TP-Link's Archer C5400X Is Part AC Gaming Router, Part Iron Spider

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When it comes to wireless networking, a number of companies are vying for the title of best gaming router. We recently saw the introduction of the Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700, and now TP-Link is aiming for gaming dominance with the Archer C5400X 802.11ac Wi-Fi router. 

The Archer C5400X is a tri-band router, featuring one 2.4GHz band (1000Mbps) and two 5GHz bands (2167Mbps each) to handle all of your wireless traffic. If that wasn't enough, there are a total of eight Gigabit LAN ports for your wired traffic. There's also a single Gigabit WAN port for your modem.

Given that this is a gaming router, TP-Link has implemented a number of technologies including a dynamic optimization engine to prioritize online gaming. In addition, so-called "fast track streaming" ensures that you have unencumbered 4K streams to multiple big screen TVs in your home.

The Archer C5400X also uses band steering to put each of your Wi-Fi devices on the optimum band, and employs load-balancing to ensure that no one band is overburdened. And in an age where mesh routers are growing in popularity due to their ability to stamp out dead spots, the Archer C5400X instead uses RangeBoost technology to improve reception in far off-corners of your home.

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Speaking of reception, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the 8 antenna that sit atop the router. That coupled with the color scheme remind us of Spider-Man's Iron Spider suit from Infinity War. We don't know if this was intentional, but this is definitely a missed opportunity for a product tie-in (you can think us later, TP-Link).

At the heart of the Archer C5400X is a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, a total of three co-processors and 1GB of RAM. It features 16GB of onboard EMMC, two USB 3.0 ports for hooking up external hard drives, thumb drives or printers, and can help simplify the setup process with onboard Bluetooth.

The TP-Link Archer C5400X is available now from Amazon priced at $399.99.