Belkin subsidiary Linksys has announced a new model of WRT-based open-source router, the WRT3200ACM, boasting double the wireless throughput of its predecessor.
Linsys' WRT family of routers has long been popular with tinkerers and hackers for one simple reason: the company actively supports the use of third-party firmware, collaborating with the OpenWRT project to ensure the hardware is properly utilised. As well as being able to tweak the devices' suitability as a router, it's possible to port additional applications to the devices: a simple web server, virtual private network (VPN) server, ad-stripping proxy, or even have the device act as a node in the TOR network or capture and analyse network traffic.
'We just made the WRT even more powerful and equipped it with even more features as well as kept true to our word with open source support,
' boasted Vince La Duca, Linksys product manager, at the unveiling. 'Linksys WRT is all about making the best router in its class by using all enterprise-grade components and materials while delivering the fastest wireless experience. Our WRT3200ACM now includes MU-MIMO providing the latest AC wave 2 spec, adds DFS certification to use clear Wi-Fi channels for less interference, as well as support for Tri-Stream 160 technology. We have also increased the processor clock speed to 1.8GHz, added up to 512MB DDR3 flash memory and kept the eSATA and USB ports WRT enthusiasts continue to appreciate.
The new wireless hardware brings with it considerable improvements: with 160MHz channel width the router can throw three 867Mb/s streams around without difficulty, doubling the throughput compared to its predcessor's three 433Mb/s 80MHz streams; actual throughput, of course, will vary depending on environment and distance from the router.
The Linksys WRT3200ACM is available in the US now priced at $249.99 (around £205 excluding taxes), with UK availability expected in the coming weeks. More information is available on the official website