Tuesday, May 8th 2018

Linksys Ships New High-Performance WRT32XB Gaming Router

Linksys, celebrating thirty years of networking and WiFi innovation for the home and business this year, today announced the availability of the newest addition to the WRT product series - the Linksys Gaming Router designed for Xbox One - WRT32XB, the first and only router in Microsoft's Designed for Xbox accessory program. The new WRT Gaming Router provides users a powerful new tool to optimize for high-speed gaming and video streaming when using Xbox One. The WRT32XB router incorporates Rivet Network's Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE), which will auto-detect any Xbox One on its network, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X, and prioritize network traffic automatically to help provide serious console gamers with the best possible online gaming experience.

The KPE identifies, prioritizes and accelerates Xbox network traffic from any Xbox One console above all other devices in the home to deliver lower ping times and optimize online gaming. The KPE on the WRT32XB also protects Xbox gamers from extreme lag spikes at the router level and reduces peak ping by up to 65% on Xbox One consoles vs non-gaming routers, delivering consistent and superior reaction time during intense gaming scenarios*. The user interface and firmware are also custom-built for gaming traffic control.
The global gaming market is expected to generate more than $125 billion dollars of revenue this year of which 27% is expected from console gamers according to Newzoo. "Gamers want performance and ways to enhance their game play, so we've develop this WRT router with enterprise quality hardware and custom software tools to give gamers what they want and need to beat their opponents," said Vince La Duca, global product manager at Linksys. "This is the first router available that is designed specifically to detect and auto-prioritize Xbox One as well as Killer-enabled PCs to ensure the gaming and streaming experience is fast and smooth no matter what else is going on in their home network. Being the first router in the "Designed for Xbox" accessory program, we were able to work with the Xbox team to ensure and validate the WRT32XB delivers the networking needs for all Xbox One models, including the new 4K Xbox One X."

For a limited time±, users who purchase the WRT32XB router, at select retailers, will receive a three-month membership to Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost. Xbox Game Pass provides users unlimited access to over one hundred Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, including fan-favorite exclusives such as Halo, Gears of War and Fable.

Linksys WRT32X Enterprise-Grade Hardware
The WRT32XB router starts with enterprise grade hardware: 1.8 GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU, 802.11ac Wave 2 Dual-band 3x3 wireless radio, 256MB Flash and 512MB of DDR3 Memory, and 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch with TCAM. For the software, the core firmware level uses the latest stable Linux kernel version for a streamlined and lightweight code base with low latency as the top focus. The secret ingredient and key innovation is the integration of the Killer Prioritization Engine.

WRT32XB Router Key Benefits:
  • WiFi router built purely for gaming which identifies, prioritizes and accelerates Xbox One gaming network packets
  • The WRT32XB router will also provide synchronization with Killer-enabled PCs to provide gaming traffic a priority on wired and wireless PC connections
  • Prioritization engine powered by Killer Networking delivers up to 65% reduction* in peak ping (vs competing routers) on Xbox One for faster response time
  • The WRT32XB also identifies, prioritizes and accelerates Xbox One video streaming traffic for the ultimate movie experience
  • Blazing fast 1.8GHz Dual-Core processor for simultaneous high-speed data processing
  • Custom-built gaming user interface and firmware specially tuned for online gaming traffic
Product Technical Specifications:
  • WiFi Technology: AC3200 MU-MIMO
  • Network Standards: 802.11a/g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
  • WiFi Speed: AC3200 (N600 + AC2600) ‡
  • WiFi Bands: 2.4 and 5 GHz (simultaneous dual-band)
  • DFS certified for operation in the clear DFS channel airspace
  • 5-port Pro-Grade Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1x Gigabit WAN port, 4x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Other: One (1) USB 3.0 port, One (1) Combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, Power
  • Antennas: 4x external, dual-band, detachable antennas
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core
  • Memory: 512MB DDR3 RAM / 256MB Flash
  • Wireless Encryption: WPA2 Personal
  • VPN Support: PPTP IPSec pass‐through
  • Storage File System Support: FAT, NTFS, and HFS+
  • Browser-based Setup and custom graphical user interface
Pricing and Availability
The new Linksys WRT Gaming Router - WRT32XB is now available in the USA for an estimated MSRP of $249.99 at leading retail stores including Walmart and Microsoft stores and online at Amazon, Best Buy and Linksys.com.
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17 Comments on Linksys Ships New High-Performance WRT32XB Gaming Router

#1
bonehead123
but, but, but....

its a gaming router, I just gotta buy it, like,

right now.....
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#2
goodeedidid
This really looks like my WRT1900AC which is still the s**t. I really see no reason to buy this to make my cool blue router black.
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#3
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
Designed and built by "The Backdoor Company"
for People that don't know how to configure their modem/router
My Cash Stays in my wallet
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#4
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
"Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core" Likely ARM. Pass.
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#5
Fx
dorsetknob, post: 3839400, member: 8331"
Designed and built by "The Backdoor Company"
LOL. Pretty much.
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#6
remixedcat
console plebs really need their hand held, spoon fed, and ass wiped don't they? :p LOL. :nutkick:
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#7
R-T-B
FordGT90Concept, post: 3839404, member: 60463"
"Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core" Likely ARM. Pass.
It's ARM, but one of the more potent Marvell based ones. It can easily do up to a gigabit line without any kind of acceleration, implements a SATA port and USB3, etc. Inside consumerland, there really isn't anything better.

I own it's little brother (WRT1900ACS), running DD-WRT. So no backdoors. :p
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#8
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
R-T-B, post: 3839508, member: 41983"
It's ARM, but one of the more potent Marvell based ones. It can easily do up to a gigabit line without any kind of acceleration, implements a SATA port and USB3, etc. Inside consumerland, there really isn't anything better.

I own it's little brother (WRT1900ACS), running DD-WRT. So no backdoors. :p
Router only has one job and that's routing packets. What does routing packets have to do with SATA and USB3? Nothing. I rest my case.
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#9
R-T-B
FordGT90Concept, post: 3839522, member: 60463"
Router only has one job and that's routing packets. What does routing packets have to do with SATA and USB3? Nothing. I rest my case.
In consumer space they are often used as makeshift NASes. Plus the USB can be used as a backup line. I have a cellular modem tethered to mine.

Regardless, it's more than suitable for routing packets.

I rest MY case. :p
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#10
remixedcat
I don't even use the USB ports. I don't trust em after they killed 2 usb drives and 1 external HDD.
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#11
R-T-B
remixedcat, post: 3839524, member: 84450"
I don't even use the USB ports. I don't trust em after they killed 2 usb drives and 1 external HDD.
Never had any trouble, but mine is hooked up to a cellular phone/modem, not a usb drive so quite possible.
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#12
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
In my experience, ARM-powered routers have been very easy to overwhelm with packets. They also run hot.
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#13
remixedcat
FordGT90Concept, post: 3839529, member: 60463"
In my experience, ARM-powered routers have been very easy to overwhelm with packets.
QFT
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#14
R-T-B
FordGT90Concept, post: 3839529, member: 60463"
In my experience, ARM-powered routers have been very easy to overwhelm.
Most are. Most don't clock that high either. I as of yet have been unable to overwhelm mine on my gigabit line, but granted, it's just doing gateway and failover switching duty.

The Marvell MVEBU line is pretty much the only ARM line of processors for routers worth a second glance. But it's not all roses. They run hot as hell for what they are.
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#15
Ubersonic
Be nice if they made a version with a built in VDSL modem so you can just plug it straight in the phone line.
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#16
pat-roner
Ditch usb and e-sata and give me more ethernet ports..
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#17
remixedcat
pat-roner, post: 3839642, member: 158421"
Ditch usb and e-sata and give me more ethernet ports..
POE
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