Choosing Your DrayTek Router
I thought I might provide you guys with a little overview on how to choose your DrayTek router. Our range is comprehensive with something there for everyone but sometimes it can be a bit daunting deciding which router is the best for what you need.
For starters, here are some key features you should consider in your selection. You will need to have a think about what sort of network you wish to build and what sort of measures you need to keep it protected. So,
- ADSL or Broadband?
- 3G Mobile Broadband support
- Wireless LAN
- VPN/SSL VPN – if so, how many tunnels?
- Bandwidth management ie. Load-balancing or backup
- QoS (a must-have for you gamers)
- CSM (Content Security Management)
DrayTek has several different types of routers on offer:
- ADSL Routers – built-in ADSL interface and support for ADSL 2+
- Broadband Routers – single Ethernet WAN interface
- Dual WAN Routers – 2 Ethernet WAN ports
- Dual WAN SSL VPN Routers – 2 Ethernet WAN ports with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) VPN for web-based remote connections
- Multi-WAN Security Routers – 4 Ethernet WAN ports
- Mobile Broadband Router – 802.11n wireless standard with single WAN Ethernet port
- G.SHDSL Security Router – solution for Symmetrical DSL
- Unified Threat Management Security – Dual WAN with complete anti-virus, anti intrusion, anti SPAM security
- IPPBX Solutions – VPN router with IPPBX capabilities
Depending on the size of your network, your requirements might be more on the simpler side, in which case you’d be better off with a more basic model rather than going all out on a high-tech monster of a router with functionalities you won’t ever use. To help you determine which router best suits your requirements, check out our Product Feature Matrix. It has been designed to make it easier for you to see and compare the features across our entire range of routers.
As a general guide, the model names will denote which series the router is a part of, and whether it has wireless (represented by the letter ‘n’) and/or VoIP (represented by the letter ‘V’) capabilities. For example, Vigor2710n is a part of the Vigor2710 ADSL2+ router series and has wireless ‘n’, but no VoIP.
If you want to see what some of our routers are capable of and how user-friendly they are, check out our handy live web demos which will give you an inside view of the web configuration menus. We also have plenty of independent product reviews and awards, as you may well know, which can give you a good indication of what people think of our routers.
If you still need help with your decision, contact one of helpful resellers to discuss your requirements. Good Luck and Happy Routing!