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TP-Link Archer VR600 vs VR2100 - What's the difference.

kdband

Casual Member
Amongst others, I've been looking at these 2 VDSL routers as possible replacements for my existing router.
They look the same, and the spec's on the TP-Link website appear to be identical, so what if anything is the difference between them apart for £20?

I even asked in the online chat on their website, only 2 be told they are the same apart from the name, but he couldn't tell me anything about why they have the same product branded with different names at different prices.

Just wondering if anyone here might know?

Thanks.
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
Good question and it's an odd thing for TP-Link to do. But my guess is that the VR2100 might have been manufactured on a slightly newer chipset, albeit with virtually identical performance characteristics. Except normally they'd denote something like this by using the v2.0 or v3.0 suffix but retaining the model code, so I'm not 100% sure.
 

kdband

Casual Member
A possible answer to my own question. I've since found different versions of the VR600 for sale. It seems that version2 only achieved nominal AC1600 wifi speeds, while version 3 (which is the one listed on the TP-Link) website is listed at AC2100.
I think TP-Link, are rebranding to match the marketed wifi speeds of the router, hence the VR600v3 would become known as VR2100 and will probablynot be sold as VR600 soon.
I suspect the cheaper VR600's I've seen are the old V2 ones, but it's not always obvious.
 
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