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The Easiest and Fastest Way to Extend the Wi-Fi Coverage Throughout the Business

Wireless Solution

Good wireless experience has many different aspects, including easy setup, client seamless roaming, and more.

From home/SOHO with just a handful of APs, midsize office with tens of APs, all the way up to corporates with multiple branches, DrayTek has different AP management solution aiming to make it easy with each scenario.

Wireless Solution Comparison

  • Home/SOHO/Single Site
  • Large/Multi Site
Mesh AP-based APM Router-based APM
Brief Description For small environment with hybrid of wired/wireless node APs. For small-to-medium environment for wired node APs with no Vigor Router on site. More comprehensive management solution for wired node APs.
Number of Managed AP Max. 7 Max. 50 Max. 50
Node Connection Type Wireless / Wired Wired Wired
Latency Increasing with each Hop Low Low
Self-healing Uplink Yes No No
Model Compatibility Limited Medium Full
Features
  • Configuration Sync
  • Client Roaming
  • Client Monitoring with Client List
  • Mesh Hierarchy View
  • Work with DrayTek Wireless app
  • Configuration Sync
  • Client Roaming
  • AP Monitoring with AP List
  • Configuration Sync
  • Client Roaming
  • AP Monitoring with AP List
  • AP Maintenance
  • Client Load Balancing
Configuration Sync to New Member AP Auto Provision from Root AP Auto Provision from Root AP Auto Provision from AP Profile
Configuration Sync to Existing Member AP Push Sync Button on Root AP Push Sync Button on Root AP Auto/Manual from AP Profile
Configuration Sync Scope Admin Username/Password Y Y Y
TR-069 Y Y Y
2.4GHz/5GHz WLAN Y Y Y
Advanced 2.4GHz/5GHz WLAN Y Y Y
Roaming Y Y Y
Band Steering Y Y Y
Access Control List Y Y Y
MAC Object Y Y
AP Maintenance Configuration Backup/Restore Y
Firmware Upgrade Y
Remote Reboot Y
Factory Reset Y

Mesh or APM?

VigorRouter On Site Has Wireless Node Number of AP Suggestion
Yes Yes <= 50
  • Router APM manage all wired AP
  • Mesh manage wireless node(s)
No <= 50
  • Router APM
No Yes <= 7
  • Mesh for wired/wireless node(s)
> 7
  • AP APM manage all wired AP
  • Use Mesh to manage wireless node(s)
No <= 50
  • AP APM
Note: Use VigorConnect/VigorACS for environments with more than 50 VigorAPs.

VigorConnect or VigorACS?

Single/Multi Site Manage VigorRouter As Well Number of AP Suggestion
Single Yes Any
  • VigorACS manage all Vigor devices
No <= 100
  • VigorConnect manage all wired/wireless AP on LAN
> 100
  • VigorACS manage devices by license
Multi Any Any
  • VigorACS manage devices by license
* See Note2 for AP802

Mesh Model Recommendation – Vigor Router as Mesh Root

Mesh Root Model Minimum Firmware Version Recommended Mesh Node & Minimum Firmware Version
AP903
(v1.4.1)
AP1000C
(v1.4.0)
AP912C
(v1.4.1)
*AP802
(v1.4.1)
Vigor2862ac v3.9.5 Y
Vigor2926ac v3.9.5 Y
Vigor2765ac
Vigor2766ac
v4.3.1 Y Y Y Y
Vigor2865ac
Vigor2866ac
v4.2.3 Y Y Y Y
Vigor2927ac v4.2.4 Y Y Y Y
vigor2135ac v4.3.1 Y Y Y Y
* See Note2 for AP802

Mesh Model Recommendation – VigorAP as Mesh Root

Mesh Root Model Minimum Firmware Version Recommended Mesh Node & Minimum Firmware Version
AP903
(v1.4.1)
AP912C
(v1.4.1)
AP960C
(v1.4.0)
AP1060C
(v1.4.0)
AP918R
(v1.4.0)
AP1000C
(v1.4.1)
*AP802
(v1.4.1)
AP903 v1.4.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
AP912C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
AP918
AP920
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
AP1000 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
AP960C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
AP1060C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Note 1 - Mesh Setup Steps Recommendation

1Configure Mesh Root SSID/PSK/Admin password…etc

2Place mesh members close to Mesh Root. Scan and add members into mesh group. Mesh Root pushes configurations to Mesh Nodes.

3Move Mesh Nodes to the designated positions. Power on Mesh Nodes, and make sure their status are online.

Done! The Mesh Group is ready to serve the clients.

Note 2 – Consider Signal Penetration Capability

About AP802 Signal Penetration Capability

  • The sleek and compact form factor of AP802 provides easy deployment but also comes with limited signal penetration capability, and thus is recommended to serve clients within the same space.
  • Mesh wireless uplink is still capable to penetrate the wall.
  • Suggest to put AP802 as the edge Mesh Node with no further wireless downlink to another AP.

Note 3 – Manage the Mesh Network with DrayTek Wireless App

Create Mesh group from scratch
Mesh group topology overview
Monitor all Mesh members and connecting wireless clients
Remote configuration on app
Sync settings/modifications to all Mesh Nodes

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