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D-Link EXO AX5400 DIR-X5460 Review – Mesh Certified Wi-Fi 6 Router with WPA3 Encryption

D-Link EXO AX5400 DIR-X5460 Review - Mesh Certified Wi-Fi 6 Router with WPA3 Encryption

D-Link EXO AX5400

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8

Build Quality

8.5/10

Hardware Specification

7.5/10

Features

7.5/10

User Experience

8.5/10

Value

8.0/10

Advantages

  • WPA3 Encryption
  • EasyMesh pairing
  • Decent processing power
  • USB-sharing
  • Excellent wireless coverage
  • Excellent Wi-Fi 6 throughput

Disadvantages

  • No 2.5G port

D-Link Global launched a few networking gears utilizing Wi-Fi 6 (‘802.11ax‘) technology including Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh products at CES 2020. Among those products, COVR-X1870, DIR-X1860, DIR-X5460 and etcetera’s, was displayed to the public. Fortunately, D-Link Malaysia sent me a unit of mid-tier Wi-Fi 6 router, the DIR-X5460EXO AX5400‘ to be reviewed.

Figure 1: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Introduction with DIR-X1870 on the left
Figure 1: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Introduction with DIR-X1870 on the left.

The DIR-X5460 is the next generation of Wi-Fi 6 technology utilization with WPA3 encryption technology as an answer to provide a secure home networking experience. Powering the DIR-X5460 up, is a tri-core Broadcom BCM6750 clocked at 1.5GHz each. The same processor utilized for ASUS’s RT-AX82U, making the competition between these rivals, tough.

Figure 2: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Design Overview
Figure 2: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Design Overview

The DIR-X5460 features 512MiB memory with 128MiB of flash memory. By looking at the design, the router is just a grown-version of DIR-X1560 and DIR-X1870. On top of the case, a large potion of ventilation holes exposing the internal components can be seen. This is somehow not good if you use the router in an open space which will eventually clogs up the holes with dusts for long-period of time. From the appearance, the router has a lot of ventilation holes designed to allow better heat dissipation flow from the components. A few LED status indicators present with internet LED will lights up in red color if the router is unable to connect to the internet through the provided ISP modem.

Figure 3: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Antenna Overview

I personally liked the non-removable antennas since I wanted to reduce the wear-and-tear of RF connectors. Fortunately, the DIR-X5460 features two removable antennas and the remaining four is non-removable. The D-Link branding on each antenna makes the router to feel premium.

Figure 3A: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Input Output Overview
Figure 3A: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Input Output Overview

The input and output option is very important for a mid-tier router. The DIR-X5460 features five-gigabit RJ45 port, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, a WPS button and a reset button.

Figure 5: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Basic analysis of web admin interface
Figure 5: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Basic analysis of web admin interface

The DIR-X5460 comes with a pretty standard user interface for administering to access to the provided settings to alter it to fit to the requirement. Unlike COVR-X1870 or DIR-2150, the DIR-X5460 don’t have the pause mode for the internet. The router currently running on the latest firmware issued, 1.04. Since the DIR-X5460 is a mesh-certified router, you can additionally add another compatible mesh into your home network by tapping to the extenders button.

Figure 6: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Detail analysis of web admin interface
Figure 6: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Detail analysis of web admin interface

Additionally, D-Link also firmly designs the landing page of the admin interface to be as informative as possible, requiring fewer clicks to access to the information on the router status.

Figure 7: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - IPv6 Analysis
Figure 7: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – IPv6 Analysis

It is a shame if a router doesn’t feature IPv6 support by default, especially at this time. Fortunately, the DIR-X5460 has IPv6 support. I can confirm the router able to obtain the IPv6 address even though I do many changes in changing the DNS providers.

Figure 8: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - QoS Analysis
Figure 8: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – QoS Analysis

The DIR-X5460 features a standard QoS settings. Similar to other D-Link routers, you can drag your preferred device into the provided column to set the bandwidth priority. There is a internet speed checkup feature to allow you to check your current internet speed, if you need it. If the speedtest is inaccurate about your current fibre broadband subscription speed, you can manually key in your internet subscription speed into the provided box.

Figure 9: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Parental Control Analysis
Figure 9: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Parental Control Analysis

The parental control settings provided in the DIR-X5400 are pretty basic. All you can do is to filter the website URL and scheduling time of the internet access. However, the good thing about this feature is, it actually saves your time from examining on each devices that currently set to follow the parental control rules (Refer to Figure 14 for D-Link Router App’s parental control version).

Figure 10: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Port Forwarding Analysis
Figure 10: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Port Forwarding Analysis

I do torrenting most of the time, and I do require a good amount of bandwidth to download the file. D-Link has one of the decent built-in firewall embedded in the firmware, thus using this feature really helpful. Since the DIR-X5460 powered by a tri-core processor, I able to max out my torrenting files up to 30 through my NAS (Refer to Figure 8 – “NAS was set to lowest priority so it won’t hog into my bandwidth while doing my daily work.”).

Figure 11: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Wireless Throughput Analysis
Figure 11: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Wireless Throughput Analysis

The DIR-X5460 utilizes the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology with WPA3 wireless encryption protocol. In other word, you won’t get fast roaming support by trading in speed for a secure network experience. Just like TP-Link, D-Link routers tend to have a great amount of wireless coverage. Tweaking the router to meet the optimum use case scenario for the wireless throughput test to be analyzed, I’ve used a suitable Wi-Fi 6 client. Over the LAN connection, I able to hit 800Mbps and above easily and I able to maintain the speed through 5Ghz mode with ax mode enabled. Over the ac mode, I able to hit over 700Mbps for 5Ghz. Probably the best wireless reading succeeding even RT-AX82U‘s wireless throughput result.

Figure 12: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Auto update firmware
Figure 12: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Auto update firmware

We buy a new router, spend a couple of time to set it up and we won’t touch the router, say for the next 2 to 3 years, speaking from a general consumer point of view. Looking at the home router security breaches took place recently, D-Link opt for a counter measure to provide an auto-update bundled. One of the advantages of this feature is, you can actually set your preferred time to allow the router to check for the firmware and if issued, will proceed to update in the programmed period of time.

Figure 13: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - D-Link Router App analysis
Figure 13: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – D-Link Router App analysis

D-Link Router app is a universal app provided support for both androids and iOS systems. In other word, you can use a single application to control multiple D-Link models provided they act as your main router. The features provided in the application is pretty easy to access. You can certainly alter any settings you wish from the smartphone app itself without logging in to the web admin panel.

Figure 14: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - D-Link Router App Parental Control
Figure 14: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – D-Link Router App Parental Control

Referring from Figure 9 on above, you can set the internet access time for each device under a dedicated profile. Say if you couldn’t login to the web admin interface, you can manage the access time through the application itself.

Figure 15: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review - Conclusion
Figure 15: D-Link DIR-X5460 Review – Conclusion

To conclude my article, DIR-X5460 is decent upgrade from any Wi-Fi 5 D-Link routers out there. Since the pricings haven’t been confirmed yet by D-Link Malaysia, this router maybe cheaper than the Archer AX73 (AX5400) and ASUS’s RT-AX82U in the Malaysian market. So, do I recommend the router? Yes, based on the expected price. This router is suitable to be used by home consumers and small business owners. Provided with its mesh capabilities and stronger wireless encryption protocol, the DIR-X5460 certainly a good budget mid-tier investment on a router.

4 comments on “D-Link EXO AX5400 DIR-X5460 Review – Mesh Certified Wi-Fi 6 Router with WPA3 Encryption

  1. Wong Jee Shane

    May I know how does this compare to the ax73? I’m in the dilemma whether to select two units of huawei ax3 or a unit of ax73. However, to think that ax73 does not have a mesh feature I feel like it isn’t futureproof. Can I do mesh with two of this d link router?

    • Hi Mate,

      Pardon me for the delayed response. Regarding to your query, I can’t give my opinion on Archer AX73 over DIR-X5460 since I haven’t test the unit yet. However, I can certainly say the Archer AX73 receives good feedback from the customer due to its feature and OneMesh ability. Hope this helps you mate. Thanks for dropping by. Feel free to ping me once you decide on which side you would like to go with.

      • Hi, I’ve decided to go with the d link as it has a firmware update which allows router to router mesh pairing whereas ax73 does not, can’t tell the difference between this two routers as they both have the same exact cpu, ram, and antenna configuration other than the feature set though.

      • Hi Shane,

        Glad that you did a good choice that fits your requirement. Hopefully you’re enjoying with your new network gear. Best wishes from me. Regards.

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