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Draytek Vigor 2830Vn review

The Draytek Vigor 2830Vn is packed with features, but it's overkill for the average user

Our Verdict

For

  • Decent performance
  • Lots of features
  • Hardware based firewall

Against

  • Overkill for most home users
  • Not as fast as some cheaper routers

Looks aren't normally important when you're choosing a router, but the Draytek Vigor 2830Vn is a bit of monster. Then again, it's not designed to be propped up next to a home hi-fi – this device is intended for small business use.

This is made clear by the fact that the ports are located on the front for ease of access, and because the Vigor 2830Vn is bursting at the seams with features.

As well as being ADSL and cable internet compatible, there's the option of having up to three different internet connections active at once: the main ADSL one, an Ethernet port for connecting another modem and a port for adding a 3G modem – which would be useful as a backup if your primary or secondary internet were to fail.

The inclusion of a hardware firewall is good news if you're a regular gamer, because your PC doesn't have to use precious power to process attacks on the software side. It's a fast firewall too, rated at 50MB/s.

You can also create up to four wireless connections, so different groups of people can access it, and set up the router so users can have their own internet access, which can be restricted by time or the websites they can view.

The installation was one of the least intuitive in this test, with no automatic setup to speak of. You have to choose the router settings you need manually, and in our case, finding the right settings from our ISP took a huge amount of time.

Performance is good, although not quite as good as some cheaper routers. Our 1GB test file took two minutes 40 seconds to transfer between PCs at two metres, and six minutes 40 seconds at the 10-metre test point.

It might be feature-rich, but the average person isn't going to see the benefit, and there are better and faster options for the money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeModem/Wireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyCellular, ADSL2+
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Product FamilyVigor 2830
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas3
Wireless Transmission Speed54 Mbps
Brand NameDrayTek
Form FactorWall Mountable, Rack-mountable, Desktop
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5.80 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Height44 mm
Width241 mm
Depth165.1 mm
Product Series2830
ManufacturerDrayTek Corp
Product Model2830n
Product NameVigor 2830n Wireless Router
Product LineVigor
Manufacturer Part NumberV2830N
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.draytek.com
Marketing Information

Vigor 2830 Series ADSL Router Firewall

The Vigor2830 is the latest generation of our flagship ADSL router/firewall range, winner of the PC Pro wireless router award for three years in a row. This latest series includes support for professional features such as VLAN tagging, Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi (ess models). The Vigor 2830's secondary WAN interface can be connected to other modems now or later (e.g. a second ADSL, BT Infinity or cable modem etc.)

Limited Warranty2 Year