TP Link VR400 or VR2100

tigermad

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I am replacing my sky Q hub. People online recommended the VR400 so I have ordered this and it's coming today. I noticed a good offer for the new VR2100 though after I ordered and wonder what extra benefits I would get and if it's worth changing over. Or would the V400 do? I will be using about 35 devices wirelessly. I know the 5ghz is different (Double) but would I even notice the difference to the VR400?

also I will be using powerlines that are mimo ones. Will they still work fully because the VR400 isn’t mimo. Thanks.
 
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psychopomp1

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Go for the VR2100 if you can. Its 4x4 router and even if you don't have 4x4 clients, the fact that it has a better wifi chipset means your 2x2 and 3x3 clients are likely to benefit.
 

tigermad

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Go for the VR2100 if you can. Its 4x4 router and even if you don't have 4x4 clients, the fact that it has a better wifi chipset means your 2x2 and 3x3 clients are likely to benefit.
Bit late now. Wish I had seen it before I ordered. Will see what’s this like now for my needs.
 

mickevh

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But aware that the "MIMO" Wi-Fi uses and the "MIMO" Powerline tech uses are not the same thing - the terminology has been reused.

In Wi-Fi MIMO (and MU-MIMO) more or less means that the technology can transmit different data out of multiple antenna at the same time (it's sometimes also called "spacial streams") compared to older (A/B/G) Wi-Fi standards whereby even in kit with multiple antenna, it only ever used one. MIMO came in with the "N" Wi-Fi standards and has continued on AC. So (roughly) multiply up the throughput for each additional stream - so for example a 150mbps link becomes 300mbps with 2x2 MIMO, 450mbps with 3x3 MIMO and so on. As discussed above, the antenna count on both AP and client need to match up (or exceed) each other to take advantage of this.

In Powerline, MIMO is about using a similar "trick" to increase the throughput over the mains by sending different data over different conductor pairings - so live/neutral gets one data stream, negative/neutral gets a second. (I forget the exact detail, it's years since I looked at it and I've never used powerline.)

For a HomePlug/Wi-Fi combination it's possible it implements both technologies for the respective transmission medium (mains and/or radio) I would not "just assume" that a "MIMO" plug implies MIMO for Wi-Fi, MIMO for powerline, or both - have a check on the datasheets and specifications to be sure what you've got.
 

psychopomp1

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Bit late now. Wish I had seen it before I ordered. Will see what’s this like now for my needs.
You should be ok with the VR400, it should still be an improvement over the Sky router.
 

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