ZyXEL Launches New Fleet of 11ac Routers and Adapters

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Featuring Cloud-based Optimization Technology for Superior Performance in Handling Multiple Applications on Multiple Devices Simultaneously

May 21, 2013 – Anaheim, CA – ZyXEL Communications, a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet access, connected home and routing products, today introduced several new affordable, feature-rich and performance-driven 802.11ac routers and USB adapters. The new routers (NBG6503, X650 and NBG6716) offer data rates from 750 Mbps to 1750 Mbps to and the two USB adapters (NWD6505 and AC240) deliver 433 Mbps and 867 Mbps speeds respectively. To further enhance the consumer’s connectivity experience, ZyXEL’s premium router also includes innovative cloud-based optimization technology that constantly adapts to new applications and delivers the best performance.

Responding to consumer demand for speeds required for video media streaming, online gaming, and telephony applications for PCs, tablets, and smart phones, the 802.11ac standard takes advantage of the minimal interference offered by the 5GHz band as compared to the more popular and congested 2.4GHz band. For backward compatibility, all ZyXEL routers operate simultaneously on both 2.4Ghz (11n) and 5Ghz (11ac), allowing both types of devices to connect at the same time without interfering with performance. The USB adapters are compatible with both 5Ghz 11ac and 2.4Ghz 11n.

“ZyXEL believes in offering our customers a complete range of reliable, quality products to choose from,” said Steven Joe, executive vice president for channel business for Americas at ZyXEL. “Unlike most wireless products, which are refreshed only after four or five years, ZyXEL aims to provide our customers and solution provider partners with the most cutting-edge technology, and the launch of our 802.11ac routers is a great example of how we’re meeting that goal.”

ZyXEL’s NBG6716 Router is an AC1750 device, delivering 1.3Gbps throughput in the 5Ghz band and 450Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. Uniquely, it also boasts an innovative performance optimization technology to ensure the NBG6716 can identify different types of traffic and intelligently manage them as needed. Unlike typical QoS technologies, NBG6716’s optimization technology includes a cloud-based service that automatically pushes the latest app management profiles to the router, so the rules are always current. Not only does the technology optimize quality of service based on packet priority, but adds the ability to automatically allocate bandwidth for different applications based on their bandwidth requirements, thus ensuring the best possible experience for every user on the home network.

ZyXEL’s X650 Router provides AC1200, with 867Mbps speed for 11ac and 300Mbps speeds for 11n, as well as Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The NBG6503 Router offers AC750 connectivity, with 433Mbps 11ac and 300Mbps 11n.

The AC240 is an AC1200, USB 3.0 adapter that operates on speeds of 867Mbps over 11ac and 300Mbps over 11n. The use of USB 3.0 provides more bandwidth than USB 2.0, allowing for faster real throughput when compared to USB 2.0 based AC1200 USB adapters.

ZyXEL’s NWD6505 is an AC600 adapter, providing 433Mbps 11ac and 150Mbps 11n throughput. Both adapters, AC240 and NWD6505, can be easily configured to operate on either 11ac or the 11n standard.

NBG6716 - $229.99 MSRP
X650 Router - $139.99 MSRP
NBG6503 Router - $99.99 MSRP

AC240 - $69.99 MSRP
NWD6505 - $59.99 MSRP

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL, a pioneer in IP technology for over 20 years, provides a complete portfolio of multi-service LTE, fiber and DSL broadband gateways, home connectivity solutions, smart home devices and enterprise-class Ethernet switches, security and Wi-Fi equipment for small to mid-size business. ZyXEL offers integrated, interoperable network solutions based on open standards. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, ZyXEL offers its partners service-rich solutions backed by a domestic team of logistic, sales, and technical support professionals. www.zyxel.com.

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