Review: TP-LINK Archer VR600 AC1600 VDSL2 Modem Router

We have featured many TP-LINK products here at We Got Served, mainly because they have become a staple in the home networking market. Most recently we reviewed the Archer C5400 that features six antennas covering three wireless bands. While TP-LINK certainly offers high-end kit, they also offer a very popular range of more budget focused devices. Which leads us onto the Archer VR600, a mainstream AC1600 router with built-in VDSL modem. This compact router offers a great upgrade to last year’s basic routers and doesn’t cost the earth at £99.

We covered the larger sibling, the Archer VR900, at the end of last year and it fared well, bringing ADSL2+/VDSL2 support to the outstanding Archer D9. The VR600 appears to break the mould by slimming down on the wireless specs and introducing a new form factor. Let’s find out how this affects the overall package…

What’s In The Box?

The VR600 box is similar in design to others we have seen from TP-LINK with the box clearly displaying a vast array of features and specifications of the device. There is also a helpful chart on the back offering a brief comparison of Archer models, helping you to choose the right one for your needs.

Inside the box you’ll find the main VR600, three detachable antennas, a power supply, DSL filter, Ethernet cable, DSL cable and getting started guide.

The VR600 is similar in size to the VR900 but has changed design to become a flat-lying piano black box that is stylish yet very generic. The plastics feel lightweight and bend on squeezing and the glossy black surface picks up marks very easily.

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