DrayTek 2860 VDSL/ADSL Router Firewall
DrayTek 2860 is Draytek’s new router/firewall which can support either ADSL or VDSL (BT Infinity™/FTTC). This makes the Vigor 2860 ideal ideal for users with ADSL now who might upgrade to VDSL later. Alternative WAN ports can instead provide connectivity to Ethernet feeds, secondary xDSL modems or a 3G cellular service using a USB adaptor. This latest router series includes support for professional features such as VLAN tagging, Gigabit Ethernet.
Packed with professional-level features, the Vigor 2860 offers truly comprehensive DSL connectivity and security. Compatible with all UK variants of ADSL (including ADSL2+ and Annex M), VDSL and VDSL2, the Vigor 2860 can also be used for cable-modem, leased line and EFM applications using its Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. On VDSL, the Vigor 2860 supports the very latest services for speeds up to 80Mb/s (depending on line quality and length).
A 6-port Gigabit Ethernet switch on the LAN side provides high speed connectivity for your server, other local PCs or for uplink to a larger Ethernet switch. Comprehensive security features include content filtering, web application controls and an object based firewall management system.
Runs on either ADSL or VDSL
The Vigor 2860’s built in DSL interface will connect to either an ADSL or VDSL line. If you have a second line (of either type) you can add an additional modem (or your existing modem from your other line) to the Vigor 2860’s Ethernet WAN ports. You can set the two lines up in load balancing mode, where traffic is split across both of them, or into failover mode, where the other DSL line only kicks-in if your primary DSL line fails (or vice versa). ADSL makes a particularly good method of failover for VDSL because they are delivered differently. VDSL service is provided and powered by a cabinet in your street – that’s where the line terminates. ADSL service, on the other hand, comes all the way from your local exchange, which could be miles away and is powered from there. That means that if your street’s VDSL cabinet is damaged, its DSLAM fails or you lose power to your street, you lose VDSL, but your ADSL line comes via a different method and route, so it’s less likely that both would be affected. These failover methods can also be used instead for the other WAN ports on the router (Ethernet or 3G).
Robust & Comprehensive Firewall
Security is always taken seriously with DrayTek routers. The firewall protects against attacks including DoS (Denial of Service) attacks, IP-based attacks and access by unauthorised remote systems. Ethernet and VPN are also protected by various protection systems. The latest (‘Version 3’) DrayTek object-based firewall allows even more setup flexibility than ever, enabling you to create combinations of users, rules and restrictions to suit multi-departmental organisations. The Vigor 2860 now also allows selective direction firewall rules of LAN to WAN, WAN to LAN or LAN to VPN. In addition, QoS (Quality of Service Assurance) can now be selectively applied to specific users.
IPv6 – Next Generation Internet Routing
The Vigor 2860 supports IPv6 – the successor to the current IPv4 addressing system that has been used since the Internet was first created. IPv4 address space is full up and IPv6 allows for much more efficient routing and a larger address space. IPv6 is supported both from your own ISP, but if your ISP does not (yet) support IPv6, the Vigor 2860 also supports IPv6 broker/tunnel services to provide IPv6 access using either TSPC or AICCU via 3rd party IPv6 providers. To learn all about IPv6, you can get a detailed guide to IPv6 here.
IPv6 on the Vigor 2860 provides the following features:
- Operation on any one of the WAN ports (ADSL/VDSL, Ethernet or 3G)
- Connectivity to direct native IPv6 ISPs
- Wireless Management of compatible DrayTek APs NEW
- Built-in tunneling to 3rd party IPv6 brokers supporting TSPC or AICCU methods
- Default stateful firewall for all IPv6 LAN Clients/Devices
- DHCPv6 Client or Static IPv6 Client
- DHCPv6 & RADVD for client configuration
- IP Filtering Rules
- QoS for IPv6 with DiffServ
- Router Management over IPv6 (Telnet/HTTP) with IPv6 Access List
- Simultaneous (concurrent) operation with IPv4 (“Dual-Stack”)
- Other router features are available on IPv4 only currently
Web Content Filtering
The content control features of the Vigor 2860 allows you to set restrictions on web site access, blocking download of certain file or data types, blocking specific web sites with whitelists or blacklists, blocking IM/P2P applications or other potentially harmful or wasteful content. Restrictions can be per user, per PC or universal. Using DrayTek’s GlobalView service, you can block whole categories of web sites (e.g. gambling, adult sites etc.), subject to an annual subscription to the Globalview service, which is continuously updated with new or changed site categorisations or sites which have become compromised (such as infected with Malware). A free 30-day trial is included with your new router.
WAN Load Balancing & Backup
The Vigor 2860 features three methods of WAN connectivity – ADSL/VDSL, Ethernet (Gigabit, switchable with LAN6) and a USB port for connection of a 3G modem. The Ethernet port can connect to a second ADSL modem (e.g. Vigor 120), a cable modem or any other Ethernet-based Internet feed. The multiple WAN interfaces can be used either for WAN-Backup or load balancing. Load-balancing or failover supports IPv4 only currently.
WAN-Backup provides contingency (redundancy) in case of your primary ADSL line or ISP suffering temporary outage). Internet Traffic will be temporarily routed via the secondary Internet access. When normal services is restored to your primary ADSL line, all traffic is switched back to that.
If you don’t have VDSL or ADSL, the Ethernet WAN port can instead be used as your primary/only Internet connection (using NAT) so the same router can be used regardless of whether you have xDSL or Ethernet Internet connections currently.
The USB port provides Internet connectivity (main, backup or load balanced) by connecting to a compatible USB modem (or cellphone) for access to the high speed 3G cellular networks from UK providers such as Vodafone, O2, 3 and EE. If you don’t have ADSL at all, the USB/3G access method can be used as your primary/only Internet connection, ideal for temporary locations, mobile applications or where broadband access is not available. In addition you can instead connect a compatible analogue modem to use analogue dial-up connections for failover in the event of your broadband failing.
VPN – Linking remote offices, HQ, teleworkers and mobile staff
A feature central to DrayTek routers is the VPN (Virtual Private Networking) features. A VPN enables you to link two remote offices, branch offices back to HQ or home-based/mobile teleworkers back to your office. Once connected, they have access to your office/remote resources through a secure encrypted tunnel allowing remote desktop, file sharing and seamless access to other resources and devices.
The Vigor 2860 allows you to set up up to 32 simultaneous VPN tunnels to remote offices or teleworkers. The Vigor 2860 supports all industry standard protocols, including encryption and authentication methods. Teleworkers can authenticate directly with your LDAP server if preferred.
The Vigor 2860 supports VPN trunking; this allows you to create tunnels down multiple WAN connections to a remote site in order to increase bandwidth. VPN trunking also provides failover (backup) of your VPN route down a secondary WAN connection. You can learn more about DrayTek VPN here.
The Vigor 2860 also supports SSL VPN. These are encrypted tunnels linking your teleworker back to your main office but they are ‘clientless in that your O/S does not need to generate the tunnel and you do not need to install any VPN software manually. You instigate an SSL tunnel from your regular web browser, so it could be in a web cafe or guest network, and the tunnel is creating using SSL technology – the same encryption that you use for secure web sites such as your bank. The Vigor 2860 can operate SSL VPNs in either Proxy or full tunnel mode and allows up to 10 simultaneous incoming users.
Source: Draytek UK