When it comes to routers with integrated ADSL/VDSL modems, there aren’t many options, so it’s nice to see TP-Link catering to British clients with a top-of-the-line model like the TP-Link Archer VR2800, which is a top-of-the-line model.
In addition to being jam-packed with capabilities and loaded with the most cutting-edge technology available in the Wi-Fi industry, this router delivers rock-solid, dependable performance while maintaining a high level of usability.
This is a modem/router for DSL. As it supports both DSL2+ and VDSL2, you may use it to replace your BT, Sky, TalkTalk, EE, or PlusNet router. It also supports the fastest wireless standards currently available, which are 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ac Wave 3 wireless standards. Shortly said, it’s a fast, functional DSL router that would make a fantastic upgrade from your present ISP-provided router.
As is common with wireless routers, the VR2800 is a pretty unassuming black slab with four antennae protruding from the rear, four Gigabit LAN ports, and a VDSL2/ADSL2+ compatible socket on the left-hand edge, and a pair of USB 3 connectors on the right-hand edge.
However, there’s a row of rather bright status LEDs running down the center of the router’s body, which may be turned off if desired. If you wish to put the router in a bedroom, this feature comes in useful.
On the inside, though, there’s a lot going on, and when it comes to Wi-Fi standards, this router can compete with the most costly versions available on the market.
Thanks to 4×4 stream MIMO and 1024QAM capability, it is capable of delivering connection rates of up to 2,167Mbits/s at frequencies over 5GHz. Even though it is significantly less spectacular at higher frequencies than 2.4GHz, suitable devices and adapters may still achieve up to 600Mbits/sec.
If you want to connect at those rates, you won’t be able to do so with a single device, simply because no laptop that I am aware of comes with 4×4 MIMO – most have just 2×2 MIMO at most, with 3×3 adapters being a rare find. Performance was outstanding when linked to the 3×3 adapter in our test laptop, which was a previous-generation MacBook Pro 15in.
Our close-range testing revealed download rates of up to 109MB/sec (872Mbits/sec), which is nearly as fast as Gigabit Ethernet and the greatest close-range performance we’ve seen from any router we’ve tested.
It wasn’t nearly as amazing in the long-range test conducted in our kitchen, but it still managed an average download speed of 10.8MB/sec. It is slower than mesh systems such as Google Wifi or BT Whole Home Wi-Fi, but it is sufficient to offer access to every single megabit of most people’s broadband connections in most sections of the home – even when using BT’s fastest 74Mbits/sec internet connection.
USB transfer speed was also impressive, with consecutive reads from our USB 3 thumb drive hitting a blistering 41.8MB/sec, which is more than sufficient for casual file sharing and occasional backups.
|Interface||3 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 LAN Ports,|
1 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 WAN/LAN Port,
1 RJ11 Port,
2 USB 3.0
LED On/Off Button,
Power On/Off Button
|External Power Supply||12V/3.3A|
|IEEE Standards||IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, 802.3ab|
|VDSL2 Standards||TU G.993.2, Up to 17a profile (POTS)|
ITU-T G.993.5 (G.vector)
ITU-T G.998.4 (G.INP）
|ADSL Standards||Full-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2,|
ITU-T G.994.1 (G.hs)
|ADSL2 Standards||ITU-T G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis)|
|ADSL2+ Standards||ITU-T G.992.5|
|Dimensions ( W x D x H )||10.4 × 7.8 × 1.5 in|
(263.8 × 197.8 × 37.3 mm)
|Antenna Type||4 external detachable dual band antennas (RP-SMA)|
|Wireless Standards||IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz|
|Frequency||2.4GHz and 5GHz (Supports DFS)|
|Transmit Power||<20dBm (2.4GHz),|
<23dBm (5GHz Band1 & Band2),
<30dBm (5GHz Band3)
|Wireless Security||64/128-bit WEP,|
|Quality of Service||ATM QoS,|
Traffic Control (IP QoS)
|Security||NAT Firewall, SPI Firewall, Access Control, Service Filtering, Denial of Service (DoS), SYN Flooding, Ping of Death, IP and MAC Address Binding|
|Management||Web Based Configuration (HTTP / HTTPS ), Remote management,|
Command Line Interface, SSL for TR-069, SNMP v1/2c, Firmware Upgrade, Diagnostic Tools, Free Online Firmware Update
|Port Forwarding||Virtual Server, Port Triggering, DMZ, ALG, UPnP|
|VPN Pass-Through||OpenVPN, PPTP VPN, IPSec VPN|
|Protocols||Support IPv4 and IPv6|
|ATM/PPP Protocols||ATM Forum UNI3.1/4.0, PPP over ATM (RFC 2364), PPP over Ethernet (RFC2516),|
IPoA (RFC1577/2225), MER\IPoE (RFC 1483 Routed), Bridge (RFC1483 Bridge), PVC – Up to 8 PVCs
|Advanced Features||Parental Controls, Network Address Translation(NAT), Port Mapping|
Static Routing, RIP v1/v2 (optional), DNS Relay, DDNS, IGMP V1/V2/V3
|USB Sharing||Support Samba (Storage) / FTP Server / Media Server / Printer Server, 3G/4G Modem / SFTP Server / Web Storage|
|Certification||CE, RCM, RoHS|
|Package Contents||AC2800 Wireless MU-MIMO VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Archer VR2800|
RJ11 DSL Cable
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
|System Requirements||Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista™ or Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10,|
Mac OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 12.0, Chrome 20.0, Safari 4.0, or other
Subscription with an internet service provider (for internet access)
|Environment||Operating Temperature: 0℃~40℃(32℉~104℉)|
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃(-40℉~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing