 5 (for Mac®)
    • Firefox® 8
    • Google Chrome™
  • Dimensions (LxWxH):
    245.87 x 193.80 x 51.82 mm(9.68 x 7.63 x 2.04 in.) without antennas
  • Weight:
    798.32 g(28.16 oz)
  • Security Features:
    • WPA2
    • 128 bit AES link encryption
  • Regulatory Compliance:
    FCC class B
  • Other Certifications:
    FCC DFS Certified
  • Power Supply:
    Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz; Output: 12V, 3.0A
Support
Package Contents
  • Linksys AC3200 WiFi Gaming Router, WRT32XB 
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Warranty and Regulatory with Documentation
Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by from XBOX beast This router recognizes Xbox without a glitch. I noticed increased performance when playing my favorite shooter games. My ping seems to be lower when connecting there for giving me faster reaction times within play. On the downside of things I did notice the range was less than what I'm used to with a 5ghz connection. Of course this can always be fixed with an extender. All in all very similar to the wrt32x. I would definitely recommend this router so anyone interested in improving their gaming. This router is not exclusive two Xbox connectivity, you can hook up any device to it and adjust priority settings as well.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, Full of Features with Easy Set-Up The Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Gaming Router is a solid, full-featured router with all the latest tech and equipped for next-generation speeds. The simple set-ups was the quickest router set up I have yet experienced. Configuring WI-FI is just as simple one SSID configures both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi and the Router detects your device speed. The software is easy to use, but useful for all levels of control. I don't have a Killer enabled device so can't speak to that. However, the prioritization process is simple and I like being able to rename each device. This is a powerful, full-featured router at a reasonable price. Excellent for normal use with added key features for gamers.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Results speak for themselves... Great router! To start, I held off posting my review until I was able to fully test this router. During this time, there was two firmware releases each improving the overall performance and features of this router. I look forward to seeing what is coming in the next releases. This router was easy to set up. I have set up dozens of routers over the past several years and this one is the best to date. The included quick start card walks you through every step along with a menu flow to get you up and running in no time. IMHO, this is the easiest router to get setup from unboxing, connecting cords and establishing Wi-Fi and securing. Perfect for anyone that is technically challenged however, you can dive deeper into the more advance settings and customize it even more. This is the closest to a plug and play router I have come across. Yes, I have seen minor improvement to Xbox online gaming (to be fair, I am coming from a comparable router). The prioritize support feature automatically adds Killer supported devices and allows you to assign High, Normal and Low priorities to all your connected devices. I work from home so I added my work computer to the High Priority and VOIP phone while leaving selected devices at normal or even moving them to low so they do not interfere with my work. I have priority over anyone streaming video in this configuration. I also set our Smart TV and Xbox in our room to high (for when I am not working, lol) so that I get the best quality streaming video and online gaming. We have over a dozen streaming devices plus seven gaming consoles in our household and I pay extra for unlimited broadband data because we frequently (eight consecutive months) went over the one TB ISP allotment. With eight persons in our household, there is at least one (usually more) streaming video at any given time. With this router and my configuration, I have noticed that my VO-IP calls are always clear now and no noticeable slowdowns when I am working over the VPN for work. Prior to this I was always have to ask people to stop streaming if I was on a conference call or transferring files. The Wi-Fi range is as good if not better than my previous router. I lose Wi-Fi on my mobile phone just over a city block away. No known dead zones on our property found as of yet. I have not encountered any connection issues and has been working flawlessly. It evens checks for and updates the firmware if a new version is available nightly (if enabled). Here are my before and after results (average of three tests with 150/20 ISP service): • Direct Connection to Cable Modem (wired): Ping 67 ms / Download 117 Mbps / Upload: 15 Mbps (strange but was consistent). • Previous Router (wired): Ping 35 ms / Download 156 Mbps / Upload: 18.5 Mbps • WRT32XB Router (wired): Ping 12 ms / Download 180.5 Mbps / Upload: 25.5 Mbps In closing, the dashboard via the internet browser keeps you apprised of all your network traffic (current bandwidth speeds), number of connected devices, Network Storage, last Speed Test result, and an option to obtain an updated Speed Test direct from the router (all this on a single page). You can then compare that value to the results on your individual devices to isolate any device issue(s). Overall, this is an exceptional router and I would (and will) recommend this device to beginners and advance users. It allows for guest access and an OpenVPN Client option. At some point, I may toy with trying some open source firmware but why mess with perfection? The only reason I would consider the open source firmware is that this router does not include any parental controls.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Victory Is Yours!!! Awesome router, love that Linksys made an all black router that matches my Xbox one X. Also the redesign GUI is a nice touch, I'm no longer forced to use an app to setup the Linksys router, but if you want to go the easy route you can still use the App. The range on this router is awesome, no problems covering my 2400sqft home and the yard. If you or your kids are a gamer On Windows or Xbox this router is a must, using the Killer prioritization Engine and the customer built interface for gaming will defiantly give you the upper hand. Cant go wrong with this one.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gaming Router That Auto Prioritizes Your XBox The router auto-detected my XBox One and placed it in the high priority category. Unfortunately, I don't have a PS4 or another gaming system other than a PC (that doesn't have a Killer NIC), so I don't know if it also auto prioritizes that console. I could not tell if there were any other enhancements as my router setup before testing this router was already a solid setup. The good news is, I did not experience any decline during the period I tested this router out. From what I could tell, it is basically just the WRT32X with Microsoft Branding on the Box and a script that will detect the XBOX One and place it in the high priority QoS. I did not experience the dropped connections I previously experienced with a WRT32X.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Had problems from start The unit had problems from the start, seems this router does not like wireless bridges, anything connected to the bridge would show up all the devices connected to it as the bridge name. If the names were changed, all the devices would change to the updated name. I never had this problem with other routers. Only way I could find what the names were is go into the device and check its ip address and match it on the router. Tech support had me send this router back for a replacement. I would recommend the WRT3200ACM over this product, I had no problems with it
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WRT32XB Review So, I was one of the first people to order this router before the pre-order button was put in place so I received my WRT32XB yesterday. I did pay 299.99 for it originally, but was refunded 50.00 when it went down to 249.99 with a talk to customer service. Shipping was fast and the customer service was excellent. Now, I set this router up hooked up to an Xbox One S and set up a few parameters to increase ping. I port forwarded all appropriate ports to my specific game FIFA 18, I then set my Xbox One S to DMZ, set my Xbox One S to top of the prioritization table and finally I set my DNS to CloudFlare I did this through the Admin Mode of the WRT 32X router configuration page found by typing in the IP Address in a web browser. I was using an Apple AirPort Extreme getting 67ms ping and once this new router was configured I got 55ms ping on the Xbox One Detailed Network Analysis setting. It has around 8 devices connected to it at all times (ROKU, Fire Stick, Apple TV, iPhones, Android, MacBook, PC, Xbox One) and handles everything so quickly, my wife noticed that her bars don't decrease like before on her phone when connected to the router. I would highly recommend this to anyone in need of an upgrade this router will make a difference if you are using a older router like myself with many different devices connected at the same time trying to stream.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Performance! I couldn’t be happier with this router. As a gamer something I constantly struggle with is lag and this router has by far eliminated that problem and made it a thing of the past. Coming out of the box is a breeze to set up the device. It only takes a few minutes and the instructions are really simple to follow. There’s even a Linksys smart wifi page you can use to monitor your WiFi when you’re not home. I also found the Killer prioritization to be a great feature as well as the Guest WiFi network
Date published: 2018-06-11
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* “Killer reduces peak ping by up to 65%" calculated from the reduction of peak ping rate from 103 milliseconds (ms) to 45 ms when using the Killer Prioritization Engine on the WRT32X and an Xbox using a 10 megabits per second (Mbps) down/2Mbps up internet connection that has multiple devices consuming the 10Mbps connection.