The DrayTek Vigor2862L series and Vigor2926L series routers have an integrated LTE modem and will accept SIM cards from any of major broadband service providers in Australia – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, etc., as well as those in New Zealand – Spark, 2Degrees, Vodafone, etc.

This guide will show you how to configure the Vigor2862L and Vigor2926L series routers to enable 4G communication via the integrated LTE modem.

Supported 4G LTE bands are:

  • B1 (2100MHz)
  • B3 (1800MHz)
  • B5 (850Mhz)
  • B7 (2600MHz)
  • B8 (900MHz)
  • B28 (700MHz)
  • B40 (2300MHz)

For 3G/4G coverage areas check with your ISP for the exact frequency band used in your area from the following links: TelstraOptusVodafone and Virgin Mobile

One helpful resource is the web site https://www.rfnsa.com.au/

This site shows available services based on your postcode or address.

This configuration guide will cover:

  1.        Optus
  2.        Vodafone
  3.        Telstra

In our example we will use the Vigor2862L router. The configuration will be identical in the Vigor2926L series router.

 

Step 1: Insert SIM Card into the Router

Once the SIM card is installed you can install the cover plate on the SIM card slot to prevent accidental removal of the SIM card.

 

Step 2: Attach Antennas onto the Router

Attach the two black coloured antennas to the router as shown in the diagram below.  The primary antenna socket is the one nearest the SIM card slot.

Step 3 – Enable LTE WAN

Go to WAN >> General Setup configuration menu.

Select LTE and set Active Mode to Always On. (LTE corresponds to WAN3).

Click on LTE to go to LTE configuration menu.

  •          Select Yes for Enable
  •          Set Active mode to Always On
  •          Click on OK to save

 

 

Step 4 – Enable LTE WAN port

  • Go to WAN >> Internet Access menu
  • Under Access Mode click on the pulldown menu for LTE WAN
  • Select 3G/4G LTE Modem (DHCP mode).
  • Click on Details Page to configure the LTE connection.

Select Enable to enable this profile.

Select the required Network Mode. Options are:

  • 4G/3G/2G
  • 4G Only
  • 3G Only
  • 2G Only

We have selected the default setting 4G/3G/2G Network Mode.

Now enter the APN Name corresponding to the ISP that you will be connecting to.

 

4.1 Optus 4G Configuration

Enter the APN Name:    

  • connect
  • yesinternet
  • yesbusinessip (for business accounts with public IP address assignment)

Note:  Some business accounts may require the username and password to be entered.

Click OK to save.

 

4.2 Vodafone 4G Configuration

Enter the APN Name:    live.vodafone.com

Click OK to save.

 

4.3 Telstra 4G Configuration

Enter the APN Name:    

  • telstra.internet
  • telstra.extranet
  •  telstra.mms
  •  telstra.wap

Click OK to save.

 

Step 5 – Establishing LTE connection

After completing the configuration steps outlined above, go to Online Status>> Physical Connection router menu and check if the LTE connection is up.

You may need to restart the router to bring up the connection.

Details will be shown under LTE status.

You should see LTE WAN has a valid IP address and LTE status will be Operational and signal quality shown.

Check that you have Internet connectivity by going to an Internet web page or run ping to an external site.