Draytek Vigor2830n Router (Single Band)
Draytek Vigor2830n Router (Single Band)
The DraytekVigor 2830n Router features 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 Vigor2830n and Vn models include a hardware co-processor for WiFi which can provide an increase of up to 40Mb/s for WiFi connections compared to our other models.
- ADSL/ADSL2+, 3G and Broadband Router all in one solution
- Triple-WAN ports for ADSL, cable modem and 3G (USB) which can be used simultaneously
- 802.11n Wireless (2.4Ghz)
- V3 Firewall with huge flexibility
- Four-Port Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switch
- Wireless Guest Portal
- Multiple Private LAN Subnets
- User Password Access Control
- Up to 50,000 simultaneous NAT sessions
- Up to 4 VLANs (Port or IP based)
- Content Filtering (by matched keyword or data type)
- Globalview Web Filtering (See 'Accessories Tab')
- Ethernet and WiFi Virtual LAN segmentation (common/distinct)
- Configurable QoS Features (For traffic prioritisation)
- VPN Dial-in/dial-out with VPN hardware co-processor
- USB Port for Printer, Logs or 3G USB Modem
802.11n provides a total wireless bandwidth of up to 300Mb/s using new methods such as packet aggregation and channel bonding. 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 triple-antennae diversity arrangement. This offset arrangement of aerials provides offset paths between hosts so that interference can be overcome.
The Vigor 2830 Series 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 Vigor2830 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.
If your laptop PC's built-in wireless doesn't support 802.11n wireless or the 5.8GhZ band and you want to take advantage of that, you can use the optional Vigor N62 USB adaptor. Click on 'accessories' for details.
For specialist or more demanding coverage applications, optional aerials can be used with the Vigor 2830 to potentially increase the range of wireless coverage (depending on enviroment) or provide directional coverage in order that your wireless transmission is focussed and concentrated into one direction only, for example into a room or across open space. 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 (see screenshot below).
Wireless LAN WDS Facility
Vigor 2830 'n' models 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. Here is a simple example:
With WDS bridging, both networks should be within the same logical IP subnet (IP address range). Once set up, all of the PCs on both sides of the link can access each other, across the wireless bridge. Local wireless devices such as a laptop can continue to use their local access point.
An additional mode, as shown above, called 'repeating', allows you to set up a third station. In the diagram below, the router at 'B' is set up in repeating mode, relaying traffic between LANs at A and C. Therefore, all three physical networks can communicate with each other over the wireless links.
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.