TP-Link Archer C5400X Review

November 21, 2019

Great for gaming.

TP-Link’s latest gaming router, the Archer C5400X delivers all the goods- everything about this gaming router screams performance, which is why we had such a great time playing with it. Just from the outside, you will already see that the extreme looks of this router were definitely made for gaming, similar to extremely-designed gaming notebooks we’ve seen from other brands.

You’d initially think that it’s some sort of inverted spider when you see the C5400X thanks to the multiple antennas placed on top of it. But its features are where the C5400X separates itself from any home router. First off, you already have a crazy full 8-port gigabit switch, where most routers only have 2, 3 or 4. The aim here is that the C5400X can let you pair up ports so file transfer on NAS devices, for example, can be twice as fast.

On the wireless side, you have two radios on 5 GHz at 2167 Mbps and a single 2.4 GHz band at 1000 Mbps. These three Wi-Fi bands allow you to better manage your network – where you can dedicate a separate band just for gaming traffic.

There’s also support for MU-MIMO and Airtime Fairness that basically allots the right bandwidth for your device. This way, you’d be focused on taking down your enemy more than worrying about your bandwidth. There’s also RangeBoost, which simply means that the C5400X is more than capable of extending the reception from anywhere in your home. The C5400X  is powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor along with 1 GB of RAM. That’s basically enough to handle the busy traffic that comes from your devices, especially when gaming. 

You’ll also find the usual features inside the C5400X’s software: parental controls, Alexa and IFTTT support and our favorite, Intelligent Traffic Prioritization. This one feature eradicates lag using a dynamic optimization engine where it can identify gaming traffic and automatically allots the right bandwidth for it. If not used for gaming, Intelligent Traffic Prioritization can also effectively stream 4K movies without any worry of buffering.

Sitting 10 feet from the C5400X I managed to a decent 51 Mb/s speed on the 2.4 GHz band and around 180 Mbs on the 5 GHz band. Moving away from the router and heading to the kitchen I got around 20 Mb/s on 2.4 GHz and a similar 181 Mb/s on 5 GHz. 2.4 GHz speeds performed normally here, but 5 GHz is where we were most impressed. It maintained a similar speed no matter how far you are from the router. This can translate to the same speeds no matter how far you are from the router.

There’s a lot to like about the TP-Link Archer C5400X. It’s jam-packed with features and performs well on every scenario we put it on. It’s a bit on the expensive side (1,430 AED) so keep that in mind when deciding to go for this router. Still, we love everything about the C5400X and it’s certainly an ideal companion for any gaming setup.

We Love: 

+ Fast performance especially on 5 GHz

+ Easy setup

We Hate: 

– Design can be too extreme for some

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.