Vigor 2952 Dual-WAN Router Firewall & Load Balancer
The Vigor 2952 is a router/firewall with two Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, providing load balancing or failover for up to two WAN connections. WAN1 can be selected as either RJ-45 or SFP format (SFP is for fibre modules). There are four LAN RJ-45 ports (Gigabit). The Vigor 2952 runs DrayTek's own DrayOS operating system, providing familiarity for users of other existing DrayTek products.
Robust & Comprehensive Firewall
Security is always taken seriously with DrayTek routers. The firewall protects against attacks including DoS (Denial of Service) attacks, IP-based attacks and access by unauthorised remote systems. Wireless, Ethernet and VPN are also protected by various protection systems. The DrayTek object-based firewall allows even more setup flexibility than ever, enabling you to create combinations of users, rules and restrictions to suit multi-departmental organisations. The Vigor 2952 now also allows selective direction firewall rules of LAN to WAN, WAN to LAN or LAN to VPN. In addition, QoS (Quality of Service Assurance) can now be selectively applied to specific users.
For mission critical applications, a pair of Vigor 2952's can be set up in high-availability mode - also known as 'hardware failover'. This removes the Vigor 2952 as a single point of failure if it ceases operation or is damaged - the standby router takes over operations. See more details on High Availability here.
Web Content Filtering
The content control features of the Vigor 2952 allows you to set restrictions on web site access, blocking download of certain file or data types, blocking specific web sites with whitelists or blacklists, blocking IM/P2P applications or other potentially harmful or wasteful content. Restrictions can be per user, per PC or universal. Using DrayTek's GlobalView service, you can block whole categories of web sites (e.g. gambling, adult sites etc.), subject to an annual subscription to the Cyren Globalview service, which is continuously updated with new or changed site categorisations or sites which have become compromised (such as infected with Malware). A free 30-day trial is included with your new router.
The Vigor 2952 has built-in user management which allows you to provide conditional internet access to different users based on their own unique login (stored in the router, or on an external Radius server) and including the restrictions of web content filtering (above) too. For full details of this feature, click here.
3G/4G Cellular Data Features
The Vigor 2952's USB port can host a compatible 3G/4G/LTE USB modem for access to the cellular network for full Internet Access as your primary or failover WAN connectivity. For further details, see here and for a list of supported 3G/4G modems see this page.
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Either of the Vigor 2952's USB ports can also be used to add storage memory to the unit in the form of a USB memory stick. That memory can be used for recording syslogs or accessed as a simple FTP/file storage for users, local or remote (password protected). Requires a USB memory stick (up to 64Gb, FAT32 formatted).
WAN Load Balancing & Backup
The Vigor 2952's two WAN interfaces can be used either for WAN-Backup or load balancing. Each of the 2 WAN Ethernet ports can be connected to any Ethernet-based Internet connection, such as a DSL modem, cable modem, leased line etc. One port can use an SFP module instead of Ethernet.
In Load-balancing mode, the router will spread your Internet sessions across all Internet connections to make best use of your available total bandwidth. This can be automatic, according to rules or reserving specific WAN connections for specific clients or services.
WAN-Backup (failover) provides contingency (redundancy) in case of your primary connection or ISP sufferers temporary outage. Internet Traffic will be temporarily routed via the second, third or fourth Internet connection. When normal services is restored to your primary line(s), all traffic is switched back to that.
802.1q Tagged, Wireless & Port Based VLAN
The Vigor 2925 features a hugely flexible VLAN system. Each of the six Gigabit LAN ports can be isolated from each other, for example to feed different companies or departments but keeping their local traffic completely separated. For more detailed explanation about VLANs click here.