ZyXEL Introduces Access Points with Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint™

One of the Industry Firsts with Proven Compliance

February 21, 2013; Hsinchu, Taiwan – ZyXEL Communications, a world-class broadband networking company that provides leading Internet solutions for customers ranging from telecommunications service providers, small- and medium-sized businesses to home users, today announces the compliance of its NWA5120 Access Point Series with the Wi-Fi Passpoint™ for Certification. Driven by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the new initiative aims to enable seamless compatibility among different types of mobile devices in Wi-Fi hotspot environments. ZyXEL’s new NWA5120 Access Point Series leads the category to become one of the first few such products to win this coveted certification.  

Wi-Fi hotspot is one of the most effective technologies available to enable wireless connectivity immediately and extensively before advancing to the future wireless standards. By offloading mobile data from congested networks, it assures mobile connection quality even in high-density environments. Today, more than a million hotspots have been installed around the world and the number continues to climb – around 5.8 million worldwide are expected by 2015, according to a prediction reported by Informa Telecoms and Media, a business information provider.  

Typically, users need to locate an available network and then request for connection to the access point every time; in many cases, re-entry of authentication credential is required among different mobile devices. The new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ program is developed to help users getting rid of the cumbersome experience by making the process of finding and accessing the right network seamless. Additionally, the incorporated WPA2™ (Wi-Fi Protected Assess 2) mechanism also provides stronger data protection and network access control – the government-grade IEEE 802.11i standard-based security and exclusive access only for authorized users. Owners of Passpoint™-certified mobile devices such as handsets and tablets will enjoy a refreshingly smooth connecting experience.    

Not only with the pioneering compatibility, the new NWA5120 Access Point Series also boasts the same leading-edge designs and functionalities as other ZyXEL access point products. Designed with the advanced 802.11n wireless technology and concurrent dual-band functionalities, it significantly boosts access performance for mobile devices. The compact design similar to a smoke detector well blends into the environment without interfering the decoration. Together with ZyXEL’s Wireless LAN Controller (NXC5200), the combination not only empowers businesses with extensive multi-point capability for mobile access, but also high controller-based manageability for service providers to ensure the performance of distributed deployments. 

To learn how the new NWA5120 Access Point Series works and the premium advantages brought by the Wi-Fi Passpoint™ certification, please visit ZyXEL at booth #5B60, Hall 5 in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Feb 25-28, or contact ZyXEL representatives in your country for complete details and product availability.  

ZyXEL Communications Corp.
ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989, is a world-class networking company providing IP-based wire and wireless 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.