TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for Phone Line Connections (BT Infinity, TalkTalk, EE and PlusNet Fibre) 2 USB, 3.0 Ports, UK Plug (Archer VR2600) + 3 year warranty - now £135 (RRP £199.99) @ Amazon
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TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for Phone Line Connections (BT Infinity, TalkTalk, EE and PlusNet Fibre) 2 USB, 3.0 Ports, UK Plug (Archer VR2600) + 3 year warranty - now £135 (RRP £199.99) @ Amazon

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Found 9th Oct
  • 4x4 stream for the Wi-Fi speeds - 800 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 1733 Mbps on 5 GHz, four dual band antennas and Beamforming provide maximum Omni-directional wireless coverage
  • MU-MIMO technology - operates up to 3x faster by running MU-MIMO to serve multiple devices at once instead of one at a time
  • Versatile connectivity - fully compatible with VDSL2/ADSL2+, fibre/cable EWAN and 3G/4G dongle connections
  • 1.4 GHz Dual-core processor - ensures no interruption while processing multiple wired or wireless tasks simultaneously
  • Easy interactivity - TP-LINK Tether App and web UI provide an easy way to access and manage the modem router on your smart phone as well as PC, 3 years warranty

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I have one of these & it hugely improved the wifi connections & speeds throughout my house in comparison with the crap supplied by my provider.
Edited by: "belvaz" 9th Oct

belvaz6 h, 1 m ago

I have one of these & it hugely improved the wifi connections & speeds …I have one of these & it hugely improved the wifi connections & speeds throughout my house in comparison with the crap supplied by my provider.

£200 for a router, you’d expect it to be good though

You are paying for the WiFi performance; all of the other features can be had on their lower priced ranges. If you can live with 750Mbit WiFi, the VR200 costs ~£65 (if you shop around).

I bought my VR200 via Amazon Germany, as the £100 UK prices are a rip off; it has been rock solid in the nearly two years of ownership; giving me the full 80Mbps BT will allow (my line stats suggest I could have 100Mbps).

Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the router which wont effect the line leading to dreaded DLM! Had TP Link in the past and the thing would crash every few days, my line dropped from 22mb down to 8. Great id you want a simple plug and play set up, if your willing to maybe sacrefice line speeds over time.

stoneblade22 m ago

Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the …Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the router which wont effect the line leading to dreaded DLM! Had TP Link in the past and the thing would crash every few days, my line dropped from 22mb down to 8. Great id you want a simple plug and play set up, if your willing to maybe sacrefice line speeds over time.


Any router/modem recommendations

My set up consists of the bt openreach modem hg612 (unlocked) and router Asus RT-AC88u running merlin firmware. Modem was about £10 on ebay and the router set me back about £90, also means I can lay a lan cable through house to maximise wireless in centre of house instead of the router having to be sat near phone socket.

Bought this a couple of months ago for 150. Recommended and love the tether app for controlling kids WiFi by device. Great two box into one solution for me on plusnet.

Probably worth checking out warehouse deals if they've still got 20% off.
Got a tri band router for 96...

Have one of these - fantastic router. Far better wifi coverage and speed around our house

stoneblade11 h, 33 m ago

Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the …Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the router which wont effect the line leading to dreaded DLM! Had TP Link in the past and the thing would crash every few days, my line dropped from 22mb down to 8. Great id you want a simple plug and play set up, if your willing to maybe sacrefice line speeds over time.


As far as I'm aware, these days it'd have to be disconnecting very, very frequently to cause speeds to drop. I went through a couple of weeks recently where I was often restarting/disconnecting my BT HomeHub 5 multiple times a day to try to diagnose a fault (which eventually turned out to be at the exchange), the sync speeds didn't drop at all.

The one thing I would do if paying a fairly substantial amount for a new modem/router is ensure it supports G.fast.

Worth the upgrade from an old Asus RT-N66U merely for the router?

I've no real issues with the Asus just a smidge better wifi coverage would be good.

Bought to use with TALK TALK Adsl2 broadband. Constant disconnections and many hours spent reading through different forums - only to find out that other people experience the same problem which is .... infamous “Please configure your DNS manually” message. TP LINK was not helpful either and was providing me with solutions which I already tried before and did not work at all. In the end they expected me to become their beta tester who would spend time and efforts trying out different settings. I eventually sent it back to Amazon as I was not able to get it to work properly. Just have a look how many of these are being offered by Amazon in USED section. I would assume that other people experience similar issues.

stoneblade13 h, 6 m ago

Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the …Still prefer the separate modem and router combo, any crashes on the router which wont effect the line leading to dreaded DLM! Had TP Link in the past and the thing would crash every few days, my line dropped from 22mb down to 8. Great id you want a simple plug and play set up, if your willing to maybe sacrefice line speeds over time.



any particular good modem to get for vdsl? I've been thinking myself to set it up this way for a while. We had bthomehub3 which had the seperate modem and to be honest that was good, prob the best decent kit Bt used to do until it went to hub 4 then hub 5 which were awful. My hub5 got replaced 3 times in the space of 6 months and even the openreach engineers advised me not to use them as everyone were having problems. Unfortunately I dont have the bthub 3 kit anymore as I sold it off without thinking, silly me.

Ive got a netgear d6400 now and it has been a lot better but very rarely it does have its fits and will start disconnecting. Other than that its an okay router, wifi strength isnt great.

Can't decide what to get
Edited by: "Dan__" 9th Oct

800Mbps at 2.4 is near on impossible. No one makes kit that will ever reach that. It's all theoretical maximum speak. Worth remembering if you only have 2.4 kit and want this router just for that.

Dan__8 h, 55 m ago

any particular good modem to get for vdsl? I've been thinking myself to …any particular good modem to get for vdsl? I've been thinking myself to set it up this way for a while. We had bthomehub3 which had the seperate modem and to be honest that was good, prob the best decent kit Bt used to do until it went to hub 4 then hub 5 which were awful. My hub5 got replaced 3 times in the space of 6 months and even the openreach engineers advised me not to use them as everyone were having problems. Unfortunately I dont have the bthub 3 kit anymore as I sold it off without thinking, silly me. Ive got a netgear d6400 now and it has been a lot better but very rarely it does have its fits and will start disconnecting. Other than that its an okay router, wifi strength isnt great. Can't decide what to get

I would go for like I said above the bar openreach modem which is pretty cheap (£10-£20) and easily unlocked to any isp, just make sure you get the Huawei version as it has the better broadcom chipset in it. The other option if the draytek vigor 130, alot more expensive but no messing about with unlocking, costs about £80.

TheVoice10 h, 30 m ago

As far as I'm aware, these days it'd have to be disconnecting very, very …As far as I'm aware, these days it'd have to be disconnecting very, very frequently to cause speeds to drop. I went through a couple of weeks recently where I was often restarting/disconnecting my BT HomeHub 5 multiple times a day to try to diagnose a fault (which eventually turned out to be at the exchange), the sync speeds didn't drop at all.The one thing I would do if paying a fairly substantial amount for a new modem/router is ensure it supports G.fast.

Have you not been with Sky, I left them because of their over sensitive line management, we had some electrical work done that lasted 2 days where the electric was switched off probably 3 times. The following week we saw a major drop, and had to go through the hassle finding someone in support who firstly new what dlm was and then reseting it.

don_darko9th Oct

Bought to use with TALK TALK Adsl2 broadband. Constant disconnections and …Bought to use with TALK TALK Adsl2 broadband. Constant disconnections and many hours spent reading through different forums - only to find out that other people experience the same problem which is .... infamous “Please configure your DNS manually” message. TP LINK was not helpful either and was providing me with solutions which I already tried before and did not work at all. In the end they expected me to become their beta tester who would spend time and efforts trying out different settings. I eventually sent it back to Amazon as I was not able to get it to work properly. Just have a look how many of these are being offered by Amazon in USED section. I would assume that other people experience similar issues.

Can you tell me what did you get instead. I am after something better than standard supplied router HG633

scigulinsky10th Oct

Can you tell me what did you get instead. I am after something better than …Can you tell me what did you get instead. I am after something better than standard supplied router HG633



I recently bought this NETGEAR R7800-100UKS Nighthawk X4S AC2600 for 129.99, when it was on offer at Amazon. But this is router only which means no modem. I hooked it up with HG633 which means that HG633 only acts as a modem while Netgear took over router functions. It works fine so far but I have not had a chance to fully test all its features. I am planning to hook it up with TP-Link powerline kit and build wired network of all the "stationery" devices I use at home. The problem with HG633 was that ethernet ports are limited to 100Mbps while Netgear's are 1Gbps.
Edited by: "don_darko" 12th Oct

don_darko17 h, 34 m ago

I recently bought this NETGEAR R7800-100UKS Nighthawk X4S AC2600 for …I recently bought this NETGEAR R7800-100UKS Nighthawk X4S AC2600 for 129.99, when it was on offer at Amazon. But this is router only which means no modem. I hooked it up with HG633 which means that HG633 only acts as a modem while Netgear took over router functions. It works fine so far but I have not had a chance to fully test all its features. I am planning to hook it up with TP-Link powerline kit and build wired network of all the "stationery" devices I use at home. The problem with HG633 was that ethernet ports are limited to 100Mbps while Netgear's are 1Gbps.


Depending on your fibre speed, I'm guessing in the range of 50-80Mbps, the port will be fine until they start bringing out the new range of speeds on the exchanges.

stoneblade10th Oct

I would go for like I said above the bar openreach modem which is pretty …I would go for like I said above the bar openreach modem which is pretty cheap (£10-£20) and easily unlocked to any isp, just make sure you get the Huawei version as it has the better broadcom chipset in it. The other option if the draytek vigor 130, alot more expensive but no messing about with unlocking, costs about £80.



Thanks

But what about if I used my current netgear d6400 as a modem and just get a better router only device to connect it to?
Currently my home is all wired up too, I've got 2 switches powering up all the ports. Reason for new setup is that I have been experiencing random disconnects on this router, it comes and goes after a good while but when it does start then the whole day is pretty much like that. And another reason is that I would like to improve the wifi too.

Dan__7 h, 19 m ago

Thanks But what about if I used my current netgear d6400 as a modem …Thanks But what about if I used my current netgear d6400 as a modem and just get a better router only device to connect it to?Currently my home is all wired up too, I've got 2 switches powering up all the ports. Reason for new setup is that I have been experiencing random disconnects on this router, it comes and goes after a good while but when it does start then the whole day is pretty much like that. And another reason is that I would like to improve the wifi too.

Are the random disconnects the modem or WiFi? If it's only WiFi yes you can use your current device, disable WiFi then set up a new router as the wireless bridge. Would benefit from greater range and faster speeds.

stoneblade17th Oct

Are the random disconnects the modem or WiFi? If it's only WiFi yes you …Are the random disconnects the modem or WiFi? If it's only WiFi yes you can use your current device, disable WiFi then set up a new router as the wireless bridge. Would benefit from greater range and faster speeds.



Its everything not just wifi. Everything is wired up and I prefer to use my desktop for most of my web browsing. Wifi I just use on my mobile phone. So when the router crashes wether its the modem or something else, it just knocks everything out.

The bthomehub5 was the worst and I'm sure most have had problems with that. The netgear is a lot better but it does have its odd random day, it could happen once every 3 months or less, really is random but when it does happen then it just keeps connecting/disconnecting throughout the day. I have tried everything from disconnecting cables at back of router, to downgrading firmware, to taking the plug out for 15mins or so. Doesn't help at all.

I would like better wifi mostly for range but its not my main concern. Mainly just want something good, reliable and stable.

Dan__1 h, 34 m ago

Its everything not just wifi. Everything is wired up and I prefer to use …Its everything not just wifi. Everything is wired up and I prefer to use my desktop for most of my web browsing. Wifi I just use on my mobile phone. So when the router crashes wether its the modem or something else, it just knocks everything out. The bthomehub5 was the worst and I'm sure most have had problems with that. The netgear is a lot better but it does have its odd random day, it could happen once every 3 months or less, really is random but when it does happen then it just keeps connecting/disconnecting throughout the day. I have tried everything from disconnecting cables at back of router, to downgrading firmware, to taking the plug out for 15mins or so. Doesn't help at all. I would like better wifi mostly for range but its not my main concern. Mainly just want something good, reliable and stable.


Don't want to sound like I'm teaching how to suck eggs, but have you got a xdsl faceplate, or a micro filter? If you have a microfilter on the socket might be worth changing to a new one to test. Does the log on the router give you any indication on why it drops? Sometimes could be line noise, check line attenuation see what level it's at, a noisey line will drop, and if it's raining could drop more often.

stoneblade4 h, 3 m ago

Don't want to sound like I'm teaching how to suck eggs, but have you got a …Don't want to sound like I'm teaching how to suck eggs, but have you got a xdsl faceplate, or a micro filter? If you have a microfilter on the socket might be worth changing to a new one to test. Does the log on the router give you any indication on why it drops? Sometimes could be line noise, check line attenuation see what level it's at, a noisey line will drop, and if it's raining could drop more often.



lol nah no micro filters. Ive got fibre broadband, so the faceplate has a dedicated port for internet and a separate one for the phone line which isn't even plugged in as don't use landline these days. I thought it might be the line but I have had a bt openreach engineer over and he said that our line noise is so low that its the best he had ever seen lol He drove out to the cabinet and checked things over there, came back and had another device to check the noise levels, speed etc.
It turned out it was a faulty router (bthub5) and he even admitted that many people are having issues with them and suggested to use something else or my older bthub if I had it. He ended up replacing it with another hub5 but it went faulty again after a few weeks.

Dan__11 h, 23 m ago

lol nah no micro filters. Ive got fibre broadband, so the faceplate has a …lol nah no micro filters. Ive got fibre broadband, so the faceplate has a dedicated port for internet and a separate one for the phone line which isn't even plugged in as don't use landline these days. I thought it might be the line but I have had a bt openreach engineer over and he said that our line noise is so low that its the best he had ever seen lol He drove out to the cabinet and checked things over there, came back and had another device to check the noise levels, speed etc.It turned out it was a faulty router (bthub5) and he even admitted that many people are having issues with them and suggested to use something else or my older bthub if I had it. He ended up replacing it with another hub5 but it went faulty again after a few weeks.

You can still have microfilters even with vdsl, bt in the earlier days had engineers out to replace the face plates, but now they include new micro filters in the home hub kits, saves them money and engineers time. If your still dropping out then there must still be an issue. I've been with BT now for 3 weeks and no drop outs with the openreach modem. I never did try the home hub. Your netgear is broadcom based so should be fine for the job.

stoneblade20th Oct

You can still have microfilters even with vdsl, bt in the earlier days had …You can still have microfilters even with vdsl, bt in the earlier days had engineers out to replace the face plates, but now they include new micro filters in the home hub kits, saves them money and engineers time. If your still dropping out then there must still be an issue. I've been with BT now for 3 weeks and no drop outs with the openreach modem. I never did try the home hub. Your netgear is broadcom based so should be fine for the job.




Thanks, I didnt know that. I've got a few spare micro filters somewhere I will give it a go. It was dropping out today again. Not sure what the issue is but will try out the mircro filter and see how that goes if it fixes then great I dont need to spend or do anything.
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