ZyXEL Debuts High-performance Public Internet Access Gateway for Hospitality Venues

UAG5100 delivers high speed Internet service to guests while providing control and revenue opportunities to hotels, convention centers, and libraries

June 13, 2014 – Hsinchu, Taiwan – ZyXEL Communications today introduced its advanced UAG5100 Unified Access Gateway. Designed specifically for hospitality environments including hotels, convention centers and public libraries, the Gateway delivers features with dual-WAN interfaces providing high performance, resilient Internet access for up to 800 concurrent logins while offering the host data retention collection, per-account bandwidth management, and the potential for a new revenue stream.

ZyXEL is a global leader in broadband networking technology, providing a wide portfolio of wired and wireless network solutions for customers ranging from telecommunications service providers to small- and medium-size businesses and home users.
“These days, guests to hotels, schools, libraries and other venues expect immediate online access,” said Wayne Hwang, AVP of ZyXEL Gateway Business Unit. “But since they come and go rapidly with several smart devices (such as a smartphone, tablet, and laptop) and in masses, access management and bandwidth management can create a significant challenge for the host. The UAG5100 offers broad, scalable management capabilities including an integrated Gateway and WLAN controller to optimize the management of deployed APs. It is able to facilitate access management in hospitality venues, while offering a revenue stream, and maximizing both uptime and access quality to ensure the utmost customer satisfaction.”

The ZyXEL UAG5100 is designed with advanced billing, user authentication, and access control features that help hospitality locations manage guest accounts, block unauthorized access, and limit access abuse through per-account bandwidth management. It facilitates monetization of networking investments by offering Internet access as a paid service, or as a free service with limitations and a premium when a purchase is made.

The UAG5100 provides non-stop Internet uptime with dual-WAN support, working with two Ethernet WAN connections for active-active load balancing or active-passive failover.

The Gateway delivers Internet services with reduced capital and operational expenditures; without additional hardware investments, the UAG5100 can scale up to 800 concurrent logins, and manage up to 32 Wi-Fi APs with the integrated WLAN controller. The WLAN controller increases administrative efficiency with a centralized interface for AP management. The UAG5100 also offers ten IPSec VPN tunnels that make it easy for MSPs (Managed Service Providers) to remotely manage and service the UAG5100 installed at the customer premises.

Regions that are required to comply with local governmental data retention laws will appreciate the UAG5100’s ability to automatically record user account information, MAC addresses, source and destination IPs, data volume, and protocol type. In addition, UAG5100 can log Internet and SMS activities passing through it to assist in jurisdictions that require audit capabilities as part of compliance with anti-terrorism laws.

For a complete list of product features, please visit UAG5100 on the ZyXEL global Web site or contact your local sales representatives.

ZyXEL Communications Corp.
Founded in 1989, ZyXEL Communications Corp. is a world-class networking company providing innovative and reliable Internet solutions. As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has gone through transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions for Telco’s, small to medium-sized businesses, and digital home users for a wide range of deployment scenarios. Telco solutions include Central Office Equipment, Customer Premises Equipment, Wired and Wireless Access Network Devices, and Carrier Switches. SMB and Enterprise solutions include Unified Security Gateways, LAN Switches, WLAN. Digital Home solutions include Network Connectivity Devices and Multimedia Solutions.