There are hundreds of routers 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 X8||TP-LINK Archer VR2800||Billion BiPAC 8900AX-2400||NETGEAR D7800 Nighthawk X4S||ASUS DSL-AC88U||DrayTek Vigor 2862AC||AVM FRITZ!Box 7590|
|No of Reviews||675||357||334||675||402||8||5|
|% of negative Reviews||21||12||7||21||23||25||0|
|Rated Speed||5300Mbps||2167Mbps||2400Mbps||2530Mbps||3167 Mbps||2000Mbps||1733Mbps|
|WiFi Design||3 band, MU-MIMO, 4 external, 4 internal||4 external, MU-MIMO||3 external,||4 external MU-MIMO||4 external MU-MIMO||4x4 MU-Mimo (5Ghz)||Internal MU-MIMO|
|Nas Features||ReadyCLOUD||Yes||Yes, basic, DLNA||ReadyCLOUD||Yes||No||Yes|
|Extra||VPN, Guest Network,||OpenVPN, PPTP VPN||Tripple WAN, VPN||VPM, Guest Network||Beamforming||Firewall, DMZ, QOS,||Voip, VPN|
|DDOS protection,Beamforming+||Firewall features||VLAN, Failover||DDOS protection, Beamforming||VPN||VPN, VLAN, SSL VPN||Mesh ability(future option)|
|Beamforming||Open Source support||Dual WAN||WAN Load Balancing|
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 7590 , 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 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.