facebook rss twitter

Review: TP-Link Archer VR2600

by Parm Mann on 19 October 2016, 09:55


Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qac7yc

Add to My Vault: x

Specification and Test Methodology

TP-Link Archer VR2600 Specification

Hardware Features
Interface 1 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 WAN Port
4 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 LAN Ports
1 RJ11 Port
2 USB 3.0 Port
Button WPS Button, LED Button, Wireless 2.4GHz On/Off Button,
Wireless 5GHz On/Off Button,
Power On/Off Button
External Power Supply 12V/3.3A
IEEE Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, 802.3ab
VDSL2 Standards ITU-T G.993.2, Up to 17a profile (POTS)
ITU-T G.993.5 (G.vector)
ITU-T G.998.4 (G.INP)
ADSL Standards Full-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2,
ITU-T G.992.1(G.DMT),
ITU-T G.992.2(G.Lite),
ITU-T G.994.1 (G.hs),
ITU-T G.995.1
ADSL2 Standards ITU-T G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis),
ITU-T G.992.4 (G.lite.bis)
ADSL2+ Standards ITU-T G.992.5
Dimensions ( W x D x H ) 10.4 x 7.8 x 1.5 in. (263.8 x 197.8x 37.3 mm)
Antenna Type 4 external detachable dual band antennas
Antenna Gain 4 x 3.1dBi for 2.4GHz and 4 x 5dBi for 5GHz
Wireless Features
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz,
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Signal Rate 1733Mbps at 5GHz, 800Mbps at 2.4GHz
Transmit Power 2.4GHz <20dBm(EIRP)
5GHz <23dBm(EIRP)
Wireless Functions Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics
Wireless Security 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryptions, Wireless MAC Filtering
Software Features
Quality of Service ATM QoS, Bandwidth Control
Security NAT Firewall, Access Control, IP and MAC Address Binding
Operating Modes VDSL/ADSL Modem Router, Wireless Router, 3G/4G Router
Management Web Based Conguration (HTTP), Remote management, command Line Interface, SSL for TR-069, SNMP v1/2c, Web Based Firmware Upgrade, Diagnostic Tools
DHCP Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation, DHCP Relay
Port Forwarding Virtual Server, Port Triggering, DMZ, ALG, UPnP
Dynamic DNS DynDns, NO-IP
VPN Pass-Through PPTP, L2TP, IPSec Passthrough
Protocols Supports IPv4 and IPv6
ATM/PPP Protocols ATM Forum UNI3.1/4.0, PPP over ATM (RFC 2364), PPP over Ethernet (RFC2516), IPoA (RFC1577/2225), MER\IPoE (RFC 1483 Routed), Bridge (RFC1483 Bridge), PVC – Up to 8 PVCs
Advanced Functions Parental Control, Network Address Translation(NAT), Port Mapping(Grouping), Static Routing, RIP v1/v2(optional), DNS Relay, DDNS, IGMP V1/V2/V3
USB Sharing Support Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/ Printer Server, 3G/4G Modem
Guest Network 2.4GHz guest network, 5GHz guest network
IPSec VPN Supports up to 10 IPSec VPN tunnels
Other Features
Certification CE,RoHS
Package Contents AC2600 Wireless Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router
Archer VR2600
External Splitter
RJ11 DSL Cable
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
Quick Installation Guide
System Requirements Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, 8, 8.1, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 12.0, Chrome 20.0, Safari 4.0, or other Java-enabled browser
Cable or DSL Modem
Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (for Internet access)
Environment Operating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉ ~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉ ~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing

Comparison Routers

Model Firmware HEXUS Review Reviewed Price Product Page
BT Home Hub 5 - £129 bt.com
Synology Router RT1900ac 1.0.1-6007 Update 2 January 2016 £120 synology.com
TP-Link Archer VR900 150909 Rel.39821n October 2015 £140 tp-link.com
TP-Link Archer VR2600 160518 Rel.50944n October 2016 £199 tp-link.com

Test Methodology

Evaluating the wireless performance of a router can be something of a minefield. The sheer amount of surrounding wireless broadcasts is such that the test environment is always subject to change, and performance will fluctuate as a result. With this in mind, please be aware that our performance results may not mirror your own and the following benchmark numbers should be viewed as theoretical.

To provide examples of real-world performance, the routers are installed on the ground floor of a three-storey house built in 2006. Routers with a built-in modem are connected directly to a BT Infinity line, whereas standalone routers are first connected to an external DrayTek Vigor 130 VDSL modem. Wireless performance is then tested from a ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop outfitted with a TP-Link Archer T4U dual-band wireless adapter at multiple locations.

Location A is defined as a first-floor room directly above the router, representing a distance of roughly 15ft and one separating floor. Location B is on the ground floor at a horizontal distance of roughly 45ft from the router, with multiple separating walls. Finally, Location C is on the top floor at a vertical distance of roughly 40ft, with two-floor separation.

In each location, we test wireless performance by copying 2GB of data to and fro a Synology NAS wired to the network via a TP-Link TL-SG1024 Gigabit switch. For comparison's sake, we also run the same file transfer using a wired connection to the laptop, and we also test transfer speed to a router-attached storage device - an SK hynix Canvas SC300 SSD installed in a basic USB 3.0 caddy.