Ready for a second in-depth-comparison? Then you’ve come to the right place! If you’re interested in the Linksys AC3200 or the NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000 I’m sure that you’ve already read through both reviews. The simple overview table on those pages was probably a big disappointment because it shows exactly the same results for both wireless routers. Also this might seem like a waste of precious homepage-space it’s really not. I did it like this because it follows the same structure as every other review and gives you a simple overview. And without going into detail those routers are pretty similar.
So let’s have a closer look.
Yes, both of these home routers have some issues but those concern mainly their backwards compatibility (=> the 2.4GHz band). Let me say it straight: I would only get one of those Tri-Band routers if I’d plan to set up a big network consisting only of 5GHz devices. The main point of two 5GHz bands is that you can assign different 5GHz devices two different bands so they don’t slow each other down. This means that you’ll waste your money if you want to use those two routers for a network with many 2.4GHz devices because they will not boost your overall speed, no matter how fast there maximum speed is.
With that out of the way I would recommend the NETGEAR Nighthawk R8000 over the Linksys AC3200. The former has better coverage/reach and does not have as many issues even though there are some. Still, right now there’s no better Tri-Band router available.