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TP-Link Archer VR900 Review

TP-Link Archer VR900 Review

There was a period when it felt like the ADSL router market had stagnated. Cable routers were offering newer designs, higher specifications and more advanced features but the ADSL versions were not being updated. Part of this is no doubt due to the limited speed of older ADSL and part of it is likely the cost involved as many have a built in modem where as Cable routers more often than not use an external modem. With advances in broadband things are much closer speed wise and todays review product looks to cater for pretty much any consumer, ADSL, VDSL 2 or Cable, welcome to our  TP-Link Archer VR900 Review.

TP-Link Archer VR900 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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TP-Link go with blue and white design for the VR900 packaging and give us a clear view of the router as well as listing key features and specifications. Inside the box, along with the router, is a mains adapter, two phone cables, network cable, DSL filter and product documentation which includes a quick start guide.

TP-Link Archer VR900 Review – The AC1900 VDSL Router


TP-Link go with a white and silver design for the VR900 and have a fairly plain glossy plastic panel on the front. There are a line of status LEDs along the top which give us basic info on the router operation and then on the right edge we find one of two USB ports (this one 2.0). These allow support for printers and 3G/4G dongles.

As far as speeds go, we have 1300Mbps on 5GHz and 600Mbps on 2.4Ghz with the device powered by a 1GHz dual core Broadcom CPU. Dimensions are 245x181x90mm.


Turning round to the back of the VR900 we find that it sits on a set of rubber feet and along the back is the main connectivity and controls. We have reset and power and then the ports start with our VDSL/ADSL input (for the internal modem suppporting 100Mbps VDSL 2, ADSL2+, ADSL 2 ad ADSL) then goes through USB 3.0, four GB LAN ports and ends with power in. The fourth port is also a WAN port so anyone with an external modem, whether its ADSL, VDSL or Cable can connect here and use this as a standard router without modem.


The three RP-SMA antenna which are bundled with the router screw into the top and have a joint which allows them to be angled to your preference. It is also worth noting the three buttons almost hidden on the side, one to disable the LEDs, one to disable the Wi-Fi and one to allow quick connections via WPS.

For those interested in signal strength, the antenna gain is 3x2dBi for 2.4GHz and 3x3dBi for 5Ghz, transmit rating is <20dBm(EIRP).

Wireless functions include:

WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics, support 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wireless Schedule, guest networks, media sharing, ftp and printer sharing.

Security is listed as:

64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryptions, Wireless MAC Filtering

TP-Link Archer VR900 Review – Setup and Software

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Setup of the router begins by us heading to the ip address or http://tplinkmodem.net Once there we are immediately prompted to choose a new password before moving to the next screen and entering that new password. Next we choose from a list of ISPs before configuring the name and password on our two wireless networks.

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With the setup complete the VR900 us ready to go, giving us a summary of the network in a “basic” menu. This also allows us to change key settings like our network security and parental controls

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Also available to us is an advanced menu and in here we can take control of more in depth features. Such as bandwidth control, full reset/backup and firmware updates.

A full list of the advanced features can be found here.


It is also worth noting that TP-Link also provide a decent iOS and Android App which we can use to monitor and maintain our router.

TP-Link Archer VR900 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the Archer VR900 we have a device which impresses. The glossy plastic areas have a flawless finish, the matt also good and we like the silver trim which as well as adding some style also keeps the router very stable. Installation of the antenna is easy, just screw on and the port layout is good. In an ideal world we’d have switched the USB ports so the faster 3.0 spec connector was the easier to access side port. Minor issue though in an otherwise good layout… it is also good to see that TP-Link have included non essential features that some users like such as the ability to disable the LEDs.

As far as setup goes, super simple. On a cable connection it is very much plug and play. For ADSL/VDSL the wizard walks us through the configuration nicely, even catering for specific ISPs. Once that is complete the router essentially manages itself but it is good to know there is an intuitive, responsive admin panel waiting for us if needed. This includes all the key features we would expect from a modern product some of which are essential in the home environment. There is only one item to keep in mind. Those looking to use an external modem, 3G/4G, ADSL or cable will want to head into the advanced menu and select the mode to have the router report the correct info elsewhere in the interface.

Performance also good, giving a signal which was competitive with other routers in the same price range and in real world tests the VR900 was able to stream multiple HD videos at the same time while also serving devices browsing the net, gaming, etc.

Summary: Solid design and good build quality with all the key features needed. Good performance and compatibility too.

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Stuart Davidson

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