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New Firmware and Application Notes for DrayTek Products (16 July 2019)

 


Latest Video


Overview of DrayTek Vigor2862 Series Routersion

DrayTek Vigor2862 Series routers are multi-WAN VDSL2/ADSL2+ Security Firewall routers which in addition to the DSL port also has a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and two USB ports which can be used for WAN load balancing or failover, Vigor2862 Series routers feature comprehensive firewall and content security management (CSM) to secure the local network. It can also be a central management portal for Vigor APs and Vigor Switches, providing Network Administrator a simpler way to maintain all the network devices. This video gives an overview of the Vigor2862 series routers, describing and comparing the features in each model.


How to install DrayTek VigorACS 2 on Microsoft Azure Cloud Serverion

This video shows you how to install Vigor ACS2 in Linux CentOS 7.6 operating system using Azure Cloud as the infrastructure server. The steps involve creating a virtual Machine in the Azzure cloud and then installing VigorACS 2 into the Virtual Machine.


Latest Firmware


Vigor2620 LTE V3.8.12

New Features

  • Add Diagnostics>>Syslog Explorer.
  • Support LTE WAN bridge function for DHCP client.

Click here to download the firmware.


VigorLTE 200n V3.8.12

New Features

  • Add Diagnostics>>Syslog Explorer.
  • Support LTE WAN bridge function for DHCP client.

Click here to download the firmware.


VigorSwitch G1280 / VigorSwitch P1280/ VigorSwitch G2280 / VigorSwitch P2280/ VigorSwitch G2500/ VigorSwitch P2500/ VigorSwitch P2121: V2.4.3

New Features

  • Add the discover/maintenance mechanism to manage ONVIF-supported IP Cameras.
  • Support OpenVPN Client with certificate-based authentication.
  • Notify IP conflict by a mail alert.

Improvements

  • Add a telnet command to display interface link status.
  • Modify the IP conflict mechanism.
  • Guard against the accidental deletion of environment variables (e.g., MAC address, model name) in the system due to improper operation.

Click here to download the firmware.


Latest Utility 


Smart VPN Client (Windows) V5.0.2

Improvement

  • Fixed: Unable to launch Smart VPN Client after Windows 10 version 1809.

Click here to download the software.

Free Webinar, New Firmware and Application Notes for DrayTek Products (01 July 2019)


Free Webinar


Topic: DrayTek VPN Solutions (Part 2) – LAN to LAN VPN Tunnels

Date: Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (AEST)

You are invited to attend our next webinar:  DrayTek VPN Solutions (Part 2) – LAN to LAN VPN Tunnels.

This is the second part of our 4-part webinar series: VPN solutions in DrayTek routers. In this webinar we start with an overview of LAN to LAN VPN tunnels then look at the configuration options in DrayTek routers as well as a configuration example.

There will be time to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

To find out more, please join us for this interesting webinar.

 


Latest Application Notes


Central Management

The comparison table of each User Role on VigorACS 2

This application note provides a comparison table showing the privilege levels for each user role within VigorACS 2.

Click here to read the application note.


Construction of the NETWORK and CPE MENU on VigorACS 2

In VigorACS 2, there are two CPE menus: NETWORK MENU and DEVICE MENU.

This application note shows the differences between these two menus and how to select these menus.

Click here to read the application note.


System Maintenance & Monitor

How to register my Vigor router?

This application mote shows the steps required to how to register the router to MyVigor.

Registration is required to runs services such as WCF, DDNS, and APPE.

Click here to read the application note.


LAN Applications

How to assign an IPv6 address to LAN clients?

This application note shows how to set up DHCP in the Vigor Router for the LAN clients to obtain an IPv6 address.

Click here to read the application note.


VPN

How to export the Smart VPN profile to other computers

This application note shows how to export your Smart VPN client profile to another computer.

Click here to read the application note.


How to do port redirection to a host on the remote network?

This document shows a method to access services on a remote router when it is not possible over a direct WAN connection such as a LTE connection. The method is to use Port Redirection over a VPN tunnel from a router with a LAN to LAN VPN tunnel to the remote router.

Click here to read the application note.


Latest Firmware


Vigor2925 V3.8.9.5

Improvement

  • Add control of which LAN / Source IP can be used for TR-069 management.
  • Add LTE’s SMS option as SMS provider for other feature (such as Hotspot). .
  •  Fixed: Unable to update OpenDNS successfully.
  • Fixed: Country IP database was not up to date.
  • Fixed: Web portal Google authentication failed to work.
  • Fixed: Enabled brute force protection for TR-069 caused VigorACS unable to read CPE.
  • Fixed: Windows10 Client was unable to create an IKEv2 EAP VPN connection while the router used the Self-Signed CA.

Click here to download the firmware.


DrayTek Wireless (iOS) V1.0.5

This app for Apple iOS devices allows you to easily setup and manage the Mesh Wireless network.

Click here to download the software.


Latest Live Demo


Latest additions to DrayTek live demo are:

  •   VigorSwitch G1280 V2.4.3
  •   VigorSwitch P1280 V2.4.3
  •   VigorSwitch G2280 V2.4.3
  •   VigorSwitch P2280 V2.4.3
  •   VigorSwitch G2500 V2.4.3
  •   VigorSwitch P2500 V2.4.3
  •   VigorSwitch P2121 V2.4.3

Click here to go to the DrayTek Live demo page to run the live demo for each of these models.

Thank you for attending the DrayTek Workshop in Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you for participating in the DrayTek Workshop in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th and 13th June 2019

We’d like to extend a big THANKYOU to New Zealand resellers who attended a DrayTek workshop in Novotel Auckland Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand on 12th and 13th June 2019, in which the following topics were covered:

Wednesday, 12th June 2019 = Modules 1

  1. WAN Connectivity Options
  2. Multi-WAN Functions: Load Balance and Failover
  3. High Availability
  4. VLAN and its Applications

Thursday, 13th June 2019 = Modules 2

  1. Routing in DrayTek Routers, Load Balance/Routing Policy
  2. VigorACS 2 – Advanced Centralized Management System for Network Administrators

We know that the time and effort required to attend the workshop mean that you are dragged away from your work and no income could come for this time. However, we believe that the topics that were covered in these 2 days will help your work and business in the near and longer future.

We enjoyed meeting each of you and will conduct more workshops in New Zealand in the future.


New Firmware and Application Notes for DrayTek Products (19 June 2019)

 


Latest Video


DrayTek VigorACS 2 Google Cloud Installation

This video shows how to install VigorACS 2 in Linux Centos 7 operating system using Google Cloud as the infrastructure server.

The process involves setting up a Google Cloud account and creating a virtual machine running Linux CentOS 7.6. VigorACS 2 is then installed and configured.


Latest Firmware


Vigor2620 LTE V3.8.12

New Features

  • Add Diagnostics>>Syslog Explorer.
  • Support LTE WAN bridge function for DHCP client.

Click here to download the firmware.


VigorLTE 200n V3.8.12

New Features

  • Add Diagnostics>>Syslog Explorer.
  • Support LTE WAN bridge function for DHCP client.

Click here to download the firmware.


VigorSwitch G1280 / VigorSwitch P1280/ VigorSwitch G2280 / VigorSwitch P2280/ VigorSwitch G2500/ VigorSwitch P2500/ VigorSwitch P2121: V2.4.3

New Features

  • Add the discover/maintenance mechanism to manage ONVIF-supported IP Cameras.
  • Support OpenVPN Client with certificate-based authentication.
  • Notify IP conflict by a mail alert.

Improvements

  • Add a telnet command to display interface link status.
  • Modify the IP conflict mechanism.
  • Guard against the accidental deletion of environment variables (e.g., MAC address, model name) in the system due to improper operation.

Click here to download the firmware.


Latest Utility 


Smart VPN Client (Windows) V5.0.2

Improvement

  • Fixed: Unable to launch Smart VPN Client after Windows 10 version 1809.

Click here to download the software.

DrayTek Vigor2762Vac review published on techradar.com

The DrayTek Vigor2762Vac is a modem-router designed for high-end home users or those running a small business. It’s fiber-internet ready, but can also handle VDSL and ADSL connections. While it doesn’t go overboard on features, it does have fairly in-depth network management, remote access, security and internet redundancy options. The Vigor2762 series is available in four different models, with different Wi-Fi and VoIP functionality to fit your particular usage and budget.

For those who just need a modem or router to manage a wider network, the Vigor2762 has no Wi-Fi at all. The Vigor2762n has 802.11n spec Wi-Fi, while the Vigor2762ac has 802.11ac spec Wi-Fi. The top spec Vigor2762Vac we have in the lab for testing has VoIP, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

VoIP is a great option for businesses who need to make a lot of calls, and the AC Wi-Fi gives plenty of bandwidth for either a home or small office setup. But for those who only need basic Wi-Fi, or have a separate wireless access point, the trimmed down models are a great way to save a little money.

Round the back, the Vigor2762Vac has a wealth of connectivity, including a built in ADSL/VDSL modem. Image credit: TechRadar


Design & specifications

As mentioned, aside from the differently specced (or lack of) Wi-Fi and no VoIP, the Vigor2762 series routers are identical, so most of this review is applicable to all models.

The 2762Vac is a modem-router, so it can hook up to a VDSL2 or ADSL2+ connection and provide internet. One of the LAN ports is reconfigurable as a WAN port, so the it’s also FTTP fiber ready. (For anyone living in New Zealand, it also works with Ultra-Fast Broadband.)

The router has four Gigabit LAN ports, and on the Vigor2762Vac, the Wi-Fi is 802.11ac and uses dual antennas to achieve up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band and 300Mbps on 2.4GHz. There’s also a WPS button, which can also be used to turn the Wi-Fi on and off if necessary.

The modem-router also has dual USB ports on the rear. They support adding external storage, driving a printer or connecting a 3G/4G modem. The USB ports are mounted one above the other and fairly close, which can block access with larger 4G modems or USB drives. The 2762Vac we tested also supports VoIP through two FXS ports on the rear – but more on that functionality available later on.

Physically the router is quite compact, and the sleek white shell means it blends in rather than stands out. Unlike routers focused exclusively on business use, the Vigor2762 has all the ports on the rear. This makes it neater in a home or small office environment, but makes it slightly harder if you’ll be plugging cables in and out frequently.

The 2762Vac’s web interface is very functional, with loads of in depth configuration and management options. Image credit: TechRadar


Setup & web interface

While the 2762Vac is at the prosumer level, the small-business focused features leave the interface a little denser than most home modem-routers. Fortunately DrayTek has been working on making it more user friendly, and offers both a quick start guide and a longer users guide to ease the learning curve.

Handily, DrayTek has online demos for its routers, which makes it really easy to try before you buy, or just experiment with the different options consequence free. You can check out the Vigor2762 series demo at http://eu.draytek.com:12762/.

Out of the box, the router needs the antennas connected, power plugged in, and to be connected to a local network, WAN or DSL connection. The actual setup and configuration is done via the usual web browser interface. Like most modems and routers these days, the 2762Vac has a bunch of wizards to walk you through the basics – though many of the more in-depth options will require some extra knowledge.

Fortunately DrayTek has a large number of articles that are aimed at bridging any knowledge gaps, which are all freely available on the company’s website support pages. You can search the pages for a particular issue as well, and everything from the basics through to complex features is covered. At the time of writing, the support pages had not be updated for specific guides about the 2762 series, but there was still a lot of relevant knowledge available.

There are even further support options via a local phone hotline, online helpdesk or email available if you become truly stuck.


Software features

While the 2762Vac is no slouch when it comes to hardware specs, the detailed configuration options are what really makes the router stand out from your typical home models. It’s well-equipped to handle small business networks, with plenty of scope to manage further networking hardware for a future expansion. It also has great remote access, redundancy and security features that will suit many home users.


VoIP

The 2762Vac includes two RJ-11 telephone ports for VoIP setups. This means you can simply plug in up to two existing analogue telephones, configure the router, and use them to make and receive VoIP calls. The 2762 supports SIP and RTP/RTCP protocols, and has all the usual VoIP call services, such as calls hold, forwarding, call barring and more.

If you haven’t set up VoIP before, you’ll likely need to go over the user guide a few times to get started, but it’s fairly straightforward. While the 2762Vac with VoIP does cost a fair bit extra, it’s a great option for a small business who wants to easily set up a professional phone system.

The top-spec 2762Vac model includes two RJ-11 ports for connecting analog phones to a VoIP setup. Image credit: TechRadar


VPN connections

The Vigor2762 offers the ability to create two secure VPN tunnels into the local network. This is a handy option if you have workers or suppliers who need to remotely connect to your network. The router handles SSL VPNs, with hardware based encryption.

DrayTek also provides a free, easy-to-use Smart VPN client for use with Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. Still, for those who need remote access, two VPN tunnels is somewhat basic compared to higher-end Vigor routers, which offer up to 32.

DrayTek provides a free Smart VPN client that makes remote logins easy, using Windows, MacOS, Android or iOS. Image Credit: TechRadar


Internet management & redundancy

The Vigor2762Vac offers three ways to connect to the internet – DSL, WAN or a USB cellular modem. What makes this much more useful is the software that allows you to set up internet connectivity redundancy. For example, your business or home could have a fiber connection. Using a 4G/LTE modem and SIM card, you could have the router configured to automatically switch over if the main connection went down. It’s also possible to have it kick in if more bandwidth is needed, or to share the load.

All the Vigor2762 models also have a built-in hotspot portal, which helps make it easy to share internet access via Wi-Fi, but have a page where guest users have to log in, or are restricted in what they can access. While most businesses that would want to share internet with guests would likely target a higher-end router, it’s a handy feature to have for a small company that may expand in the future.


Wi-Fi access & control

While we’d have liked to see faster Wi-Fi throughput, the 2762Vac (and 2762ac) have a bunch of business-focused features for wireless management. Once again, those needing robust Wi-Fi would likely use separate access points, or a higher-spec router, but it’s great to have options even at this level.

Three key features are AirTime Fairness, Router Assisted Roaming and Band-steering – all aimed at improving overall Wi-Fi usability for a number of users. Airtime Fairness helps make sure slow devices connected on the Wi-Fi don’t use resources at the expense of faster devices. Router Assisted Roaming helps devices connect to the wireless access point with the best signal, to avoid using extra network resources transmitting from another access point with weak signal. Band Steering simply encourages users with dual-band devices to connect to the faster 5GHz Wi-Fi network, to avoid overloading the slower 2.4GHz network.

The Wi-Fi-equipped 2762 routers can also be operated as a Bridge or Repeater. While most users are not going to use their expensive modem-router as an access point, it means that if you upgrade to a new modem or router in the future, the 2762 can still be put to work to increase your wireless capabilities.


Firewall & security

Importantly for both business and home use, the Vigor2762 includes a robust firewall. It’s full-featured enough that some extra reading of the user guide (which has 50 pages on the firewall) is needed before you delve too deep, as there’s no setup wizard.

The firewall supports stateful packet inspection (SPI), and has a whole range of filtering options. You can also filter traffic from specific IPs, as well as defend against denial of service and spoofing attacks. In other words, it can handle common threats, and easily stop access to unwanted websites.

For extra web filtering, the 2762 comes with a free trial of Cyren’s web filtering service, which helps restrict access by category, rather than URL or IP. While this does provide a more user-friendly interface, it is an extra ongoing cost that will vary depending on what particular Cyren service you want.


Network management

Importantly for a business or high-end home use, the 2762 series can be used to manage a wider network. Through the Central Management option using the web interface, the 2762 can handle two additional Vigor access points. For a small business, this means Wi-Fi access in other areas can be all controlled from the one spot.

It would have been nice to see support for more than two access points, but most businesses with a focus on W-Fi would opt for a higher-end wireless router anyway. For more detailed network control for a growing business, up to eight virtual LANs can also be created. The 2762 also allows management of bandwidth allocation, so priority traffic such as VoIP calls can have their needs put first.

Through the web interface, the Vigor2762 can be used to manage two Vigor wireless access points, as well as other Vigor devices. Image credit: TechRadar


Performance & testing

We tested the Vigor2762Vac’s wireless using a Netgear A6200 USB Wi-Fi dongle, rated for 867Mbps on the 5GHz band. As always, keep in mind that the ultimate wireless speeds you’re able to achieve will depend on the device and antennas used.

We managed a typical but not outstanding throughput of 489Mbps at a distance of 1 metre. At 10 metres, that speed dropped off to 268Mbps. That’s a pretty standard result, as the Vigor2762Vac isn’t equipped for maximum throughput. Instead, it’s designed for decent local coverage, with the ability to control external wireless access points if extra range or bandwidth is needed.

Using the DrayTek Smart VPN client on Windows 10 and Android, we had no problem creating a VPN link to a home network, and this likewise had no stability issues. VoIP also performed admirably, and while call quality is going to be more affected by the phone system you connect, we found it excellent.

In general the Vigor2762Vac testing experience went smoothly, and the unit performed as expected. The web interface can be a little dense at first, but the 2762 series user and quickstart guides help make getting up and running easier. Having an online demo and further support options is also great for when you get stuck.


Final verdict

The Vigor2762 series faces stiff competition from other higher-end DrayTek routers, but this is still a fairly compelling purchase for the prosumer niche it is aimed at. It makes a few sacrifices to keep costs down, and VoIP users will need to buy the most expensive model even if they don’t need built in Wi-Fi. We also would have liked to see support for more than two VPN tunnels or controlling more than two Vigor Wi-Fi access points.

Still, it has plenty of juicy network management functionality, and the ability to provide internet redundancy if you plug in a USB 4G dongle. For home or small business use, the 2762 also makes it easy to add extra functionality later, or incorporate the router into your network elsewhere. Potential purchasers should look carefully at the full range of DrayTek products, as there are quite a number serving specific niches with different features included or omitted.

Overall though, if your home or business network needs the functionality offered by the Vigor2762Vac series, it delivers it all admirably.

 


Products


Vigor2762Vac

VDSL2/ADSL2+ & Gigabit Ethernet WAN router with SPI Firewall,

2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels, 802.11ac (AC1200) Wi-Fi and VoIP

  • NBN (National Broadband Network – Australia) Ready
  • UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband – New Zealand) Ready
  • 1 x VDSL2/ADSL2+ WAN port
  • 1 x selectable Gigabit WAN/LAN port
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with 50,000 NAT sessions
  • 2 x USB ports for 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband access, USB printer and storage
  • VDSL2 vectoring
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Object-based SPI Firewall, CSM (Content Security Management) and QoS for network security
  • 2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels
  • Integrated IEEE 802.11ac (AC1200) wireless Access Point
  • SIP VoIP (2 x FXS ports)
  • Works with VigorACS 2 (Central Management System)
  • 2 years back to base warranty


Vigor2762ac

VDSL2/ADSL2+ & Gigabit Ethernet WAN router with SPI Firewall,

2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels and 802.11ac (AC1200) Wi-Fi

  • NBN (National Broadband Network – Australia) Ready
  • UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband – New Zealand) Ready
  • 1 x VDSL2/ADSL2+ WAN port
  • 1 x selectable Gigabit WAN/LAN port
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with 50,000 NAT sessions
  • 2 x USB ports for 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband access, USB printer and storage
  • VDSL2 vectoring
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Object-based SPI Firewall, CSM (Content Security Management) and QoS for network security
  • 2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels
  • Integrated IEEE 802.11ac (AC1200) wireless Access Point
  • Works with VigorACS 2 (Central Management System)
  • 2 years back to base warranty


Vigor2762n

VDSL2/ADSL2+ & Gigabit Ethernet WAN router with SPI Firewall,

2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels and 802.11n Wi-Fi

  • NBN (National Broadband Network – Australia) Ready
  • UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband – New Zealand) Ready
  • 1 x VDSL2/ADSL2+ WAN port
  • 1 x selectable Gigabit WAN/LAN port
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with 50,000 NAT sessions
  • 2 x USB ports for 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband access, USB printer and storage
  • VDSL2 vectoring
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Object-based SPI Firewall, CSM (Content Security Management) and QoS for network security
  • 2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels
  • Integrated IEEE 802.11n wireless Access Point
  • Works with VigorACS 2 (Central Management System)
  • 2 years back to base warranty


Vigor2762

VDSL2/ADSL2+ & Gigabit Ethernet WAN router with SPI Firewall,

2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels

  • NBN (National Broadband Network – Australia) Ready
  • UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband – New Zealand) Ready
  • 1 x VDSL2/ADSL2+ WAN port
  • 1 x selectable Gigabit WAN/LAN port
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with 50,000 NAT sessions
  • 2 x USB ports for 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband access, USB printer and storage
  • VDSL2 vectoring
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Object-based SPI Firewall, CSM (Content Security Management) and QoS for network security
  • 2 x VPN tunnels including 2 x SSL-VPN tunnels
  • Works with VigorACS 2 (Central Management System)
  • 2 years back to base warranty