TP-link Archer C5400 Vs Asus Vs Netgear

New introduction TP-link Archer C5400 three band router with NitroQAM, Smart-Connect, MU-MIMO and 4 stream technologies. Can it compete with other similar products have been around in the market such as Netgear Nighthawk X8 or Asus RT-AC5300?




 

What this product does

Following its success with previous versions including TP-link Archer C9 in its AC1900 category, TP-link Archer C3200 which has similar appearance with this new product, and the new TP-link Archer C3150 the fastest two band router TP-link introduced, TP-link offers the three band version with the same technology as C3150 – the TP-link Archer C5400.

Like the high speed two band router Archer C3150, this product is powered by the advanced NitroQAM and four stream technologies to boost each of the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands 25% faster and with the three band technology this router delivers total bandwidth of up to 5334Mbps, each band in 5GHz band delivers speeds up to 2160Mbps and in 2.4GHz band it can deliver speed up to 1,000Mbps technically. It has the same technology used by Asus AC5300 and similar products including Asus RT-AC88U two band router and Netgear Nighthawk X8.

With three bands you can connect more devices to the network and with the addition of MU-MIMO technology your network can deliver high intensive bandwidth applications to run smoothly such as 4K video streaming and online gaming, no jitter no lag.

TP-link archer C5400

Main features

  • Based on 802.11ac with AC5400 network segment
  • Three band router speeds of up to 2,160Mbps + 2,160Mbps + 1,000Mbps
  • Advanced NitroQAM technology and 4-stream technologies to boost the speeds of each band
  • Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology to deliver data streams to multiple devices simultaneously
  • Smart-connect technology
  • Powered by 1.4GHz dual core processor and 3-co processor for best performance
  • Comes with 8x high power external antennas
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports (4x LAN and 1x WAN ports)
  • Two USB ports, 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0

TP-link is a little bit delayed in releasing Archer C5400 into the market, compared with other competing products in AC5400 product segment. Will it be the first vendor that will release the next generation of wireless AD routers. As I noticed in its website that TP-link is showcasing the new generation of multi-band router – the wireless AD technology with its flagship TP-link Talon AD7200.

Archer C5400 Vs Asus RT-AC5300 Vs Nighthawk X8

At a moment you can find various models of wireless AC5300 routers available in the market you can consider to purchase from online stores or local electronic retail stores near you. Some of them have been around for few months earlier than TP-link such as Asus RT-AC5300 and Netgear Nighthawk X8. Can this Archer C5400 beat them?

Have a look at the comparison table between TP-link Archer C5400 and Asus RT-AC5300 in table 1 while table 2 shows you spec comparison between Archer and Nighthawk.

All the three routers are based on the same new generation of 5G wifi (802.11ac) AC5300 technology delivering combined bandwidth of up to 5300Mbps for all the three band, the 2.4GHz delivering bandwidth up to 1000Mbps and two 5GHz bands each delivers speed up to 2167Mbps. All come with the latest features of MU-MIMO, 4-streams and Smart-Connect technologies.

Antennas

Even though you can physically see that Nighthawk X8 appears with only four external antennas, actually Netgear designs the antennas differently. Netgear designs four external active antennas with power amplifiers located on top of the antennas instead of embedded in the motherboard like others in general in addition of 4 internal antennas. The TP-link Archer C5400 and Asus RT-AC5300 are designed all the eight antennas externally.

Combinations of high features of wifi technologies and antenna design, your router can cover large home. in some cases probably you still need a wireless range extender to cover the dead zones. See one of best wireless range extender products in the market. Choose the one that is suitable to your need, the wall-plug design might be ideal for easy placement in the power outlet. Or you can add a desktop model that generally come with more Ethernet ports for adding Ethernet-based devices to go wifi such as Netgear Nighthawk EX7000 or the touch screen version of TP-link  RE590T touch screen extender.

Ethernet Ports

In Windows 2012 server the demand of having high bandwidth link for storage requirement is very high for large scale business environment. So  that’s why with Windows 2012 you can combine more than two Ethernet ports to be teaming network as a single super-speed link. You don’t need a Windows server 2012 in home should you require high speed link of up to 2Gbps, with Asus RT-AC5300 and Netgear Nighthawk X8 you can aggregate two Ethernet ports link to create a single super-speed 2Gbps link. On the other hand TP-link Archer C5400 does not have this feature, it’s not a serious drawback actually.

archer c5400

The first two ports can be aggregated to be a single 2Gbps combined link which is typically used for NAS link. Even Netgear Nighthawk X8 comes with 6 ports, while the other two competing routers come with 4 LAN ports in general.

Cloud Feature

Archer C5400, like other TP-link routers is not specifically coming with cloud feature, but the other two routers are. Netgear with its new generation of Netgear Genie allows you create a personal cloud by attaching storage to the available USB port. And Asus with Asus AiCloud allows you to have something like a personal cloud storage you can sync, access, and transfer between network.

Not most people utilize this cloud feature, for you that demands speeds in general, Archer is sufficient router for you with affordable price.

Have a closer look at the following comparison table, table 1 is comparison table between Archer and Asus.

Table 1 Archer C5400 Vs Asus RT-AC5300

  TP-link Archer C5400 Asus RT-AC5300
Wifi speeds 2x 2,167Mbps in 5GHz band

1x 1,000Mbps in 2.4GHz band

2x 2,167Mbps in 5GHz band

1x 1,000Mbps in 2.4GHz band

NitroQAM technology Yes Yes
4-stream technology Yes Yes
MU-MIMO technology Yes Yes
Smart-Connect technology Yes Yes
Antennas 8x high performance external antennas 8x high performance external antennas
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN; 1x Gigabit WAN ports 4x Gigabit LAN; 1x Gigabit WAN ports
Link aggregation No Yes, combines two teaming LAN ports (the 1st and 2nd port) into one high speed 2Gbps link connection
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
Processor Ultra-Fast 1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU and 3 co-processors 1.4GHz Dual-Core processor
Guest network 1x 2.4GHz

1x 5GHz-1

1x 5GHz-2

3x 2.4GHz

3x 5GHz-1

3x 5GHz-2

Price (Dec 2016) $240 $356

 

While table 2 below shows you comparison table between Archer and Netgear Nighthawk X8.

Table 2 TP-link Archer C5400 Vs Nighthawk X8

  TP-link Archer C5400 Netgear Nighthawk X8
Wifi speeds 2x 2,167Mbps in 5GHz band

1x 1,000Mbps in 2.4GHz band

2x 2,167Mbps in 5GHz band

1x 1,000Mbps in 2.4GHz band

NitroQAM technology Yes Yes (?)
4-stream technology Yes Yes
MU-MIMO technology Yes Yes
Smart-Connect technology Yes Yes
Antennas 8x high performance external antennas 4 x high performance external active antennas – amplifiers on top of antennas

4x internal antennas

Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN; 1x Gigabit WAN ports 6x Gigabit LAN; 1x Gigabit WAN ports
Link aggregation No Yes, Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation for high speed connection
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
Processor Ultra-Fast 1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU and 3 co-processors 1.4GHz Dual-Core processor
Guest network 1x 2.4GHz

1x 5GHz-1

1x 5GHz-2

1x 2.4GHz

1x 5GHz-1

1x 5GHz-2

Price (Sep 2016) $240 $350

Summary

For demanding high intensive bandwidth applications, all the three routers are ready for the tasks. Unlike Archer C5400, the other two routers Asus RT-AC5300 and Netgear Nighthawk X8 are flavored with cloud feature and teaming ports. With affordable product in its class, TP-link Archer C5400 is ideal solution for huge bandwidth demand in home.


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