TP-Link TD-W9970 VDSL2 Modem / N300 Wifi Router £29.99 @ Argos
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TP-Link TD-W9970 VDSL2 Modem / N300 Wifi Router £29.99 @ Argos

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Found 17th Nov 2016
The cheapest FTTC/VDSL ("fibre" broadband) wifi router you can buy?

Best price elsewhere is e.g. £34.76 (Currys) or £36.99 (Ebuyer)

Pluses
+ small
+ cheap
+ easy to configure (pre-loaded with configs for major UK ISPs)
+ syncs reliably at high speeds (see review)
+ supports G.IMP and vectoring so the DSL side is future-proof
+ 3 year warranty

Minuses
- Doesn't have latest AC wifi
- Wired ports are only 10/100Mbps
- Won't run OpenWRT/DD-WRT

Works with BT TV/YouView multicast.

Review here: kitz.co.uk/rou…htm

[edited to add a couple more pluses]

4 Comments

An old model in a new case, and I do mean old, the basic chipset came out before VDSL (I owned one).

Having said that, the non VSDL version is solid as a rock (still going - I donated it to my parents), the first VDSL version had reported overheating issues, but the new case and a third of the original price, it is worth a punt.

Can i ask a simple question. Do these have a much greater wifi range than say the new sky q router. In laymans terms what are the advantages of these over the internet providers dual band routers. Thank you

My Sky Fibre is only the 38mbps deal. Should I really bother buying the £100+ high end routers or would this be sufficient in maxing out that 38mbps?

Original Poster

Haak

My Sky Fibre is only the 38mbps deal. Should I really bother buying the … My Sky Fibre is only the 38mbps deal. Should I really bother buying the £100+ high end routers or would this be sufficient in maxing out that 38mbps?



Clearly "300Mbps" is nonsense but the review shows that >40Mbps is achievable on the wifi close by. Also, your 38Mbps broadband is probably less than that, unless you are right next to your local green cabinet. So you could probably max out your broadband using just the wifi on this.

If you want to shuttle multi-gigabyte files across your home network or stream 4K around the house this is not the router for you, but for regular light Internet usage and a bit of standard YouTube or Netflix, it's fine.
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