It’s hard to fault the Draytek VigorAP 1060C, and the combination of excellent performance and professional features makes it ideal for business use.
It’s easy for wireless access points to all look the same. White and angular, or on occasion rounded, and only standing out when they stop working. But as the 1060C sets out to prove, it’s what’s inside that counts. In this case, the DrayTek access point features relatively high end hardware, designed for businesses with a focus on multi-user wireless network performance.
The headline feature here is the Wi-Fi 6 AX3600 spec, giving a massive combined 3.6Gbps data rate across all bands. That’s 1200Mbps on 2.4GHz, and 2400Mbps on 5GHz – with the latter supporting 4×4 MU-MIMO for efﬁcient connection to many users at once. Importantly, it also has an extra third radio, which is dedicated to monitoring and analysing RF signals. This allows the 1060C to know exactly which bands are least congested, and also provide extra security by detecting rogue access points. To feed the wireless side, the VigorAP comes equipped with a 2.5Gbps LAN port, which of course also supports Power over Ethernet. The unit can also run from 12V 2.5A, though no PSU is included.
The 1060C can be operated as the typical mesh root/node, range extender, or wired access point, and supports up to 16 SSIDs and 256 users (split across both bands). You also get the latest Wi-Fi 6 goodies such as the OFDMA (Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access) to better handle multi-user scenarios, through to essentials like WPA3 security, a RADIUS server and MAC address ﬁltering.
A key strength with DrayTek networking gear is the pro-level remote management and simplified provisioning options. The 1060C can be deployed as a root AP managing up to 50 other nodes, or can be part of a larger DrayTek network, and be used with dedicated management software such as VigorACS 3.
Setup can be done via existing DrayTek hardware or software management, directly in the 1060C interface, or via the DrayTek app. Getting it up and running is fast and easy, and we had no issues integrating the access point into our existing DrayTek test hardware, or using it as the central node. We used the ceiling mount during testing, though it also comes with a wall mount, as well as an Ethernet cable and cable ties.
The exact performance will depend on your specific Wi-Fi devices and environment, but using a Wi-Fi 6 2×2 laptop, we hit peaks of 473Mbps standing right under the 1060C. At a five metre range that only dropped a little to 421Mbps, and at ten metres through multiple walls we managed a very impressive 36Mbps. Paired up with a 10Gbps NAS, the 1060C had no problem beaming out high data rates to multiple devices, without introducing any noticeable latency. Under sustained load the unit ran impressively cool – an important consideration in potentially hot, ceiling mounted environments.
All in all the 1060C provided excellent performance, straightforward setup and a great list of features. For business use, the DrayTek network management options are also fantastic.
- Dual Band 802.11ax (WiFi 6, AX3600) Ceiling-mount AP with 4 x 4 MU-MIMO
- 1 x 2.5G/1G/100M/10M Ethernet, RJ-45 (PoE-PD Support)
- 4 x Internal Dual Band PIFA Antennas
- Wi-Fi speeds up to 2400 Mbps for 5 GHz band and 1200 Mbps for 2.4 GHz band
- Built-in RADIUS server
- 8 x SSIDs for each Wi-Fi band with unique VLAN setting, Access Control, and Station Control
- Improve roaming experience by Fast Roaming & AP-assisted Roaming
- Features AirTime Fairness and Band Steering for better Wi-Fi user experience
- Band Steering
- Plug-n-Play Meshing
- Built-in RADIUS server for 802.1x authentication
- Operation Mode: AP / Mesh Root/ Mesh Node/ Range Extender
- Central AP Management supporting up to 50 Access Points Learn More
- Supports VigorACS 2 and VigorACS 3 Central Management Software for remote management
- Supports VigorConnect free software for local network management Learn more
- Manageable from Smartphone or Tablet using DrayTek Wireless App Learn more
- Ceiling-mount housing
- 2 years back to base warranty
High Performance 802.11ax (WiFi 6, AX3600) Wireless Access Point for High-density Environment
VigorAP 1060C is equipped with 4×4:4 MU-MIMO for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and support an aggregated maximum link rate of 3.6Gbps. With MU-MIMO and OFDMA, it is suitable for high density environment, and can be configured as a master AP to manage up to 50 nodes such as VigorAPs in a LAN. It can be cloud-managed by VigorACS, and has a 2.5GbE uplink port supporting PoE+ 802.3at.
Supports VigorACS and VigorConnect for configuration provisioning, clients statistics, firmware upgrade and configuration backup. This AP can also be managed from smartphones or tablets through a DrayTek Wireless App.
- Factory Reset Button
- LAN：2.5G/1G/100M/10M Base-T RJ-45 PoE-PD Support
- DC Power Input
- Security Lock
High Performance 802.11ax (WiFi 6) Wireless
New OFDMA Feature for 802.11ax (WiFi 6) wireless AP
Higher Transmission Efficiency with OFDMA
OFDMA has been used in LTE for many years, and is now available in 802.11ax for multi-user mode.
With legacy OFDM, each frame is transmitted across the entire channel width. When the transmission rate is low, this causes more latency and jitters and lower the overall efficiency.
OFDMA splits a single frame into groups of subcarriers, and each subcarrier can be sent simultaneously. With multiple access mode, it allows multiple users to transmit at the same time thus improving efficiency and enhancing user experiences in high density environments.
Third Radio for RF Analytics and Security
RF Analytics and Auto Channel
VigorAP 1060C has a dedicated third radio and can constantly monitor all channels for airtime availability and channel utilization. It presents 3 best quality channels for the administrator to select.
Wireless Security with WIDS
The AP constantly monitors the network for rouge AP. When an AP broadcasts an SSID that has been assigned, VigorAP 1060C will inform the network administrator.
Client Management with Captive Portal
Hotspot with External Captive Portal Server
Working as NAS (network access server), VigorAP 1060C supports the 802.1x standard. It can redirect new clients to the designated portal server to go through the hotspot login process and receive corresponding RADIUS attributes and perform bandwidth limit and time limit accordingly. This function is ideal for retail, restaurants, coffee shops, and hospitality to do WiFi marketing and learn more about their clients.
Mobile Device Management
Station List and Allow/Block List
The VigorAP records details of associated devices, including signal strength, airtime, link rate, data usage, etc. Network administrators can track clients’ connectivity and activities history on a panel. Allow/Block Lists can be created with MAC address or device type options to block suspicious activities.
Nearby Station Analytics
The VigorAP records signal strength against MAC addresses of both associated and non-associated devices nearby. This information helps network administrators to understand signal levels and network conditions for visitors, and to modify wireless network settings, such as access or client messages, for their business or organization.
AP-Assisted Roaming – built-in in all Vigor Access Points
Extend Transmission Range
When a Wi-Fi client moves out of its effective transmission range which is defined by the Basic Rate and/or Received Signal Strength threshold, the AP forces the
Wi-Fi client to pick up a nearby access point with stronger signals thereby extending the range.
Improve Data Rates
When the “Minimum RSSI with Adjacent AP” option is set, APs or routers on the same local subnet will exchange client information with each other and switch to the AP or router that has the strongest signal, ensuring that data rates can be as good as possible.
Better User Experience
Instead of ineffective transmission with low basic rates or RSSI, the better links provide better user experience while saving the airtime.
No Controller Required
Assisted Roaming is a built-in feature in all Vigor Access Points and a number of
Wi-Fi routers; it saves the need for an ad-hoc wireless controller and is an ideal solution for simple network deployments.
Root AP for AP Management
VigorAP 1060C is capable of working as a Root AP to manage up to 50 Node APs within the same LAN subnet.
First-Level Root AP
With mesh capability, this AP can work as a first-level root AP, and manage a number of wired APs in either AP mode, or in Mesh Root mode to synchronize with the mesh members. While this AP is ideal for small networks with up to 8 APs, it can also be deployed as part of a hybrid solution with AP management and mesh capability in a larger network.
Wired uplink can be implemented to ensure high network performance, instead of wireless uplink which may introduce delays and affect network performance.
With auto-detection mode, the Root AP detects new APs and configure these into the network seamlessly.
Node APs are presented with IP address, operating channels, SSIDs, number of clients, and firmware versions in the same page. If an AP is offline it will be easily identified.
Easily link to other VigorAP to expand the wireless network. Learn more
Assisted Wi-Fi Roaming
Solve the sticky client problem and improve Wi-Fi roaming experience. Learn more
Hotspot Web Portal
Market your business and communicate with the guests while offering hospitality WLAN. Learn more
PoE Power Supply
Simplify the infrastructure by getting data and power through a single cable.
Schedule Wi-Fi On and Off to control wireless access and save energy.
Mapping Wi-Fi clients to different VLANs and have a different set of security standards Learn how
Local RADIUS Server
The internal RADIUS server allows user authentication for the wireless devices with a user profile database.
Provide equal amount of air-time to all clients regardless of data rates, and prevent some clients from clogging up the network and to improve effective wireless speeds. Learn more
Redirect 5GHz-capable devices to the 5GHz radio to get a faster speed. Learn more
Central AP Management
Manage, maintain, and monitor VigorAP 1060C from the DrayTek routers. Learn more
Three Modes in One Vigor Access Point
VigorAP – based APM
Manage from DrayTek Wireless App
- Use the DrayTek Wireless app to quickly set up and monitor the Wi-Fi Mesh from your Smartphone or Tablet.
- Monitoring all Mesh nodes and get an overview of the topology
- Check all the Wi-Fi clients
- Change SSID Configuration for all the nodes
- Add TR-069 Settings to all the nodes
|This DrayTek wireless app is available from both Google Play Store and Apple App store:|
The throughput figures are maximum, based on DrayTek internal testing with optimal conditions. The actual performance may vary depending on the different network conditions and applications activated.