The DrayTek Vigor2865L series, Vigor2866 series and Vigor2927L 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 Vigor2865L, Vigor2866L and Vigor2927L series routers to enable 4G communication via the integrated LTE modem.

We will use the Vigor2865Lac in our example, but the configuration details will be similar in the Vigor2866L and Vigor2927L series routers.

Supported 4G LTE bands are:

  • B1 (2100MHz)
  • B3 (1800MHz)
  • B5 (850Mhz)
  • B7 (2600MHz)
  • B8 (900MHz)
  • B20 (800Mhz) *
  • B28 (700MHz)
  • B32 (1500MHz) *
  • B38 (2600MHz) *
  • B40 (2300MHz)

*Frequency band not available for use in Australia

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 we will use the Vigor2865Lac, the configuration will be identical in the Vigor2866L and Vigor2927L series routers.

Step 1: Insert SIM Card into the Router

Notes:

  1. SIM 1 is the primary SIM slot and SIM 2 will be the backup SIM slot.
  2. Only one SIM slot can be active at any time.
  3. Load balance over 2 SIM’s is not supported

 

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.

Step 3 – Enable LTE WAN

Go to WAN >> General Setup configuration menu.

Select LTE and set Active Mode to Always On. (LTE corresponds to WAN5).

Click on LTE to go to LTE configuration menu.

  • Select Yes for Enable
  • Select mode for Link Condition Detection (Available modes: Ping Detect or HTTP Detect)
  • 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
  • 4G Only

We have selected 4G Only Network Mode.

Now enter the APN Name to correspond to the service provider you will be connecting to.

You will need to disable Auto APN to allow you to enter the APN Name.

 

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 4G 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.