Never worry about weak signals with the $400 TP-Link Archer C5400X router

TP-Link's newest router is a monster designed for gamers, and it's called the Archer C5400X (opens in new tab). No, you haven't stumbled across an alien artifact while exploring a derelict space station. That is a wireless router just like other normal-looking wireless routers (opens in new tab) from TP-Link but with features appealing to hardcore gamers.

The Archer C5400X has a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, eight Gigabit LAN ports, and one Gigabit WAN port. The triple Wi-Fi bands can reach speeds up to 5400 Mbps with one 2.4GHz band for 1000 Mbps and two 5GHz bands for 2167 Mbps. It also has MU-MIMO technology, which is quickly becoming standard tech for any home that uses multiple devices on one wireless network. Airtime Fairness, RangeBoost, and Dynamic optimization all help prioritize traffic, strengthen reception, and keep your devices online. It also has built-in antivirus to protect your router and any device connected to it from threats.

Of course, you could also go with the C5400X's little brother, the Archer C5400 (opens in new tab) for just $250. It's not as feature-rich but still a router made for gamers. The C5400X is available on Amazon (opens in new tab), B&H (opens in new tab), and other retailers but starts at $399.99. You could also explore the Netgear Nighthawk (opens in new tab) series of wireless routers. They have a lot of features and don't cost nearly as much, but then none of those routers look like a device Sauron would use to forge the Rings of Power.

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John Levite
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J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.

  • Put it on it's feet and it'll run away 😀
  • It looks like alien spacecraft lol.
  • Sounds great, looks ridiculous.
  • I'm pretty sure if aliens have invaded Earth, they have disguised themselves as routers.