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DrayTek Vigor 2860AC review: A feature-packed router

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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
248
inc VAT

Configurable and stuffed with features perfect for businesses, but not the best Wi-Fi range or speed

Pros 
Six Gigabit LAN ports
Comprehensive controls
Cons 
Old-fashioned user interface
Wireless performance isn't great
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DrayTek has plied its trade for years producing wireless routers for small- to medium-sized enterprises – and consumers who like to tinker. With the Vigor 2860AC, that’s not about to change any time soon.

This router is all about function before form and it’s stuffed with practical features. At the front, there are six Gigabit LAN ports, plus one Gigabit WAN port and a VDSL2/ADSL port for connection to Openreach-based broadband connections. Alongside these is a pair of USB 2 ports that can be used for connecting USB storage, printers or 3G/4G adapters for backup connection to the internet if your main connection goes down.

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There are plenty of options for connectivity, then, but the real magic is hidden away in the 2860AC’s web-based administration pages, which provide access to a treasure trove of options. Setting up the router isn’t for the faint-hearted.

The user interface is a little old-fashioned and text-heavy but it’s also incredibly comprehensive, offering everything from a proper SSL VPN server to data-limited, schedule-based and accumulated-time-based access controls. There’s even content-based web filtering for blocking websites by category, although you do have to pay a subscription for the service after an initial 30-day trial.

DrayTek has always valued reliability over keeping up with cutting-edge network standards and that’s reflected in the Vigor 2860AC. Despite the high price, it’s only a 3x3 stream 802.11ac router offering speeds of up to 1,300Mbits/sec over 5GHz and 300Mbits/sec over 2.4GHz.

Wireless performance isn’t great either. In our tests, we saw a top speed of 54.8MB/sec over 5GHz in the throughput test at close range, which isn’t bad, but in the long-range test the Vigor 2860AC fell flat, achieving only 1.64MB/sec over 5GHz. That’s just about enough to stream Netflix in 1080p, but not much else, and its 2.4GHz performance was worse.

DrayTek Vigor 2860AC review: Verdict

If you’re looking for a wireless router to extend the range and reach of your network, then, the Vigor 2860AC clearly isn’t the router to purchase; but if it’s more features you need, and the power to control every aspect of your wireless network, you won’t be disappointed.

DrayTek Vigor 2860AC specifications

ModemADSL2+, VDSL2
Wi-Fi standard802.11ac
Bands2.4GHz, 5GHz
Stated speed1,300Mbit/sec
SecurityWEP, WPA2-PSK
Upgradable antennaeYes
WAN ports1
LAN ports6x 10/100/1000Mbit/sec
USB ports2 x USB
Wall mountableYes
Size240 x 160 x 40mm
Guest networks3
Media serverUPnP
USB servicesPrint sharing, NAS, 3G/4G modem
DDNS servicesDynDNS.org, ChangeIP.org, 3322.net
Part codeVigor 2860ac