TP-Link Archer C5400X Gaming Router Review

TP-Link is a well-known name in the home network realm, and they have even expanded to offering many IoT devices as well. But keeping within the networking realm, TP-Link has released their latest gaming-focused router, the Archer C5400X. As the name implies, the AC5400X offers tri-band Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5400 Mpbs across both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. In addition to the fast wireless options, there is also an 8-port gigabit Ethernet switch for your wired devices, and multiple USB ports for external device connectivity. Backed up by an easy-to-use interface, the C5400X is pushing hard to replace your existing solution. Will it be enough to dethrone your current gear? Follow along to see how it performs!

Special thanks to TP-Link for the Archer C5400X review sample!

Hardware Specifications


A full list of specifications can be found here: TP-Link Archer C5400X Specifications


The C5400X comes in a standard retail package with a large image of the router itself on the front of the box. Besides the standard product name and a slogan of “Dominate The Competition”, the front of the box lists a few of the notable features found on the router, and a cool arrowhead and controller logo is paired with a not that this product is from the Archer Gaming Division.

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The backside of the box goes into a bit more detail with some of the router’s features, which is really helpful for potential buyers that may not be aware of the advantages of things like link aggregation and airtime fairness.

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With the outer cover removed, and the inner box opened up, we get our first glimpse of the C5400X. The router is packed nicely in a molded cardboard structure, along with the unit’s power supply and additional accessories.

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Speaking of accessories, the Archer C5400X comes packaged with a very basic Quick Installation Guide, an external power supply, a single Ethernet cable, and eight antennas.

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