All DrayTek routers and access points are supplied with 3dB omni-directional antennas as standard; These use an RP-SMA connector and can be replaced with higher gain antennas to alter the signal or to beam the signal in a specific direction. A common reason for replacing an antenna may be to use a directional antenna for point to point WLAN bridge with a couple of AP's or to direct the signal in a way that's more appropriate for the environmental topology. For further information on Antenna Theory please see here
When replacing antennas, it is recommended to replace the antennas that are used for both Transmit and Receive rather than a Receive Only antenna to make the most difference to signal range and achievable throughput and to maintain the diversity that having multiple antenna offers.
Please check the Antenna Usage table for the purpose of each antenna, this image shows how the numbering scheme works for each device:
|Router Model||Antenna 1||Antenna 2||Antenna 3|
|Vigor 2820n, Vigor 2820Vn
Vigor 2830n, Vigor 2830Vn
Vigor 2920n, Vigor 2920Vn
Vigor 2710n, Vigor 2710Vn
Vigor 2110n, Vigor 2110Vn
Vigor 2130n, Vigor 2130Vn
Vigor 2930n, Vigor 2930Vn
Vigor IPPBX 2820n
|2.4GHz Transmit / Receive||2.4GHz Transmit & Receive||2.4GHz Receive Only|
|Vigor 2830n-Plus, Vigor 2830Vn-Plus
Vigor 2850n, Vigor 2850Vn
Vigor 2750n, Vigor 2750Vn
|2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive (switchable)||2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive (switchable)||2.4/5GHz Receive Only (switchable)|
|Vigor AP-700, Vigor AP-800, Vigor AP-810, Vigor AP-710
Vigor 2760n, Vigor 2760Vn
|2.4GHz Transmit & Receive||2.4GHz Transmit & Receive||Not Present|
|Vigor AP-900, VigorAP 902||2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive||2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive||Not Present|
|2.4GHz Transmit & Receive||2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive||5GHz Transmit & Receive|
|2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive||2.4GHz Transmit & Receive||5GHz Transmit & Receive|
|Vigor 2860ac, Vigor 2860Vac||2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive||2.4/5GHz Transmit & Receive||5GHz Transmit & Receive|
Using a single antenna
In some scenarios i.e. when making a point to point wireless link using an antenna such as the DrayTek ANT-2510 10dB directional antenna, it is best to replace the two transmit/receive antennas to retain the MIMO functionality but if replacing just one antenna, using that antenna along with the standard antennas will cause problems with the antenna diversity functionality and could give a less usable wireless connection than with the standard antennas.
To resolve that, the routers can be set to use a single antenna which may give a reduction in speed potentially but can improve range over allowing it to use all three antennas.
Access the router’s telnet interface and enter “wl ht antenna 3” followed by “wl restart” and the router will then use only antenna number 1 (refer to the earlier antenna image).
It can be put back to its original state by entering “wl ht antenna 0” followed by “wl restart”.
On the Vigor Access Points (AP-710, AP-800, AP-810, AP-900), this can be set from the [Wireless LAN] – [General Setup] page by changing the Antenna setting to 1T1R.
- First Published: 25/09/2014
- Last Updated: 10/06/2016