TP-Link Archer VR2800 Review

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.


Interface3 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 LAN Ports,
1 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 WAN/LAN Port,
1 RJ11 Port,
2 USB 3.0
ButtonWPS Button,
Wi-Fi Button,
Reset Button,
LED On/Off Button,
Power On/Off Button
External Power Supply12V/3.3A
IEEE StandardsIEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, 802.3ab
VDSL2 StandardsTU G.993.2, Up to 17a profile (POTS)
ITU-T G.993.5 (G.vector)
ITU-T G.998.4 (G.INP)
ADSL StandardsFull-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2,
ITU-T G.992.1(G.DMT),
ITU-T G.992.2(G.Lite),
ITU-T G.994.1 (G.hs)
ADSL2 StandardsITU-T G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis)
ADSL2+ StandardsITU-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 Type4 external detachable dual band antennas (RP-SMA)
Wireless StandardsIEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Frequency2.4GHz and 5GHz (Supports DFS)
Transmit Power<20dBm (2.4GHz),
<23dBm (5GHz Band1 & Band2),
<30dBm (5GHz Band3)
Wireless Security64/128-bit WEP,
WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryptions
Quality of ServiceATM QoS,
Traffic Control (IP QoS)
SecurityNAT Firewall, SPI Firewall, Access Control, Service Filtering, Denial of Service (DoS), SYN Flooding, Ping of Death, IP and MAC Address Binding
ManagementWeb 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 ForwardingVirtual Server, Port Triggering, DMZ, ALG, UPnP
VPN Pass-ThroughOpenVPN, PPTP VPN, IPSec VPN
ProtocolsSupport IPv4 and IPv6
ATM/PPP ProtocolsATM 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 FeaturesParental Controls, Network Address Translation(NAT), Port Mapping
Static Routing, RIP v1/v2 (optional), DNS Relay, DDNS, IGMP V1/V2/V3
USB SharingSupport Samba (Storage) / FTP Server / Media Server / Printer Server, 3G/4G Modem / SFTP Server / Web Storage
CertificationCE, RCM, RoHS
Package ContentsAC2800 Wireless MU-MIMO VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Archer VR2800
External Splitter
RJ11 DSL Cable
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
Quick Installation Guide
System RequirementsMicrosoft 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
Java-enabled browser
Subscription with an internet service provider (for internet access)
EnvironmentOperating Temperature: 0℃~40℃(32℉~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃(-40℉~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing
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