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Draytek Vigor2710Vn review

Kat Orphanides
11 Apr 2010
Draytek Vigor2710Vn
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
122
inc VAT

This effective and feature-packed router would benefit from more documentation in the web interface and a simple option to disable channel-bonding.

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Specifications

draft 802.11n, 4x 10/100 Ethernet ports

Draytek's Vigor range of SME business routers has a reputation for stability, but the sheer range of features of a typical business router can be overwhelming. The Vigor2710Vn has more than most too, with built-in and easy-to-use VoIP handling over SIP which allows it to be used to route up to 4 simultaneous calls to VoIP phones on your network. Other features include a comprehensive VPN configuration option, DDNS, and QoS.

In addition to the usual URL, keyword and category based website blocking, you can block P2P and internet messaging for specific clients and protocols. You can even allow some features, such as messaging under MSN, while blocking others, like video messaging or games.

There's no quick setup utility, so you have to configure everything yourself. Menus are laid out clearly, but there's little documentation to explain unfamiliar concepts to less capable users. Configuring your ADSL settings is simple enough, as the fields in the PPPoE/PPPoA screen should match closely with the information provided by your ISP. Wireless networking is enabled but unsecured by default.

The Wireless LAN General Setup screen looks intimidating at first, but includes some unusual and potentially useful features, such as the ability to configure up to four separate SSIDs (visible wireless connections), each with different security and web filtering configurations. This means that you can easily set up a guest network for visitors or less trusted users.

Unfortunately, Draytek has opted to remove the usual advanced wireless settings menu from the router's web interface, so you can't easily change the router's channel-bonding settings from the default two channels to a more stable single-channel system. You have to use a command-line Telnet client to log into the router to change this. You only need one command - wl ht bw 0 – and it is documented in the router's Telnet help interface, but users shouldn't have to jump through hoops to apply a common setting.

What makes it worse is that with channel-bonding enabled, we could only maintain a connection to our Centrino 2 laptop at distances of under 5m. Once we'd disabled channel-bonding, we got much better results over distance. Our Centrino 2 tests achieved transfer speeds of 20.5Mbit/s at 10m and 15.6Mbit/s at 20m. 10m results were ever better using Draytek's own Vigor N61 wireless adaptor, but dropped off to just 6Mbit/s at 20m.

You can connect a USB disk or a printer to the router's USB port, but we weren't impressed with its compatibility. The router mounted our 1GB portable flash drive without a hitch, but was unable to see our 120GB portable hard disk.

The Vigor2710Vn is a basically well-designed device with a feature list as long as our arm, but issues like the lack of easy control over channel-bonding, will make the router less approachable to many small business users who handle their own IT. If you can live without VoIP, Billion's BiPAC 7300N is still our favourite for SME.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Modem typeADSL2+
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
Draft 802.11n supportyes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz supportno
MIMOyes
Turbo modechannel-bonding
Stated speed300Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEPyes
WPA2yes
Firewallyes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZyes

Physical

Size54x128x216mm
Antennas3
Internal/external antennasexternal
Upgradeable antennayes
Number of WAN ports2
Ethernet ports4
Ethernet connection speed10/100
Other portsUSB, phone line in, 2x telephone out
Wall mountableyes
Power consumption on8W

Other Features

Dynamic DNSyes
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
DHCP serveryes
MAC spoofingyes
Port forwardingyes
WDS Supportyes
USB device supportyes
QoSyes

Buying Information

Price£122
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.broadbandstuff.co.uk
Detailswww.draytek.co.uk