TP-LINK Archer VR200 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router £59.99 @ Amazon
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TP-LINK Archer VR200 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router £59.99 @ Amazon

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Found 12th Oct 2016
Bargain at this price, bought this at the start of the year to replace the rubbish BT homehub and white Openreach Fibre modem, runs rock solid on Plusnet Fibre and now Sky Fibre (needs latest firmware update for Sky). The £100 - £200 wireless routers with lots of aerials are overkill for the vast majority...

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This is the router I have. Months of moaning at TalkTalk (Fibre Medium, Huawei HG633 router) about my wireless disconnecting all the time - bought this and not a single problem since.

looks a good router

How easy would this be to set up to work with Virgin?

Hi would anyone know if this would be ok to use with my sse Fibre broadband? It has an openreach socket. My technicolor router is rubbish. Thanks

very good router, i use only down side is no usb 3.0 port

latics

Hi would anyone know if this would be ok to use with my sse Fibre … Hi would anyone know if this would be ok to use with my sse Fibre broadband? It has an openreach socket. My technicolor router is rubbish. Thanks



​yes will replace both your openreach modem and technicolor router. You will need your user and password from SSE but that was no problem with their customer service team for me. I upgraded to a dlink 868L (ac1750) and to be honest didn't get significant improvements over the technicolor. Got quite a few issues into the mix. Maybe just my setup but thought I'd share.

How's this compared the Asus Darknight?

Home hub 5 not too bad is it?

60/17 on wifi with iPhone upstairs.

This thing looks atrocious in the users photos on Amazon

Certainly tempted by this.

louiselouise

This is the router I have. Months of moaning at TalkTalk (Fibre Medium, … This is the router I have. Months of moaning at TalkTalk (Fibre Medium, Huawei HG633 router) about my wireless disconnecting all the time - bought this and not a single problem since.



There is another way the HG 635 router was a good router

gogboy

Home hub 5 not too bad is it?60/17 on wifi with iPhone upstairs.This … Home hub 5 not too bad is it?60/17 on wifi with iPhone upstairs.This thing looks atrocious in the users photos on Amazon



The black one? That's the N600, not the AC750.

Not very clued up on these things but currently have non-fibre Sky b/b and their standard single band router which my Chromebook struggles with the signal. Got round this previously by using another TP router with dual band which the Chromebook will connect on the 5ghz band. Only drawback is it only sits flat horizontal and gets very warm and could end marking the wooden unit long term.

Like the look of this as its vertical like the Sky unit. Will this work with non-fibre b/b?
Edited by: "JohnnyUtah" 12th Oct 2016

Just hacked Home Hub 5 with OpenWRT, now its much better then this.

How do i find out what Version home hub i have?
Had it installed about 3 weeks ago

Could anyone tell me what this could do for me that a BT Smart Hub cannot? I did have a Asus rt-ac87u router and liked the free DDNS and VPN function but that developed a fault and I'm back to the smart hub with no real problems other that the firmware being a clunky.

will this replace the sky black firbe FTC box, i heard sky have issues getting passwords etc.
i use my sky box as dumb terminal to pass internet feed to my other tplink wireless (which is much better for connections) .
will this box allow me to ditch bother routers? thanks

Original Poster

Password extraction are no longer needed for Sky Fibre, I simply input username: admin, and password: install

keepitonthelow

There is another way the HG 635 router was a good router

Not sure what solution TalkTalk are offering now (I was told they are starting to offer the HG635 again) but that's not without its issues either. Not as notorious as the HG633 though.

I have an ongoing Ombudsman case with them as I got messed around so much with Engineer visits, etc.

BlackJackJoe

Password extraction are no longer needed for Sky Fibre, I simply input … Password extraction are no longer needed for Sky Fibre, I simply input username: admin, and password: install



did you have to update the firmware first ?

MrWani

​yes will replace both your openreach modem and technicolor router. You w … ​yes will replace both your openreach modem and technicolor router. You will need your user and password from SSE but that was no problem with their customer service team for me. I upgraded to a dlink 868L (ac1750) and to be honest didn't get significant improvements over the technicolor. Got quite a few issues into the mix. Maybe just my setup but thought I'd share.



Regarding username/password for SSE their customer service will provide this to you if asked.
Alternatively, in your original welcome pack you may also have a leaflet for a free 'security package' or something which will also have your username/password on too. I got SSE around 12 months ago and they referred to that leaflet when I contacted them.

Cheers!
Phil

I've had a couple of TP-Link routers and found they often needed to be restarted, so annoying... but I'm kind of tempted.

JohnnyUtah

Not very clued up on these things but currently have non-fibre Sky b/b … Not very clued up on these things but currently have non-fibre Sky b/b and their standard single band router which my Chromebook struggles with the signal. Got round this previously by using another TP router with dual band which the Chromebook will connect on the 5ghz band. Only drawback is it only sits flat horizontal and gets very warm and could end marking the wooden unit long term.Like the look of this as its vertical like the Sky unit. Will this work with non-fibre b/b?



Yes, just installed this with Sky ADSL and it's working well.

Original Poster

KiNG

did you have to update the firmware first ?



Yes you have to download the firmware first onto your computer and flash upgrade the firmware to support Sky(MER)_VDSL: Archer VR200(EU)_V1_160122

Found an online firmware emulator for the VR200 you can play around with (based on older firmware): VR200 Emulator

Click 'Advanced' tab at top, left hand section scroll down and double click on 'System Tools' to expand, scroll down further on the same section and click 'Firmware Upgrade' tab.


Edited by: "BlackJackJoe" 12th Oct 2016

thanks, blackjackjoe, useful info.

btw there was a £7 voucher off when you send £30 amazon gift card to someone (you get the £7 off voucher emailed to you within 48hrs), it only showed on the checkout page.

topgun06

The black one? That's the N600, not the AC750.



Yeh it was a black one that had been uploaded

Heat added but personally I'm toying with the idea of getting the router only version (C20i) without the ADSL/VDSL model and using with the existing router as a slave and saving a few £££ over this.

While researching the VR200 I read a review on the Mailing site that suggested the C20i has much better range than the VR200 and it can be bought for as little as £20 apparently.

Delio79

Heat added but personally I'm toying with the idea of getting the router … Heat added but personally I'm toying with the idea of getting the router only version (C20i) without the ADSL/VDSL model and using with the existing router as a slave and saving a few £££ over this.While researching the VR200 I read a review on the Mailing site that suggested the C20i has much better range than the VR200 and it can be bought for as little as £20 apparently.



​Just realised the C20i isn't gigabit LAN

MrWani

​yes will replace both your openreach modem and technicolor router. You w … ​yes will replace both your openreach modem and technicolor router. You will need your user and password from SSE but that was no problem with their customer service team for me. I upgraded to a dlink 868L (ac1750) and to be honest didn't get significant improvements over the technicolor. Got quite a few issues into the mix. Maybe just my setup but thought I'd share.



​Many thanks for the info

likewise, am a bit fed up with the weak wifi on my Technocolor router coupled with a Openreach modem on Plusnet Fibre ( is that the same as SSE mentioned above?)
Does this replace both and would the wifi range be improved?
Cheers.
Edited by: "Copperface" 12th Oct 2016

Tempted by this for the price, but the TP-Link Archer VR900 (At twice the price) does look better.
Any thought if the TP-Link Archer VR900 worth the extra money? Thanks

Using this for last 6 months with Sky Fibre. Update to latest firmware first and it should work fine.

The only problem with this is that no openwrt support for it. But its a very good router.

Flix

Tempted by this for the price, but the TP-Link Archer VR900 (At twice the … Tempted by this for the price, but the TP-Link Archer VR900 (At twice the price) does look better. Any thought if the TP-Link Archer VR900 worth the extra money? Thanks


It has an extra USB port - something that's important to me.

spaceinvader

I've had a couple of TP-Link routers and found they often needed to be … I've had a couple of TP-Link routers and found they often needed to be restarted, so annoying... but I'm kind of tempted.


Was also tempted by this deal but ive had to return 3 tp-link routers in the past due to the freezing problem occuring on 2 adsl routers and one of their cheap vdsl ones. Router always seemed to lock up if I was downloading a big file, tp-link simply put it down to "too many devices on the network" an excuss they seem to use with many people.

jordanc93

Was also tempted by this deal but ive had to return 3 tp-link routers in … Was also tempted by this deal but ive had to return 3 tp-link routers in the past due to the freezing problem occuring on 2 adsl routers and one of their cheap vdsl ones. Router always seemed to lock up if I was downloading a big file, tp-link simply put it down to "too many devices on the network" an excuss they seem to use with many people.



How big a file, out of interest?

Copperface

likewise, am a bit fed up with the weak wifi on my Technocolor router … likewise, am a bit fed up with the weak wifi on my Technocolor router coupled with a Openreach modem on Plusnet Fibre ( is that the same as SSE mentioned above?)Does this replace both and would the wifi range be improved?Cheers.



​I'd like to know this exact Q too! The Technicolor router that comes with Plusnet's Fibre is a joke.

Yes the Wi-Fi range is vastly improved

Gollywood

Any link to this £7 deal? Thanks


nope sorry didn't save the url, must be only on certain amazon accounts and one time, cause i ordered something later and it wasn't there.

dt_matthews

How big a file, out of interest?


It was things like a complete tv series for example which could be up to 100gb each file was around 500mb downloaded through jdownloader. Also heard alot of people have had problems with torrent files with some tp-link routers. Both the cheap technicolour router and hub one plusnet have supplied have handled such things without any problems
Edited by: "jordanc93" 12th Oct 2016

benmango

​I'd like to know this exact Q too! The Technicolor router that comes w … ​I'd like to know this exact Q too! The Technicolor router that comes with Plusnet's Fibre is a joke.


I don't know about wifi range but it would indeed replace both your technicolor router and openreach modem as the VR200 has a built-in vdsl modem. Are you in contract with plusnet? if not you could haggle them for a discount and get them to throw their newest all in one router the Hub One in for free. This is what I did with them and they gave me 2 years fibre (38/2) for £10 a month as well as the new Hub One for free.
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