Vigor 2860ac Dual-Band Wireless Router with Built-In Firewall that Supports VDSL and ADSL
The Vigor 2860ac is DrayTek’s dual-band wireless router with built-in firewall that supports ADSL and VDSL (Ultrafast Fibre, FTTC, BT Infinity™). This makes the Vigor 2860ac ideal for users who currently have ADSL and plan to upgrade to VDSL at a later stage. Furthermore, it is BT SIN 498 approved.
Additional WAN port (Ethernet port) can provide connectivity via cable to a secondary xDSL modem or Leased Line. Two USB ports that allow a 3G/4G cellular service using a supported USB adaptor. Theoretically, the router supports up to 4 WAN connections, which means up to 4 ISPs. However, in practice the Vigor 2860ac will use the fastest WAN connections first resulting in ignoring the slowest one.
Designed with professional features, such as VLAN tagging and Gigabit Ethernet built-in wi-fi, the Vigor 2860ac offers truly comprehensive Internet connectivity and security. It is compatible with all UK different types of ADSL, including ADSL2+ and Annex M, VDSL, and VDSL2. It is also suitable for cable modem, leased line and EFM connections using the Gigabit Ethernet WAN port.
On VDSL, the Vigor 2860ac supports the very latest services for speeds up to 80Mb per second, depending on line quality and length.
The router comes with a built-in 6-port Gigabit Ethernet switch that provides high-speed connectivity to server, PCs or another switch for scalability purpose. Comprehensive security features, including content filtering, web application controls and an object based firewall management system.
All the ports, buttons, and lights are located on the front of the router making it easier to identify what is working and what is not without the need of moving the device.
Broadband Failover Solution
The Vigor 2860ac built-in xDSL interface connects to either and ADSL or VDSL Line. A second ADSL or VDSL line can be added to the Gigabit Ethernet port via cable modem. These two lines can be set up in load balance mode to provide a single Internet connection from multiple ISPs. But they can also be set up in failover mode so the other xDSL kicks in if the primary xDSL line fails, or vice versa.
ADSL makes a particularly good method of failover for VDSL because they are delivered differently. While VDSL is provided and powered by a nearby cabinet, the ADSL comes all the way from the local exchange to the premises. If the cabinet is damaged, for example, the VDSL will fail. But because the ADSL connection is fed from a different source, the local exchange, it will kick in.
Another method of failover is to use the 3G/4G USB ports with a cellular service supported by USB adaptor to provide an alternative Internet connection.
Robust & Comprehensive Firewall
Security is crucial while connecting to the Internet. The Vigor 2860ac comes with a built-in firewall to protect your LAN from unauthorised access, including DoS (Denial of Service) attacks, IP-based attacks, and access by unauthorised remote systems. Wireless, Ethernet and VPN are also protected by various protection systems.
The 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 2860ac 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.
Router Ready for IPv6
IPv6 is the Internet’s next-generation protocol, designed to replace the current Internet Protocol, IP Version 4. IPv4 address space is depleted and IPv6 allows for much more efficient routing and a larger address space.
Your ISP may support IPv6, but if not, the Vigor 2860ac supports broker/tunnel services to provide IPv6 access using either TSPC or AICCU via third party IPv6 providers.
IPv6 on the Vigor 2860ac 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
- Concurrent Wireless 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz
- 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”)
Web Content Filtering
The content control features of the Vigor 2860ac 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 2860ac 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.
Reliable and High-Performance WiFi
The Vigor 2860ac feature 802.11n wireless LAN specification and has been certified by the WiFi alliance for cross compatibility and WiFi compliance (including WPA/WPA2 and WMM). The Vigor
2860ac models includes a hardware co-processor for WiFi to ensure best performance and encryption processing.
802.11n provides a total wireless bandwidth of up to 200Mb/s using new methods such as packet aggregation and channel bonding. Real-world throughput depends on your own environment (factors such as obstructions, number of hosts and distance all make a significant difference), but actual transfer speeds of over 100Mb/s are achievable (based on our real world tests). In addition, 802.11n provides greater coverage and resilience to interference compared to previous wireless standards thanks to the MIMO technology and the Vigor’s antennae diversity arrangement.
The standard Vigor 2860ac supports all 2.4Ghz band channels and simultaneous operation of the new 5Ghz band. The 5Ghz band is far less congested so if your PCs or other devices support the 5Ghz band, you can use that. As Vigor2860ac operates both bands at the same time, so your devices can use either. In the 5Ghz range it supports 3 x 433Mb/s streams giving up to 1300mb/s wifi throughput
The Vigor 2860ac provides several independent levels of security including encryption (up to WPA2), authentication (802.11x) and methods such as MAC address locking and DHCP fixing to restrict access to authorised users only. The Web interface lets you see how many and which clients are currently connected as well as their current bandwidth usage. An ‘instant’ block lets you disconnect a wireless user temporarily in case of query. The Wireless VLAN facility allows you to isolate wireless clients from each other or from the ‘wired’ LAN.
The Vigor 2860ac wireless versions also allow guest access with password protection so that visitors can use your WiFi access, but only with a password which you set for them. When the user connects to your wireless LAN, they are firstly presented with your login screen before any Internet access is permitted. This is in addition to any encryption system you have running.
The Multiple SSID features enables you to have up to four distinct or common virtual wireless access points. For example, you could have one for company usage, with access to your company LAN and another for public access which allows internet surfing only. Setting up wireless security is made easier thanks to the WPS feature (WiFi protected setup) whereby your client PC can get it’s security keys by pressing a button on the front of the router.
With the increasing popularity of wireless LANs, you will want to choose the least congested wireless channel (Nos. 1-13) for yours so the Vigor can scan and provide a list of all devices in the vicinity so that you can choose the best channel
Wireless LAN WDS Facility
Vigor 2860n-Plus support WDS (Wireless Distribution System) which enables you to use the wireless capability to bridge to another network, within wireless range. You need an additional compatible wireless router for this of course.
Important Note : Wireless performance (speed and range) always depends on your specific environment and will vary considerably. Factors affecting performance include wireless traffic, other networks nearby, site construction, walls, ceilings and other electronic equipment nearby. Speeds quoted are the maximum wireless capacity, including RX/TX capacity, protocol overheads and all clients/hosts connected.
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 2860ac allows you to set up up to 32 simultaneous VPN tunnels to remote offices or teleworkers. The Vigor 2860ac supports all industry standard protocols, including encryption and authentication methods. Teleworkers can authenticate directly with your LDAP server if preferred.
The Vigor 2860ac 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 2860ac 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 Vigor2860 can operate SSL VPNs in either Proxy or full tunnel mode and allows up to 10 simultaneous incoming users.
Source: Draytek UK.