Review: TP-LINK Archer VR600 AC1600 VDSL2 Modem Router

Performance

We used our standardised set of router tests on the VR600, which involves connecting a “server” PC to the router with a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection and then connecting a second “client” PC to the router. First, we connect the client with an Ethernet cable, then a 5 GHz wireless connection and finally a 2.4 GHz wireless connection. We are currently using D-Link’s DWA-192 3×3 USB 3.0 adapter as our client device as it’s proved to be super-speedy. In the graphs below we have compared the VR600 with our AC1750 routers because they all feature the same 1300Mbps theoretical speed on the 5GHz band.

Ethernet

Ethernet networking speed was tested and measured a reasonable 849.4 Mbps, placing the VR600 below our top performing routers.

2.4

Wireless performance on the 2.4 GHz band again shows okay performance, but nothing that we haven’t seen before. Testing resulted in an average throughput speed of 165.3Mbps.

5GHz

When we tested the 5 GHz band results were less impressive. The average throughput clocked in at 259 Mbps, significantly lower than the VR900 that we tested last year, but very competitive against AC1750 routers.

Summary

Overall the TP-Link Archer VR600 proves to be a competent budget router. Speeds across the board are slower than more expensive options, but this little box packs a lot of technology into a small and budget friendly package. With a modern and friendly interface, stylish looks and a pocket-friendly price, the TP-LINK VR600 is sure to find a happy home amongst savvy consumers who want the most bang for their bucks.

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