“While not the cheapest router, the DrayTek Vigor2865Lac provides flexible yet high-performance connectivity options for modern business needs.”

The DrayTek Vigor2865 router series has a large number of models, which includes an option with inbuilt 4G connectivity. The LTE equipped routers come in two otherwise identical versions, with and without Wi-Fi. The router also includes an ADSL2+ / VDSL modem, which supports 35B Supervectoring for higher connection speeds. The Vigor2865Lac (as tested) has five fixed gigabit LAN ports, one LAN/WAN connection, USB 2.0, and also adds in 802.11ac WiF-Fi, providing 400Mbps on 2.4GHz, and 86Mbps on the 5GHz band.

The 2865L series makes it easy for businesses to utilise a high speed internet connection away from the office, or provide multiple connection options for performance and redundancy. It also gives an option for easy to use SMS marketing via VigorSMS. The LTE modem uses dual antennas (with 1m cables, and magnetic bases), and is rated for cat 6 4G, with downloads of up to 300Mbps and uploads of 50Mbps. The 2865L supports the normal frequency bands needed for use in Australia across all providers. The LTE connection can be configured in a variety of ways, including acting as a backup, or kicking in when extra bandwidth is needed. You can run dual sim cards from different providers, to provide a failover to a completely different 4G network.

The Vigor2865 series includes hardware acceleration and has a robust firewall and security options. It provides a fairly impressive 800Mbps of NAT throughput (and up to 1.3Gbps with hardware acceleration in certain configurations) as well as 300 Mbps of IPSec VPN (and 130Mbps of SSL-VPN) throughput. You also get 60k NAT sessions, which is suitable for large networks with 50+ devices. The router also supports 32 VPN tunnels, and 16 SSL-VPN, plus 16 VLANs and eight LAN Subnets.

During testing, we found the Draytek web console dense but quite straightforward to use. There is also a large amount of support and knowledge base information available online. We tested the Wi-Fi version of the 2865L series, and found coverage and performance fairly good. The 2865Lac managed 657Mbps up close, and 302 Mbps at 10m range. Keep in mind that typically the Vigor2865 would be paired up with wireless access points, which will provide longer range and better throughput. During LTE testing, the 2865Lac was easily able to achieve higher speeds than other LTE devices on the same network.

The 2865 series is designed to be able to control a larger Draytek network – either directly via the Vigor2865 web interface, or a software management solution called VigorACS. This TR-069 compliant application provides a central interface to manage compatible Draytek hardware, such as access points, routers and switches, and is a must-have feature for larger businesses.

All in all, the 2865L series is a versatile yet powerful business router for those who need LTE connectivity, while the rest of the 2865 lineup does a great job catering for more specific needs.

 

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Products


Vigor2865Lac

Multi-WAN router with a Cat.6 4G LTE modem & 2 x SIM card slots, 1 x VDSL2 35b/ADSL2+ modem, 1 x configurable GbE WAN/LAN port, 5 x GbE LAN ports, SPI Firewall, 802.11ac, and 32 x VPN tunnels including 16 x SSL-VPN tunnels

  • Cat.6 LTE modem with dual SIM slots (SIM slot 2 for Failover) for FDD & TDD 4G LTE WAN
  • Support 4G LTE bands: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28/B32/B38/B40; great coverage in Australia and New Zealand Cat.6 LTE with 300Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds
  • Multi-WAN with 1 x VDSL2 35b or ADSL2/2+ WAN port, 1 x configurable GbE WAN/LAN port, 1 x USB port , 2 x 4G LTE SIM slots, and 2 x Wi-Fi WANs (Lac model)
  • 1 x XDSL port and 1 x configurable GbE WAN/LAN port for Failover, Load Balancing and High Availability mode
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port for connection of 3G/4G LTE USB modems, FTP server, network printer and thermometer
  • 5 x Gigabit LAN ports with multiple subnets and 60,000 NAT sessions
  • 32 x VPN tunnels (including 16 x OpenVPN/ SSL-VPN tunnels) with most security protocols
  • Fast VPN throughput, VPN load-balancing and backup for site-to-site applications
  • 16 x VLANs for secure and efficient workgroup management
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Up to 1022 IP addresses and 8 IP subnets
  • Integrated IEEE 802.11ac (AC1300) wireless Access Point; dual band; up to 867Mbps throughput (ac model)
  • High Availability mode
  • Object-based SPI Firewall and CSM (Content Security Management) for network security
  • Supports VigorACS 2 and VigorACS 3 Central Management Software for remote management
  • SD WAN capability when used with VigorACS 3
  • Central VPN Management for 8 remote Vigor routers Learn more
  • Central AP Management for deployment of 20 VigorAP’s Learn more
  • Central Switch Management for 10 VigorSwitches Learn more
  • 2 years back to base warranty

Vigor2865L

Multi-WAN router with a Cat.6 4G LTE modem & 2 x SIM card slots, 1 x VDSL2 35b/ADSL2+ modem, 1 x configurable GbE WAN/LAN port, 5 x GbE LAN ports,SPI Firewall, and 32 x VPN tunnels including 16 x SSL-VPN tunnels

  • Cat.6 LTE modem with dual SIM slots (SIM slot 2 for Failover) for FDD & TDD 4G LTE WAN
  • Support 4G LTE bands: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28/B32/B38/B40; great coverage in Australia and New Zealand Cat.6 LTE with 300Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds
  • Multi-WAN with 1 x VDSL2 35b or ADSL2/2+ WAN port, 1 x configurable GbE WAN/LAN port, 1 x USB port , 2 x 4G LTE SIM slots, and 2 x Wi-Fi WANs (Lac model)
  • 1 x XDSL port and 1 x configurable GbE WAN/LAN port for Failover, Load Balancing and High Availability mode
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port for connection of 3G/4G LTE USB modems, FTP server, network printer and thermometer
  • 5 x Gigabit LAN ports with multiple subnets and 60,000 NAT sessions
  • 32 x VPN tunnels (including 16 x OpenVPN/ SSL-VPN tunnels) with most security protocols
  • Fast VPN throughput, VPN load-balancing and backup for site-to-site applications
  • 16 x VLANs for secure and efficient workgroup management
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Up to 1022 IP addresses and 8 IP subnets
  • High Availability mode
  • Object-based SPI Firewall and CSM (Content Security Management) for network security
  • Supports VigorACS 2 and VigorACS 3 Central Management Software for remote management
  • SD WAN capability when used with VigorACS 3
  • Central VPN Management for 8 remote Vigor routers Learn more
  • Central AP Management for deployment of 20 VigorAP’s Learn more
  • Central Switch Management for 10 VigorSwitches Learn more
  • 2 years back to base warranty

Deployment Examples


4G LTE Router Applications

DrayTek 4G LTE routers, including the Vigor2865 LTE series and Vigor2927 LTE series, have all the features you need for a network in a small to medium size business. Each of these routers has an integrated LTE modem and accepts one or two SIM cards from any of the major broadband service providers in Australia (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, etc.), as well as those in New Zealand (Spark, 2Degrees and Vodafone). Speeds up to 300Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream are supported. What’s more, each of the wireless models, Vigor2865Lac and Vigor2927Lac, has a built-in 802.11ac wireless access point.

With the 4G LTE internet access and strong network features, the DrayTek 4G LTE routers support a wide range of application scenarios besides indoor offices, including internet access for mobile and PC devices on public transport, outdoor events and mobile offices.

Provision of Internet services for tourist bus or coach passengers

One ideal application of either the Vigor2865Lac or Vigor2927Lac routers is to provide internet access for passengers on public transport such as tourist bus or coach. For the transport company to provide free Wi-Fi access for its passengers, the wireless router can be placed in a suitable location on the bus to provide good Wi-Fi coverage throughout the bus. On larger busses or double decked busses, you can install a Wi-Fi access point such as the VigorAP 903 to extend the Wi-Fi coverage.

The passengers can be given unrestricted access to the internet, or the User Management feature in the router can be used to issue usernames and passwords for the passengers to prevent unauthorised users outside the bus from getting free internet access. In addition, users can be directed to the company web portal for information on the services. Other security measures that can be implemented are the use of the firewall and Content Security Management (CSM) to protect the users from undesirable website contents (eg. for under aged passengers).

Provision of Internet services for outdoor events

A range of leisure and social activities such as sports events, weekend markets or special functions, require short term internet access. At most such outdoor locations, there is no fixed cabling to provide ADSL, VDSL or NBN services, and the only way to provide internet access is to use wireless broadband. Both the Vigor2865Lac and Vigor2927Lac routers can be set up quickly and provide internet access for these events.

The user management, web portal and firewall/CSM features can be used to enhance the operations. You can also use the Wi-Fi hotspot feature where users connect to your Wi-Fi network using the social login accounts such as Facebook or Google login, and monitor who is using your services.

Provision of Internet services for a mobile office

Mobile offices for businesses or projects may be at temporary sites without permanent internet access facilities. Both the Vigor2865 LTE and Vigor2927 LTE series routers can provide internet access for these mobile offices.

For your inter-office communication needs, you can set up VPN connections over the 3G/4G network to share network resources such as files and servers. To protect your network, you can configure the Object-oriented SPI Firewall, DoS defense, CSM (Content Security Management) and WCF (Web Content Filter) as required. Additionally, the VLAN feature allows up to 16 workgroups to be set up to add further security and to provide different levels of network access based on the workgroup.

Technical Installation Requirements (Power Requirements when used in Mobile Applications)

Vigor2865 LTE and Vigor2927 LTE series routers require a 12–15V DC power supply. Therefore when used in vehicles such as busses or trucks which have a 24V supply, you will need to use a DC to DC converter to produce 12VDC regulated output. These converters are available from electronic suppliers. They plug into the cigarette lighter socket in your bus or truck and have an output socket that plugs into the router.

The DC to DC converter shown here is available from Jaycar Electronics

It is recommended to also use the DC to DC converter when the router is used in a motor vehicle to ensure a constant voltage to the router. Although a 13.8 volt car battery output is still within the router’s power supply requirements, the voltage may fluctuate to outside the router’s requirements.

Application Notes and Video

Configuring the Vigor2865L and Vigor2927L for LTE Internet access

This application note shows you how to configure the Vigor2865 LTE and Vigor2927 LTE series routers to enable 4G communication via the integrated LTE modem.

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Watch the video: Click Here


Config Demo


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