All major cellphone networks within Europe now support '3G data'; this uses the latest 3G networks for high-speed data connections to the internet in addition to regular phone calls. The latest 'HSDPA' version provides speeds up to 7.2Mb/s* download, which is comparable with fixed broadband lines but with added flexibility, mobility and convenience.
All of the networks provide USB 3G modems; these are typically available 'free' on most monthly data contracts, or to buy on PAYG ('Pay as You Go') packages. In addition, many 3G phone handsets also have a 'modem' facility with a USB cable which is compatible with the DrayTek routers. Check with your chosen network provider for their exact offerings. The 3G USB modem connects directly into a DrayTek router/firewall and provides shared Internet connectivity to all PCs and other devices on your network, including wireless laptops (assuming you select DrayTek product with WiFi).
Using 3G for ADSL/Broadband Backup (Failover)
As well as letting you use 3G as your primary/only method of connection to the Internet, the DrayTek Vigor routers can also connect to ADSL and automatically switch to 3G only in the event of ADSL 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.
The Vigor router and 3G cellular modem setup is ideal for:
DrayTek Products with 3G support
The following DrayTek routers support 3G USB Modem connections:
Currently Supported 3G USB Modems & Phones
Support is provided for most common USB modems from most providers. The currerntly supoported modems are listed on each product's specification page (see above) but support is constantly increasing as new USB modems become available so do check with DrayTek or your supplier to check if your own particular modem is supported.
Example Use : Installation in a mobile café or moving bus
*Note : Cellular 3G 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 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.