Secure and Versatile WLAN Solution for Distributed and High-density Deployments

The ZyXEL NWA5000-N Series 802.11 a/b/g/n Managed Access Point is designed specifically to help large organizations like enterprises and educational institutions satisfy the heightened demand for WLAN connectivity, build distributed wireless networks, and solve the wireless security issues that come with the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The NWA5000-N Series consists of the NWA5160N indoor dual-band AP, NWA5560-N indoor dual-radio AP and NWA5550-N outdoor dual-radio AP, which can form a robust controller-based WLAN solution with the NXC5200 Wireless LAN Controller. With advanced management features and enterprise-grade security, this versatile WLAN solution can provide superb wireless performance and safeguard the wireless network edge.

High-density deployments indoors and outdoors

The ZyXEL NWA5000-N Series consists of dual-band, dual-radio, indoor and outdoor APs that can solve the network overloading and signal interference problems of a crowded 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi environment. The NWA5160N dual-band model allows users to set it to work in either the 2.4 or 5 GHz band for added deployment flexibility, while the NWA5560-N and NWA5550-N dual-radio models provide concurrent 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless connectivity. These solutions allow IT administrators to direct some of the wireless traffic to the 5 GHz band to balance network loading and provide better Wi-Fi quality for a largerf amount of users.

Manage up to 240 APs with ease

The ZyXEL NWA5000-N Series managed APs are designed to work with the NXC5200 Wireless LAN Controller to form a robust controller-based WLAN solution. This solution offers the convenience of centralized management of up to 240 APs, as well as auto AP provisioning over both LAN and WAN connections. After being installed and powered on, the APs automatically look for the NXC5200 and establish connections. The pre-defined configuration is then automatically applied to the APs to complete the deployment. Utilizing the CAPWAP protocol, connections can be established between the controller and APs without needing to change the existing LAN infrastructure, which enables users to expand WLAN deployments with ease. Licenses are also available to increase the number of manageable APs to up to 240, allowing enterprises and educational institutions to scale up as Wi-Fi demand grows without needing to upgrade equipment.

High-quality Wi-Fi experience

The ZyXEL NWA5000-N Series and NXC5200 solution is equipped with a range of advanced RF management functions that can help administrators provide optimized Wi-Fi quality and performance with little effort. Its auto channel selection function can provide continuous and automated RF optimization, which relieves administrators from the need to worry about channel settings and optimization diagnostics after deployment. AP load-balancing parameters can be set to distribute traffic and the number of served clients among multiple APs so as to provide better Wi-Fi quality for every user. This solution also features monitoring mode, with which IT administrators can detect and contain rogue APs, capture wireless packets to diagnose WLAN problems, and provide trouble-shooting services from remote locations.

Enterprise-grade wireless security

The ZyXEL NWA5000-N Series and the NXC5200 Wireless LAN Controller are designed to address the wireless security issues that arise with BYOD. They can guard networks and resources against incoming threats from mobile Internet devices with industry-standard WPA/WPA2-Enterprise authentication and a variety of Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) frameworks. The built-in firewall in the NXC5200 can perform Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) of data streams to reject illegitimate packets coming from mobile Internet devices. With optional anti-virus and Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) licenses, users get the most robust wireless security solution to safeguard their wireless network edge.

Flexible traffic forwarding with tunnel and distributed modes

The ZyXEL NWA5000-N Series and NXC5200 solution features both tunnel and distributed traffic forwarding modes, providing IT administrators the flexibility to tunnel wireless traffic between controller and AP, or bridge traffic among multiple APs locally.

* NWA5560-N, NWA5550-N and NXC5200 are already end-of-life (EOL)