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TP-Link Archer C5400 802.11ac Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 5:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: TP-Link

File Performance




Looking at file performance for the Archer C5400, I was disappointed to see just 50 MB/s read for both file sizes.


I figured a router as powerful as this would surely push closer to 90 with ease, but it comes down to firmware tuning. For write performance, the same thing can be said, with a peak of 45 MB/s.



Final Thoughts


If you haven't noticed, a lot of routers come through the lab here at TweakTown. I get a few every month and so even for me it becomes difficult to put one router above the next because they all serve a purpose. The C5400 is my second AC5300/5400 with the first being that massive Nighthawk X8, that now lives in the home of our SSD editor. I loved everything about the X8; it had great performance and range, but the downfall was its size. It was way too big for my living room, luckily TP-Link thinks just like me and produces some of the latest 802.11ac tech in smaller footprints, like the C5400.



The build quality is rather good, although I'd be wary of dropping this thing with its antennas in the outward position. The power brick is perfect; it's not going to block outlets like the massive bricks we sometimes see from other vendors.


Performance is certainly there; the C5400 was near the upper middle of each chart which is quite good for a solution to be so consistent. LAN to LAN topped 940 Mbps while WAN touched 917 Mbps. In wireless throughput, I was quite happy to see this solution pull in 234 Mbps in 2.4GHz and a peak of 437 Mbps in 5GHz. With that said, file performance could have been better over USB 3.0, but I have a feeling most of you using USB on this solution will love the ability to connect a 4G modem when you're on the road or when your primary Internet connection goes down.


In the end, there isn't anything about the C5400 I don't like; it's a top to bottom solid solution. I had no issues during testing or the month I used it prior to setting up my mesh network. Honestly, though, with its MSRP coming in at $299.99, it's hard for me to recommend it to you with so many mesh solutions right on the horizon.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money75%
Overall TweakTown Rating85%

The Bottom Line: It's hard for me to recommend any conventional router with the market changing as it is right now but any consumer that needs the 4G modem functionality, the C5400 may be one of the quickest options available.

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