ZyXEL Introduces New Wireless Access Points

Connecting the Internet in Wireless Freedom Beyond Spaces

May 13, 2013; Hsinchu, Taiwan – ZyXEL Communications, a world-class broadband networking company that provides a wide range of Internet-enabled solutions for wired and wireless connections for customers ranging from telecommunications service providers, small- and medium-sized businesses to home users, today introduces several new wireless access points. The NWA5120 802.11 a/b/g/n Unified Access Point Series underlines the wide-spreading wireless Internet connectivity with high reliability and all-embracing coverage. The devices particularly satisfy the need for multi-space indoor deployments such as hotels, school campuses, indoor shopping arcades that require stable, ubiquitous availability of wireless Internet for a considerable amount of guests and visitors everywhere inside the premises. 

As innovative mobile technologies and applications continue to evolve, people rely more on portable devices for a variety of mobile services such as knowledge and information presentation, audio/video contents as well as personal or business communication needs that could happen anytime, anywhere. Before the future wireless standards emerge, Wi-Fi hotspot is still one of the most effective technologies available for immediate, extensive wireless connectivity.

ZyXEL’s new NWA5120 Unified Access Points Series adopts an exceptional dual-functional design that stands out from its peers. The device can perform not only as a full-function standalone access point but also a robust controller-based WLAN solution by connecting to a wireless LAN controller. With later deployments, the configuration is automatically activated upon completion of access point installations; this relieves IT administrators from the troubles of resetting multiple configurations. The versatility allow quick adaption of wireless expansion and easy, flexible management to minimize the complexity and difficulty when Wi-Fi connection points need to expand to fulfill the needs from growing visitors and guests in venues such as hotel and shopping arcades.

Moreover, the new unified access points have pioneered in the category with validation from the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ program. The compatibility allows different mobile devices to access the right network automatically and seamlessly without reentering authentication credentials. This creates maximum convenience for users and it’s particularly important for wireless networks.

In parallel with satisfactory quantitative scalability for wireless connections, assured quality of performance and coverage is expected as well in Wi-Fi deployments. In addition to adoption of the advanced 802.11n wireless technology, the NWA5123-NI in the Series incorporates both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands to match the concurrent Wi-Fi services with either frequency. Users of laptops or mobile devices configured for both bands can give 5GHz the first priority to assure balanced network loading with the 2.4GHz band. Further empowered by ZyXEL’s expertise, the model provides boosted transmit output power over the 5GHz band to make the signal range comparable to the 2.4GHz band. The dual-band mechanism enhances performance and signal coverage with 50% improvement thanks to the reduced traffic congestion and optimal band utility.

Wireless network security is critical especially in public environments. The new NWA5120 Series adopts a two-tier protection mechanism with SSID and Layer-2 isolation, and up to 8 SSID are offered to allow configurations in compliance with different VLAN, Wi-Fi security and authentication policies. The Layer-2 isolation enables more sophisticated security that prevents multiple visitors on the network from seeing and communicating with each other.

Unlike the conventional way that hides bulky routers above the ceiling, the “smoke detector” design allows the devices attached to ceilings or walls, though visible, without affecting the interior décor. The NWA5120 Series is also a PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) Access Point that offers internal and optional external antennas to enhance the wireless performance and minimize dead spots. The new Series is also designed with plenum rating and made of non-toxic materials to prevent hazardous emission – ZyXEL’s commitment to protecting the green environment and public health as well as safety.

The new NWA5120 802.11 a/b/g/n Unified Access Point Series is developed to support businesses in the hospitality segment to quickly extend Wi-Fi connectivity for demands from the evolving popularity of smart mobile devices. For more information about product features and application details, please visit the ZyXEL NWA5120 Wireless Access Point Series on website or contact your local ZyXEL representatives.

ZyXEL Communications Corp.
ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989, 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 Telcos, small to medium-sized businesses, and digital home users for a wide range of deployment scenarios. Telco solutions include Central Office Equipments, Customer Premises Equipments, Wired and Wireless Access Network Devices, and Carrier Switches. SMB and Enterprise solutions include Unified Security Gateways, LAN Switches, WLAN, and IP Telephony. Digital Home solutions include Network Connectivity Devices and Multimedia Solutions.