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Archer AX5400 Pro: TP-Link’s Mid-tier Wi-Fi 6 Router Gets 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig Bonus

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TP-Link today announced the availability of the Archer AX5400 Pro and as the name suggests, it comes with a 2.5GbE Multi-Gig WAN port.

Since the Deco XE75 Pro, TP-Link has been releasing the “Pro” version of existing Wi-Fi broadcasters with the support for Multi-Gig as the sole apparent upgrade.

While the Archer AX5400 Pro is a separate model on its own, its specs remind me of the Archer AX73 — the 2.5Gbps WAN port is the only thing that separates the two.

But the new router also has a relatively new design.

Archer AX5400 Pro FrontArcher AX5400 Pro
The new TP-Link Archer AX5400 from the front and at an angle

TP-Link Archer AX5400 Pro: The Multi-Gig support makes a difference

The new router shares the familiar design of a traditional router — it’s a rectangular box with six non-detachable external antennas sticking up from the back and sides. But it now has a different top that no longer has an “island,” like the case of the Archera AX73.

The Archer AX5400 Pro has the same amount of ports as its older cousin, four LANs, and one WAN. However, one is now a 2.5Gbps port, which will make a difference in testing since it can now host a Gig+ (or faster) broadband plan or a Mulit-Gig server.

On the Wi-Fi front, there’s nothing new. It supports Wi-Fi 6 with a top-tier (4×4) 5GHz band and an entry-level 2.4GHz band, just like the case of the previous model.

TP-Link Archer AX5400 Pro vs Archar AX73: Hardware specifications

At the gist of it, the TP-Link Archer AX5400 is the Archer AX73 with a 2.5Gbe Mulit-Gig port.

Archer AX5400 Pro ThumbnailTP Link Archer AX73 Wi Fi 6 Routers front
Full NameTP-Link Archer AX5400 Pro 6-Stream Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 RouterTP-Link Archer AX73
AX5400 Dual-band
Wi-Fi 6 Router
ModelArcher AX5400 ProArcher AX73
Dimensions10.3 Γ— 5.6 Γ— 2.0 in
(262 Γ— 143.5 Γ— 51.5 mm)
10.7 Γ— 5.8 Γ— 1.9 in
(272.5 Γ— 147.2 Γ— 49.2 mm)
WeightTBD1.61 lbs (734 g)
Processing
Power
Undisclosed1.5 GHz Triple-Core CPU,
512MB RAM, 16MB Flash
Wi-Fi BandwidthDual-band AX5400Dual-band AX5400
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs4×4 AX: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4×4 AX: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2×2 2.4 GHz: 574Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 2.4 GHz: 574Mbps
(20/40MHz)
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Wireless SecurityWPA / WPA2 / WPA3WPA / WPA2 / WPA3
Mobile AppTP-Link TetherTP-Link Tether
Web User InterfaceYesYes
Bridge ModeNoNo
AP ModeYesYes
Mesh-ReadyYes
(OneMesh)
Yes
(OneMesh)
USB Port1x USB 3.01x USB 3.0
Gigabit Port1Γ— WAN/LAN
3Γ— LAN
4x LAN, 
1x WAN
Multi-Gig Port 1Γ— 2.5 WAN/LANNone
Link AggregationTBDYes (LAN1+LAN2)
U.S MSRP$199.99$199.99
Hardware specifications: TP-Link Archer AX5400 Pro vs Archer AX73.

A familiar member of the Archer family

Like other Archer routers, the new AX5400 Pro features robust firmware, a full web user interface, and an optional mobile app.

The router will support a standard set of network settings and features, including device-based QoS, VPN, Dynamic DNS, port-forwarding, etc.

TP-Link says it also comes with HomeShield, which provides a basic level of online protection with more functions with subscribers.

Out of the box, the new router works as a standalone broadcaster, but you can scale up its Wi-Fi coverage by adding a OneMesh extender, making it a piece of mind for those unsure if its Wi-Fi range is enough for their place.

Archer AX5400 Pro Ports
The port availability of the Archer AX5400 Pro

Availability and pricing

According to the networking vendor, the new TP-Link Archer AX5400 Pro is now available with the suggested retail price of $199.99, the same as the Archer AX73 at launch.

Other than the 2.5Gbps WAN port of the new Archer AX5400, the two routers are likely very similar if not the same. Check out AX73’s in-depth review for more. Below is the rating for reference.

TP-Link Archer AX73's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Archer AX73 Wi Fi 6 Router is relatively light
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi with an excellent range

160MHz Channel width support

Comparatively affordable

Standard web interface with lots of useful settings

Wall-mountable

Cons

Fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds

Mobile app and login account required for advanced features

Mobile app not reliable

Write performance for network storage when hosting a portable drive could be better

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