Draytek AP-900

Vigor AP-900 Managed Dual-Band Wireless Access Point


AP-900 Dual-Band Managed Wireless Access Point
  • Business-class wireless access point
  • Simultaneous dual-band (2.4/5Ghz) - New
  • 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n - New
  • Support for 5Ghz Extended Channels (100-140) - New
  • Gigabit Ethernet Switch (4+1 Ports) - New
  • Centrally managed or standalone operation  - New
  • Central Management supports mobility, load-balancing, monitoring, status, upgrade and configuration - New
  • Local temperature monitoring/logging - New
    (Optional thermometer accessory required)
  • PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) as standard
  • Detatchable Antennae - Can be replaced
    with optional uni-directional or higher-gain
  • WPA2 Wireless Encryption 
  • Repeater/Bridge/Access Point
  • Time-Scheduled Operation (multiple schedules) - New
  • Wireless Client Isolation
  • Bandwidth management per SSID
  • 802.1q VLAN Tagging
  • Four SSIDs for each band (for VLANs)
  • MAC Address Filtering
  • Radius / WPA User Authentication
  • 802.1x User Authentication
  • WDS (Wireless Distribution System)
  • WMM (Wireless MultiMedia)
  • WPS - WiFi Protected Setup
  • LEDs can be disabled or scheduled off - New
  • Built-in Site Surveyor
  • Wall Mountable

The DrayTek Vigor AP-900 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-900 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-900 to improve and protect flexibility and integrity of your wireless LAN.  The Vigor AP-900 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.

Simultaneous Dual-Band Operation & Extended 5Ghz Bands

The Vigor AP-900 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-900 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, thank 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).


Gigabit Ethernet Ports

The AP-900 has five wired Ethernet ports (separated into two distinct separated LANs). LAN A and LAN B can be fed separately and in turn broadcast on independent and isolated SSIDs.  As the ports are all Gigabit, you can be sure that the AP-900 is fed at the maximum speed in order to fully satisfy the full speed of both 2/4 and 5Ghz bands simultaneously.  The four ports on LAN A are particularly of use if you are using the AP-900 as a wireless bridge as you can then connect wired PCs or devices to it.  LAN Port 1 on LAN-A is also used as the PoE input if you're powering the AP-900 by PoE.
Vigor AP-900 Ports View

Central Management


The AP-900 can operate in standalone autonomous mode, but can also form part of a centrally managed wireless installation by adding a compatible DrayTek wireless controller (a Vigor2860 or 2925). This enables you to centrally control, manage and administer multiple AP-900 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-900 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-900 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-900 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.

Local Temperature Logging and Alarm

Local Temperature Logging and AlarmAs your AP-900 unit(s) will be distributed around your building, it's an ideal opportunity to also gather environmental information about those locations.  By the addtition of an optional USB temperature sensor, your AP-900 can report real-time local temperature information, show the previous 24 hour's chart and also set high/low alarms to alert/log if the temperature falls above or below your set levels.   This facility is ideal for detecting if any part of your building is over or under-heated or if heating/cooling has been left on overnight and therefore helping to make more efficient use of your heating or cooling energy consumption, potentially saving cost.

USB Printer Port

The AP-900 has a USB interface into which you can connect a regular printer. That printer is then accessible from any wireless or wired PC which connects to the AP-900, or a PC anywhere else on the network. This is ideal to provide printer access to wireless laptops but could also be used for installing a printer elsewhere in your home/office by using a pair of AP-900s to make a bridge.  

WMM - WiFi Multimedia

The AP-900 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.

WPS - WiFi Protected Setup

Wireless LAN Enable & WDS
Wireless Security (encryption) is important to protect your data (privacy) but also to prevent unauthorised people from accessing your network or your Internet connection. The WPS system means that instead of having to create and enter long encryption keys, you can activate WPS registration. To activate, you press and hold the WPS button, then activate the WPS function on your PC; the two devices then automatically exchange encryption keys.
The same button on the AP-900 also serves as a physical on/off switch for the Wireless LAN if you wish to quickly disable it at any time, whilst still leaving your wired ports active.

Dual-LAN

The AP-900 can support two completely independent LANs. Each is connected via its own independent RJ45 Ethernet interface. There are Ethernet RJ45 interfaces for LAN A (4 ports) and LAN B (one port). These networks remain completely isolated from each other. Each LAN can be assigned its own separate Wireless SSID so they remain separated even on the Wireless LAN. This is the equivalent of having two completely separate access points and ideal for public and private networks in the same location or wireless LANs for two separate companies.

Having two physical LAN interfaces provides a much simpler alternative to using tagged VLANs and/or a Radius server for authentication. It is also much easier/quicker to set up (that said, the AP-900 can also support tagged VLANs and Radius).

Power-over-Ethernet

The AP-900 supports PoE (802.3af Power over Ethernet) as standard (built-in) so if the AP-900 is connected to a PoE-enabled Ethernet switch or PoE injector, you don't need any local power to the unit (power supply) - the AP900 will take its power from the Ethernet cable.  The AP-900 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-800 or just for general aesthetic neatness, perhaps where the AP-900 is installed somewhere prominent. 
AP900 POE
The AP-900 is also supplied with an AC/DC mains PSU for installations where you are not using PoE.


DrayTek Access Points - Model Comparison

 AP-710AP-810AP-900
Dual-LAN-YesYes
LAN Ports14+14+1 Gb 
Built-in PoE-YesYes
WLAN Disable Button-YesYes
USB Printer Port-YesYes
802.1q VLAN-YesYes
Dual-Band (2.4Ghz & 5Ghz) --Yes
Bandwidth Management-YesYes
Themometer Option-YesYes
Management Compatible-YesYes

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

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