[November 2019 Update] Updated reviews, TP-link has dropped in review rating, while AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 has dropped in price, making this my new recommendation.

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.

It is worth noting, that my current recommendation if you live in a large home, would be to get a VDSL modem (or keep the ISP one if it is OK) then invest in a good mesh wi-fi system as this will provide superior coverage throughout your home.

Premium Routers

I have updated this for 2020 and many routers are no longer available on Amazon, so I have removed them from the list to avoid confusion.

 TP-LINK Archer VR2800 AVM FRITZ!Box 7590
Price164189.99
Review Rating44.6
No of Reviews3511155
% of negative Reviews124
Rated Speed2167Mbps1733Mbps
Ethernet Ports44
USB Ports22
WiFi Design4 external,
MU-MIMO
Internal
MU-MIMO
Nas FeaturesYesYes
Ethernet
Aggregation
NoNo
ExtraOpenVPN, PPTP VPN Voip, VPN
Firewall featuresMesh ability
(future option)

Mid-Range Routers

Most of the above routers have models below them with similar features but more attractive price points.

Two routers I would highlight for mid-range options are:

DrayTek Vigor 2762ac Wireless Router – £153.99

Price at £142 this has 16 reviews, all but one of them 5 star. From my experience you can't really go wrong with DrayTek, they tend to be more business orientated, so often reliable but less unnecessary bells and whistles than the links of Asus.

  • Supports VDSL2, ADSL, 3G/4G and Ethernet-based Broadband
  • Ethernet WAN (for cable modems etc.)
  • 3G/4G USB Modem Support as primary or backup/failure
  • IPv4/IPv6 Dual-Stack
  • Four Gigabit LAN Ethernet Ports

AVM Fritz!Box 7530 – £124.99

I reviewed the AVM Fritz!Box 7530 back in January, but at the time there were only the EU models available. You can now pick it up on Amazon for just £111.99 which I think is a great price. While I no longer have VDSL myself I still use their 7590 router as the main router in my house due to its reliability and superb feature set.

There are only 5 reviews for it at the moment, but with a good rating of 4.2 and I can vouch for it personally.

Affordable Routers

Check out the affordable VDSL router recommendations for a more detailed post. I was going to do a table similar to the above, however, Amazon merges all the routers together per brand into one page which makes review comparisons difficult.

The TP-Link appears to be the best choice out of the bunch. The TP-Link Archer VR400 AC1200 is both Wi-Fi 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 867 Mbps (5 GHz) speeds and costs around £63.

You could spend a little extra on the AC1600 model with combined wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps (over 2.4 GHz) and 1300 Mbps (over 5 GHz). However to get the 1300Mbps speeds can be a challenge and requires a compatible Wi-Fi module such as the Intel 9260, or the new Wi-Fi 6 modules such as the Killer AX1650.

The Billion 8800NL R2 Wireless VDSL/ADSL2+ is well-reviewed and cheap at £64.99, however, the Wi-Fi spec is very poor, so I would be inclined to only use this for the modem/router functions then pair it up with a mesh Wi-Fi system.

Modems

While this is a post about VDSL Wi-Fi routers, it is worth considering getting just a modem and then use something separate for Wi-Fi. This is especially true due to the popularity of mesh Wi-Fi systems and the introduction of the new Wi-Fi 6 routers.

For just a modem I would recommend going with the DrayTek Vigor 130 ADSL/VDSL Ethernet Modem which is just £80 on Amazon.

A more affordable option would be to buy one of the affordable Wi-Fi routers mentioned above, but disable the Wi-Fi features then use whatever mesh Wi-Fi system you want. The TP-Link TD-W9970 is just £32 and can be used in modem only mode. The Wi-Fi is bordering on useless so I would only ever recommend using this as a modem.

If you then combined it with the Netgear Orbi RBK20 you would have a superior Wi-Fi solution to many of the above options.

Overall

In 2020 the number of premium options available appears to have slimmed down, there are some expensive business orientated options from Draytek, but home users can probably skip these.

Currently, I think the best premium all-round option will be the AVM FRITZ!Box 7590, I have used it since it was first launched and it has been excellent. It has finally dropped to a more affordable price point and my recommendation is largely because of this. AVM has just launched a Mesh extender too, so you can then turn this into a mesh system, and I will be reviewing this soon.

However, with many of these routers getting old and becoming unavailable I would suggest the modem + separate Wi-Fi router is a better choice. Mesh Wi-Fi systems will offer you a considerably better range in medium to large homes, while the new Wi-Fi 6 routers offer the best of the best in overall transfer speed performance. The DrayTek Vigor 130 seems to be the best option on the market for a modem only solution. However, the TP-Link TD-W9970 can be switched to modem only and is just £32

I would then pair the modem up with any of my recommended mesh-systems.

[Original Post 19-August-2019]

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