Let’s check out Linksys’ first gaming router.
Routers over the years have offered a new ways for you to enjoy your Internet connection. From various niche features to extra capabilities you’d never know you needed, there is always a router that would highlight what it is best used for.
Say hello to the Linksys WRT32X – it’s the company’s first gaming router. It promises to give you a certain edge on your gameplay by minimizing lag as much as possible. Linksys said that this is possible thanks to its own Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE) that actively monitors traffic so that you have a steady connection even with everyone else is streaming on Netflix.
The WRT32X resemble just like the other routers in the WRT series. The all-black enclosure comes with four antennas that’s just about the size of a standard router. On the back of the WRT32X you will find five gigabit ports (4 LAN and 1 WAN) along with a USB 3.0 port along with a USB 2.0/eSATA combo port. There’s LED light in front letting you know of the router’s status. Looks-wise, the WRT32X definitely screams awesome and a perfect complement to your gaming rig.
The WRT32X features a 1.8 GHz processor along with 512 MB of RAM plus 256 MB of memory. All the usual features for a high-end router like dual-band, beamforming and MU-MIMO are present.
The setup was fairly easy – after connecting the necessary wires you login the router’s IP address which can be done via a wired (Ethernet) or a wireless (through a temporary Wi-Fi hotspot) connection. Once you update the firmware and create the Wi-Fi network, you’re good to go.
The menu’s design was straight forward and easy to navigate even with the varying font sizes and faces. Menu options are arranged vertically on the side and give you the options you need to set up the device with ease. Note that this router does not support parental controls – though to be fair this router is geared towards gamers. It also doesn’t support Linksys’ app that can manage routers through a mobile device, which would have been a great feature.
The WRT32X is primarily a gaming router, so most of its features cater to the gaming crowd. If your PC has a Killer-branded networking card, the router’s Killer Prioritization Engine will instantly prioritize network traffic – which brings us to this one important note: these Killer features would only work if you have a Killer-branded network card. It will function just like any other router if your PC doesn’t have the required hardware.
On paper, the WRT32X supports a speed of 2600 Mbps on the 5 GHz band along with the 2.4 GHz band at 600 Mbps. It supports 802.11 ac, the latest Wi-Fi standard that automatically makes it compatible with nearly all devices out there.
The WRT32X does its promise as a gaming router. I tested the device with Killer-enabled PCs to get the best result. On the box, it said that it can effectively reduce ping by up to 77 percent, which technically will happen in the best optimum condition.
My ping was effectively stable even with Netflix and Amazon streaming on the background. This helped enjoy my game without the worry of network dropouts even while streaming on the same network. Like we said, you’ll get the best results if you use a PC with Killer-branded hardware.
Overall the WRT32X delivered on its promise of prioritizing gaming over everything else – just what a gaming router is supposed to do. You may need to have the right hardware setup to get the best results, but Linksys proves that it knows what gamers want with the WRT32X.
- Stable ping even on a busy network
- Easy setup
- Lacks parental controls
- Needs compatible hardware to get the best result
Final Rating: 4/5