DrayTek Vigor2952P Business Level Router with PoE ports – a Multi-Feature Solution for Small to Medium Sized Businesses
Many small to medium sized business nowadays require a comprehensive data network to efficiently run the business. The data network needs to be fast, secure, reliable and often requires functionality such as firewall, VPN, Wi-Fi, VLAN, etc. In addition, the data network may include Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices such as IP phones, Wi-Fi access points, IP cameras etc. To power these devices a PoE switch or PoE injector is required.
For businesses requiring a high speed multi-feature solution, the DrayTek Vigor2952P will be an ideal choice. The Vigor2952P is a high speed router that has 4 PoE ports and with a throughput of 600Mb/s. The PoE enabled Gigabit LAN ports have a combined power budget of 60 Watts. This is sufficient to power up to 4 PoE devices such as the business IP surveillance system and Wi-Fi access points or a small number of IP phones.
Other hardware features of the Vigor2952P are dual Gigabit WAN ports and a shared SFP slot that can be used to connect to optic fiber.The two USB ports can be used as a WAN interface to connect to the Internet via an attached 3G/4G USB modem or they can be used to connect to a shared USB printer or storage device.
Power over Ethernet Feature
Each of the 4 LAN ports conforms to the 802.3at PoE Standard providing up to 30 watts per port. Since the PoE power budget is 60 watts, we can connect two high powered devices such as PTZ IP cameras drawing 30 watts each or 4 lower powered devices such as Wi-Fi access points that draw a maximum of 15 watts each.
The screen shot below shows the PoE status screen on the Vigor2952P router with 3 PD access points attached. It provides the power used by each device as well as the current drawn.
An additional feature is the PoE device check. Here the router will ping each PD device and if the device fails to respond, it indicates that the device has hung. When the specified number of ping retries is reached, the router will power cycle the failed device to bring it online again.
Power over Ethernet Applications
The diagram below shows a typical application for a business consisting of 4 departments where an IP camera is required at each location.
In this scenario, a single Vigor2952P router is required. There is no need to install additional hardware to power the PD devices, hence reducing costs as well as complexity in the installation. The router meets all the networking requirements for the business including firewall protection, VLANs to separate the departments and VPN connectivity to allow up to 100 simultaneous connections to branch offices or remote employees.
Central AP Management and PoE
In another scenario, the business may have a number DrayTek access points such as the VigorAP902 installed in the premises to provide Wi-Fi connectivity for each department which may be spread over a wide area such as in a warehouse environment. Each of the access points can be powered from the Vigor2952P router, eliminating the need to install a power point at each location or install additional PoE equipment.
A useful feature for this scenario is the Central AP Management in the Vigor2952P router. In addition to providing power to the attached DrayTek access points, the router can also be used to centrally manage each access point from a central console. The screen shot below shows the Status page in the router. It displays the attached access points and provides links to log into them if required.
A number of other features in the AP management are listed below:
Multi-WAN Load Balancing & Failover Feature
Few modern businesses can operate without access to the Internet and have a router that can keep you up and running even if an ISP connection fails is very important. The Vigor2952P has two Ethernet WAN ports so that if one connection drops out you can instantly fall back onto another. Besides, one of the ports is usable as an SFP (optical) port to facilitate access at an enterprise level connectivity.
The USB port provides additional backup networking by operating with 3G and 4G dongles. You can then use load balancing to split data between connections or simply use connection one as failover in case of problems. To add even more reliability, the router can work in tandem with another in case one fails.
Vigor2952 Series for Branch Office Deployment
The VLAN feature in Vigor2952 series routers allows you to configure up 8 private LANS to separate various departments within an organisation. It also includes a DMZ LAN and an IP Routed Subnet as shown in the diagram below:
Router key features
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet/SFP combo WAN port
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
- Multi-WAN Load Balancing & Failover
- 4 x Gigabit PoE Ethernet LAN ports with 60,000 NAT sessions
- Complies with 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus
- Supports PoE power up to 30 watts for each port
- Total PoE power budget up to 60 watts
- 1 x USB port (USB3.0) support 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband access
- 100 x VPN and 50 x SSL-VPN tunnels with Central VPN Management, VPN Load Balance and Redundancy
- High Availability Mode
- Object-oriented Firewall with Content Security Management (CSM)
- IPv6 & IPv4
- Comprehensive QoS features
- Multi subnet WAN/LAN through 802.1Q
- 1 x USB port (USB2.0) support file sharing, external storage, network printer or thermometer
- Central AP Management (up to 30 Access Points)
- Central Switch Management (up to 10 Switches)
- Smart Monitor Traffic Analyzer (up to 100 nodes)
- Works with VigorACS SI management system
Full product specifications on the Vigor2952 series routers are available on our website at: