The DrayTek Vigor 2925 and 3G/4G USB modem setup is ideal for:
• Providing lower cost broadband than a fixed line solution.
• Areas without fixed line broadband access.
• Compatible with a wide range of 3G modems/phones.
• Temporary Locations.
• Mobile Homes.
• Locations on the move - coaches, trains.
• Fairgrounds & temporary exhibitions.
• Outdoor locations (the router and modem itself must be indoors!).
• Disaster Planning & High Availability.
• Network Attached Storage (NAS).
The DrayTek Vigor 2925's USB2.0 port can also be used to add storage memory to the unit in the form of a USB memory key (as shown right) or for higher capacity a USB hard drive (normally requires its own power). The DrayTek Vigor 2925 then provides FTP access file uploading/downloading which can be from the local LAN or from anywhere on the Internet - ideal for a simple to deploy file depository. Access can be 'public' or using usernames and passwords, each of which can have their own directories and/or file access rights. As well as FTP, file sharing is available as a Windows 'network drive'. You can also use Windows Explorer to view and access the contents of the USB drive.
If you do have a USB memory key connected, you can also have the router save it's system logs (syslog) to that memory instead of to a connecting computer; useful for technical personnel (SysAdmins).
Robust and Comprehensive Firewall
Security is always taken seriously with DrayTek routers. The firewall protects against attacks including DoS (Denial of Service) attacks, IP-based attacks and access by unauthorised remote systems. Ethernet and VPN are also protected by various protection systems.
The latest ('Version 3') DrayTek object-based firewall allows even more setup flexibility than ever, enabling you to create combinations of users, rules and restrictions to suit multi-departmental organisations. The DrayTek Vigor 2925 also allows selective direction firewall rules of LAN to WAN, WAN to LAN or LAN to VPN. In addition, QoS (Quality of Service Assurance) can now be selectively applied to specific users.
WAN Load Balancing and Backup
The DrayTek Vigor 2925 features WAN connectivity via its two WAN Ethernet ports and two USB ports for connection of a compatible 3G or 4G modem. The ethernet ports can connect to DSL modems (e.g. Vigor 120), a cable modem or any other Ethernet-based Internet feed. The multiple WAN interfaces can be used either for WAN-Backup or load balancing. Load-balancing or failover supports IPv4 only currently (not IPv6).
WAN-Backup provides contingency (redunancy) in case of your primary Broadband line or ISP suffering temporary outage). Internet Traffic will be temporarily routed via the secondary Internet access. When normal services is restored to your primary Broadband line, all traffic is switched back to that.
VPN - Linking remote offices, HQ, teleworkers and mobile staff
A feature central to this DrayTek Vigor 2925 router is the VPN (Virtual Private Networking) features. A VPN enables you to link two remote offices, branch offices back to HQ or home-based/mobile teleworkers back to your office. Once connected, they have access to your office/remote resources through a secure encrypted tunnel allowing remote desktop, file sharing and seamless access to other resources and devices.
The DrayTek Vigor 2925 allows you to set up up to 50 simultaneous VPN tunnels to remote offices or teleworkers. The DrayTek Vigor 2925 supports all industry standard protcols, including encryption and authentication methods. Teleworkers can authenticate directly with your LDAP server if prefered.
Web Content Filtering
The content control features of the DrayTek Vigor 2925 allows you to set restrictions on web site access, blocking download of certain file or data types, blocking specific web sites with whitelists or blacklists, blocking IM/P2P applications or other potentially harmful or wasteful content. Restrictions can be per user, per PC or univeral.
*Using DrayTek's GlobalView service, you can block whole categories of web sites (e.g. gambling, adult sites etc.), subject to an annual subscription to the Globalview service, which is continuously updated with new or changed site categorisations or sites which have become compromised (such as infected with Malware). A free 30-day trial is included with your new router.
IPv6 - Next Generation Internet Routing
The Vigor 2925 supports IPv6 - the successor to the current IPv4 addressing system that has been used since the Internet was first created. IPv4 address space is full up and IPv6 allows for much more efficient routing and a larger address space. IPv6 is supported both from your own ISP, but if your ISP does not (yet) support IPv6, the Vigor 2925 also supports IPv6 broker/tunnel services to provide IPv6 accss using either TSPC or AICCU via 3rd party IPv6 providers. To learn all about IPv6, you can get our detailed guide to IPv6 here.
802.1q Tagged, Wireless & Port Based VLAN
The DrayTek Vigor 2925 features a hugely flexible VLAN system. In its simplest form, each of the six Gigabit LAN ports can be isolated from each other, for example to feed different companies or departments but keeping their local traffic completely separated. For more sophisticated scenarios, the DrayTek Vigor 2925 includes tagged VLANs (802.1q) whereby data is marked with a VLAN identifier. This identifier can be read by an onward Ethernet switch and directed to specific ports or just passed to the LAN for specific VLAN clients to pick up; priorities can also be applied for LAN-side QoS.
The DrayTek Vigor 2925 has built-in user management which allows you to provide internet access to users based on their own unique login (stored in the router, or on an external Radius server). Accounts can be restricted by schedules or maximum usage times but also any other aspect of the firewall or content filtering can be applied on a user-by-user basis. For example, a sales department might not be allowed access to social networking sites except at lunch time, or in a school, teachers and staff have more access permitted than pupils.
3G/4G USB Modem Support and Failover
The DrayTek Vigor 2925 has a built-in USB port that provides an alternative connection method for Internet backup by connecting to a compatible USB modem (See current compatible modems) for access to the high speed 3G/4G mobile networks from UK providers such as Vodafone, O2, EE, 3 and T-Mobile. The 3G access method can be used as your primary/only Internet connection, ideal for temporary locations, mobile applications or where broadband access is not available or as backup to your main ADSL line connection. This DrayTek Vigor 2925 is not only ideal for homes or offices which don't want to pay fixed line + broadband rental, but also for temporary locations, or those to where fixed lines aren't available.
• Triple-WAN Gigabit Ethernet and 3G/4G (via USB Modem).
• All-WAN Simultaneous operation for Load-Balancing and WAN Failover.
• IPv6 Ready - See below for feature support.
• High performance - up to 300Mb/s firewall throughput.
• 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switch.
• Multiple Private LAN Subnets / VLANs (Port or 802.1q based).
• Includes SmartMonitor (50 users).
• Content Filtering (by keyword, data type or category).
• Ethernet and WiFi VLANs (common/distinct groups).
• LDAP Integration for VPN and user access.
• QoS (Layer 2&3, 802.1p and TOS/DCSP).
• Up to 32 VPN tunnels for LAN-to-LAN or teleworkers.
• VPN Trunking & Backup.
• SSL VPN & OpenVPN - Tunnel or Proxy (16).
• Robust and Comprehensive
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