Solved Is anyone familiar with Draytek Router managed WiFi networks

December 16, 2015 at 07:15:22
Specs: Windows 7 (x64)
Hi guys.
We are looking at improving our wireless network for guest internet access. We are currently using a standard TPLINK wireless router. When we set this system up, it was fine with the odd person connecting up to check their email etc. But now we have new members and the free WiFi has been promoted around the club, the TPLINK router just cannot handle the amount of guests trying to access the internet. Wireless clients can be up and into the 50's at the weekends.
It brought our whole network down one day; the SSID stopped broadcasting and the router crashed. It was generating so much data/colliding packets from the WAN port, it crashed our entire network.

Anyway, we are looking at managed WiFi. We have skimmed through Open-Mesh, but I don't really want a cloud based management program.
I have now stumbled across Draytek's managed WiFi system, which sounds like it would do everything we require. The only piece I would like to double check, is that is the system clever enough to evenly distribute wireless clients across the 2 AP's to avoid one of them becoming overloaded?

This is a quick diagram of how I think it should be set-up.
http://s28.postimg.org/hdrdb5t7x/po...

Thanks in advance!


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#1
December 16, 2015 at 12:13:11
If you need to offer wifi to more than 10 to 20 clients, it may very well be time to move away from SOHO equipment and on to something a little more robust.

I suspect the reason your router locked up the way it did was it was being asked to handle more than it's capable of.

Regardless, I'm not familiar with Draytek equipment but we're using Ubiquiti 'Unifi' products where I work and I like them a lot.

https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap/

One of the things I like most about them is that the controller is software driven and you can install the SW on any PC. I have it running on a virtual server but am using one at home and have the controller installed on my main gaming rig there.

The only piece I would like to double check, is that is the system clever enough to evenly distribute wireless clients across the 2 AP's to avoid one of them becoming overloaded?

This can be answered by the Draytek people if not by their documentation. I do know with the unifi's I can set limits on how many people can connect via the controller.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
December 23, 2015 at 11:24:16
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I tried to contact Draytek via email, but I got no reply (yet). Also, to access their KB website, you need to enter the serial of your Draytek device (which we didn't have)

Anyway, we went for the Draytek system in the end.
Very nice system to setup and the central access point management is very good. I've turned on a function called load balance which has evenly distributed wireless clients between the two access points in the bar area.
Remote firmware update came in handy. quick click of a button and all three access points promptly updated to the latest version. Some nice features on the router also. Alot better than the BT Business Hub 3!

This is my first encounter with a Draytek branded device, and I am very impressed!

FYI, we went for the Vigor 2860n and three AP810's.


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#3
December 23, 2015 at 12:30:36
Thank you for posting back; useful info for all here - and of course"anyone" who any come across this post via a web trawl (the inevitable Google of course...)

Way back (aeons ago) Draytek were quite big players for those looking for routers

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