Perhaps the factor that will immediately turn your attention to the Arris SurfBoard SBR-AC3200P Wi-Fi Router is not by its shape, but rather of its price. It is placed with a high-end price tag and is part of a completely new RipCurrent product line. The firm is mostly known for their cable modems.
The Arris SurfBoard SBR-AC3200P Wi-Fi Router is Not Your Average Wi-Fi Device
In terms of looks, the Arris SurfBoard SBR-AC3200P Wi-Fi Router is definitely not your average router. It is shaped like a sideways number 8 (or an infinity simple, if you will), and it also looks like something that you can decorate your house with rather than a device that will just be placed in a corner of the room to get unnoticed by the public (which is the fate of probably most routers in the market). It is compact and yet it does include four Gigabit LAN ports and One Gigabit WAN port to connect to a broadband modem.
Because it is an AC3200 router, it includes three Wi-Fi bands. These are one 2.4GHz band with a top speed of 600Mbps (on paper) and two 5GHz bands that are able to top out at 1,300Mbps (on paper). The extra 5GHz band means that the Arris SurfBoard SBR-AC3200P is able to handle more 5GHz Wi-Fi users at the same time without having to drag other bands’ output speed down.
Setting the device up is similar to that of your traditional router that has a Web Interface. Alternatively, you can also use the free accompanying Arris Surfboard app (which can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices) to complete the setup process. What the app does is it scans a QR code which is located on the underside of the router. After following a few steps after that, the router will now be ready for use.
Once everything has been set up, this particular uniquely-shaped router is able to deliver a stable signal that won’t drop out as long as the user does stay within its range. Its throughput performance, even though not the fastest one in the market, is still pretty good even for today’s tech standards.
However, the Arris SurfBoard SBR-AC3200P Wi-Fi Router also has its own set of drawbacks as it is a device that is far from perfect. For instance, its range was short as compared to other AC3200 routers on the market. There are reports that say reliability for the router’s signal drops after 80-feet for the 5GHz band and about 100-feet when using the 2.4GHz band.