Replacement router for failing Plusnet supplied device. Easy to install. Default settings work perfectly. Good range of additional functionality including VPN and VLAN. Very steady internet connection. User interface functional but not always easy to follow. Online instructions are very good in balancing this. High cost option if you're not going to use all the bells and whistles.0 Comment
Feb 08, 2020
As a part-time geek I like to have control over my internet connection and the kit supplied by most ISPs doesn't allow things like changing DNS provider, multiple WANs, failover to USB or a VPN. Most of which I have started to have a need for, partly to protect the kids from the evils of the internet and accessing files from my home server remotely.
Admittedly, the Draytek 2862 does require a bit of experience to set up the advanced features but the basic stuff takes just a few minutes and works with pretty much any ISP assuming you know your user name and password - not all ISPs are keen to hand these out but there are ways...
It's worth noting that there is no wifi built into this system but that's fine for me as I have a separate access point for that.
Target market seems to be small businesses or home users in need of a few more features.
Dec 06, 2019
Up to the usual Draytek standard and just what you need to use your mobile pbone etc as as a standby (or main) broadband source. Has all the usual VPN facilities etc and fully compatible with earlier models. Only drawback is how often it needs rebooting when changing connection settings, but - unlike earlier models - this isn't a lengthy process.
Oct 20, 2019
This product does exactly what I want, it enables wireless connection to my wired pc's and printers, connects to the net through a 4G dongle. Dumped my landline now as it is no longer needed. My landline number has been voip for a number of years. No rated Tech Support as I never needed it.0 Comment
Sep 01, 2019
I bought this to replace my Apple Timecapsule, because the 2Ghz network was very spotty but the 5Ghz was great.
The DrayTek is the complete opposite the 2Ghz works solidly (but slow) the 5Ghz needs me to reboot the router nearly everyday to get it to work consistently, very odd when you think this is a business class router.
Aug 15, 2019
Amazing router, WiFi speeds increased as well as download and upload performance. A very good quality router with very good security features.0 Comment
Jul 30, 2019
If you're looking for a simple plug and play Router this is NOT for you.
I have a long established relationship with DrayTek routers. I have always found them to be ideal for various different situations and incredibly configurable to suit all typical and non-typical needs and uses.
The level and control that the UI (User Interface for the lay person), has always been comprehensive. One thing you can say for sure is that you always know what to expect from them, what I opened with is still very true, if all you're looking for a router where you can change a few things or expand your network then there are plenty of other cheaper but reliable options out there, this is a software tech heavy Router.
I purchased this for my home for two reasons, firstly I needed separate SSID's in my home each configurable differently, secondly I need something that would suitably handle 2.4 & 5G properly on the Handshake within each of the SSID's, and I knew from past experience that this would do it, ultimately I plan to expand on its other configurable options but will come later.
Finally I should mention that there are wizards built in should have the feeling that you want to buy it, but you're not confident with the technical aspects, and they're conveniently at the top of the page.
Jul 13, 2019
I have been a loyal DrayTek supporter for nearly fifteen years as, when it comes to internet connectivity, I want the very best that money can buy. Throughout that time I have made a point of buying professional DrayTrek routers as none of the cheaper brands supported my requirements for port forwarding, policy-based-routing, QoS, static routes, and multiple internet access connectivity options. It didn't matter that DrayTek devices would cost ten times more than other products. I wanted the best and I also wanted to support a great company.
Sadly, DrayTek are no longer what they once were. Tiny firmware update files stall and seem to take forever to download from DrayTek's constantly saturated servers, and the list of once regularly released new and useful features/functionality have all but dried up.
A router like this device that takes a full-sized 4G sim card so as to provide a backup in case the ADSL goes down is great and vital for my business. Yet, this device does NOT support IPv6 over that 4G LTE connection which defeats the object of having a backup. If I drop the same sim card into a cheap little Huawei B593s-22 router then every machine on my network gets a public IPv6 address straight away without any additional configuration. If that device can do so, why can't my eye-wateringly expensive DrayTek do that?
The company's high level of tech support has sadly gone downhill over the last few years. Contacting their technical support staff now just results in the usual first-level-support buck-passing you expect from other companies (i.e. in my case blaming the 4G carrier) or a "sucks to be you" response if you escalate the issue and they have got no one else left to blame.
Buh-bye DrayTek. It was great while it lasted.
Jul 10, 2019
First and foremost the WiFi range is superb and I would say in my personal experience that the range is second to none. It reaches up to 25m to the edges of my garden just like the 2860 before it. I've never had another router that can do that! I have personally used Draytek routers at home and at work for many years. I also sell them to clients when required but routers are not something I sell "on purpose" these days. However, these are VPN routers and are therefore extremely useful in business for linking remote sites over a secure tunnel. I have somewhat of a history for doing this kind of thing, beginning with linking two sites across a car park by laser beams in the days before internet. Now it is so much easier, simply using two or more of these routers at any site around the world. Home workers can securely access their work at the office too and in a couple of installations I use them for off-site nightly backups to the company's boss's house instead of expensive cloud backup services which can cost £80 per month when this way is either free or at the cost of a separate internet line at the boss's house. Of course, if you don't need all this fancy malarkey, it will work perfectly as a normal home or business wi-fi router. This model has dual WAN ports so you can use two internet lines or in fact more as you can also use one of the LAN ports as a third WAN port and the USB socket for a USB dongle cellular connection for when it REALLY hits the fan and all your other internet connections have died. No, I've never had that happen either but what if? :)0 Comment
May 30, 2019
We are running 40+ Draytek routers. We choose the Drayteks because they have plenty of features such as VPN tunnels that can be set up router to router and good security if you use the filtering. But the main reason we have continued with the Drayteks is their excellent reliability - we have had units with 100% up time over more than 5 years.
Issues? If you get a model with WiFi then it isn't as quick as some of the very best and the range isn't as far. The interface does an awful lot of different things (Load sharing, hardware failover, VPN, filtering etc.), and it isn't always obvious how to achieve something. It also assumes a basic level of knowledge that might be beyond a casual user.
The massive advantages these have over typical 'consumer' routers is their bullet proof reliability, wired speed, ability to deal with massive bandwidth, and huge feature list, if that's what you're looking for then I can't recommend them highly enough. The wifi is great but not the very fastest on the market and is the only blot on its formidable abilities.
May 22, 2019