DrayTek's 3G & 4G Internet Solutions
All major cellular networks within Europe now support 3G data and most are now rolling out 4G too. This uses the latest 4G (or 'LTE') technology for high-speed data connections to the internet providing flexibility, mobility and convenience. Most of the networks supply USB 3G or 4G modems, and these can be connected to the DrayTek routers directly (see later for 'compatibility'). Alternatively, you can purchase a DrayTek router with the 3G/4G built-in - just add a SIM card (See the Vigor 2860L).
A 3G or 4G connection on your DrayTek router functions just like any other WAN (Internet) connection - your connected users, wired or wireless have access to the Internet and can conduct all normal activities. Where 3G/4G is especially useful is providing connectivity where a hard-wired connection (DSL or cable) is not practical, but also for backup/failover as you'll learn below. As 3G/4G doesn't need any additional fixed line rental (and with 'PaYG' there is no monthly cost) it's ideal for contingency.
Using 3G/4G for DSL/Broadband Backup (Failover)
As well as letting you use 3G/4G as your primary or only method of connection to the Internet, DrayTek routers can also connect to ADSL/VDSL and then automatically switch to 3G/4G only in the event of DSL failure. This is ideal for businesses who rely on their internet connection and want the peace of mind and convenience of uninterrupted connectivity. For more details of DrayTek Broadband Failover, Click Here.
Additionally, DrayTek routers can support load balancing, whereby your Internet traffic from your local users is spread across multiple connections, for example ADSL and 4G. If you want a more complex setup, you can set rules to force different traffic types to use specific connections.
Check our router comparison chart for details of specific model support of each of these features.
What can 3G/4G on a DrayTek router be useful for?
The DrayTek router and 3G/4G modem setup is ideal for:
- Backup to your primary Internet feed (ADSL, cable etc.)
- Providing lower cost broadband than a fixed line solution
- Areas without fixed line broadband access
- Compatible with a wide range of 3G modems/phones
- Temporary Locations
- Mobile Homes
- Locations on the move - coaches, trains
- Fairgrounds & temporary exhibitions
- Outdoor locations (the router and modem itself must be indoors!)
- Disaster Planning & Internet High Availability
Compatible/Supported 3G/4G USB Modems
Different 3G/4G companies supply various different USB modems. The currently supported modems are shown on this page and we regularly add support for new modems so do check with DrayTek or your supplier to check if your own particular modem is supported. If you have a Vigor 2860L, you do not need a USB modem, as it's built-in.
*Note : Cellular 3G/4G service is subject to service availability or signal reception in your area and the use of a compatible USB modem with your chosen DrayTek product . Each 3G/4G/LTE network offers varying service parameters, speeds, monthly download limits, blocking/throttling of certain traffic types. Please contact your chosen network for full details of their particular service.