ISP’s worldwide are opting for the Draytek Vigor 110 ADSL Ethernet modem for firewalls and load balancers. This is according to Draytek distributor, Network Platforms, which has just launched the product to the local ISP market.

“By providing a PPPoE to PPPoA bridge, the connected device — firewall, router or PC — can log into the Internet or Internet Service Provider (ISP) directly and one has full control over the ADSL connection. This makes the DrayTek Vigor 110 a unique product,” says Network Platforms MD Bradley Love.
“Furthermore, one can connect any device to the DrayTek Vigor 110, which has a PPPoE client facility, which includes PCs, most Ethernet-WAN routers and the Apple Airport. However, the actual connection to ones ISP is still PPPoA, unlike other modems which only provide PPPoE native bridging, which is the unique feature of this product and makes it compatible with nearly all ISP’s where PPPoA is used as standard.”
Love says other ADSL Ethernet modems use workarounds to get a public IP address through a secondary device or client, requiring non-standard operation and complicated dual-stage setup (modem logs in, router routes). To this end, he says the DrayTek Vigor 110 provides the secondary device with a real routed IP connection and the ability to fully manage the connection, making setup easy.
“In most cases, the DrayTek Vigor 100 needs no setup or configuration – just plug it in and set up your PC or router. All login or ISP details are entered on the connected client device, not the DrayTek Vigor 110. This method also differs from using a regular ADSL router which logs in itself and then uses NAT or multiple public IP addresses to create an onward client connection for your secondary device; that is not IP Address thrifty, or introduces secondary NAT compromises,” he explains.
With the DrayTek Vigor 110 bridge or modem, one gets a true single public IP address or multiple, if one has them, straight through to your firewall or router, which also has complete control of the ISP connection.