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Introducing WRT3200ACM; A King For LINKSYS WRT Routers Family
Linksys has announced a new model of WRT-based open-source router, the WRT3200ACM, boasting double the wireless throughput of its predecessor.
Hardware specs include a 1.8GHz dual-core ARM-based CPU, 512MB of DDR3 memory, and 256MB of flash storage. The router has USB 3.0 port combo USB 2.0-and-eSATA ports around the back. Linksys added has day-one support for both DD-WRT and OpenWRT open-source firmwares. The company highlights privacy controls, VPNs, and VoIP as potential applications involving alternative firmware.
The WRT3200ACM is open-source ready for complete flexibility and customization of networking functions or for optimizing the router for specific use cases such as gaming, security, advanced users/IT administrators or for commercial applications. Tri-Stream 160 Almost all of today's current home routers max out at 80 MHz channel width; however, the new WRT3200ACM is Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) certified to allow operation at 160 MHz channel width in the 5 GHz band. For example, an AC1900 router uses three streams at 80 MHz channel width. Each stream tops out at 433 Mbps, resulting in a total of 1.3 Gbps. The WRT3200ACM uses three streams at 160 MHz channel width to drive data at 867 Mbps per stream, providing up to 2.6 Gbps - which is up to 2X faster. Tri-Stream 160 on the WRT3200ACM supports 3 streams at 160MHz each - 867Mbps x 3 = 2.6 Gbps AC1900 class such as WRT1900ACS uses 3 streams at 80 MHz each - 433Mbps x 3 = 1.3 Gbps
Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) DFS Certification is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) mandate for radio systems operating in the U-NII-2/U-NII-2 extended 5 GHz band to be able to avoid other radio transmissions considered mission critical, such as military, terminal Doppler weather, or airport radars. DFS certification allows operation at 160MHz channel width and also increases the available channels at 80MHz so the WRT3200ACM can operate in the clearest, uncongested Wi-Fi airspace that other routers aren't allowed. With less congestion or interference, data is able to move faster and more efficient resulting in better overall performance.