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Linksys ax3200 vs Asus vs Archer Which One is Better

Linksys ax3200 is one of linksys wifi 6 routers in middle range network segment. How these routers perform between linksys ax3200 vs asus vs tplink?

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So far the top notch product introduced by Linksys in wifi 6 router is Linksys Hydra Pro which is the latest wifi 6e router, the enhancement of wifi 6 technology with the addition 6GHz radio band. How do Linksys products in the mid-range ax3000 to ax4200 compete in the market with similar products offered by asus and tp-link  archer series?

Linksys e8450

Linksys e8450 is one of Linksys wifi 6 router products that work in the midrange network segment. This product is an addition of the first wifi 6 router introduced by Linksys, the Linksys mr9600 ax6000 wifi 6 router. Unlike its competitors including asus and tp-link which offer considerable product variants in the small and medium market segment, Linksys only offers few models. The Linksys e8450 is one of those that work in the middle class network segment. And the entry level model is Linksys e7350 ax1800 router.

Ax3200 vs Ax3000

Linksys e8450 comes designed to work at ax3200 network segment, and compete with middle class of wifi 6 routers available in the market so far. These include Asus ax3000 wifi-6 router which receives excellent customer rated so far in Amazon and other online retail shops. The other competitor is TP-Link Archer ax3000 ax50 wifi-6 router, and the newer model is TP-link Archer ax3200  and still more in this lower to upper middle segment, ranging from ax3000 to ax5400.

Technically all the above wifi-6 router models deliver the same speed @5GHz up to 2,400Mbps. The 2.4GHz band for ax3000 router delivers speed up to 600Mbps, while for ax3200 router up to 800Mbps.

You will be surprised that the top notch products will deliver double, triple or quadruple speed as fast as today’s ultimate products in the upcoming wifi 7 products. Wifi 7 technology is just around the corner; even tplink has showcased in its website few models of wifi 7 products such as deco be33000. Click here to see TP-Link deco be33000 in Amazon (#ads).

Linksys ax3200 e8450
Linksys E8450 AX3200

Back to linksys ax3200, how this product will compete with tplink archer and asus products in similar midrange network segment.

Archer Midrange models Comparison

TP-link on the other hand introduces four models of wifi 6 routers that work at midrange network segment including Archer ax50, archer ax55, archer ax3000, and the latest one is Archer ax3200.

Archer ax50 and ax3000 routers are the same product only with different labels for different retail shop needs such as Amazon and best Buy. While the two newer models Archer ax55 and Archer 3200 have few differences both physically and features.

You can refer to the following spec comparison table for TP-link archer ax55 vs archer ax3200 below. See that archer ax3200 shows few advantages including wider aggregated bandwidth with three radio bands as opposed to only two band ax3000.

The hardware interfaces both Ethernet and usb ports are different. Archer ax3200 with the addition of 2.5Gbps multi-gig port is interchangeable either for WAN or LAN port. Should you require high speed multi-gig internet plan you can enable this port as WAN port and connect to cable modem with 2.5Gbps port such as netgear cm2000 or Surfboard s33 or Motorola mb8611 docsis 3.1 cable modems. See also comparison between Cm2000 and Motorola mb8611 docsis 3.1 cable modems

Archer ax3200

You may also like to see Motorola vs Arris Surfboard modems, various models of docsis 3.1 cable modems.

Archer Series Comparison Table

Table 1 TP-link Archer AX55 AX3000 vs AX3200

ModelsArcher ax55Archer ax3200
WifiSimultaneous dual band ax3000 with four streamsSimultaneous tri-band ax3200 with 7 streams
Signal rates2402Mbps @5GHz; 2×2
574Mbps @2.4GHz  2×2
1440Mbps @5GHz 3×3 band 1;
1201Mbps @5GHz 2×2 band 2;
574Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2
Antennas4x Fixed high-performance external antennas7x fixed high performance external and
internal antennas
Ethernet1x 1.0 Gigabit WAN port;
4x 1.0 Gigabit LAN port
1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN port;
1x 1.0 Gbps WAN/LAN port; 3x 1.0 Gbps LAN ports
USB port1x USB 3.01x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0
ProcessorDual core processor1.5GHz quad core processor

See that there are few spec differences between the two models; the later Archer ax3200 model provides many advantages over the previous model.

We will take the newer model Archer ax3200 and compare it to the Linksys ax3200 and also one product from asus, the asus ax3000 (aka asus rt-ax58u).

Linksys ax3200 vs Archer vs Asus

This time I compare three products offered by Linksys, asus and tp-link. To help you have a better insights of each of the products, as references I created two spec comparison tables below, table 2 shows you spec comparison between Linksys ax3200 vs archer ax3200 and table 2 for Linksys e8450 vs asus rt-ax58u.

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

These three products can be said to work in the medium network segment between ax3000 and ax3200, not much different except for the @2.4GHz radio band. Both Linksys and Asus models are dual band wifi 6 routers while Archer ax3200 is a three band wifi 6 router. Of course, with two @5GHz radio bands you can divide connected devices that work @ 5GHz band for different needs, for example for gaming @5GHz band-1 and for high speed streaming @5GHz band2 so that these two applications that consume large bandwidth are not combined in the same @5GHz radio bandwidth. Thereby reducing network latency @5ghz band.

Archer ax3200 is more profitable than the other two models from linksys and asus in terms of radio bands.

Network interfaces

Among these three models in terms of network port interfaces, the Archer ax3200 is the most advantageous considering that this router has one 2.5Gbps multi-gig port. This allows you use either to connect to high speed cable modem as a WAN port if you need a multi-gig internet plan. You should use docsis 3.1 cable modem that comes with 2.5Gbps port such as Surfboard s33, Netgear cm2000 or Motorola, unless you can use this multi-gig port as a high-speed LAN port for example for the need for a NAS connection with a multi-gig port.

Security

All the three models are ready with WPA3 the latest security encryption, and still compatible with legacy WPA/WPA2 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) or Archer ax3200 that also come with TP-Link Home Care security services, however it is a paid service you need to subscribe annually.

Read more details table 2 below for Linksys ax3200 vs asus rt-ax58u.

TP-Link Archer ax50 ax3000
TP-Link Archer ax50 ax3000
Linksys AX3200 vs Asus Comparison Table

Table 2 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$149.99$159.99

Table 3 below shows spec comparison table between Linksys e8450 and Archer ax3200. One thing that makes archer ax3200 is preference is that the embedded processor is quad core as opposed to only dual core for Linksys and tri-core for asus.

Spec comparison table Linksys vs Archer

Table 3 Linksys e8450 vs Archer

Router modelLinksys e8450TP-Link Archer AX3200
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band ax3200 wifi-6 router with MU-MIMOSimultaneous tri band ax3200  supports  
MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and
1024-QAM; with 7 streams   With OneMesh technology
Bandwidth 800Mbps @2.4GHz
2,400Mbps @5GHz
1440Mbps @5GHz 3×3 band 1;
1201Mbps @5GHz 2×2 band 2;
574Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2
Antennas design4x Internal antennas7x fixed high performance external and internal antennas
Coverage2,500 sq ft 25 devices2,5000 sq ft
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit WAN port
4x Gigabit LAN ports 
1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN port;
1x 1.0 Gbps WAN/LAN port;
3x 1.0 Gbps LAN ports
USB portsUSB 2.01x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0
Processor1.4GHz dual core CPU 512MB DDR3 SDRAM and 128MB Flash1.5GHz quad core processor
SecurityWPA2 Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal, WPA3-EnterpriseWPA; WPA2; WPA3 WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x)
OthersAuto firmware updateWorks with Alexa
Price$149.99Not available in some online stores (Archer ax55 is around $130)

Linksys ax3200 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 read more details each of the product in Amazon (#ads).

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. Or you may also like newer model Asus xd5 ax3000 mesh wifi.

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