Linksys WRT 3200 ACM router review

A powerful router with open-source compatibility

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The Linksys WRT 3200 ACM is an excellent router for busy environments, be they an office or a home full of gamers and media streaming devices. 

It comes with a host of advanced features which many of its competitors lack, yet it also boasts a user-friendly interface and simple set up procedure, which means you don’t have to be a network admin to make use of this robust device.

We liked

WRT support for open source firmware is a huge plus here, giving the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM a flexibility and range of additional features that other routers could only dream of. 

Even if you stick with the default software you still get a host of features for both enterprise and home use, an easy-to-use interface and decent speeds and coverage.

We didn’t like

The fact that coverage is only decent is a bit of a disappointment – we really wanted to get blown away by this router’s coverage, but walls in particular saw drop offs in speed and reliability. 

We quite admire the utilitarian look of the router, but people after a more stylish device may not be too keen.

Final verdict

If you’re looking for a flexible, powerful and feature-rich router that gives you further options by allowing you to install open source firmware, then we would happily recommend the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM. 

This is an excellent router that’s packed full of features and comes with a decent price tag. Sadly coverage isn’t as impressive as we had hoped, but other than that this is an excellent router that would be a boon to almost any network it was added to.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.