TP-LINK ARCHER C5400X
The new powerful router for gamers
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.