DrayTek Vigor 2952 High Performance Dual-WAN Router/Firewall
The Vigor 2952 is a router/firewall with two Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, providing load balancing or failover for two Ethernet 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), with optional Power over Ethernet output in the Vigor 2952P model.
The Vigor 2952 runs DrayTek’s own DrayOS operating system, providing familiarity for users of other existing DrayTek products.
The Vigor 2952 series supports many professional features such as VLAN tagging, QoS (Quality of Service Assurance), High Availability, DNS Filter, Policy Based Routing, and User Access Control. Wired and Wireless models also include our new Hotspot features. If you deploy DrayTek Wireless Access Points, the Vigor 2952 can act as the Central Management Controller (click on any of those links for an explanation of each feature).
Vigor 2952P – Integrated Power-over-Ethernet
The Vigor 2952 ‘P’ model adds Power-over-Ethernet to the router’s four Gigabit LAN ports, to power Wireless APs, IP cameras and IP phones without the need for a separate PoE switch.
- For IP phones, wireless access points, IP Cameras etc.
- 60W total Power budget, up to 30W per port
- 4-ports 802.3af (PoE) and 802.3at (High Power PoE+)
- Supports PoE Scheduling, Device check
See the ‘Features’ tab for more information on the Vigor 2952P’s PoE features and capabilities.
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 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 allows selective direction firewall rules of LAN to WAN, WAN to LAN or LAN to VPN. In addition, QoS (Quality of Service Assurance) can be selectively applied to specific users.
Central Management with VigorACS
The Vigor 2952 series (along with most other DrayTek routers, Access points and switches) can be centrally managed by our VigorACS central management platform.
This scalable solution provides visibility, control and reporting of your entire DrayTek product estate, ideal for dealers/SIs manageing customers’ devices or any user who wants to know what’s going on with their devices. VigorACS also provides features like automated/bulk firmware updates, VPN management and alarms for connectivity or other issues.
For full details of VigorACS, click here.
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.
WAN Load Balancing & Backup
The Vigor 2952 features WAN connectivity via its two WAN Ethernet ports, one of which can connect to either SFP or Ethernet WAN links. The two USB ports allow for connection of up to 2 compatible 3G/4G modems for additional connectivity.
The ethernet ports can connect to DSL modems (e.g. Vigor 130), a cable modem or any other Ethernet-based Internet feed. The multiple WAN interfaces can be used either for WAN-Backup or Load Balancing. Load-balancing or failover supports IPv4 only currently (not IPv6).
WAN-Backup provides contingency (redundancy) in case of your primary Internet connection or ISP suffering temporary outage). Internet Traffic will be temporarily routed via the secondary Internet access. When normal services is restored to your primary Internet line, all traffic is switched back to that.
The USB port provides Internet connectivity (main, backup or load balanced) by connecting to a compatible USB modem (or cellphone) for access to the high speed 3G/4G/LTE cellular networks from UK providers such as Vodafone, O2, 3 and EE. If you don’t have a wired Internet connection at all, the USB/3G/4G access method can be used as your primary/only Internet connection, ideal for temporary locations, mobile applications or where broadband access is not available.
Alternatively, if you will be making more regular use of 3G/4G/LTE, consider the Vigor 2862Ln model with its built-in cellular modem & SIM slot.
IPv6 – Next Generation Internet Routing
The Vigor 2952 supports IPv6 – the successor to the current IPv4 addressing system that has been used since the Internet was first created. IPv4 address space is full up and IPv6 allows for much more efficient routing and a larger address space. IPv6 is supported both from your own ISP, but if your ISP does not (yet) support IPv6, the Vigor 2952 also supports IPv6 broker/tunnel services to provide IPv6 access using either TSPC or AICCU via 3rd party IPv6 providers.
To learn all about IPv6, you can get our detailed guide to IPv6 here and you can view the IPv6 detailed support in the product specification tab.
Web Content Filtering
The content control features of the Vigor 2952 series allow 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 and according to time schedules.
Content filtering can also block sites using HTTPS/SSL where URLs are encrypted (and normal routers cannot block).
Using the GlobalView service, you can block whole categories of web sites (e.g. gambling, adult sites etc.), subject to an annual subscription, 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 individual users.
Apply Time and Data usage quotas to different users, based on their own unique login, which is stored in the router, or on an external Radius server.
For full details of this feature, click here.
USB Port for Ad-Hoc Storage / Logging
The Vigor 2952’s USB port can also be used to add storage memory to the unit in the form of a USB memory key (as shown right).
The Vigor 2952 then provides FTP access file uploading/downloading which can be from the local LAN or from anywhere on the Internet – ideal for a simple to deploy file depository.
If you do have a USB memory key connected, you can also have the router save it’s system logs (syslog) to that memory instead of to a connecting computer; useful for technical personnel (SysAdmins).