Draytek Vigor 2900g Broadband Security Router Reviewed

DrayTek Vigor 2900 Series Broadband Security Router


DrayTek Vigor 2900 Series Broadband Security Router
SummaryPRISM GT-based wireless 802.11g router. Has PPTP, IPsec, L2TP VPN endpoint, which also supports wireless clients.Has VLAN and Bandwidth control features
Also available w/o wireless and with ISDN WAN
Update10/24/2005 - Updated U.S. vendor info
Pros• Includes both VLAN and bandwidth limiting features
• 10Mbps PPTP tunnel throughput
• Unique combination of features, especially VPN
Cons• User interface needs better navigation
• VLAN and bandwidth limits do not apply to wireless
• A work in progress

DrayTek gained some notice as the first (and only) company to produce a broadband router that connects to DSL modems with USB outputs. I've been in search for a consumer-priced router with bandwidth management capabilities for some time now and it appears that Draytek has produced another first.

The Vigor 2900G Broadband Security Router combines a four port VPN-endpoint router, 802.11g wireless access point and LPR-based USB print server. That in itself is a first, but there are more surprises in store once you start digging into the 2900G's wide array of features.

NOTE!There are actually four products in the 2900 series. The 2900 drops the 2900G's wireless capabilities, while the 2900i and 2900Gi add integrated ISDN terminal adapters to their non-"i" siblings' capabilities. Note the ISDN versions are not available in North America.