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TP Link AC5400 Tri Band Gaming Router MU MIMO 1 8GHz Quad Core 64 bit CPU Game First Priority Link Aggregation 16GB Storage Airtime Fairness Secured Wifi Works with Alexa Archer C5400X

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.1
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
800
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
73
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WIFI

Review Summary - 727 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Network
 370
tp link, wifi, house, coverage, signal
+84%
-16%
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" ...  This router is a HUGE improvement over the Spectrum provided modem-router combo unit. ... This router fills my house with WiFi.  ...  "
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" ...  In the end, I set up my old router and I'm going shopping for another Netgear router right now.  ...  "
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" ...  Faster than the $200 router a guest brought in.  ...  "
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" ...  Very strong router, reaches to other side of the house and able to stream videos with ease!  ...  "
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" ...  Insane connection speeds.  ...  "
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" ...  I've used TP Link routers for a good 5 years now and they've always been excellent. ... Keep up the good work TP Link.  ...  "
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" ...  In terms of coverage and speed, I noticed the difference right after I was done with the settings and specially on the devices which are kinda far from the router’s location including but not limited to the pair of security cameras which I purchased them from Amazon as well. ... I was planning to hang this router on the wall and put it on the highest elevation since it comes with the brackets you need to do this as easy as possible but after I finalized my check points, I really didn’t find any reason to change it’s location to anywhere else and it just simply stayed on my computer desk and exactly where the older router used to sit. ... I would highly recommend this router to anyone who is looking for a router in this price range and I know obviously there are other routers which might be as good as this one or even better but I guess they are not coming with this price range and I really didn’t want to spend more money on any router than I actually need.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up was easy and I get 100 MBPS on the 5 Ghz channel throughout the house.  ...  "
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Wifi
 189
wifi, tp link, ac1900, 4ghz, coverage
+82%
-18%
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" ...  10 year old router worked better  ...  "
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" ...  No more dead spots and can get WiFi on my patio and in my garage now.  ...  "
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" ...  Improved WiFi immensely  ...  "
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" ...  The router itself is amazing though. ... Great router though.  ...  "
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" ...  This router is a HUGE improvement over the Spectrum provided modem-router combo unit. ... This router fills my house with WiFi.  ...  "
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" ...  The router works great 👍  ...  "
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" ...  So much better than my old N300 router. ... Tried a Nighthawk Mu-MiMo before this and it was dropping the internet connection on wired connection and wireless.  ...  "
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" ...  What else do you need in a router?  ...  "
Setup
 170
easy, router, easy to install, set, install
+95%
-5%
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" ...  My expertise is about mid-level, but the setup was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple setup and works great out of the box, no real signal loss observed yet.  ...  "
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" ...  First time using this updated router, works good, easy to install, like that it has an app.  ...  "
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" ...  simple to set up  ...  "
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" ...  Ease of setup almost tripped me up into believing I was missing a step.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy set up with a lot of controls I didn't have with my standard FIOS router.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install amd get started.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 144
easy to set, set, setup, easy to install, easy to setup
+98%
-2%
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" ...  Easy to setup and use  ...  "
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" ...  Functions great, no reboots required, easy to setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to setup and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to configure and noticed an unexpected bonus during configuration.  ...  "
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" ...  has good range and set up was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Its easy, but I dont think it was written in the instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  easy to install  ...  "
ISP
 127
modem, tp link, comcast, provider, isp
+85%
-15%
comment
" ...  I got it because I recently was able to get fiber internet at my home, and my old router being a 10/100 router was not built to allow me to use my new speeds of 500up, 50down, and this router allows me to reach those speeds on wired devices, which naturally makes everyone in the house very happy as we all have gaming PCs with gigabit network cards.  ...  "
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" ...  It had been a while since I last upgraded my router.  ...  "
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" ...  i've also recently tested the comparable netgear nighthawk and i think the tp-link is better.  ...  "
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" ...  With this new router this problem is solved.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it as a wireless bridge and it’s the fastest router I have used. ... Great router though.  ...  "
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" ...  That's all fine and dandy as long as the router is connected to the net.  ...  "
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" ...  This is my first, and last, TP-Link product.  ...  "
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" ...  My previous router, which was my first, was also a TP-Link.  ...  "
Capacity
 123
signal, router, floor, coverage, story
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  My parents got this router for our house when it was brand new on the market (5 years ago if I’m not mistaken) and it works great in our 2 story house where it’s downstairs and my room is in the furthest corner away from it upstairs. ... His whole apartment has the strongest signal he’s ever had in his house (he had a Netgear 1200 so obviously a big upgrade). ... Unless you have a super massive house with thick walls, this’ll work wonderfully.  ...  "
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" ...  Great coverage in and outside of my apartment building.  ...  "
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" ...  The range for the 2.4 is really good, reaches up to outside my house, towards the road, past the main gate.  ...  "
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" ...  The old router wouldnt reach my bedroom using my phones wifi connection but this one easily hits it through 3 walls and a staircase.  ...  "
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" ...  My family is thrilled with the additional bandwidth it has provided.  ...  "
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" ...  I think I will relocate the router to the 2nd floor to ensure that I have good connection throughout the house. ... It's going to be hard to hide it which is why it's still in the 3rd floor closet!  ...  "
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" ...  The service area is a little smaller than I hoped, ~25 yds, going through several walls and a floor.  ...  "
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" ...  My whose house router. ... It connects very fast and I have good coverage in the whole house  ...  "
Product Reliability
 97
working, year, years, stopped working, failed
+46%
-54%
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" ...  This product broke after six months.  ...  "
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" ...  A port stopped working after 6 months.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked great until one day it just stopped working. ... So, since it was 2 months after the 2 year mark of owning, it was basically useless with no offer to help remedy the situation.  ...  "
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" ...  TP Link stopped working after 2 months would not recommend to anyone.  ...  "
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" ...  It's broken now 2018  ...  "
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" ...  Not even 6 months old and it started bottlenecking even after multiple resets. ... Also, this was my second unit with similar hardware issues.  ...  "
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" ...  It is not working properly.  ...  "
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" ...  This product failed after less than six weeks!  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 66
connected, connect, smart, tvs, streaming
+73%
-27%
comment
" ...  I have now gotten it up and running on half of my devices. ... I still need to connect 3 Roku and 3 TVs. ... I upgraded this rating because I connected Several TVs streaming devices plus tablets and phones(it took about 5minutes per device).  ...  "
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" ...  You will then need a smartphone or some other internet service to access your email to verify before you can get logged in. ... Then click next and you can finally set up your networks: chose names and passwords.  ...  "
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" ...  Have two macs, tv, dvd, roku and two iPhones, all working excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  Doesn't drop connections and doubled my speed on some devices.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to set up for everything except Amazon Echo.  ...  "
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" ...  No connectivity issues on IPHONE, IPAD, MAC or PC platforms.  ...  "
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" ...  All my connected devices run smoothly and trouble free!  ...  "
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" ...  The connection is amazing.  ...  "
Software Platform
 64
web, tether app, interface, setup, password
+69%
-31%
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" ...  One installed using web interface and the second using the mobile app.  ...  "
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" ...  Appreciate the freedom to choose my own IP range and use my network without re-configuring to match what Google plans to be their own eco-system.  ...  "
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" ...  Like the access and controls from both the web and from their app.  ...  "
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" ...  The setup process was very easy using the browser based interface.  ...  "
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" ...  The tether app worked fine after router was configured. ... If anything changes, I'll update.  ...  "
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" ...  Great range and management software.  ...  "
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" ...  Mode can be changed easily by an app installed in my phone.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the Netgear in interface, but finally made the switch.  ...  "
Ports
 57
port, ethernet, wan port, modem, tp link
+68%
-32%
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" ...  It has eight status lights, one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port, and four ethernet ports.  ...  "
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" ...  I was also able to open up port 3389 for rdp access and it worked.  ...  "
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" ...  The eight cable nodes also eliminated a device in my network & simplified the network wiring to the rooms in my house!  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased the TP-Link TC7650 DOCSIS 3.0 (24x8) High Speed Cable Modem. ... The guy I spoke with did ask how old the ethernet cable was. ... Since then, I have checked EVERY cable in my house and they all work fine. ... And I have a LOT of Ethernet cables! ... By default, two of the four ports are set to "IPTV", but I changed all four to "Internet".  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this to replace my AirPort Extreme and Air port express router and this router does a good job.  ...  "
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" ...  Unit was nice to look at, had pretty status lights and came with a wall mounting bracket adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  2 usb lights and Wps light then lights go out.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s nice to have the proper equipment to run 3 TVs and a few computers.  ...  "
Overall performance
 56
fast, speeds, performance, range, download
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Fantastic range, great speed.  ...  "
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" ...  Shipping speed was excellent!  ...  "
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" ...  Then this thing shows up and WHOA, performance is insane.  ...  "
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" ...  Speed, # of devices able to handle, and features are very good.  ...  "
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" ...  I have everything running at a great speed.  ...  "
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" ...  get good speeds now.  ...  "
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" ...  So far the device has been solid and performs well within its specs.  ...  "
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" ...  Great range and speed  ...  "
Price
 33
product, money, worth the money, buy, worth every
+97%
-3%
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" ...  Really just buy this product because it is worth every single penny.  ...  "
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" ...  I was hesistant to buy this one because of the price but it is well worth it.  ...  "
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" ...  The specs are pretty awesome, especially given price range.  ...  "
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" ...  I was worried about the price but this turned out to be well worth the money.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent product at excellent price  ...  "
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" ...  I recommend this for any ordinary home use, especially given the price.  ...  "
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" ...  Part of me said, what's the big deal, It's faster and I'm saving money.  ...  "
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" ...  So this one really beat my expectation so badly.  ...  "
Firmware
 25
dd wrt, updated, tp link, latest firmware, firmware upgrade
+20%
-80%
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" ...  All the settings are gone after a firmware upgrade.  ...  "
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" ...  I searched the internet, downloaded the latest firmware, disable ipv6 support, and if it would work, ready to sacrifice a chicken (my neighbor's).  ...  "
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" ...  Too bad that tp-link went away from endorsing DD-WRT.  ...  "
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" ...  The Netgear and Asus still work while the firmware updated TP-Link AC1900 still has network problems.  ...  "
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" ...  It's v3 hardware, that needed the latest firmware (from a few months ago). ... I updated the firmware- IT ERASED ALL THE SETTINGS.  ...  "
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" ...  Firmware was updated when I first got it.  ...  "
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" ...  It may have been coincidence, but there was a storm here about a week ago and around the same time a firmware update.  ...  "
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" ...  High risk of bricking router during firmware upgrades. ... Latest 2018 firmware for v1 locks out any 3rd party firmware installs such as dd-wrt and will block any firmware installs of previous versions of stock firmware.  ...  "
Apps
 25
tether app, web, mobile app, android, webapp
+72%
-28%
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" ...  Easy setup and I love the tplink app on my phone!  ...  "
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" ...  The tether app is cool, but ultimately I don't need it, really.  ...  "
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" ...  One installed using web interface and the second using the mobile app.  ...  "
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" ...  It made installation much easier by earlier downloading their suggested app to my ipad and just following instructions on the app.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was a breeze with the Tether app.  ...  "
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" ...  like my personal Dropbox.  ...  "
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" ...  Solid management tools and mobile App.  ...  "
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" ...  I used the Tether feature with the android app to set it up, and when finished, strong signal and every device connected easily.  ...  "
Features
 19
price, lights, led, blue lights, years
+89%
-11%
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" ...  The blue lights are nice, and the white gloss is beautiful.  ...  "
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" ...  Have had this for several years now - no problems except the lights have dimmed a good bit!  ...  "
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" ...  Great set of features, really easy to set up and use, and an amazing price.  ...  "
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" ...  This unit replaced a old LinkSYS model and has a lot better features and adjustments  ...  "
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" ...  Haven't used any other features so cannot comment.  ...  "
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" ...  The other GREAT feature is its vertical nature.  ...  "
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" ...  Decent price for all the features  ...  "
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" ...  Stylish look, no blinking lights, only soft blue lights.  ...  "
Returns
 17
refund, amazon, told, send, replace
+12%
-88%
comment
" ...  He could not solve problem and said to send back.  ...  "
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" ...  Into the trash can it went.  ...  "
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" ...  Quit at 3 months and return window closed!!  ...  "
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" ...  I wish I can return this.  ...  "
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" ...  Had to send it back.  ...  "
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" ...  Returning for a refund.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon sent replacement as soon as they received first unit return.  ...  "
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" ...  Waited too long to return. ... Went through all the troubleshooting on line with manufacturer to no avail.  ...  "
Marketplace
 17
product, company, works, version, sure
+59%
-41%
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" ...  I've posted pics of the speedtests before and after.  ...  "
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" ...  Shipped as Promised .  ...  "
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" ...  It works as described.  ...  "
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" ...  This item is as good as if not better and I will continue to shop this company.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked with both TPLink and Amazon support to get a replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Seemed like a great product, and the reviews on Amazon and online gave good recommendations.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon has great pricing but you get what you pay for .  ...  "
Design
 16
looks, design, stylish, looks good, look
+94%
-6%
comment
" ...  Looks really nice on counter.  ...  "
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" ...  And it looks cool.  ...  "
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" ...  Appearance is nice  ...  "
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" ...  Also looks very nice.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought in July 2016 and loved the ease of use, plus it looked very stylish.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks good too.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks good also.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks good too.  ...  "
Build Quality
 15
upright, outer, flaw, design, connections
+73%
-27%
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" ...  I can't complain about the three antennas, since they're clearly doing their job, but the little non-negotiable kickstand thing makes for an unusual upright shape.  ...  "
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" ...  It hasn't dropped any of my connections (both wired & wireless) and its been very stable.  ...  "
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" ...  working well but i do not know how long time it lasts since it gets hotter and warmer on the body skin.  ...  "
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" ...  I would have given it 5 stars but waiting to see if it is durable.  ...  "
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" ...  this thing is rock solid.  ...  "
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" ...  C5400x is a top notch solid construction, plug & play.  ...  "
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" ...  We can all get on our devices at the same time now AND I have a metal roof!!  ...  "
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" ...  Great replacement for the one that broke .  ...  "
Gaming
 13
streaming, online, lag, game, son
+100%
comment
" ...  I'm an avid video gamer living in a 100 person apartment complex and just got this today so my friends can game when they come over (my old modem/router combo wasn't quite cutting it)- fixed all my issues and gaming on my wifi works perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  Had become very frustrated by the name brand games.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all, its great for online gaming, simple streaming, or even downloading/uploading.  ...  "
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" ...  Great for streaming on all devices, TVs and for son's gaming consoles.  ...  "
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" ...  Which works really well with my son gaming  ...  "
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" ...  Great for gaming, streaming and downloading all at the same time.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a game changer for me  ...  "
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" ...  Use Xbox daily, no lag.  ...  "
Lagging
 12
restart, reset, reboot, needed, working
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Never any hiccups.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I haven't had any issues at all and haven't had to reboot it or anything.  ...  "
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" ...  Had it for a while now and I don't lag on xbox anymore.  ...  "
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" ...  It works well and I never have to restart it.  ...  "
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" ...  Never have to reset.  ...  "
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" ...  cured my buffering problem  ...  "
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" ...  I've had absolutely no problems with it, never had to even restart it yet.  ...  "
Resolution
 10
streaming, roku, watch, video, hd
+90%
-10%
comment
" ...  Multiple computers, ipads, , Roku and Firesticks streaming HD video to televisions all over my house.  ...  "
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" ...  We watch 4k TV streamed over this thing, and have about 10 or 15 wireless devices connected to it.  ...  "
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" ...  Most of all, after doing massive downloads (Gigs of data - mostly Steam games), gaming, torrenting, watching 4k streaming videos, surfing the net, chatting, voip, etc .  ...  "
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" ...  Streams ROKU @1080P .  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this to fix my issue with streaming 4K.  ...  "
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" ...  Was using this for a setup with several HD WiFi IP Cameras.  ...  "
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" ...  No breaks in loading live TV at 1080p.  ...  "
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" ...  I watch Netflix UHD with excellent quality and zero interruptions.  ...  "
Internet
 10
speed, working, getting, fast, download
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  surprise surprise, no internet!  ...  "
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" ...  dropping internet connection.  ...  "
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" ...  Finally, I started getting the 'no internet connection' warning.  ...  "
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" ...  No internet access.  ...  "
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" ...  Internet not working from this unit after a few hours. ... The Internet indicator light is blue, but have to turn off and on to get the Internet working.  ...  "
Video Playback
 9
youtube, watching, videos, netflix, movies
+100%
comment
" ...  *No drops on connection while watching streaming videos, youtube, surfing the web, gaming, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  I am able to watch Netflix movies, while others in the house use tablets and cell phones with no noticible problem.  ...  "
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" ...  We stream movies without any lag.  ...  "
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" ...  No more "buffering" disruptions while watching Netflix!!  ...  "
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" ...  The video works like my TV does.  ...  "
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" ...  There’s also less dragging and buffering when I watch videos.  ...  "
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" ...  I found quite a few youtube videos on how to install.  ...  "
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" ...  It handles everything from online gaming to streaming videos with ease.  ...  "
Delivery
 8
received, product, version, 2
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  Delivered on time as advertised .  ...  "
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" ...  Been on since it arrived.  ...  "
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" ...  I received the version 5.  ...  "
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" ...  Reviewing mainly because I'm very surprised at how product was shipped.  ...  "
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" ...  Shipped as Promised .  ...  "
For Running
 7
several, minutes, devices
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  I have now gotten it up and running on half of my devices.  ...  "
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" ...  It connected to my system in minutes and was up and running!  ...  "
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" ...  Been running for well over a month with zero issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I highly recommend after several years of use, it runs great.  ...  "
Memory
 7
drive, shared, gb, access, usb 3 0
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  (I pay for 60 GB). ... In other locations like my upstairs bedroom, I could only get 2-5 GB.  ...  "
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" ...  I hooked up a hard drive for a shared media drive.  ...  "
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" ...  Setting up an external hard drive on the USB 3.0 port for cloud storage is also easier with this router than the D-Link.  ...  "
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" ...  This will add some additional shared drives that we have not had in the past.  ...  "
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" ...  Working great for both Wi-Fi/network and sharing out my 1TB backup drive.  ...  "
Controls
 6
parental, control, button, reset, lights
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  had to do a hard reset (hold reset button while powering on).  ...  "
comment
" ...  Wish there was a way to break down parental controls into 30 minute increments  ...  "
Print Quality
 5
would, work, use, trying, print
+60%
-40%
comment
" ...  Print material sent to the printer is flawless.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I love the USB to attach the printer to.  ...  "
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" ...  Very easy to install the printer sharing for everyone to use!!  ...  "
Call quality
 5
told, call, manager, even, different
-100%
comment
" ...  EDIT: After a total of 6 calls and 2 online chats, "a supervisor" called me and put effort into contacting me.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Not willing to have you intercept my emails and phone calls.  ...  "
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" ...  Techs can barely speak english.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I was told a 'manager' would call me back to discuss. ... After having the issue escalated and having two 'managers' call me back (not surprisingly the 'manager's voice was similar even though the 'manager' gave me a different name), I was told the exact same thing.  ...  "
Device Stand
 4
brackets, mounted, template, device, 2
+100%
comment
" ...  Inside the box there is no longer a mini CD but much more useful wall mounting brackets and a drilling template.  ...  "
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" ...  The device itself looks great, i opted to put it up on the wall.  ...  "
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" ...  It has 2 brackets that allow it to be hung on wall.  ...  "
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" ...  Attached pictures of the way I mounted to the wall with the provided brackets.  ...  "
Band
 4
dual, 2, ghz, 5ghz, 5
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  The 5 ghz band is slower than the 2.4 ghz .  ...  "
Product As Described
 4
described
+100%
comment
" ...  Works as advertised!  ...  "
comment
" ...  It works as described.  ...  "
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" ...  I've posted pics of the speedtests before and after.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as described.  ...  "
Comfort
 4
sit, flaw, design
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  The problem is it is intended to sit upright, and it falls over very easily (the first design flaw).  ...  "
CD/DVD
 3
two, shared, install, drive
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Have two macs, tv, dvd, roku and two iPhones, all working excellent.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I hooked up a hard drive for a shared media drive.  ...  "
Cables
 3
would, work, house
+100%
comment
" ...  C5400x is a top notch solid construction, plug & play.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Since then, I have checked EVERY cable in my house and they all work fine.  ...  "
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" ...  Decided that it was better to have it on the wall vs taking up desk space based on where I could install/wire it in.  ...  "
Cooling
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  I think this allows a lot more cooling than many other conventional consumer routers.  ...  "
comment
" ...  And it looks cool.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I imagine the forced footprint ensures sufficient airflow.  ...  "
USB
 3
usb, use, usb 3 0, usb 3, like
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  I liked the USB 3.0 side port .It made it very easy to use a external hard drive for back up of anything on the network  ...  "
comment
" ...  Also like the USB 3 port to run a NAS with ROKU for my video collection.  ...  "
Fit
 3
shelf, brackets, wall, upright, template
+67%
-33%
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" ...  The whole thing fits on the narrow strip of shelf left behind my TV, though, so I guess it gets a pass for that, too.  ...  "
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" ...  This fit the bill.  ...  "

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