Linksys WRT32X review: An esports-grade router in a class of its own
Price$ 449.00 (AUD)
There was a time where the only biggest perk that a “gaming router” had to offer its target audience came in the form of aesthetics. An appeal that echoed a lot of the language and logic surrounding the design of laptops in the niche. Why go with a boring grey box for a router when you could have a home network powered by an an edgy-looking glowy-sci-fi-death-machine? However, this landscape is changing, and changing fast.
The old ways and old words don’t carry the same weight. In recent years, consumers have gotten wiser. Things like eSports and Twitch streaming are more commonplace than ever, increasing demand for “gaming” tech that actually offers more tangible benefits. Features that don’t just look or sound good - but actually provide a better experience.
It’s into this space that Linksys’ new WRT32X gaming router makes a pretty compelling case for itself. It comes designed to get the most out of the Killer network traffic prioritisation engine (found in gaming desktops and notebooks from brands like MSI, Razer, Alienware and Gigabyte) and, assuming you have a PC that can benefit from that, it delivers on that potential.
The Linksys WRT32X gaming router is a DFS certified AC3200 dual-band Wi-Fi router with MU-MIMO capabilities. It’s got a 1.8 GHz dual-core CPU, four high-performance antennas, and a custom-built user interface that makes use of the Killer network traffic prioritization engine.
Portside, the WRT32X integrates a pro-grade Gigabit Ethernet switch with four ports, a USB 3.0 and eSATA ports. All told, it’s capable of delivering maximum theoretical throughput of up to 600Mbps on its 2.4GHz 802.11n network and 2600Mbps on its 5GHz 802.11ac network
As far as aesthetics go, the Linksys 32X gaming router manages to walk a pretty narrow line between the utilitarian and industrialized routers of the enterprise world and the ‘stealth-bomber’ aesthetics found in the gaming routers offered by competing brands like Netgear. Beyond that, it’s best described as cleaner version of its predecessor- the Linksys WRT-1900AC.
All told, the 32X shakes out as about as aesthetically inoffensive as most routers, sticking with what works and making it looks just that little bit sharper. It’s got four antenna that attach via easy-screws, heat vents dotting the top and a blue glassy display on the front, conveying all the usual indicators. Once assembled, it’s a genuinely nice package to both hold and behold - though the hard limitation of only four Gigabit Ethernet switches on the box might irk some.
Next: Setup, Performance and The Bottom Line
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Dell U3223QE review: A winning debut for an IPS Black monitor
- 2 HP Spectre x360 16 review: The right 2-in-1 at the wrong time
- 3 GeForce Now review: You bring the games, Nvidia streams the hardware
- 4 Asus ProArt PA279CV monitor review: The go-to for content creators on a budget
- 5 Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2022) review: The pinnacle of design
Latest News Articles
- Telstra launches the Smart Modem 3 with faster Wi-Fi speeds
- Netgear reveals the world’s first quad-band Wi-Fi 6E router
- TP-Link’s Archer GX90 AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 gaming router
- Research: 1 in 16 home routers can be hacked
- How to use your Mac's Wi-Fi menu to sort out weak areas of Wi-Fi coverage
PCW Evaluation Team
Set up is effortless.
The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.
Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
- 25 Essential Party Games On PC And Console To Play With Family And Friends
- Mesh Wi-Fi vs Traditional Routers: Which is better?
- Top 10 best Android and Apple phones for under $600
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?