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1.0 out of 5 stars Limited lifespan, 8 Nov 2013
This review is from: DrayTek Vigor 120 - DSL modem - external - Fast Ethernet [PC] (Personal Computers)
I have owned a couple of Draytek Vigor 120 modems and just wanted to echo other reviewers' comments such as "Great product doesnt last", "Good while it lasted" and "Works really well until it doesn't".

While my first Vigor 120 was working, it was great; rock solid and suited my requirements perfectly (plugged into a vSphere 5 host with a VM running pfSense). However, after a period of time it started acting intermittently and dropping my DSL connection. This seemed more likely after a period of use, and more likely while under load. I resorted to attaching a cheap Ikea "TÄNDA" lamp timer so that my Vigor 120 got 30 minutes of 'rest' each morning. Eventually though, this was not enough as my Vigor was failing more and more regularly. I did get a replacement from Draytek which then suffered the exact same fate; worked great until it just didn't anymore. Amusingly, they also delivered a very large expensive Draytek device which was sent Recorded Delivery (insured for 50 if I'm not mistaken) and left round the back of my house (?!). They then made collection of this device a more arduous task than it should have been.

I now use a TP-Link TD-8817, bought for just shy of 15, which was a perfect drop-in replacement once it was configured to bridge mode. In fact I bought another one as a spare so that I'm not without an internet connection should the first one ever fail in a similar manner to the Draytek device. The pair still cost less than one Vigor 120.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2013 15:51:05 GMT
My experience of the Draytek mirrors yours. It worked well for 13 months then died. Other Draytek products have a two year warranty, but not this. Coincidence? I also bought the TP Link TD-8817 which seems to run cool and is reliable thus far. I wont be buying any Draytek product based on the Vigor 120's performance.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 18:51:25 GMT
Laurie Parry says:
lol mine lasted less than 24 hours so least u got 13 months out of it :P

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 14:37:28 GMT
O. Heggers says:
Exactly the same situation for me too. Great product...while it lasts! I got 12 months out of it before it started dropping my DSL connection. I'm going to get the TP link TD-8817
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