DrayTek
AP-910C Ceiling Wireless Access Point
  • Business-class wireless access point 
  • Ceiling mounted with concealed cable entry
  • Can also be wall mounted
  • 802.11ac 866mbps Wireless (5Ghz)
  • Simultaneously supports 802.11n 300mbps (2.4Ghz)
  • Supports 5Ghz extended channels (36-64 & 100-140)
  • Centrally managed or standalone operation  
  • Can be powered by supplied PSU or standard 802.3af PoE (Power-over-Ethernet)
  • Repeater/Bridge/Access Point
  • Time-Scheduled Operation (multiple schedules) 
  • Wireless Client Isolation
  • Bandwidth management per SSID
  • 802.1q VLAN Tags with four SSIDs 
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • Radius / WPA User Authentication
  • 802.1x User Authentication
  • WDS (Wireless Distribution System)
  • WMM (Wireless MultiMedia)
  • WPS - WiFi Protected Setup
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Vigor AP-910C Access Point for Ceilings or Walls

 

AP-910c

The DrayTek Vigor AP-910c is a wireless access point which can be operated in standalone or centrally managed/monitored mode (with the use of a central DrayTek management product - see later).  The AP-910c is a high specification professional access point providing reliable and flexible coverage to all manner of applications.  A vast array of security and management features helps the AP-910c improve and protect flexibility and integrity of your wireless LAN.  The Vigor AP-910c is ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN, or for expanding the range of an existing wireless LAN by using the WDS repeater features.

The ceiling format of the unit means that it can provide unobstructed coverage to the area around it and aesthetically blends into any home or office environment thanks to its shape, size and hidden cable entry.  The AP-910c can also be wall mounted. For ceiling mounting, a circular mounting plate (included with the unit) is fitted and then the AP-910c is attached.  The AP-910c can be used together with our other access points (AP-710, AP-810 and AP-910c). For suspended ceilings, additional mounts are included to attatch the the ceiling T-Bars (see later)

 

Simultaneous Dual-Band Operation & Extended 5Ghz Bands

The Vigor AP-910c supports simultaneous operation of the common 2.4Ghz band and the new 5Ghz band. The 5Ghz band is far less congested so if your PCs or other devices support the 5Ghz band, you can use that. The Vigor AP-910c operates both bands at the same time, so your devices can use either band and each has its own bandwidth so overall wireless capacity is also increased. The 5Ghz supports the full range of extended domestic 5Ghz channels, due to its support for DFS/TPC. You can select all 5Ghz channels up to channel 140, as opposed to just the 4 'Band A-Lower' channels (which provides only two non-overlapping channels @ 80Mhz channel width).

 

Mounting & Coverage

The AP-910c is designed to be installed on ceilings in order to serve the area below it.  The cables (Ethernet or Power) can reach the AP-910c from the rear or the side. For solid ceiling fixing a backplate is supplied. The backplate fixes to the ceiling and the AP-910c then clips in.  Alternatively, T-Bar mounts enable quick and easy attachments to suspended ceilings (see photo below).  The AP-910c can also be wall-mounted - keyhole slots on the back allowing any orientation. 

AP910C on T-Bars

AP-910c fitted to the T-bars of a suspended ceiling (clips are included with the product)

AP910C on Ceiling and on Wall mounts

AP-910c installed on a ceiling (using mount plate, left) and hung on a wall (right)

 

AP-910C beeping

Beeping Access Point

 

Locating all of your access points optimally helps ensure you have everywhere covered.  Once the units are installed, to help you identifying each access points, you can switch on a beeper inside each unit.  The unit will then beep so that you can locate it easily.

 

Central Wireless Management


The AP-910c can operate in standalone autonomous mode or can form part of a centrally managed wireless installation by adding a compatible DrayTek wireless controller (a Vigor 2860 or 2925 router). This enables you to centrally control, manage and administer multiple AP-910c devices installed around your building/campus.  Management also enables efficient usage of your wireless access point through load-balancing, whereby wireless clients are distributed across several access points to reduce congestion.

For further details of the central management feature, click here.

 

Wireless Security & VLANs

The AP-910c features multiple levels of wireless security. Encryption using WEP, WPA, WPA2 (802.11i) is available you can also use the access control list (ACL) to specify the hardware addresses of clients which are permitted to connect (by MAC hardware address). Any unauthorised hardware is refused access.

For additional user authentication, you can activate 802.1x RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service) which allows you to centrally manage and store user names and passwords either within the AP-910c setup itself (thus not needing any external server) on an external radius server which can permit time limited, temporary or continuous access to your clients as required.

The Vigor AP-910c supports the 802.1q VLAN protocol so that if it is connected to an 802.1q enabled LAN, it can split tagged data (whether its different subnets or intended for different users) and broadcast each on its own SSID. This means, for example, that your guest WiFi access is provided on a separate isolated SSID with no access to your company data.

 

 

 

WMM - WiFi Multimedia

The AP-910c implements intelligent wireless traffic prioritization for the most efficient management of wireless traffic by using the Wi-Fi Multimedia standard (WMM). WMM defines Quality of Service (QoS) in Wi-Fi networks. It is a precursor to the upcoming IEEE 802.11e WLAN QoS standard, intended to improve timing critical applications such as audio, video and voice applications over WiFi. WMM adds prioritized capabilities to Wi-Fi networks and optimizes their performance when multiple concurrent applications, each with different latency and throughput requirements, compete for network resources.

 

Power-over-Ethernet

The AP-910c supports PoE (802.3af Power over Ethernet) as standard (built-in) so if the AP-910c is connected to a PoE-enabled Ethernet switch or PoE injector, you don't need any local power to the unit (power supply) - the AP-910c will take its power from the Ethernet cable.  The AP-910c supports Gigabit PoE (if you have a Gigabit PoE switch/injector) such as our VigorSwitch P2261 or P-1090 models (or any other 802.3af device). PoE is ideal for situations where you do not have mains power available in the exact location where you want to install the AP-910c or just for general aesthetic neatness, perhaps where the AP-910c is installed somewhere prominent. 

AP910c POE

The AP-910c is also supplied with an AC/DC mains PSU for installations where you are not using PoE.


 

DrayTek Access Points - Model Comparison

  AP-710 AP-810 AP-902 AP-910C
Physical Format Desk/Wall Desk/Wall Desk/Wall Ceiling/Wall
Dual-LAN - Yes Yes -
LAN Ports 1 4+1 4+1 Gb  1 Gb
Built-in PoE - Yes Yes Yes
WLAN Disable Button - Yes Yes -
USB Printer Port - Yes Yes -
802.1q VLAN - Yes Yes Yes
Dual-Band (2.4Ghz & 5Ghz)  - - Yes Yes
802.11ac Wireless - - Yes Yes
Bandwidth Management - Yes Yes Yes
Thermometer Option - Yes Yes -
Management Compatible - Yes Yes Yes

 

For full details on central management of DrayTek Access points and the capabilities of each model, please click here.

 

WDS & Repeater Modes

The DrayTek AP-910c can act as a standalone wireless access point, ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN but also operates in several other wireless modes to provide enlarged wireless coverage or wireless bridges to other parts of your LAN. Many different configurations are possible:

Bridge Mode

This mode joins two parts of the same logical network which cannot be otherwise connected by cables, for example between two adjacent buildings. You can then connect a PC directly to it using RJ45 Ethernet.

AP900 WDS Bridge 1


Universal Repeater Mode

As a repeater, the AP-910c can extend the wireless coverage of a network. You can add multiple units to extend the range in multiple directions or multiple hops (for best performance, more than two is not recommended due to latency and channel congestion which can result).

AP900 WDS Repeater 1

In the diagram below, there are two AP-910c's to extend the range in different directions:

AP900 WDS Repeater 2

 

Central Wireless Management

 

 

The AP-910c can operate in standalone mode; connected to your LAN and providing wireless access. If you have several AP-910c units, you can centrally manage and monitor them individually as a group.  

 

Central management makes security, efficiency, control and monitoring of your company-wide wireless access easier to manage.  Supported management features includes mobility, load-balancing and client monitoring/reporting.

 

For central management, you require a Vigor 2925 or Vigor 2860 series router; there is no per-node licencing or subscription required.

For further details on Wireless Management of the AP-910c, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AP-910c User Interface Screenshots

(These shots are taken from the AP-900 but the AP-910c is based on the same firmware)

Screenshot 1

AP-900 Wireless Configuration

Screenshot 2

AP-900 - List of Connection Stations (clients) and diagnostics

Screenshot 3

Scanning & Discovery of other nearby Access Points

Screenshot 4

Access & Event Schedules - You can schedule wireless on/off, reboots or
turn off all of the unit's LED's (lights) at different times (e.g. night).

 

Screenshot 5

Limiting Bandwidth for connected clients

 

Screenshot 6

Built-in or external Radius Server for Client Authentication

 

 

Vigor2860 (Wireless management) Screenshots

The screenshots below show the web interface the Vigor2860 (or other DrayTek controller device) when centrally managing an estate of multiple Vigor AP-900 or other compatible units. Feature available later in 2014.

 

Screenshot 7

Vigor 2860 Rogue Access Point Detection

Screenshot 8

Vigor 2860 Firmware Upgrade Status of multiple AP-900

Image 9

Vigor 2860 managed upgrade of Vigor AP-900 units

Screenshot 10

Vigor 2860 AP-900 Management - Wireless Load Balance Policy


Note : The above screenshots are provided as a guide only. Exact operation and screen appearance will vary depending on firmware version and will change as features and functionality evolve. In some cases, the screenshots above may have been modified, resized, cropped or merged in order to best illustrate the features available.

Access Control / User Authentication

For additional security, wireless access can be restricted to authorised users only by use of a unique username and password for each user. This is in addition the encryption provided by WEP/WPA etc. When the user first opens their wireless connection, the AP-910c will request their username/password and not permit access to the LAN or Internet without it.

The AP-910c can use an external radius server to hold user credentials but also has its own built-in radius server to store up to 96 users. The AP-910c's built-in Radius server can also act as a server to additional devices (such as another AP-910c, meaning that you don't need to set up the same users up on several units).

 

Vigor AP-900 User Authentication / Radius

DrayTek Wireless Access Point Comparison
   AP-710 Vigor AP-800 Wireless Access Point Vigor AP-900 Wireless Access Point  Vigor-910c
  AP-710 AP-810 AP-902 AP-910C
Dual-LAN - Yes Yes -
Wired LAN Ports 1 x
10/100Mb/s
1+4 x
10/100Mb/s
1+4 x Gigabit
(1000Mb/s)
1 x Gigabit
(1000Mb/s)
Format Desk/Wall Desk/Wall Desk/Wall Ceiling/Wall
Built-in PoE - Yes Yes Yes
WLAN Disable Button - Yes Yes -
WPS - Yes Yes Yes
USB Printer Port - Yes Yes -
802.1q VLAN - Yes Yes Yes
Bandwidth Control - Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous Dual-Band
2.4Ghz & 5Ghz Concurrent
- - Yes Yes
802.11ac Wireless - - Yes Yes
Central Management features
Traffic Graph* - Yes Yes Yes
AP Status* - Yes Yes Yes
Station List* - Yes Yes Yes
Auto-Provisioning* - Yes Yes Yes
AP Maintenance* - Yes Yes Yes
Load-Balancing* - Yes Yes Yes
Rogue AP Detection* - Yes Yes Yes
*Note: Central management requires a Vigor 2860 or Vigor 2925 to act as wireless controller.

 

Vigor AP-910c Specification

 

  • Physical Interfaces/Controls:
    • LAN : 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, RJ45 (accepts PoE Power)
    • Factory Reset Button (recessed)
    • DC Power Socket 
  • Wireless LAN Compatibility:
    • IEEE 802.11ac
    • 802.11a / b / g / n
    • Frequency Band 2.4 GHz & 5.8Ghz - Simultaneous Operation
    • Extended 5Ghz Band - Channels 36-140 (Feature estimated Autumn 2015)
    • DFS/TPC Support
  • Security Features:
    • Wireless Encryption : WPA2 (802.11i) Encryption
      Also supports WPA/WEP (Not recommended)
    • User Authentication : 802.1x (using built-in or external Radius Server) (MD5/PEAP Modes)
    • Wireless Client Isolation
    • Hidden SSIDs (Selectable)
    • WPS - WiFi Protected Setup
    • MAC Address Filtering / Control (ACL)
  • Operational Modes (2.4Ghz band)
    • 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
    • Access Point
    • Station Infrastructure 
    • AP Bridge Point-to-Point
    • AP Bridge Point-to-Multipoint
    • AP Bridge WDS
    • Universal Repeater
  • Operational Modes (5.8Ghz band)
    • 802.11a / 802.11n / 802.11ac
    • Channels 36-140 with DFS/TPC (Feature estimated Autumn 2015)
    • Access Point
    • Universal Repeater
  • Wireless Control Features:
    • Up to 64 Wireless Clients Supported (per band)
    • MAC Address Control
    • Wireless Client Status List in WUI
    • Up to four distinct SSIDs (for VLANs) for each frequency band (2.4/5Ghz)
    • WMM (Wireless MultiMedia)
    • Built-in DHCP server & client
    • 802.1q VLAN
  • Management:
    • Web Interface (HTTP/HTTPS*)
    • TR-069 Control (For Vigor-ACS-SI or other TR-069 platform)
    • CLI (Command Line Interface) - Telnet
    • Firmware upgrade by TR-069/HTTP
    • SNMP V2 / 2c / 3*
    • Central AP Management (from compatible DrayTek router/controller)
  • Power, environmental & Physical:
    • Temperature Operation : 0° C to 40° C
    • Humidity Requirements: 10% to 90 % (Non-condensing)
    • Physical Dimensions: 162mm (wide/diameter) x 42mm (high)
    • Weight : 0.4kg (main unit, including Aerials)
    • Ceiling or Wall Mountable (requires rear cable entry)
    • Pack Contents : AP-910C main unit, ceiling mount, UK PSU (220-240VAC), quick start guide
    • Power : 12VDC via AC/DC PSU (supplied) or 802.3af PoE
    • Warranty : 2 Years RTB

*Planned for later firmware upgrade

 

This video gives a brief introduction to managed wireless. What it might be used for and how you would go about deploying it.