Tri-band sym­me­try

TP-Link Archer C5400

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

con­cLu­Sion the tp-Link archer c5400 is a router that is sym­met­ri­cal, both in de­sign and the way it han­dles in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

These days, routers can't just be pow­er­ful, they also have to look the part. In the case of the TP-Link Archer C5400, the de­vice ticks off all the points for look­ing (and feel­ing) in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Out of the box, the C5400 looks like any other router. Its eight an­ten­nas stay neatly hid­den and folded, and stay that way un­til they are needed.

That's an­other plus point for the Archer C5400: its com­pact de­sign. The router is pretty much a no-fuss, allin-one de­vice. Even set­ting up the Archer C5400 is easy: upon con­nect­ing the mo­dem to an in­ter­net con­nec­tion (wired or wire­less), the router’s on­board, step-by-step guide is so easy; we ac­tu­ally had ev­ery­thing up and run­ning in mat­ter of min­utes.

Those eight an­ten­nas aren’t just for show ei­ther: not only do they boost the Wi-Fi sig­nal strength, but also en­able the Archer C5400 to si­mul­ta­ne­ously send data to mul­ti­ple de­vices via its MU-MIMO Gi­ga­bit fea­ture, and also through its Tri-band Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity. Cou­ple that with the on­board 1.4GHz du­al­core CPU, and what you ac­tu­ally have is a very ef­fi­cient and speedy net­work de­vice.

La­bor­ing on the Tri-band Wi-Fi point, the Archer C5400’s Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity is ac­tu­ally split into three band­width spec­trums. The first is the 2.4GHz spec­trum, while the other two are ac­tu­ally in­di­vid­ual 5GHz points. TP-Link splits the 5GHz spec­trum into two as a way of help­ing con­sumers to sep­a­rate their con­nec­tion be­tween on­line gam­ing and 4K video and me­dia stream­ing. Trust us, it ac­tu­ally helps, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the amount of band­width stream­ing 4K videos can con­sume over ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. Per­for­mance-wise, the C5400 is what you’d ex­pect of a router that's loaded up with all the lat­est bells and whis­tles. Over­all, con­nec­tions across all spec­trums were sta­ble, with no drops or throt­tling in speeds. When play­ing mul­ti­player ti­tles like Over­watch over the 5GHz spec­trum and ap­prox­i­mately 20 meters away from the mo­dem, band­width la­tency was im­pres­sive and con­sis­tently be­tween 12ms and 14ms.

Re­gard­ing our 4GB trans­fer test, the file trans­ferred at a rate of 25MB/s to an ex­ter­nal drive at­tached to the router, while trans­fer­ring the same file di­rectly onto our server was nearly half of that speed at 11.7MB/s.

you get the stan­dard fare of ports with the archer c5400.

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