TP-Link Archer VR400

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A FAST YET AF­FORD­ABLE UP­GRADE.

IT’S NOT HARD to find the TP-Link Archer VR400 un­der $150, but with a lit­tle shop­ping around it’s pos­si­ble to find a bit cheaper. The fea­ture packed router uses the AC1200 spec, with three large ad­justable an­ten­nas. Round the back it has four Gi­ga­bit LAN ports – one of which can dou­ble as a WAN con­nec­tion for FTTP NBN. The VR400 can also con­nect to an ADSL con­nec­tion, as well as VDSL, so makes for a ver­sa­tile up­grade. The router gave ex­cel­lent range and through­put dur­ing test­ing – es­pe­cially on the 5GHz fre­quency, which uses beam­form­ing. The in­ter­face and setup process is also ex­cel­lent, and there is an An­droid and iOS app that makes set­ting up and man­ag­ing your router even eas­ier.

For those who want to ad a bit more value to their net­works, the VR400 has a USB port that can han­dle a 3G mo­dem, run a printer or add ex­ter­nal stor­age. The router can also run a guest net­work, or re­strict ac­cess with parental con­trols.

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