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Brilliant, until it conks out.
on 14 February 2015
My old router was becoming increasingly unreliable and I settled on this as a replacement as I thought Draytek had a reputation for making quality and robust equipment. I used this in combination with some other hardware to create a more 'modular' setup as I was becoming frustrated with the compromises that you end up with in most 'all in one' solutions. I was very happy with the results.
Then, a couple of days ago I started getting issues with my Internet connection dropping literally every 2 minutes. Sometimes I would get lucky and it would stay up for a few hours, then the problems would kick off again. This rendered my Internet connection unusable.
Initially I blamed it on my ISP. But before calling them up I decided to start doing some basic troubleshooting at my end. To cut a long story short, the culprit appeared to be the LAN port on the modem. I was sometimes getting over 50% packet loss over the ethernet connection between the modem and the device hooked up to it. This explained the latency issues and the frequent dropping of the PPP link. This is a shame, because the performance on the ADSL side is the best I have seen out of all the devices I have used.
So in conclusion: it appears to have very robust ADSL hardware that gets an extra 1-2Mb/s more out of my phone line than any other equipment I have used, but Draytek seem to have then shot themselves in the foot by marrying it with dodgy ethernet hardware.
So like everyone else has been saying: An excellent piece for kit for a while, and then it will just spontaneously stop working. I have been a bit more generous with my star rating than most who have had the same experience, as it was _really_ good while it worked, but I am bitterly disappointed it does not any more as it was otherwise _perfect_ for my needs. I would like to thank some of the other reviewers for mentioning the TP-LINK TD-8817, which I have ordered and will see if it fares any better.