Linksys ax3200 vs Asus rt-ax3000 vs Archer ax50
Linksys releases four series of wifi-6 routers so far ranging from ax1800 up to ax6000 network segment. In the middle speed, Linksys offers Linksys E8450 ax3200 covering up to 2,500 sq ft solid wifi-6 signal up to 25 connected devices.
How will e8450 compete with other ax3000 products including Asus rt-ax3000 (aka Asus rt-ax58u) and Archer ax50 ax3000 router?
Previously Linksys introduced the top series of wifi-6 router – Linksys MR9600 mesh wifi-6 router with Linksys Intelligent mesh technology, and the lower model is Linksys MR7350 ax1800 mesh wifi-6 router.
Traditional wifi-6 routers
In addition of wifi-6 routers that support mesh technology, Linksys also introduces traditional wifi routers with wifi-6 technology. So far there are two models of traditional wifi-6 routers, the Linksys E7350 ax1800 wifi-6 router and Linksys E8450 ax3200 I will discuss here.
Linksys e8450 is designed to work at ax3200 network segment, and will compete with middle class of wifi-6 routers available in the market so far including Asus rt-ax3000 wifi-6 router which receives excellent customer rated so far in Amazon, and the other one is TP-Link Archer ax50 ax3000 wifi-6 router.
Technically all the three wifi-6 routers deliver the same speed @5GHz up to 2,400Mbps, while the speed @2.4GHz e8450 delivers the highest speed up to 800Mbps.
Unlike mesh wifi-6 routers which are generally only equipped with 2 ports, one WAN Ethernet port and one Ethernet LAN port, although some models of mesh wifi-6 router such as new comer Meshforce m7 or Azores ax1800, traditional wifi routers are generally equipped mostly with five Ethernet LAN ports. All of the three products here come with the same 5x Gigabit WAN/LAN Ethernet ports.
In addition of Ethernet ports, they also come with USB port, even though different types.
Like Asus rt-ax3000 that supports latest WPA3 security encryption, Linksys ax3200 also supports WPA3, while Archer ax3000 doesn’t feature the latest WPA3 security encryption. What makes Asus rt-ax3000 / rt-ax58u different with the other two products is that Asus comes with free lifetime AiProtection network security protection powered by Trend Micro, yes free. You can compare with TP-link Archer ax3000 (Archer ax50) that also comes with TP-Link Home Care security services you need to subscribe annually.
Take a look at the following table 1 below that shows you spec comparison table for Linksys ax32000 vs Asus rt-ax3000. Asus rt-ax3000 comes with AiMesh technology that allows you to create mesh wifi system together with other AiMesh compatible devices. E8450 is different than the Mr9600 series that supports Linksys mesh technology, this E8450 is traditional wifi-6 routers that doesn’t support mesh technology.
Table 1 Linksys e8450 vs Asus rt-ax58u
|Router model||Linksys e8450||Asus RT-AX3000 / RT-ax58u|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band ax3200 wifi-6 router with MU-MIMO||Simultaneous dual band ax3000 supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM;|
|Bandwidth||800Mbps @2.4GHz 2,400Mbps @5GHz||Up to 2404Mbps @5GHz Up to 574Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Antennas design||4x Internal antennas||4x External antennas 2 x 2 @2.4GHz and 2 x 2 @5GHz|
|Coverage||2,500 sq ft 25 devices||Up to 3,000 sq ft 30 devices|
|Ethernet Ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports|
|USB ports||USB 2.0||1x USB 3.1 Gen 1|
|Processor||1.4GHz dual core CPU 512MB DDR3 SDRAM and 128MB Flash||1.5 GHz tri-core processor comes with Memory 256 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM|
|Security||WPA2 Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise||lifetime free AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro; support WPA3|
|Others||Auto firmware update||Asus AiMesh technology to create mesh wifi with compatible AiMesh routers|
Table 2 below shows spec comparison table between E8450 and Archer ax3000. See that both are traditional wifi-6 routers with dual core processor, not like Asus with AiMesh technology that comes with tri-core processor.
Table 2 Linksys e8450 vs Archer
|Router model||Linksys e8450||TP-Link Archer AX50|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band ax3200 wifi-6 router with MU-MIMO||Simultaneous dual band ax3000 with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM|
|Bandwidth||800Mbps @2.4GHz 2,400Mbps @5GHz||2404Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Antennas design||4x Internal antennas||4x External antennas|
|Coverage||2,500 sq ft 25 devices||2,500 sq ft 40 devices|
|Ethernet Ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports||1x Gigabit WAN Port, 4 x Gigabit LAN Ports|
|USB ports||USB 2.0||1x USB 3.0 type A|
|Processor||1.4GHz dual core CPU 512MB DDR3 SDRAM and 128MB Flash||Intel’s dual-core CPU|
|Security||WPA2 Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise||WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions; TP-link HomeCare services (next-level antivirus, robust parental controls and QoS)|
|Others||Auto firmware update||Works with Alexa|
Linksys e8450 offers lower price than the other two products, and Asus with its free lifetime AiProtection security protection is tagged with more bucks. Remember that the listed prices might be different with the current price. Click the link below to see current price and shop the product in Amazon (#ads).