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AP Controller Technology

With the BYOD trend accelerating, WiFi connectivity is now widely provided everywhere in offices, hotels and even schools. This significantly and quickly increases demand for WiFi access points, which in turn leads to more provisioning and management issues for network administrators. In fact, a well-designed WLAN controller is usually a solution to relieve administrators from these problems.

Now, Zyxel makes its advanced AP Controller (APC) technology available not only to stand-alone NXC WLAN controllers, but also to its various Gateway products. This enables businesses to easily scale up their WiFi networks with less investment and management efforts.

NXC

Wireless LAN controller.
Manage up to 1024 APs

UTM Firewalls

Consolidate multiple security and networking functions all into one.

VPN Firewalls

Highly secured and robust VPN for excellent multi-sites connection.

ATP Firewalls

The cloud-based sandbox solution designed to stop threats and protect your data.

*with Firmware ZLD V4.10 or above

  1. Supported from ZLD4.50.
  2. From APC3.0, commercial gateways supporting APC technology are able to recognize APs with FW release higher than APC3.0 as Forward Compatible APs. Customers are able to introduce new AP technology with basic features while staying with existing APC device FW if needed.
APC Version
APC3.4
APC3.0
RRM (Radio Resource Management)
Client RSSI threshold v v
Dynamic channel selection DCS3.0 DCS3.0
Band steering (Band select) v (2.0) v (2.0)
Auto power (Auto healing) v v
Wireless client capability information v -
Channel utilization v -
Security Control
MAC filtering v v
Blocking Intra-BSS traffic v v
Role-based access control v v
Wireless L2 Isolation v v
Rogue AP detection in monitor mode v v
Rogue AP detection in AP mode v -
AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting)
MAC authentication with local database v v
MAC authentication with external radius v v
Captive portal (internal & external) v v
Captive portal customizable
web login page
v v
Dynamic guest account v v
RADIUS authentication v v
Microsoft AD authentication v v
LDAP authentication v v
Embedded RADIUS server v v
RADIUS accounting v v
RADIUS session resumption v v
Log-out page v v
802.1X accounting with managed AP v v
Wireless QoS
AP load balancing v (1.5) v (1.5)
Smart classroom load balancing v v
802.11r/k/v support for fast roaming enhancement v Yes, 802.11r only
WLAN Station bandwidth limiting v v
Deployment
Data tunneling v v
ZyMesh v v
ZWO (Zyxel Wireless Optimizer)
AP planning
v v
ZWO (Zyxel Wireless Optimizer)
coverage detection
v v
AP group v v
CAPWAP discovery method v v
NebulaFlex Pro support on NWA5123-AC HD & WAC6303D-S v -
Proxy ARP per SSID on AP v -
Fallback SSID when controller offline v -
Diagnostic Tool
Wireless frame capture v v
AP broadcast counter v -
High Availability
Primary/Secondary controller support v v
License SKU
MAPS v v
ZyMesh license v* v*

*:NXC series support one Root AP for ZyMesh by default. To support more Root APs, NXC series needs ZyMesh license.