The new pow­er­ful router for gamers

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We try out TP-Links high-end router for gamers

The one thing that most gamers ig­nore while ar­rang­ing their gam­ing setup is the router. A good router is as im­por­tant as the lat­est CPU and GPU for the best mul­ti­player ex­pe­ri­ence and this month we’ve got TP-Link’s top-of-the-line C5400X, their first router tar­geted to­wards gamers.

Clad in black and red with eight an­ten­nas all around the router, the C5400X is stylish al­beit big and clearly means busi­ness. There is power, LED on/off and WPS but­tons in the front with eight gi­ga­bit LAN and one gi­ga­bit WAN port at the back along with two USB 3.0 slots.

The router can be set up con­ven­tion­ally via TP-Link’s browser-based user in­ter­face or via TP-Link’s Tether app. Han­dling the de­mand­ing per­for­mance is a 64-bit quad-core

1.8GHz and 1GB RAM that can han­dle heaps of data with ease and helps to re­duce la­tency.

The router boasts three bands - one at 2.4GHz with a the­o­ret­i­cal speed to up to 1000Mbps and the re­main­ing two at

5GHz at 2167Mbps each. Hav­ing three bands means one 5GHz band can de­liver gam­ing traf­fic while the other two can be used for the in­ter­net. The router also sup­ports Smart Con­nect that lets the router de­cide which band to con­nect for best through­put per­for­mance.

The C5400X per­formed ex­cel­lently dur­ing our use. The range is ex­cel­lent with RangeBoost, cov­er­ing even the far­thest cor­ner and with MU-MIMO and Air­time Fair­ness, there’s no com­pro­mise on the speed when mul­ti­ple de­vices are con­nected.

Wired con­nec­tions get the gi­ga­bit love but hook up two LAN ports us­ing Link Ag­gre­ga­tion to dou­ble con­nec­tion speeds to up to 2 Gbps for Net­work At­tached Stor­age (NAS) de­vices and PCs with LACP. More­over, com­bine the WAN with a LAN port to con­nect DOCSIS 3.1 modems.

The in­te­grated USB 3.0 ports can be used for net­work stor­age but the router also comes with 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age that can be ac­cessed via the TP-Link’s FileBank app.

Se­cu­rity-wise, the router sup­ports OpenVPN, guest net­work mode, parental con­trols and comes with HomeCare an­tivirus in­tru­sion pre­ven­tion so­lu­tion pro­vided by Trend Mi­cro.

The C5400X is priced at `24,900 and while it may be on the pricier side; the router brings in some pow­er­ful fea­tures that ups the ante for gam­ing and even reg­u­lar use.

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