TP-Link Archer VR900 AC 1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router Review

Final Thoughts


Pricing

It doesn’t look like the TP-Link VR900 AC 1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router has reached the US at the time of writing, but us people located in the EU have a good availability. At the time of writing, it can be had at Overclockers UK for £139.99 or with a temporary discount via Amazon for £125.56. German readers can find it starting from €148.27 plus shipping and handling.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed reviewing the TP-Link VR900 Modem Router and it easily convinced me. The first thing I really like about this unit is the universal connectivity that it offers. Whether you use ADSL, VDLS, Fibre or other static connection, it doesn’t matter. It can even connect to 3G and 4G networks, either primary or as a backup, through optional USB adapters. That is impressive and with a router like the VR900 you know that you won’t have to upgrade for quite a while.

The design is simple and pretty close to the Acher C9 that I reviewed a little while ago. While the base shape, white colour and simplistic design has been kept, it also features some improvements. The USB ports have been switched around and the USB 3.0 is located on the rear. Further it got an LED button to turn the front LEDs off and the WPS and reset button have been separated. Especially the last part is great as you wouldn’t want to reset your router instead of connecting a device it to it. You’re also able to easily turn the WiFi on and off by a button, which can be very beneficial.

We can’t fault the VR900 in the area of performance either. It did very well and surprisingly performed best on the furthest distance. It should have no trouble providing even large homes with trouble-free WiFi in most corners. If it still shouldn’t be good enough despite the beam forming technologies and high-gain, then you have the option to replace the 5dBi antennas with something more powerful of your choice.

The user interface is very nice, but it could use a few tweaks in width and height limitation as well as an online firmware update function. But those are minor things that easily can be improved in future updates. Other than that, the user interface is great. It’s easy to use for both novice and advanced users. If there is something that you don’t understand, then you most likely don’t need it. And the rest is self-explanatory.

Pros

  • Good Interface with easy setup
  • Connects to almost any internet connection: DSL, Static, Dynamic, and Mobile
  • Good performance and great coverage
  • Simplistic design that blends well.
  • Easily accessible buttons for WPS, LEDs, and WiFi.

Cons

  • No online update function in GUI

“TP-Link easily convinced me with the VR900 Modem Router. It’s easy to use and provides a versatility that’s worth having. I would recommend it to both friends and family without hesitation.”

TP-Link Archer VR900 AC 1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Review

Thank you TP-Link for providing us with this review sample