Mesh Wireless

Mesh allows you to set up a wireless network in a matter of minutes, without needing to install network cables. Mesh Access points autonomously configure themselves into a wireless Mesh, making it easy to solve wireless dead-spots. Another great benefit of using Mesh is that the links between access points can be self-healing – if access points are moved around, removed or obstructed in some way, the access points will reconnect and restructure the Mesh to resolve problems without intervention.

DrayTek offer an extensive range of Wi-Fi Mesh Access Points, to suit all environments with indoor and outdoor Mesh Wi-Fi access points, to suit both home and business applications. Mesh can be set up quickly and easily from either the VigorAP web interface or using the DrayTek Mesh app on your phone or tablet.

Some wireless DrayTek Vigor routers also have Mesh capability built-in, so Access points can link to that as the central controller.

 ManagementWirelessPowerDesk MountCeiling MountWall MountOutdoor
Pole/Wall Mount
Ports
VigorAP 802 VigorAP 802 Mesh (node)
Router-based
AP-based (node)
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AC1200 UK Plug tick   tick   1x GE
VigorAP 903 VigorAP 903 Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AC1300 PoE+
/ DC
tick   tick   4+1 GE
VigorAP 912C VigorAP 912C Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AC1200 PoE
/ DC
  tick tick   1x GE
VigorAP 918R VigorAP 918R Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AC1300 PoE+       tick 1x GE
VigorAP 918RPD VigorAP 918RPD Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AC1300 PoE+       tick 2x GE
VigorAP 960C VigorAP 960C Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AX1800 PoE
/ DC
  tick tick   1x GE
VigorAP 1000C VigorAP 1000C Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AC2200 PoE+
/ DC
  tick tick   2x GE
VigorAP 1060C VigorAP 1060C Mesh
Router-based
AP-based
VigorACS
VigorConnect
AX3600 PoE+
/ DC
  tick tick   1x 2.5GE

Why Use Mesh Wireless

Mesh office network 600Fast & Reliable
Create a fast and reliable Wi-Fi network covering a large area with DrayTek’s new ‘VigorMesh’ Mesh wireless system. Link up 2 or more VigorMesh capable access points, providing a unified Wireless network to 2.4GHz, 5GHz and wired clients.

Cover Large Areas
Mesh Wireless is ideal for covering large buildings that are difficult to blanket with wireless coverage or for extending wireless to places where it's tricky to install structured network cabling for a traditional wired Access Point; simply join additional Mesh Nodes to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and expand coverage.

Modular & Expandable
The Mesh Root VigorAP links up to your existing Internet router, such as the DrayTek Vigor 2865 and additional VigorAPs join up as Mesh Nodes, which connect wirelessly to the Mesh Root. Your devices see a single Wi-Fi network (SSID) and connect to the nearest VigorAP in the Mesh, instead of a distant Wi-Fi network with low signal.

Plug-n-Play Auto-Configuring Meshing

When a new Mesh Node is adopted by the Mesh Root VigorAP, it is autonomously re-configured to be a part of the Mesh network.

Simply take a VigorAP out of the box and connect up the power, a new VigorAP decides automatically whether to be a Mesh Node or Access Point. If it doesn't detect a wired uplink, the VigorAP will start up as a Mesh Node and wait to be added in to a VigorMesh network.

To set up new Mesh Nodes, simply have the Mesh Root search for new Mesh Nodes. When they're detected, give each VigorAP a name and the VigorMesh system will set up each VigorAP to join into the VigorMesh network. The Mesh will then automatically optimise links between Mesh Nodes to ensure the best network layout with the new Mesh Nodes.

Simple To Install

A Mesh wireless network requires less work to install than traditional fixed configuration wireless networks, with wired APs and wireless Universal Repeaters. Instead, the Mesh Root is connected up to an Internet connection and Mesh Nodes join wirelessly, automatically managing links between VigorAPs and managed as a group.

Check the status of the Mesh Wireless network and view connected clients through the DrayTek Wireless app, or in the VigorAP's web interface. To make changes, just change settings on the Mesh Root VigorAP and those will be pushed onto all of the connected nodes automatically.

Using the DrayTek Wireless app and QR code on each DrayTek VigorAP, here's how to set up a DrayTek Mesh Wireless network:

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Connect a VigorAP into your network and scan its QR code with the DrayTek Wireless app

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Use the Quick Start Wizard to set it as the Mesh Root and configure the Wireless network name and password

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Connect the power up to any new VigorAPs that you want to use as the Mesh Nodes

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Search for new Mesh Nodes with the DrayTek Wireless app and add them to the Mesh group

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Wait a couple of minutes for the Mesh Node VigorAPs to auto configure and join the Mesh group

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Done!

Mesh wifi with router mesh node

Modular & Auto-Optimising

Connect up to 8 DrayTek VigorAPs into a Mesh group, which self-organises links between each node to ensure the best possible speeds. Mesh Nodes further away will connect wirelessly to the nearest Mesh Node, up to 3 wireless 'hops' away.

Where a cabled network connection is available, join a Mesh Node to the network through Ethernet and nearby wireless Mesh Nodes can join it instead of the Mesh Root, to reduce wireless 'hops', improving network capacity.

Bridge gaps in a wireless network that wireless can't typically cover, such as thick walls, or walls containing metal. Chain Mesh Nodes to go around the obstacle or link up a Mesh Node via Ethernet. Wireless Mesh nodes connecting through the remote Ethernet Mesh Node go at full speed instead of being slowed down by obstructions.


Multi-site Central management with VigorACS

Manage VigorAPs as a Mesh Wireless group locally from the Mesh Root AP, the 'DrayTek Wireless' app or VigorConnect.

Centrally manage and provision VigorAPs centrally across a single building or multiple sites with DrayTek VigorACS.

View the status and usage of the Mesh network, make configuration changes and manage firmware remotely through the VigorACS central management platform.

Mesh Wireless Indoors and Outdoors

The DrayTek VigorAP range covers both indoor and outdoor usage. Use the VigorAP 1000C indoors and VigorAP 918RPD outdoors for complete Mesh network coverage.

The VigorAP 918 is specifically designed for outdoor installation, fully weatherproofed and capable of operating in extremely hot or cold temperatures. In addition, it has PoE Pass-Through to power an additional PoE device, and switchable omni-directional and directional antennae for long distance wireless links between VigorAPs.

The VigorAP 1000C is a high performance, Tri-Band Mesh Wireless solution, designed to eliminate wireless drop outs, stuttering videos, slow download speeds, poor signal and Wi-Fi dead zones.


Self-Healing Mesh Connectivity

 mesh wifi auto healing

Mesh wireless ensures reliable connectivity even when there are connection problems. If there's something blocking the wireless signal, or a Node's power is unplugged, the Mesh will automatically re-organise to compensate. Mesh nodes will connect up to the next nearest part of the Mesh and resume service.

Easy Setup with the DrayTek Wireless app

Set up & Manage the Mesh Wireless network through the 'DrayTek Wireless' app.

Download it for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play stores.

Once installed on your Smartphone or Tablet, use the Quick Start Wizard to adopt and set up the Mesh Root VigorAP.

To do that, simply scan the VigorAP’s QR code to set it up, or input the VigorAPs default SSID & password, then configure your wireless network with step-by-step guidance.

When it’s all set up, view the Mesh Wireless status and connected wireless clients from the app, or change the wireless password, which automatically propagates the change to all VigorAPs in the Mesh.

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