DrayTek SSL VPN - Remote Access with SmartVPN

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) enable you to link two remote computers or networks or a remote device to your main network. VPNs use the public Internet but with an encrypted 'tunnel' carrying your private data between the two endpoints. Tunnels making use of PPTP, L2TP and IPSec protocols have been available on Vigor routers for many years and provide a simple to set up solution for your site-to-site or teleworker VPNs.

SSL VPNs provide a method for teleworker to central site VPNs, providing great convenience, low TCO and simplicity where other methods may not be possible. SSL VPN hosting - i.e. acting as the receiving endpoint for a remote user is supported on many DrayTek models.

DrayTek Smart VPN

There is no licensing limit or 'per user' licence on the number of SSL clients on DrayTek routers up to the maximum capacity of the respective product, as shown in the Product Comparison chart.

DrayTek's SSL VPN uses standard TLS encryption (the same protocol used for HTTPS web sites) and therefore can pass unimpeded through most networks and public Internet access/WiFi.

An SSL VPN tunnel can be created from any client device - Windows, MacOS, iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Androuis phones and tablets. The DrayTek Smart VPN app makes it easy on any of those platforms. Once connected, you can access the remote resources and, commonly, create remote desktop dsssions to the remote device.

Benefits of DrayTek SSL VPN
Multi-Platform SSL VPN Tunnel support The DrayTek Smart VPN Client Application is available for Windows, macOS, iOS (iPad, iPhone) and Android.
Stronger security than PPTP DrayTek's SSL VPN operates with TLS security, supporting TLS versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 (depending on router firmware) with up to AES-256 bit encryption.
Easier to configure and manage than IPsec or L2TP with IPsec DrayTek's SSL VPN authenticates with a Username and Password which can use the router's VPN user list or authenticate with an external LDAP / RADIUS server.
Two Factor Authentication with Mobile One-Time Passwords MOTP support on DrayTek Vigor routers enables two-factor authentication using a PIN in place of a password, with a phone (or other device, with a unique secret key) used to generate a time sensitive, single use key in place of a static password.
Uses standard Trusted SSL certificates for Server verification The router's identity is verified with an HTTPS certificate, which can be signed by a Trusted Certificate Authority or self-signed with details to identify the router. Ensuring that the VPN the client is connecting to is legitimate and secure.
No VPN Pass-Through Issues Unlike other types of VPN (PPTP, IPsec or L2TP) that require VPN Pass-Through or NAT Traversal support on the networks they connect through, DrayTek's SSL VPN tunnel operates over HTTPS, which is much simpler to pass through any network and cannot easily be differentiated from normal HTTPS internet traffic.

DrayTek Smart VPN Client

The DrayTek Smart VPN Client is a free multi-platform application to link remote users and mobile clients to your network by creating the TLS encrypted SSL VPN tunnel. Providing secure connectivity to the local network across the internet to access network resources such as an internal Intranet.

It can additionally be used to provide Internet access through the SSL VPN Tunnel if the client is configured to pass all network traffic through the SSL VPN tunnel.

Microsoft Windows

The DrayTek Smart VPN Client for Microsoft Windows provides SSL VPN Tunnnel support and additionally supports PPTP, L2TP, IPsec, L2TP over IPsec with profiles for each VPN Tunnel. It supports Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 and Windows XP.

Available in the Router Tools section of the DrayTek UK Downloads page.

Windows SmartVPN Client

Apple Mac OS X & macOS

Apple macOS SmartVPN Client

The DrayTek Smart VPN Utility for Apple's Mac OS X (now called macOS) is available through the Apple Mac App Store and provides SSL VPN Tunnel support, with profiles for each SSL VPN Tunnel.

Available in the Mac App Store

Apple iOS - iPad, iPhone & iPod

The DrayTek Smart VPN Utility for Apple's iOS operating system used by the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, is available through the App Store and provides SSL VPN Tunnel support, with profiles for each SSL VPN Tunnel.

Apple iOS SmartVPN Client

Android - Phones and Tablets

Android SmartVPN Client

The DrayTek Smart VPN Utility for Google's Android operating system used by Android tablets, phones and other devices, is available through the Google Play Store and provides SSL VPN Tunnel support, with profiles for each SSL VPN Tunnel.