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?

Linksys e8450

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 AX3200
Linksys E8450 AX3200

Ax3200

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.

Port interfaces

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.

Security

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.

Asus rt-ax58u ax3000 router
Asus rt-ax58u ax3000 router

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 modelLinksys e8450Asus RT-AX3000 / RT-ax58u
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band ax3200 wifi-6 router with MU-MIMOSimultaneous dual band ax3000  supports  MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM;
Bandwidth 800Mbps @2.4GHz 2,400Mbps @5GHzUp to 2404Mbps @5GHz Up to 574Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas design4x Internal antennas4x External antennas 2 x 2 @2.4GHz and 2 x 2 @5GHz
Coverage2,500 sq ft 25 devicesUp to 3,000 sq ft 30 devices
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports 1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports 
USB portsUSB 2.01x USB 3.1 Gen 1
Processor1.4GHz dual core CPU 512MB DDR3 SDRAM and 128MB Flash1.5 GHz tri-core processor comes with Memory 256 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
SecurityWPA2 Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterpriselifetime free AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro; support WPA3
OthersAuto firmware updateAsus AiMesh technology to create mesh wifi with compatible AiMesh routers
Price$134.99$172.81

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.   

TP-Link Archer ax50 ax3000
TP-Link Archer ax50 ax3000

Table 2 Linksys e8450 vs Archer

Router modelLinksys e8450TP-Link Archer AX50
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band ax3200 wifi-6 router with MU-MIMOSimultaneous dual band ax3000 with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM
Bandwidth 800Mbps @2.4GHz 2,400Mbps @5GHz2404Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas design4x Internal antennas4x External antennas
Coverage2,500 sq ft 25 devices2,500 sq ft 40 devices
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports 1x Gigabit WAN Port, 4 x Gigabit LAN Ports
USB portsUSB 2.01x USB 3.0 type A
Processor1.4GHz dual core CPU 512MB DDR3 SDRAM and 128MB FlashIntel’s dual-core CPU
SecurityWPA2 Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal, WPA3-EnterpriseWPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions; TP-link HomeCare services (next-level antivirus, robust parental controls and QoS)
OthersAuto firmware updateWorks with Alexa
Price$134.99$149.99

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).

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Related products

For mesh wifi system, you may consider Arris Surfboard Max ax6600 or Orbi with ax6600 network segment. While for medium size homes, you may consider D-link Lx1870 or Asus XD4.

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