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Draytek Vigor 2860ac VDSL/ADSL Router/Firewall & 6 Port Gigabit Switch with 802.11ac Wireless LAN

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    Draytek Vigor 2860ac VDSL/ADSL Router/Firewall & 6 Port Gigabit Switch with 802.11ac Wireless LAN
    The Vigor 2860 series is DrayTek's new router/firewall which can support either ADSL or VDSL (BT Infinity™/FTTC). This makes the Vigor 2860 ideal for users with ADSL now who might upgrade to VDSL later. Alternative WAN ports can insead provide connectivity to Ethenet feeds, secondary xDSL modems or a 3G/4G cellular service using a supported USB adaptor. This latest router series includes support for professional features such as VLAN tagging, Gigabit Ethernet built-in WiFi ('n' models).
    • Supports VDSL2, ADSL, 3G/4G and Ethernet-based Broadband
    • BT SIN 498 MCT Approved - New!
    • 3-WAN Simultaneous : VDSL/ADSL, Ethernet and 3G/4G (USB)
    • Up to two 3G/4G/LTE USB modems can be used
    • Wireless Management of compatible DrayTek APs
    • IPv6 Ready - See below for feature support
    • Dual-band (2.4/5Ghz) simultaneous wireless (2860n-Plus & 2860ac)
    • Extended DFS frequency range in 5Ghz band 
    • DrayTek Firewall with huge flexibility
    • 6-Port Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switch
    • Temperature Monitoring (optional Thermometer)
    • Wireless Guest Portal
    • Multiple Private LAN Subnets
    • SMS (Text Message) Alert
    • VLANs (Port, 802.1q & Wireless) - Info
    • Includes SmartMonitor software
    • Content Filtering (by keyword, data type or category)
    • LDAP Integration for VPN and user access
    • QoS (Layer 2&3, 802.1p & TOS/DCSP)
    • Up to 32 VPN tunnels for LAN-to-LAN or teleworkers
    • VPN Trunk/Backup to remote sites
    • SSL VPN - Tunnel or Proxy (5 users)
    • USB Port for Printer, Logs or 3G Modem
    • Optional VigorCare Available

    Packed with professional-level features, the Vigor 2860 series 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 series supports the very latest services for speeds up to 80Mb/s (depending on line quality and length).

    Vigor 2860 front panel sockets

    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 Vigor2860'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 Vigor2860'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 coul 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).

    Vigor 2860 connectivity schematic

    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. Wireless, 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.

    IPv6 on the Vigor 2860 series provides the following features:

    • Operation on any one of the WAN ports (ADSL/VDSL, Ethernet or 3G)
    • Connectivity to direct native IPv6 ISPs
    • 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

    IPv6 support DrayTek Vigor 2860

    Web Content Filtering

    GlobalView Categories

    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.

    Vigor 2860 Load Balancing with two DSL lines via additional modem

    The Vigor 2860 can connect directly to an ADSL or VDSL line. WAN2 is a Gigabit Ethernet port and can connect to a secondary modem/connection, such as another DSL modem.

    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/4G/LTE cellular networks from UK providers such as Vodafone, O2, 3 and EE. If you don't have DSL at all, the USB/3G/4G access method can be used as your primary/only Internet connection, ideal for temporary locations, mobile applications or where broadband access is not available.  Alternatively, if you will be making more regular use of 3G/4G/LTE, consider the Vigor 2860Ln model with its built-in cellular modem & SIM slot.

    User Management/Authentication

    The Vigor 2860 has built-in user management which allows you to provide conditional internet access to different users based on their own unique login (stored in the router, or on an external Radius server).

    802.1q Tagged, Wireless & Port Based VLAN

    The Vigor 2860 features a hugely flexible VLAN system. Each of the six Gigabit LAN ports can be isolated from each other, for example to feed different companies or departments but keeping their local traffic completely separated.

    Rack Mounting Kit

    Vigor 2820 in RM1 Rack mounting bracket

    The RM1 Rackmount Bracket enables you to fit any Vigor2860 series router into a standard 19" rack or cabinet. The bracket takes up one rack slot (1U) and includes a cable retainer at the back to keep the power cord captive. The front mounted sockets of the router remain fully accessible. For wireless models, we then recommend extension aerials (or aerial extensions).

    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 Vigor2860 supports all industry standard protocols, including encryption and authentication methods. Teleworkers can authenticate directly with your LDAP server if preferred.

    The Vigor2860 supports VPN trunking; this allows you to create tunnels down muliple 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.

    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 Vigor2860 can operate SSL VPNs in either Proxy or full tunnel mode and allows up to 5 simultaneous incoming users. For SSL VPN tunnel mode Windows OS is supported.

    Dual-band Wireless

    The standard Vigor 2860n supports all 2.4Ghz band channels. The Vigor2860n-Plus and Vigor 2860ac models additionally supports 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. The Vigor2860n-Plus and Vigor 2860ac operate both bands at the same time, so your devices can use either. 

    Wireless Security

    The Vigor 2860 Series wireless models 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 Vigor2860 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.

    For specialist or more demanding coverage applications, optional aerials can be used with the Vigor 2860 to potentially increase the range of wireless coverage (depending on environment) 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).

    The Vigor2860n provides a local survey of other devices so that you can choose the least congested channel.
    Above : The Vigor2860n provides a local survey of other access points
    so that you can choose the least congested channel.

    • 802.11n Compliant
    • 802.11a (Vigor 2860n-Plus & 2860ac)
    • 802.11ac (Vigor 2860ac)
    • Hardware wireless co-processor for increased throughput
    • 'MIMO' Technology with two aerials (2T2R) for diversity
    • Packet Aggregation and Channel Bonding
    • Optional Higher Gain or directional aerials available
    • 200Mb/s Total Wireless bandwidth
    • Backward compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g Standards
    • Active Client list in Web Interface
    • Wireless LAN Isolation (from each other and/or wired LAN)
    • 64/128-bit WEP Encryption
    • WPA/WPA2 Encryption
    • WPS - WiFi Protected Setup for client security setup
    • Switchable Hidden SSID
    • Restricted access list for clients (by MAC address)
    • Time Scheduling (WLAN can be disabled at certain times of day)
    • Access Point Discovery
    • WDS (Wireless Distribution system) for Bridging and Repeating
    • 802.1x Radius Authentication
    • Wireless Rate-Control
    • Automatic Power Management
    • 802.11e WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia)


    Wireless LAN WDS Facility

    Vigor 2860 '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:

    DrayTek Vigor Wireless LAN WDS Bridiging

    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.

    Vigor 2860n WDS Repeater

    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.

    3G/4G Cellular Data Features

    There are two ways in which the Vigor 2860 Series can support cellular networks. On any of the series, the  USB port can host a compatible 3G/4G USB modem for access to the cellular network for full Internet Access.  The second way is to buy the Vigor 2860L model which has the 3G/4G/LTE built-in, providing a completely integrated ready-to-roll system - just add a SIM card.

    The 3G/4G connection can be used as your primary/only Internet access, or as backup to your main ADSL line connection. This facility is ideal for homes or offices which don't want to pay fixed line + broadband rental and also for temporary locations, or those to where fixed lines aren't available but for businesses, having 3G/4G as a failover to your main connectivity means that your business stays online when your broadband doesn't!.

    With the Vigor 2860 wireless models your local users can be connected wirelessly to the router, so instant free 'hotspots' can be deployed quickly and easily. Mains power is required for the router's PSU, but this could be from a mobile generator or equivalent so you need to plan for this.

    Please check here for the latest USB modem compatibility; the phone companies (Vodafone, EE, O2, 3 etc.) continuously introduce new models, so additional Modem Support is added continuously. If you have a new modem, not yet supported, please contact us as support for new models is frequently added. Also it is possible to obtain logs for our engineers to assess. Alternatively, with the Vigor2860Ln, you do not need an additional USB modem as the cellular connectivity is built-in.

    3G Modems for the DrayTek Vigor 2820 compatible with Vodafone, 3, EE, Virgin Mobile, Orange, T-Mobile and O2

    The Vigor 2860 and 3G/4G cellular modem setup is ideal for:

    • Backup to your primary Internet feed (ADSL, cable etc.)
    • Providing lower cost broadband than a fixed line solution
    • Areas without fixed line broadband access
    • Compatible with a wide range of 3G modems/phones
    • Temporary Locations
    • Mobile Homes
    • Locations on the move - coaches, trains
    • Fairgrounds & temporary exhibitions
    • Outdoor locations (the router and modem itself must be indoors!)
    • Disaster Planning & High Availability

    Vigor2820 with 3G Modem

    Note: DrayTek have no control over local network/provider operations, changes in network facilities/tariffs nor make any claim over specific network compatibility. Please assure yourself that the router will be compatible with your chosen cellular network and provider and that you have adequate signal coverage before committing to any contract term. Please also ensure that your chosen provider and the tariff allows access to all of your required applications (e.g. VPN, VoIP, Messaging etc.) as many packages exist, some blocking certain data types.

    Network Attached Storage (NAS)

    The Vigor 2860's USB port can also be used to add storage memory to the unit in the form of a USB memory key (as shown right) or for higher capacity a USB hard drive (normally requires its own power). The Vigor 2860 then provides FTP access file uploading/downloading which can be from the local LAN or from anywhere on the Internet - ideal for a simple to deploy file depository. Access can be 'public' or using usernames and passwords, each of which can have their own directories and/or file access rights. As well as FTP, file sharing is available as a Windows 'network drive'. You can also use Windows Explorer to view and access the contents of the USB drive.

    If you do have a USB memory key connected, you can also have the router save it's system logs (syslog) to that memory instead of to a connecting computer; useful for technical personnel (SysAdmins).

    USB FTP Server

    The NAS facility uses any FAT32 formatted device (includes USB memory sticks, USB hard drives etc.) and supports a transfer rate of 12Mb/s so ideal for occasional or remote storage.  For larger hard drives, you may need a separate power supply or powered USB hub.

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