Draytek’s routers are for hardened network engineers. Yet, the Wi-Fi 6-sporting Vigor 2135ax (the updated 2135) looks like it could be a domestic device with its soft-lines, white chassis and bunny-ear antennae.

There five Gigabit Ethernet ports (one WAN and four LAN) plus, two USB ports that can be used for 4G WAN failover (not load balancing) which is significantly more robust than consumer equivalents. You can also set a primary 4G connection to failover to another WAN connection if required. They can also support basic NAS and FTP server applications, a printer connection and even a thermometer for remotely checking the device’s temperature. Everything can be accessed remotely (using Draytek’s management software) or locally.

Set-up is all performed via an old-school desktop browser and adjusting settings is fast and responsive. The basic monitoring view eschews pretty, at-a-glance diagrams for a long, expandable list of alphanumeric connection configurations and tools like licence expiration timers for web-content filtering, app licensing and DDNS. Many features are configurable by wizards, but don’t expect much hand-holding, they’re more like sequential workflows with settings you must know in advance.

The Vigor 2135ax can now support four LAN subnets (up from two) with up to eight VLANs operating across them. LAN mirroring is also supported. There are extensive NAT features, port management, and route policy settings plus numerous firewall policies which go well beyond many rivals. DrayTek states that this device supports 50,000 NAT sessions, IPSec VPN throughput at 150MBps (with 256-bit AES encryption) and NAT throughput of 600Mbps which boosts to 940Mbps using hardware acceleration. These stats will be music to the ears of users who regarded previous iterations as having bottlenecks.

Other core features include app management with QoS control plus the ability to act as a central management hub for up to two Vigor access points. There’s also Draytek’s full-blown VPN features which support the core IKEv2, SSL VPN and OpenVPN technologies. Up to 32 VPN profiles can be created but only two can be used at once.

The dual-band 2135ax isn’t really built for speed, but this is a core upgrade over its similarly-featured predecessor we had to test. In the absence of automated network optimisations, we manually scanned for an empty channel, using the browser and used the single 5GHz network to run our standard tests of downloading large video files from a Synology NAS to a Dell XPS laptop in single-storey weatherboard home. It managed 400Mbps up close, 200Mbps two rooms away and 32Mbps when 15m away in the garden. These aren’t fast scores, but the performance of this router is more measured by what’s connected to it rather than file transfer speeds.

 

 


 

 

Both Vigor2927ax and Vigor2135ax are NBN, UFB, and Starlink compatible routers that use Wi-Fi 6 technology to deliver a solid throughput, all major protocols of VPN,  and user-friendly Web Content Filter making them suitable for SMB/SOHO use.

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  • NBN (National Broadband Network – Australia) Ready to connect to NTD (Network Termination Device)

  • 1 x Gigabit WAN port with 2 x USB ports for 3.5G / 4G Mobile Failover
  • 4 x Gigabit LAN ports with 50,000 NAT sessions and IPv6

  • NAT throughput over 600Mbps
  • IPsec VPN throughput at 150 Mbps (AES 256 bits)

  • Object-based SPI Firewall, Content Security Management (CSM) and QoS
  • IPv6 & IPv4
  • Integrated IEEE 802.11ax (WiFi 6, AX3000) wireless Access Point; dual band; up to 2402 Mbps throughput (ax model)
  • 2 x VPN tunnels including OpenVPN/ SSL-VPN tunnels

  • 2 x USB ports for 3G/4G Backup, FTP server, network printer or thermometer
  • Supports VigorACS 2 and VigorACS 3 Central Management Software for remote management

  • Central AP Management for the deployment of 2 Vigor Access Points Learn more

  • Supports Web Content Filter (content security management software)

  • 2 years back to base warranty

Hardware NAT Routers for Professionals

The Vigor2135 Series are broadband Firewall and VPN routers. The built-in hardware accelerator delivers up to 940 Mbps performance without sacrificing bandwidth control features. Business-grade features including web content filtering, Route Policy, App-based QoS and lots more, make these perfect for professional smart homes/SOHO users who would like to take full control of their own network. The series includes models with built-in 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, 802.11ax Wi-Fi (ax model), and VoIP gateway (Vac model).

Vigor2135ax

802.11ax (WiFi 6, AX3000)

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Interface

(Vac model)

(ax model)

Key Features

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Hardware NAT & Routing with Hardware QoS

The built-in hardware accelerator supports up to 4k NAT and routing connections. With acceleration enabled, the Vigor2135’s throughput can reach up to 940Mbps, ensuring that network functions such as Firewall and QoS perform well above the standards. Other business critical apps, such as VoIP, can be easily prioritized.

NAT Performance (1.6x times faster)

940 Mbps – With Hardware NAT & Routing
600 Mbps – Without Hardware NAT & Routing

New OFDMA Feature for 802.11ax (WiFi 6) – Vigor2135ax only

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.

OFDM

OFDMA

AP-Assisted Roaming – built-in in selected Wi-Fi Vigor Routers and 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.

Stronger Signal Guaranteed

By using the “Minimum RSSI with Adjacent AP” option, the AP/Routers on the same local subnet will exchange client information with each other, providing the choice to disassociate a client only when another AP with a stronger signal is detected. This keeps the client connected when there is no other AP nearby.

Hotspot Web Portal

Market your business while offering free Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Marketing

Redirect hotspot guests to the company homepage, online surveys, or display a promotion message.

Grow Customer Mailing List

Require guests to leave contact info or social media accounts before they can use the Internet services.

Various Authentication Types

A variety of login methods are supported to meet your business needs, including Facebook Login, Google Login, SMS PIN, Voucher PIN, and RADIUS.

3rd-Party Service Compliant

Supports external captive portal authentication so you can keep using the Wi-Fi marketing solution you prefer.

Data Quota Management

Bandwidth management is integrated into the Hotspot features to control the bandwidth and session usage of the Hotspot guests.

LAN Management

An all-in-one management platform for Vigor devices on the LAN side.

Automatic Device Discovery

Connect a Vigor Switch or AP to the LAN side of the Vigor Router, and the router will auto-discover the device to allow it to be managed.

Provisioning

Basic settings may be done on the Vigor Router, and then provisioned to the managed Vigor Switches or APs.

Monitoring

The Vigor Router provides a centralized view of managed devices, so you can monitor and check the status of Vigor Switches or APs connected.

System Maintenance

Perform factory resets, save/restore configuration backups, or trigger reboots remotely from the Vigor Router’s interface. There is no need to log in to each device’s management page.

All-in-One Management

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Software Management

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In-the-Box

Vigor2135ax

Antenna x 2

RJ-45 Cable
(Ethernet)

Power Adaptor

Quick Start Guide

Note :

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.