Draytek Vigor 2900g Broadband Security Router Reviewed

Print Server

The only indication of the built-in LPR-based USB print server is the Printer light on the front panel and USB connector on the rear. Setup instructions aren't found in the User Guide, but in the TIPS folder on the CD instead.

Tip TIP: If you are setting up the printer on either WinXP or 2000 don't skip the step of switching from the Raw protocol that the Printer setup wizard sets to LPR and enter a LPR queue name of p1, or printing won't work. You'll also need the disk with your printer's drivers on them for the install.

Once you get set up, it either works (which it did with my Epson Stylus Color C80) or it doesn't since there are no settings to tweak or status indicators to view in the 2900G's web admin interface.

Logging & Other Features

The 2900G actually has pretty comprehensive logging capabilites. But that plus is offset by its complete lack of log viewing capability in its web-based admin interface. Fortunately, DrayTek's Router Tools package includes a very nice Syslog viewer, but unfortunately only runnable on Windows machines (Figure 14).

Vigor 2900G - Viewing logs with DrayTek syslog

Figure 14: Viewing logs with DrayTek Syslog

Figure 14 shows the IKE exchange for a successful IPsec tunnel setup and gives you an idea of the viewer's capabilities. I wish it came with documentation, though, since the information I found on the Network Information and Net State tabs looked particularly interesting.

There are other treasures to be found among the 2900G's many menus. To wrap up the feature description, I'll try to list them all here:

  • Up to ten static routes
  • Dynamic DNS client support for dynsns.org, .no-ip.com, dtdns.com, changeip.com, dynamic-nameserver.com
  • authentication support via external RADIUS server
  • force dial and drop of PPTP and PPPoE connections
  • ability to view routing and ARP cache tables, dialing trigger packet header, DHCP client, NAT port redirection and active NAT sessions tables