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Top UK VDSL WiFi Routers for 2018

Written by  May 08, 2018
There are hundreds of routers to choose from on the market covering features and pricing to suit everyone.
One specific feature set that doesn’t have a lot of options is routers with a VDSL modem built in; this allows you to use one box for your Openreach/BT connection rather than a modem and router, or the BT HomeHub box.

If you are on BT and you don’t need anything too fancy the HomeHub is actually a great option, it ha rated speeds of 1,300Mbit/s, 1xUSB and 4-ethernet ports. The firmware doesn’t have too much functionality though so for some users they may want to upgrade.

 NETGEAR D8500 Nighthawk X8TP-LINK Archer VR2800Billion BiPAC 8900AX-2400NETGEAR D7800 Nighthawk X4SAVM FRITZ!Box 7580
Price 367 180 249 199 250
Review Rating 3.6 4 4.3 3.6 N/A
No of Reviews 675 357 334 675 N/A
% of negative Reviews 21 12 7 21 N/A
Rated Speed 5300Mbps 2167Mbps 2400Mbps 2530Mbps 1733Mbps
Ethernet Ports 6 4 4 5 4
USB Ports 2 2 1 2 2
WiFi Design 3 band, MU-MIMO, 4 external, 4 internal 4 external, MU-MIMO 3 external, 4 external MU-MIMO Internal MU-MIMO
Nas Features ReadyCLOUD Yes Yes, basic, DLNA ReadyCLOUD Yes
Ethernet Aggregation Yes No No No No
Extra VPN, Guest Network, OpenVPN, PPTP VPN Tripple WAN, VPN VPM, Guest Network Voip, VPN
  DDOS protection,Beamforming+ Firewall features VLAN, Failover DDOS protection, Beamforming Mesh ability(future option)
      Beamforming Open Source support  

Overall

If you want the most features with the best specification, then the Netgear D8500 is your best choice, but its high price tag and mixed reviews might not make it the best choice.

I can personally recommend the AVM FRITZ!Box 7580, it is a great router, and if for some reason you need a VOIP/DECT option then this is a great choice. The Fritz!Box software is superb, and I have always found all the AVM products to be very reliable. Price and specification wise, it probably isn’t the best choice though.

The 2 stand out options based on reviews, price and features/performance is the Billion BiPAC 8900AX-2400 and TP-LINK Archer VR2800.

The Billion BiPAC 8900AX-2400 has the best reviews all around if your file the reviews down to just this model there are fourteen 5 star reviews, but two 1-star, one 2-star and one 3-star. The general consensus is that this router is much more reliable than Netgear products. It tends to be a bit more of a business orientated router, so may not be as user-friendly as Netgear or TP-Link alternatives.

The TP-Link is the most affordable option on the list while having the 2nd best reviews, it has a rich feature set, you can set it up and manage the device via your mobile. The claimed 2167Mbps maximum speed is more than fast enough for the most demanding of users. The included USB ports make it compatible with 3G/4G dongles, and they can provide basic NAS functions such as SMB drives shares, media server etc. There are plenty of advanced functions such as VPN pass-through, DMZ, port forwarding, and parental controls. The biggest negative for me is the last of ethernet ports, a couple more would make this more appealing, but with it costing £80+ less than the Netgear options, it leaves plenty of money left over for a good switch. The TP-LINK Archer VR2800 should be a great choice for all users.

 

VDSL Routers

Product Name: TP-LINK Archer VR2800

Price: £180

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