Updated 19 Dec 2017
Bottom line: This dual-band router supplied by Vodafone has good incoming fibre speeds and OK VDSL speeds at 500m. Outgoing WiFi speeds are OK on the 5GHz band but leave a bit to be desired on 2.4GHz. This router had some trouble transmitting through a wall on the 5GHz band, but not on the 2.4GHz band.
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Overall score includes:
WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.
Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.
Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.
17 Jun 2018, Robert W.
Product use: 6 months or more
Free from Vodafone
OK download speed
VOIP connection for landline calling (which we need and not every router has).
Cheap lightweight plastic construction
Only came with a quick-start leaflet. There was no ‘excellent’ hard copy documention.
One of the two VOIP sockets is disabled. This had me going round in circles until a Vodafone guru confirmed that this is standard. The previous Vodafone offering (made by Huawei) had two functional VOIP sockets.
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