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TP-Link Archer VR600v Review: Router for Internet, Telephony and Entertainment

Software of the TP-Link Archer VR600v

For the Archer VR600v, TP-Link sets to its default user interface. The rapidly reacting surface is subdivided into three areas. The assistant will help you with the initial setup. The areas “Basic settings” and “Advanced” follow.

Within the basic settings you will find all settings such as

  • Internal equipment
  • WLAN
  • Setting up a guest network
  • Telephony
  • USB settings
  • Password

In the “Advanced” area, additional settings can be made, for example, how which WLAN channel is to be used. This area is primarily reserved for experienced users.

Status of Internet, WLAN, LAN, guest network and DSL
Status of Internet, WLAN, LAN, guest network and DSL

We are extremely satisfied with the range of functions. There are even apps for managing and telephoning from your smartphone over the landline. The user interface is clearly structured, but unfortunately not as user-friendly as that of a FRITZ! box. Visually, TP-Link can get even more out of this and make it clearer.

DSL support of Archer VR600v

The TP-Link Archer VR600v supports DSL with up to 100 Mbps. This means he can use almost any current DSL line. The performance of the router depends on your line.

Power consumption of the TP-Link Archer VR600v

As a WLAN router with an included modem, the Archer VR600v consumes slightly more energy than a simple router. In normal operation, it requires around 10.5 W with an active network connection and two WLAN clients. Under load the power consumption increases by a further 2 W. The same applies to the connection of an external hard disk.

Performance of the VR600v

Theoretically, the Archer VR600v on the 2.4 GHz band achieves a performance of up to 300 Mbps. On the 5 GHz band it even reaches up to 1300 Mbps. However, these are theoretical values. The actual transfer rate always depends on your client and the distance. If you only use a smartphone, most likely only 433 Mbit/s are supported. Computers and large gaming notebooks, however, equipped with a separate PCI-E WLAN card, can support 1300 Mbps.

WLAN of the Archer VR600v

The three WLAN antennas can be removed. Before first use, these are screwed onto the back of the device. This results in the advantage that you can mount the desired antennas with much more power.

We have to do without multi-user MIMO radio technology with the VR600v. MU-MIMO supplies several devices simultaneously with large amounts of data. But if you don’t play games with multiple devices or watch video streams all the time, you won’t miss MU-MIMO.

The WLAN range of the TP-Link Archer VR600v is decent, but not outstanding. This is comparable to the AVM FritzBox 7580. The VR600v supports beamforming technology. This is to avoid disturbances.

If you have visitors in the house, so you can activate a WLAN guest network both. This network has a separate name and its own password.

Guest Network Settings: Visibility, access, USB disk sharing, data rate control, WLAN
Settings of the guest network
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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