DrayTek Vigor AP 918 RPD Outdoor Wireless Access Point
DrayTek VigorAP 918RPD
Note: This is a variant of the Vigor AP918R, the points highlighted in yellow below should be observed for this model the 918RPD.
- Business-class wireless access point
- 802.11ac & 802.11n
- Simultaneous dual-band (2.4/5Ghz)
- Support for 5Ghz Extended Channels (100-140)
- Gigabit Ethernet Switch (4+1 Ports)
- Centrally managed or standalone operation
- Central Management supports mobility, load-balancing, monitoring, status, upgrade and configuration
- Local temperature monitoring/logging
(Optional thermometer accessory required)
- 802.3af PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) as standard
- WPA2 Wireless Encryption
- Repeater/Bridge/Access Point & WDS
- Time-Scheduled Operation
- Bandwidth management per SSID
- 802.1q VLAN Tagging
- Client Isolation & Multiple SSIDs
- MAC Address Filtering
- Radius / WPA & 802.1x User Authentication
- Built-in Site Surveyor
- Wall Mountable
Outdoor Access Point
The VigorAP 918R is an access point designed for continuous outdoor operation, providing strong wireless signal outdoors. This long range AP outputs a strong signal to clients, then amplifies distant or weaker signals. This allows it to communicate with mobile devices at distances of 100 to 200 meters outdoors, or laptops with more powerful antennas at even greater distances.
Fully IP67 compliant, the product can work in extremes of heat, cold, dirty and wet environments. It is dust and water resistant and housed in a robust metal case to withstand harsh environments.
When we say 'ruggedised', this product has been designed from scratch, using high-tolerance components and designed to perform in all supported environments, in operating temperatures of well below freezing up to 70 ° Centigrade. This isn't our indoor product 'put in a fancy box' and hoping for the best.
Power-over-Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Ports
The VigorAP 918R series is powered through standard IEEE 802.3af/at Power over Ethernet (PoE). This allows the VigorAP to be placed in locations where it's not easily possible to source power. It can also make use of PoE switch features such as scheduling and Device Check to ensure the access point is always operating reliably.
The Gigabit LAN port on the VigorAP 918R ensures that the AP is fed at the maximum speed, in order to fully satisfy the full speed of both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands simultaneously.
The VigorAP 918RPD model adds a secondary LAN port, which provides PoE Output (PoE-PSE) to power an additional PoE device through a single cable run. This makes it possible to connect a camera or daisy-chain an additional AP through the one cable.
To power additional devices through the VigorAP 918RPD's secondary LAN port, use the VigorPoE-600 High-Power PoE Injector. This powers both the VigorAP 918RPD and provides up to 16 watts to an additional device, over a 100 meter CAT5e/CAT6 cable run.
Dual Band 11ac Wave 2 Access Point
The VigorAP 918R is an 802.11ac Wave 2 access point, improving performance by increasing the amount of data that can be sent at one time. 11ac Wave 2 uses MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple In, Multiple Out) technology to boost performance & capacity, building upon the Single-User (SU-MIMO) technologies introduced with 802.11n.
The VigorAP's MU-MIMO technology when used with MU-MIMO capable wireless clients, allows each antenna (or Spatial Stream) to send to separate wireless clients at the same time, potentially doubling the data transmission rate to clients.
A typical wireless access point can send data to only one client at a time with its radio. With enough users connected, congestion slows down transfer speeds more & more, as the AP is shared between more clients.
This can be particularly useful in locations with many phones, tablet and laptops connecting, where the VigorAP's more efficient transmissions could allow each access point to serve more clients than an 802.11ac Wave 1 or 802.11n access point.
Directional Antenna for Point-to-Point Wireless Links
The VigorAP 918RPD variant of the VigorAP 918 series has an integrated High-Gain directional antenna for linking two locations, using 5GHz 802.11ac MIMO wireless. This High-Gain antenna makes it possible to link two points with line-of-sight wirelessly over 1km at up to 90 Mbps throughput, or 3km at 10 Mbps throughput.
Configure the AP's 5GHz wireless to use the Patch antenna and configure the APs in Mesh Root & Node, then aim the access points using the Signal Strength LEDs located on the bottom of each VigorAP 918RPD access point.
The VigorAP 918RPD is designed to be mounted on a wall or pole - fixing brackets are included with the product, allowing the VigorAP to be fitted at up to 45 ° up & down and/or left & right. With its dual Omni-Directional antennas and internal High-Gain Directional antenna (switchable), it can be used as a wireless access point or Point-to-Point wireless link between buildings.