Is TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 a good Wi-Fi router for gaming?
The Linksys WRT32X has impressive specs
The Linksys WRT32X is a serious router that can handle a lot of traffic, as is evidenced by its specs. It's a dual-band router classed at AC3200, meaning you get a 2.4 \GHz radio with theoretical throughput up to 600Mbps and a 5GHz radio with theoretical throughput up to 2,600Mbps. It's also enabled with MU-MIMO functionality, meaning up to three compatible devices can receive uninterrupted data flow.
There are four antennas on the router that can, in our testing, effectively cover about 2,000 square feet in a solid signal, and beamforming capabilities help with walls and obstacles for better speed and range. It can also support three spatial streams on a 160MHz channel (what Linksys calls Tri-Stream 160), which effectively doubles bandwidth and allows it to operate in airspace not already clogged with signals.
A dual-core 1.8GHz processor (CPU) helps handle wired and wireless network traffic, and it also deals with data transfer through eSATA and USB-A physical interfaces that allow you to connect external storage. Finally, there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports for when you absolutely need a physical connection to your PC and other devices.
What makes the Linksys WRT32X so special?
The specs and features above might be closely matched by a lot of other premium routers, but there's one thing that sets the Linksys WRT32X apart when it comes to gaming. Rivet Network's Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE) is designed to work with gaming PCs using Killer wireless cards, like those from Razer, Acer, Dell, Alienware, Lenovo, and MSI, for example.
What's so special about the KPE? Linksys has this to say:
When gaming, especially in a competitive environment, any lag or latency can mean the difference between glory and defeat. If you're in a home with plenty of internet traffic, this router should prove indispensable.
While a wired connection should usually be more reliable and overall faster than a wireless connection, in our own testing we saw a lower ping from a wirelessly prioritized connection than with a wired connection to the Linksys WRT32X. It's not just all talk, and this router does open up the option of having an excellent wireless connection for gaming.
Is the Linksys WRT32X easy to set up and manage?
You might think that a router like this is a pain to set up, but in reality all it takes is a quick connection with your PC before you're greeted with a setup wizard to walk you through the steps. Once set up, the user interface (UI) is uncluttered and simple. It has a modern layout, there's plenty to tinker with, and it's hard to cause problems if you're a networking novice.
Better gaming performance
If you're an avid gamer and want superior wireless performance, stick with a router designed for gaming. The Archer C7 is undoubtedly a great all-around router, but the Linksys WRT32X is the right tool for the job.
Great gaming router
If you're serious about gaming, you want a serious router to match
The Linksys WRT32X is a router designed with gaming in mind, thanks to the Killer Prioritization Engine that works with many gaming PCs to offer a low-latency connection that's not affected by other traffic on the network.
Great all-around router
A favorite for many people
The Archer C7 is the budget router a lot of people depend on for reliable internet in their home or small office. It covers a large area and it's suitable for a variety of uses, and if you don't need extra gaming performance, it should fit in well and handle everything you throw at it.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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