Your local catalogue store will have them as it is still available at £30.
The differnce between V1 & V2 of the other router is slight differences in chipsets. Performance remains the same.
although my house was built in the early 70's, as i said earlier, for whatever reason, wireless connection/speed is often not only quite slow but sometimes almost non-existent
Probably due to foil backed plasterboard, or solid brick walls.
Personally I would go for a cheaper router, and simply add an extra hotspot upstairs. VPNs are usually software based, so the router would not make any difference.
Before you add a hotspot, just see what a cheaper router with external aerials does.
You'll have no problem with VPN use from any of the routers suggested to you.
Do you have a VPN provider yet? If not I can recommend a good one at under £50 per year but it will have to be via PM as we aren't allowed to post links to commecrcial sites.
am still looking to see where i can get the cheaper modem/router you suggested, Keith_Beddoe. not rejecting your suggestion and am very grateful to you for doing that. the one thing i thought would be beneficial of having the more expensive one is the dual band. with 2x tv boxes+2x tv on the go, 2x pc, 2-3mobiles and at least 1x tablet, things can get a bit congested!
Two things to consider. How many devices can actually connect to the 5G band, and are they close enough, as 5G does not go very far. Dual band is of no advantage unless you have nearby devices that can connect to it.
How many devices are connected by Ethernet, or can be connected by Ehernet, and how many are wireless connected?