TP-LINK ARCHER C5400 V2 REVIEW

TP-Link is a household name for several years committed and dedicated to providing quality and durable telecommunication hardware.

The talent team at TP-Link works tirelessly to develop devices with upgraded software and hardware components. Consequently, you are sure of getting your money’s worth on any device.

The TP-Link Archer C5400 version 2 is an upgraded router that works well with the home network and ensures you receive quality signals.

A router's primary function is to connect with the modem, thereby providing the signal to devices in the home. The Archer C5400 is an upgraded version of the Archer C5400. Although they may look very similar on physical examination, they come with different software and interface.

Before moving on, let us examine some of the features of TP-Link Archer C5400 that make it a highly-sought router.

Connectivity TechnologyWiFi
Frequency Band ClassTri-Band
Data Transfer Rate2167 Megabits Per Second
BrandTP-Link
Wireless Type802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Number of Ports5
Security ProtocolWEP, WPA-PSK, WPA
Voltage12 Volts
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1/10 MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or LinuxMicrosoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1/10 MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux See more
Control MethodApp

FEATURES

Antennas

One of the first things you will notice on examining this router is the numerous antennas. The TP-Link Archer C5400 Version 2 has about eight external antennas.

This is more than you will find in most routers. However, most specialists believe that the more the antennas, the more coverage it provides.

The external antenna work complements the function of the internal antenna. The external antennas work by capturing the signal from the modem.

Furthermore, they amplify and broadcast the signal so that different devices can use the signal. Wonder why a device about 800 square feet or more can receive a quality signal likewise a device just a few feet away?


This is the unique function of an antenna. In summary, it extends the Wi-Fi coverage to ensure all connected devices can enjoy a fast Wi-Fi signal.

Core Processor Capacity

TP-Link Archer C5400 V2 has a dual-core processor with a memory of 256Mb. Moreover, it has a flash with a memory of 128Mb. This processor works well with the three processors that handle data transmission.

The importance of this capable core processor is its ability to process data irrespective of the volume of data being sent to it. Also, it ensures packet data are transmitted at a rate that allows all connected devices to enjoy maximum data speed.

Bandwidth: this router works with three frequencies. One 2.4GHz, which transmits a speed of about 1000Mbps. On the other hand, the 5GHz frequency can transmit up to 2167Mbps.


This ensures that irrespective of the wireless connection, your speed is not hindered. You can play games, stream videos, download audio files without interruption.

Ports: There are five Gigabit Ethernet Ports in total on this router. The WAN port allows the connection of the router to the modem.

The other four LAN ports ensure that devices like smart TVs, gaming consoles, and Blu-ray disc players can require wired access can also enjoy high Wi-Fi signal.

There are also two USB ports for connecting a printer and a flash drive. The LAN ports can transfer data at a speed of up to 1000Mbps. Either you are going wireless or using wires, Archer C5400 V2 will not disappoint.

LED Light: this router comes with Smart Indicator LED lights. The lights turn on or off to indicate that a function is active or the other way.

The WPS, power, and reset buttons come with indicator lights. The light allows you to verify their status with a glance.

Quest: the Archer C4500 V2 comes with the option of a guest user. The 2.4GHz bandwidth can accommodate one guest. However, the 5GHz frequency can conveniently cater to two guest networks.

MI-MUMO technology: This tri-band router comes with multi-input, multi-user, and multi-output features. The CPU can process several inputs from different users and produce an output simultaneously.

The dual-core processor is grossly responsible for this fast distribution of data packets.

Access Control: This feature gives you complete control over the network. There is the parental control feature that allows you to regulate the activities of your young ones on the internet.

The rule management feature allows you to set the rules for network usage. Furthermore, the local management controls allow you to view devices connected to your network.

Moreover, you can create a hotlist for your devices; you can put your gaming system at the top of the list to improve signal transmission.

Quality Of Service: The quality of service feature allows you to prioritize your gaming device to a specific bandwidth. Suppose you are a gamer; you can assign your gaming system to one of the 5GHz frequency.

The packet data for your gaming system will be given priority when the router is processing data from different users. 

HOW TO SET-UP ARCHER C5400 VERSION 2

TP-Link has the interest of customers at the core of their invention. Essentially, setting up the router requires little or no technical expertise.

The Archer C5400v2 has a user-friendly interface that allows users to easily understand and manipulate to suit their needs. The set-up and configuration for this router are simple and takes a few minutes.
 
The application TP-Link Tether is one of the easy ways to configure your router. The first step is to download the app on your Smartphone. The instructions on the app are clear and straightforward.

You can establish a connection between the router, the home modem, and devices in a few minutes. No stress, no sweat!
 
The package comes with an owner’s manual containing detailed instructions on what to do. The experienced engineers at TP-Link have taken the stress off you.

The manual comes with a step-by-step instruction that explains how to set-up the router. Furthermore, there are images to promote understanding of the process. Irrespective of whether you have done it before or not, there is a high probability that you will get it on the first try.

Another way to add a new device without breaking a sweat is through voice commands. This product works with Alexa devices. You can give the command of adding a new device to the network.

Alexa automatically synchronizes your device with the Wi-Fi password and username. With the TP-Link router app, the voice command can be used in the initial configuration and setting up of the router.

If you don’t have an Alexa account, you may need to open one. Furthermore, the app gives you control over the management of the routers’ features.

Finally, the IFTTT feature gives the router an edge. It allows creating a personalized set of instructions that ensures you have complete control of the router.

PACKAGING

The TP-Link Archer C5400 Version 2 comes in a neat box. Inside the box, you will find some accessories that are specifically designed for the router.

At this junction, I would like to encourage you to stick with the accessories in your connection. They include:

  • TP-Link Archer C5400 V2 router: this is the major hardware in the box. It may structurally be similar to the old C5400. 
  • The power pack: this serves as a means of connecting to a power source. You connect the router to an electrical outlet to ensure it is booting and ready for operation.
  • Antennas: the antennas are not fixed. There are eight high functional antennas in the pack. Ensure you attach them before you begin any process of configuration. The router is incomplete without its antennas. 
  • Manual: Tp-Link Archer C5400 V2 comes with a well-detailed manual that ensures any user can fully comprehend the router's workings. It also gives information about the hardware and software specification of the product. Furthermore, the manual contains images to facilitate understanding of the written information.
  • Ethernet cable: You will also find Ethernet cables in the package of Archer C5400 V2. This Ethernet cable is ideal for connecting devices that require a wire connection. It can transmit data up to ten times faster than regular cables.
  • BENEFITS 

    In this section, we shall examine the benefits of using TP-Link Archer C5400 Version 2 routers. The benefits include:

    FAST: One significant advantage of investing in this router is the Wi-Fi speed. It is suitable for buildings with two and three floors.
     
    Even on the third floor, you are sure to get a fast, consistent, and quality Wi-Fi signal.

    You will get signals over longer distances, especially if your devices are compatible with 802.11ac. The presence of eight external antennas helps to transmit the signal further than other routers.

    Excellent for gamers: the router has a dual-core processor with three co-processors that ensure you get the best from your network.

     
    There are two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz bandwidth. You can assign your gaming device to one of the 5GHz bands to ensure a consistent and strong signal.
    The dual-processor allows it to deliver outputs to several devices simultaneously.

    Set-up is straightforward: another pro of purchasing this router is that its set-up, configuration, and installation are simple. You don’t have to spend extra money on it or lose sleep over it. It also requires little or no engineering or technical skill. All you have to do is follow the manual, and you are set.

    CONS

    Expensive: The major setback to this router is the price. I mean, why would anyone want to buy a boring router at a high price when you can always get something more classy for a lower price?

    The price of the Archer version 2 is about $300.00. Although some enthusiast will argue that is relatively inexpensive, the older version was made available for circulation at about $490.00.

    Nevertheless, the price is still high, and other less expensive brands offer similar benefits.

    Old fashioned: As this model is an upgraded version, one might expect an upgrade in its design. Unfortunately, this is not the case as it is the same design as the old model.

    TP-Link Archer C5400 V2 is not the nicest-looking router. If you are looking for a router with style and elegance, this is out of your specification. It is just a big, black router with no splash of color or exciting design.

    Size: the first thing that usually comes to mind when you lay eyes on this router is the size. We have had customers who were like: “wow, it’s really big, I was expecting something less” it tends to occupy a lot of space.

    If you do not have enough room for a router, you might not want to invest in this router. It is not portable and will not easily blend in with your home design.

    Suppose your home or office décor consists of bright colors, TP-Link Archer C5400 V2 will stick out like a sore thumb. Everyone who enters the room will notice it because it may look big and odd.

    Conclusion

    Archer C5400 V2 is an exceptional router that is simple in all ways. It is easy to install, configure, and manage. Although it is quite expensive, it comes with a lot of benefits that make you overlook it.

    Furthermore, this router is perfect for use in the home or organization that requires a fast processor. It is also an ideal choice for gamers.

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