We were highly impressed with the TP-Link Archer C5400X when we originally reviewed it, and it's still obvious as to why it remains one our of best gaming routers. So, of course it's a good day when it goes on sale.
The Archer C5400X has many great features, including a fast 5 GHz throughput, clean user interface, integrated antivirus protection, and is easy to set up, which you can do via the TP-Link Tether smartphone app or a web browser. But what makes this a great gaming router is what TP-Link dubs their 'dynamic optimization engine.' The Archer C5400X splits web traffic into five categories: gaming; steaming; surfing; chatting; and downloading.
You can use the router's presets to automatically prioritize any one of those applications, but there is also a Custom option that allows each category to be set to a prioritization mode of low, medium, or high. This is a nice option for those gamers who like a little bit of control over the flow of their internet traffic.
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Archer C5400X is a vast improvement over previous models, especially when it comes to the 5GHz range, and is a cheaper alternative to other high-end gaming routers. Buy at B&H (opens in new tab).
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