Super Router is a substantial upgrade over its 802.11n-only harbinger, even though not so much if you already have TalkTalk’s first 802.11ac router. It has manufactured by Chinese electronics giant Huawei and is a re-engineering of that company’s HG633 model, loaded with custom software aimed at making the setup process as straightforward as possible.
The Super Router is exactly the second 802.11ac router from TalkTalk, with the HG635 model preceding it. One major difference between the two is that gone are the gigabit ethernet ports you get only 100Mbit/s fast ethernet with this model. Even though a USB 3.0 port is contained at the rear, we would’ve been happier with the old arrangement.
From our results we found the Super Router offers well at close range, but that it wastes behind Linksys, AVM and TP-Link over both 802.11n and 802.11ac, specially at longer ranges. Along with its ADSL/VDSL modem, it performs 802.11n over both 2.4 and 5GHz and 3×3 MIMO 802.11ac. You can use the USB port for attaching a printer you want to share, or a hard drive of some description.
Everything about it is designed to make connecting to the internet as straightforward as possible. The manual goes into lengthy detail about how to connect your phone line to the router, with plenty of diagrams to show which leads plug into the ports on the back.
ISPs are more concerned about ease of use than blistering functionality or advanced characteristics, and this is specially evident with the Super Router. Everything about it’s designed to make connecting to the internet as straightforward as possible.
- Internal antennae
- 120 x 190 x 60mm
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac modem router
- 3×3 MIMO
- ADSL 2+ / VDSL modem
- 4x 10/100 Fast Ethernet
- 1x USB 3
TalkTalk claim its router is an amendment over BT’s Home Hub 5, and that much is true we did see a little amendment from our results.