Zyxel Networks Named Finalist in Two Categories for 2020 CRN Tech Innovator Awards

ANAHEIM, Calif.--(November 10 2020)--Zyxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure, AI- and cloud-powered business and home networking solutions, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Zyxel Networks as a finalist in two categories in the 2020 CRN Tech Innovator Awards. Zyxel Networks was recognized for the WAX650S 802.11ax (WiFi 6) Dual-Radio Unified Pro Access Point in the Wireless Networking category and the XS1930 Series Multi-Gigabit Smart Managed Switches in the Networking category.

This annual award program honors innovative vendors in the IT channel across 49 technology categories, in key areas ranging from cloud to security to storage to networking. CRN editors assessed hundreds of vendor products along multiple criteria, including uniqueness, key capabilities, technological competency, and addressing customer needs.

Zyxel WAX650S is the first WiFi 6 access point with the ability to be managed directly, or through the cloud, or an on-premises WLAN controller, or a firewall gateway. It allows VARs to standardize on one model of access point regardless of the management needs of the end user. WAX650S is also one of the first APs to pair WiFi 6 technology with Zyxel’s SmartAntenna technology, delivering a one-two punch to help solve real world issues by mitigating co-channel interference to maximize WiFi 6 performance in dense environments.

The high-performance Zyxel XS1930 Series Multi-Gigabit Smart Managed Switches provide small- and medium-sized businesses with feature-rich solutions to upgrade and future-proof their networks to support advanced bandwidth-intensive applications, and enables the adoption of new networking technologies such as WiFi 6. The switches provide port speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 10Gbps, allowing businesses to easily upgrade the bandwidth capacity and performance of their network using their existing standard Ethernet cables. XS1930 switches automatically assign data speeds of 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, or 10Gbps to each port to support the data speed requirements of various applications and connected devices. The XS1930-12HP model provides PoE++ on 8 Ethernet ports with a total PoE budget of 375W, enabling it to comfortably power up to 8 WAC650S access points.

"CRN’s Tech Innovator Awards celebrate technology vendors that empower end users and promote business growth for solution providers with pioneering, purpose-built solutions,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to each of this year’s CRN Tech Innovator Award finalists! We are honored to recognize these best-in-class vendors that are powering IT transformation and innovation.”

“We’re proud to have our products recognized as finalists in two categories,” explained David Soares, Vice President of North American Sales at Zyxel. “This validates our ongoing effort to lead the market in developing and delivering innovative solutions for small and medium sized businesses.”

The Tech Innovator Awards will be featured in the December issue of CRN and can be viewed online at crn.com/techinnovator

About Zyxel:

Since their first day in business over 30 years ago, Zyxel has kept business and home users online with a focus on innovation and customer-centric service. In 1989, this was accomplished with analog modems. Today, the company combines the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud to deliver rapid, reliable, and secure networking solutions for business and home users. Zyxel is a global force in the communications market with an unrivaled international presence that includes:

  • 150 markets served 
  • 1,000,000 businesses working smarter with Zyxel solutions 
  • 100 million devices creating global connections

We’re building the networks of tomorrow, unlocking potential, and meeting the needs of the modern workplace—powering people at work, play, and life.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.