The DrayTek Vigor AP-810 is a standalone wireless access point, ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN, or for expanding the range of an existing wireless LAN by using the WDS features. It can also be used as part of the DrayTek managed wireless system (see details here). The AP-810 replaces our popular AP-800 model, adding full compatibility with our managed wireless platform.
Wireless Security & VLANs
The AP-810 features multiple levels of wireless security. Encryption using WEP, WPA, WPA2 (802.11i) is available you can also use the access control list (ACL) to specify the hardware addresses of clients which are permitted to connect (by MAC hardware address). Any unauthorised hardware is refused access.
For additional user authentication, you can activate 802.1x RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service) which allows you to centrally manage and store user names and passwords either within the AP-810 setup itself (thus not needing any external server) on an external radius server which can permit time limited, temporary or continuous access to your clients as required.
The Vigor AP-810 supports the 802.1q VLAN protocol so that if it is connected to an 802.1q enabled LAN, it can split tagged data (whether its different subnets or intended for different users) and broadcast each on its own SSID.
This means, for example, that your guest WiFi access is provided on a separate isolated SSID with no access to your company data/devices.
Central Management with DrayTek VigorACS
The DrayTek VigorAP 810 can be managed by the DrayTek VigorACS central management system - a cloud platform which can manage most DrayTek products - routers, wireless access points and Ethernet switches, giving you complete visibility and control of your DrayTek product estate, even without a DrayTek Vigor router on site.
The DrayTek VigorACS management system can be used to configure and provision DrayTek VigorAP access points, similarly to performing these actions through the VigorAP's web interface, with a familiar menu layout in the Configuration section of VigorACS.
Profiles for groups of access points can be provisioned in VigorACS by selecting a VigorACS network, then accessing Configuration > AP Profile to configure profiles and apply them selectively.
DrayTek's VigorACS management monitors the VigorAP 810, with a Dashboard view giving a central overview of the most important information from the VigorAP's current status.
For further details of the central management feature, click here.
The VigorAP 810 can operate in standalone autonomous mode, but can also form part of a centrally managed wireless installation by adding a compatible DrayTek wireless controller such as the Vigor 2862 router. This enables you to centrally control, manage and administer multiple AP devices installed around your building/campus. Management also enables efficient usage of your wireless access point through load-balancing, whereby wireless clients are distributed across several access points to reduce congestion.
The DrayTek router operating as the wireless controller can provision DrayTek VigorAP access points using the Central AP Management profiles configured on the router, with an option to Auto Provision - auto configuring newly installed VigorAP access points with the Auto Provisioning profile, upon initial connection to the DrayTek Vigor router's network.
The AP-810 supports PoE (Power over Ethernet) as standard (built-in) so if the AP-810 is connected to a PoE enabled Ethernet switch or PoE injector, you don't need any local power to the unit (power supply) - the AP-810 will take its power from the Ethernet cable. This is ideal for situations where you do not have mains power available in the exact location where you want to install the AP-810 or just for general aesthetic neatness, perhaps where the AP-810 is installed somewhere prominent:
The AP-810 is also supplied with an AC/DC mains PSU for installations where you are not using PoE.
Local Temperature Logging and Alarm
As your VigorAP unit(s) will be distributed around your building, it's an ideal opportunity to also gather environmental information about those locations. By the addtition of an optional USB temperature sensor, your VigorAP 810 can report real-time local temperature information, show the previous 24 hour's chart and also set high/low alarms to alert/log if the temperature falls above or below your set levels.
This facility is ideal for detecting if any part of your building is over or under-heated or if heating/cooling has been left on overnight and therefore helping to make more efficient use of your heating or cooling energy consumption, potentially saving cost.
The VigorAP 810's USB interface can alternatively connect to a regular printer. That printer is then accessible from any wireless or wired PC which connects to the VigorAP 810, or a PC anywhere else on the network. This is ideal to provide printer access to wireless laptops but could also be used for installing a printer elsewhere in your home/office by using a pair of VigorAP 810s to make a bridge.