Skip to navigation

DrayTek Vigor 2850n review

  • DrayTek Vigor 2850n
  • DrayTek Vigor 2850n
  • DrayTek Vigor 2850n
  • DrayTek Vigor 2850n

Verdict:

An extremely fast and versatile modem router that’s perfect for office environments

Review Date: 16 Apr 2012

Price when reviewed: £203

Supplier: http://www.dabs.com

Reviewed By: Andrew Unsworth

Our Rating 5 stars out of 5

ExpertReviews Award

Draytek’s Vigor 2850n is the first router we've seen which supports the VDSL2 standard, which is needed for high-speed copper connections such as BT Infinity. It also supports ADSL2+, its fourth Gigabit Ethernet port doubles as a WAN port to connect to another modem or router and you can even attach a 3G modem dongle to its USB port to provide a third internet option. You can configure the Vigor 2850n to default to a specific connection method, such as 3G, if one of the other connections goes down.

DrayTek Vigor 2850n

Even though the Vigor 2850n’s built-in configuration utility has a quick-start menu, this is a router for more experienced users such as IT technicians at commercial premises or home users in need of greater networking flexibility than that provided by their ISP’s router. The Vigor 2850n’s configuration menus are clear, uncluttered and easy to navigate, but they present little in the way of advice or explanation, expecting the user to know what the options mean.

In addition to the four Gigabit Ethernet ports, you can connect to the Vigor 2850n using Wi-Fi. We initially tested it using our Centrino 2 laptop on the 2.4GHz band and achieved data rates of 42.8Mbit/s at a distance of one metre, 34.3Mbit/s at 10 metres and 12.8Mbit/s at 25 metres. These rates aren’t exceptionally fast, but they’re certainly above average. We then switched to the less congested 5GHz band and enabled channel bonding. The rates increased dramatically to 59.9Mbit/s at one metre, 61.5Mbit/s at 10 metres and a remarkable 31.9Mbit/s at 25 metres. The 1m and 10m 5GHz scores are beaten by those of Belkin’s N600 DB (see What's New, Shopper 290), but its rate of 31.9Mbit/s over 25 metres is the best we’ve ever achieved when using our Centrino 2 laptop's built-in Wi-Fi.

DrayTek Vigor 2850n

When we switched off our Centrino laptop’s built-in Wi-Fi adaptor and plugged in DrayTek’s own Vigor N65 Wi-Fi adaptor (£35 from www.dabs.com) we achieved exceptionally good results. We saw 68.1Mbit/s at 1m, 59.9Mbit/s at 10 metres and 8.6Mbit/s at 25 metres on the 2.4GHz band. When we switched to the 5GHz network and enabled channel bonding we achieved the phenomenal rates of 119.8Mbit/s at 1m, 101Mbit/s at 10m and 30.3Mbit/s at 25m. The Vigor N65 Wi-Fi adaptor and the Vigor 2850n combine to produce the best Wi-Fi speeds we've ever seen, and is definitely worth the extra money.

Prev Next
Reviews : Wireless routers Next >
Sponsored Links

advertisement

Award-winning Wireless routers
Best Buy
AVM Fritz!Box 3390
Best Budget Buy
Tenda W300D
Best Business Buy
Draytek Vigor 2860n
Ultimate
Asus RT-AC68U

AVM Fritz!Box 7490 review

AVM Fritz!Box 7490

Category: Wireless routers
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: £249
Netgear D6200 review

Netgear D6200

Category: Wireless routers
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: £124
Trendnet TEW-812DRU review

Trendnet TEW-812DRU

Category: Wireless routers
Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: £85
Belkin AC 1200 DB review

Belkin AC 1200 DB

Category: Wireless routers
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: £145
Buffalo WZR-1166DHP review

Buffalo WZR-1166DHP

Category: Wireless routers
Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: £92
Sponsored Links
 

advertisement

Also in this category...
 

advertisement


advertisement


 
 

Expert Reviews Printed from www.expertreviews.co.uk

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/registration.

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.