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Mogul Reviews: TP-Link Archer C5400X

I finally tried my first gaming router!

I recently received a TP-Link Archer C5400X and, yep, this will be my first gaming router experience. We do have a basic Etisalat router at home and it isn't fun when the connection suddenly fluctuates leaving the game being laggy or, worse, completely disconnected.


Dimensions 9.47 x 9.47 x 2.18 in (240.5 x 240.5 x 55.3 mm)

Network standards IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, IEEE 802.11ac/n/g/b 2.4GHz, IPv4, IPv6CPU1.8 GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU, three co-processors

System memory 1GB of RAM and 16GB of EMMC internal storage.

Wi-Fi specs Tri-band AC5400 with 2.4 GHz (1000 Mbps) + 5 GHz (2167 Mbps) + 5 GHz (2167 Mbps)

MU-MIMO support Yes

Ports 8x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports,  1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN port, 2x USB 3.0, Bluetooth (for setup)

Special port features LAN link aggregation and Dual-WAN

Special features TP-Link HomeCare (AntiVirus, Parental Controls, QoS)


Design

The  Archer C5400X is massive. The 2.18-inch (55.3-mm) tall flat square box that measures 9.47 inches (240.5 mm) to each side is surely an eye catcher. The 8 antennas looks like an upside down spider. It has one WAN and eight LANs.

Performance

I am skipping the usual “how to setup a router” because Archer C5400X is very easy to install (might be complex if this is your first time setting up a router).  The menu is very organized on the left side on the screen and you can either prioritize gaming or streaming! Archer C5400X uses 4x4 MIMO. You might not be able to maximize the top rated speed available if you don't own a device with 4 antennas (which is rare)*, however, the router can be configured so all is well.

Rating

Versatility 8

Price 6

Design 8

Performance 10

Support 10

Final verdict

Owning a gaming router indeed changed the way I perceive connectivity. The price is quite steep but I think owning one is a good investment not just for gaming purposes but for stable connectivity as well. The Archer C5400X is an eye-catching router with amazing connectivity performance. Although it is quite huge and consumes space, the design is perfect to show the gamer in you. It is a breeze to set up and easily customizable for your preference.

*A personal opinion

Review by Dina Alexa