TP-Link AC750 Archer VR200 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router

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About this product

Overview

  • Improve your wireless experience with this simultaneous dual band AC router with beamforming technology
  • Wired gigabit connections (10/100/1000 Mbps) and wireless speeds of up to 433Mbps
  • Four gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) ports ensures that data transfer speeds are extremely fast

Product overview

• Improve your wireless experience with this simultaneous dual band AC router with beamforming technology
• Wired gigabit connections (10/100/1000 Mbps) and wireless speeds of up to 433Mbps
• Four gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) ports ensures that data transfer speeds are extremely fast
• Two USB 2.0 ports allow you to share a printer or access files and media locally
• Parental controls and guest access is easy to set up
• VPN and FTP services are built-in, so you can access files and media remotely
• Manufacturer part number: Archer VR200

Special features
• IP based bandwidth management lets you control the amount of bandwidth allocated to connected devices
• Three external antennas and beamforming provide you with focused omnidirectional wireless coverage
• USBs support 3G/4G dongles giving you the ability to gain access to the web even if your Internet service provider’s (ISP) network goes down

Is this router the ideal one for my home?
If you are looking for a great router for a busy medium to large sized home, then look no further than this dual band TP-Link Archer VR200. Possessing wireless AC technology and operating on two frequencies simultaneously (dual band), you can get wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4Ghz frequency and 433Mbps on 5Ghz. Four gigabit 10/100/1000 LAN (Ethernet/RJ45) ports provide you with fast transfer speeds for your wired devices. This TP-Link router is also universally compatible, since it can be used with both cable modems and with BT landline ISPs that require a DSL/RJ11 connection (VDSL2/ADSL2+/ADSL2/ADSL).

How good is the wireless signal?
The AC750 (300 + 433) gives you two simultaneous bands to use, reducing interference and allowing you to reduce those annoying buffering moments with a faster 5Ghz frequency. This makes dual band routers perfect for homes with lots of connected devices, since there are two wireless signals you can connect to.

An IP based bandwidth management systems lets you allocate bandwidth to connected devices. This ensures that for high data applications, such as streaming videos or gaming, your connected device will be prioritised first, reducing lag and buffering. The built-in beamforming technology automatically locates wireless devices and sends a focused signal to those devices, improving coverage and making the wireless connection more efficient.

What is the wired connection like?
If you prefer a wired connection for gaming or streaming, there are four gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports you can use. The gigabit ports let you quickly transfer data from a connected hard drive or NAS drive to your computer or other wired in device.

What other features are there?
You can connect a hard drive to one of the two available USB 2.0 ports on the router. With the built-in media server you can then play media, view pictures and files locally. The router’s FTP server feature and VPN support also allow you to access your home network or connected drives from anywhere around the world. Additionally, the USB ports support 3G/4G dongles, so you can have internet when your ISP’s network is down or when you are switching from one ISP to another.

Setting up the router is quick and easy due to the simple web interface. This same interface can be used to monitor your network, establish a guest network and implement parental controls. The guest network feature is perfect if you have guests over often, so you can provide a separate Wi-Fi password, without having to disclose your personal one.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent dual band router I bought this to replace my open reach modem and Home Hub 3 that was always dropping connection and would lag badly, I wanted an all in one solution so choose the VR200, connection out the box was simple and I was up and running in about 10mins. You get 2.4ghz and 5ghz dual bands with this router and my iPhone and iPad can pick both up with ease, my laptop though is only 2.4ghz but works amazingly well, I have a full 5 bars signal at the back of my house with the router in the hall, before I could not get more then 2 bars. A top buy at an excellent price
Date published: 2016-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let down by poor WiFi performance... I purchased this router as the baby brother of the VR900, which has excellent reviews all round, particularly praising WiFi coverage. Given that the VR200 shares a lot of features with it's big brother (including the 3 large antennas), I thought it would be a good option to improve my WiFi coverage. Some background info. I live in a larger than average 2 bed coach-house flat. The property is fairly long, and the telephone master socket is on one end wall in the bedroom. I was previously using the free Thompson router given to Plusnet ADSL broadband customers, whilst I patiently waited for the fibre upgrade in my area to be completed. This router had reasonable WiFi coverage for a freebie router, connecting to all my devices throughout the property reliably, only struggling occasionally with an AirPlay speaker mounted at the furthest point away from the router (I could even get signal in the garage below, through a 6 inch concrete floor). When the fibre upgrade was complete, I wanted to ensure the most reliable, stable connection possible, as well as ensuring the best speeds over WiFi, so invested in the TP-Link Archer VR200. As a vDSL2 modem, it's brilliant. It has an easy to use interface, pre-loaded with the settings of all the major broadband suppliers in the UK (both copper and fibre broadband) and connecting was a doddle. Connection has been flawless, and I have been hitting the limit of the available connection at 80mbps when connected to the master socket. However, the WiFi performance is very poor. The first thing I noticed was that my devices in the living room were struggling to connect. The 5GHz compatible devices were better off, but still suffered from slow speeds. The devices that are 2.4GHz only (PS3, PS4 and two Monitor Audio AirPlay speakers) couldn't even connect. There is a lot of congestion on the 2.4GHz band in the area, but the Plusnet Thompson router had no such issues. Rather than play router roulette and swap for another one, I spent £20 on a TP-Link Archer C20i cable router, with the intention of using it as a slave WiFi extender for my living room. As an experiment, I disabled the WiFi on the VR200 and found that the C20i offered near flawless coverage throughout my house. The C20i (also an AC750 unit) is a much cheaper, smaller, more aesthetically pleasing (no external antennas) unit from the same manufacturer that offered superior wireless performance. In summary, I'm disappointed. The VR200 is a physically large unit with three, large external antennas. It looks like it should offer excellent WiFi coverage and performance, but has been outperformed by two much smaller, cheaper units. I give it two stars for the modem stability and user interface, but in this wireless age it's needs to have the WiFi performance to match.
Date published: 2016-10-01
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Specification

General

Type:

Modem Router

Router Type:

ADSL

Product Specifications

Parental Controls:

Yes

Warranty

Warranty:

3 yearsyear

Operating Specifications

Wi-Fi Class:

AC Wireless – 802.11ac/n

Wi-Fi Speed:

750 Mbps

Wi-Fi Bands:

Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Gigabit Ethernet:

Yes

USB Ports:

2 x USB 2.0

Connectivity

Number Of Ethernet Port:

3

Do you know which 4G USB devices these are compatible with? I am struggling to find out from anywhere,

Asked by: paul
In response to Lee from TP-LINK, the link you give doesn't cover the router in question. Having spoken to technical support already, I have been told there isn't a list for this router, and that I should return it.
Answered by: paul
Date published: 2016-11-29

We have a weak free wifi close to our office at two to three bars. Is this the product that can boast that signal to give us access to this hotspot?

Asked by: Dave
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item in your intended application I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-09-20

Will this work with SSE fibre broadband?

Asked by: stevie4477
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will support this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-17

Can I use this to replace a BT Home Hub 5? Will it automatically detect and work with my wired Swann CCTV Recorder?

Asked by: Ricky
This will be compatible with your Home Hub, but will not be automatic, there will be a degree of calibration.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-07-14

Is the mounting trim removable hack saw would be acceptable ?

Asked by: stuz
Maplin do not advise on the modification or redesign of units I am afraid (as this would affect your product warranty).
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-04-04

Does this work with BT Infinity?

Asked by: Nick
Yes, I am pleased to advise this will be fine with BT Infinity.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-04-01

Can this router be set up as a WiFi repeater?

Asked by: Mike
No, I am sorry but this will not be suitable as a repeater.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-01-27

Can you perform port forwarding on this and if so, how many ports can be forwarded. Also, will it work with BT infinity ?

Asked by: Rick
This allows up to 16 port forwarding rules and would be fine with BT Infinity.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-04-01
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