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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Time for an less than ideal review!

I bought one of these in December 2013, mainly because it supports various site-to-site VPN set-up (dial-in also), has an Ethernet WAN port and an impressive VPN throughput speed compared to similarly powerful devices from Cisco or Juniper.

I had previously worked with a 2830, and know Drayteks generally to be of great stability and build quality.

Two official firmware version are currently available from Draytek.

Version 3.7.3.3 unfortuantely breaks access to some site using SSL, including the all important Google Mail and Google Drive. In addition, 3.7.3.3 sees an issue where a dial-in IPSec VPN connection will drop every three minutes or so.
Furthermore, I hear that VDSL authentication is buggy.

Version 3.7.4.1 has two problems of its own on the other hand:
- When UPnP is enabled, and ADSL connection will drop every few minutes.
- WiFi access breaks for about 30 seconds every few minutes (it stays connected, but no traffic is going through).

Version 3.7.4.1 was released in April, and since Draytek support have emailed me (and others) several 'beta' versions of firmware that is trying to address those problems.
Some of those firmwares come with their own problems, and have the ability to brick the router. This is unpleasant, as the restore tool Draytek provides only works on Windows XP (and alternative methods don't seem to work at all for this one).

I was sent the latest beta version mid July, and while now all the VPN, UPnP and WiFi issues have been addressed, the SNR can no longer be adjusted on this one.

It would be a great device, but for anybody requiring a stable production router, I recommend looking elsewhere, until all the firmware bugs have been addressed.
I've reverted to mainly using my old router now, and plug in the Draytek only when I'm bored and try to find some more bugs.

Update February 2015: I have switched to FTTC now with firmware 3.7.8
My DSLAM chipset vendor (i.e. the equipment in the street cabinet) is reported as 'IFTN' (Infineon Technologies, which is now the Israeli company ECI).
With this combination, NEITHER of the 3.7.8 VECTOR firmwares work, in that I experienced frequent disconnections (about every 30min) with all four combinations of VECTOR firmware and modem code.
The 3.7.8 STD firmware is stable, although I had to turn SRA off via telnet (vdsl optn sra US = 1, vdsl optn sra DS = 1).

However, I am pleased to say that issues with UPnP, WiFi and VPN have now been fixed, upgrading to three star rating.
The one thing that makes me stick with Draytek is the l2l VPN throughput, much better than any comparable product of this price that I know (though I haven't tried the new Zyxel series yet).

Another problem(?) that has come to light is however that the maximum number of DHCP leases is limited to 256.
For most people, this won't be an issue. This came to light for use in a conferencing venue. The router was configured for a Class A network with a /16 subnet, which offers ~ 65000 available addresses. The 2860 can only assign 256 of those.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this Draytek Wireless Network Router Firewall to upgrade from a Netgear Wireless N300 Modem Router. The Netgear router was giving me an average connection/download speed of only 2.5 mb, which meant that I frequently (pretty much daily) lost my connection when watching Netflix or Amazon Instant, or else the programme would freeze.
I upgraded to a BT fibre optic connection, which costs me an extra £6.00 per month over my previous BT broadband service, and bought the Draytek router. I now have an average and very stable connection/download speed of 40 mb. This means that I no longer lose the connection in the middle of a movie, or whilst browsing the internet. Furthermore, even if I'm watching Netflix or Amazon Instant on the television, whilst also browsing the internet on my iPad or iPhone 6, and my partner's simultaneously working online upstairs, we have no incidents of lost or diminished connections, no irritating slowing down of downloading material.
Although generally I'm a technophobe, I was able to set up my old Netgear N300 router by myself, the installation for that product is fairly idiot proof. However, I couldn't do the same with the Draytek router, it's a more sophisticated bit of kit and with a more complex setting up procedure. I passed on the D.I.Y. option and paid an IT specialist for an hour of his time to get my new system up and running, and now it works a treat.
Of course, if you're savvy with IT, and wouldn't lose the will to live following the online installation instructions on the Draytek website, you might avoid the need for and costs of installation by an expert. However, some of the other reviewers here state that the Draytek web interface is less than logical and/or user friendly, but I couldn't possibly comment on that.
Draytek have a history of slightly quirky, but sophisticated and powerful products, which are frequently used for business applications. This wireless router, in my experience, is powerful, flexible and reliable. Highly recommended.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2014
These are all I buy for my company. They are easy to setup and very reliable.
Make sure you set-up the 101 tag (if on VDSL) otherwise you'll sit back and scratch your head trying to get your BT Infinity to work.

The reason for 4 stars is that there are too many settings that require a reboot - this is no problem if you're setting up from scratch but a bit of a pain if the router is in use.

If running voip phones connected to a cloud pbx ensure SIP ALG is switched off and session timeout (portmaptime) is set for 24 hrs otherwise you could have the odd issue with your phone not being registered.
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on 5 March 2015
Great piece of kit. Used it as a replacement for a BT Home Hub 5 which kept loosing wireless connections. You need to access the Dray Tek help pages for information on how to set it up but, it is well worth the effort. I have not lost a connection since fitting this router/firewall and would recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2015
Excellent, installed and running to spec in half an hour. can't fault it
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on 1 March 2015
Easy to configure, good wireless signal - no complaints
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Easy to install. good price and works a treat with the Huawei E398u-1 LTE 4G USB Dongle, giving me seamless switch over when my lousy BT Connect fails.
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on 12 May 2015
Excellent router
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2014
Excellent unit in terms of flexibility and it seems to perform well with BT infinity. i am usef to the quirky draytek products, which generally offer powerful features,but defintely for setup by advanced users. i just wish the web interface could be made more logical and friendly! one especially good thing is that the unit reboots super fast.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2014
I'm no total beginner at configuring routers, but this one was beyond me, it's sat in a cupboard awaiting my next effort to get it working, the supplier was good as it arrived quickly no problems there at all.
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