DrayTek’s Vigor routers are designed with business requirements in mind. So the 2830Vn doesn’t come with a shiny coat of paint, but it does have plenty of additions that SOHO users might need. For example it not only supports both ADSL and cable internet connections, but can manage both simultaneously if you keep a second connection for redundancy, and you can individually balance the load on each one. There’s a third option of a USB 3G modem as well, in case by some terrible stroke of luck both your DSL and cable connections go down.
There’s a detailed list of settings to configure the built-in firewall. Rules can be set up to block Denial Of Service attacks, with separate settings for SYN, UDP and ICMP floods. It can detect port scans and block all sorts of other network probing methods.
The router has built-in web filtering to ensure certain types of content remains off your network, with the use of whitelists from DrayTeks’s GlobalVIew service, although you need a subscription to use it. There are 64 categories to choose from, ranging from pornography and violence to web-based mail. The Vigor does an excellent job of correctly blocking websites that are in this list, while keeping false positives at a minimum.
Since this is a business router, wireless performance isn’t quite as significant as for routers intended for home use, unless your business involves streaming a lot of of HD video. Nevertheless, the 2830’s three antennas performed superbly, managing 81Mbps at short range and 15Mbps at a distance.
Like the AVM Fritz!box 7390, the 2830 supports SIP-based telephony, although it isn’t quite as advanced. You can connect two telephones to the router and a VOIP account can be set up in the on-board software.
There are many options to wade through, especially when configuring the security settings, so it might take some time to get the most out of the 2830. It’s a very specialised router, highly recommended for business users, or anyone who needs to keep a large network safe and secure.