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ZyXEL Wireless Controllers are designed to provide businesses with a solution that works as an AP planning, deployment, monitoring and maintenance solution while offering management, authentication and guest access within an all-in-one device.

Zyxel’s next generation WLAN controller, the NXC5500, is capable of extending networks flexibly and fulfilling different deploy requirements with excellent Access Point (AP) compatibility; and the NXC5500 can centralize WLAN management to reduce extra efforts. The NXC5500 is easy to use and scalable for hotels, education institutions, chain stores as well as small- to-medium-size enterprises to configure network solutions that meet their specific needs.

Centralized management and provision

With demand for Internet connection of mobile devices growing rapidly, high scalability WLAN and centralized management become necessary for wireless device deployments. The Zyxel NXC5500 WLAN controller has great scalability to manage up to 512 APs centrally. The NXC5500 utilizes CAPWAP protocol to minimize issues of Wi-Fi deployments that are new, or belong to extension programs on top of the existing networks.

Adaptive and resilient Wi-Fi deployments

The Zyxel NXC5500 features with ZyMesh to solve the complex cable deployments when extending Wi-Fi coverage, and provide high resilience Wi-Fi service with multiple route selections for each repeater APs. In the past, administrators had to assign a channel and MAC addresses in each AP while setting up a WDS link to extend Wi-Fi service; now they can make auto provision and manage easily.

WLAN optimization and enhanced RF management

All wireless networks face a major challenge: ensuring Wi-Fi clients get service levels they’d need. Therefore, there are several kinds of Wi-Fi clients exist on the network, and these users tend to make their own connectivity and roaming decisions. The NXC5500 can monitor the capabilities of each wireless client and steer the client to the best radio on the best AP by band select and signal threshold. Also, the NXC5500 can detect status of neighbor AP and adjust output power automatically to ensure a non-stop Wi-Fi service.

Secured wireless edge and access management

The NXC5500 features with diversified Wi-Fi security features and comprehensive access control to help enterprises and businesses address the wireless security issues that arise with BYOD.

High Scalability

The great scalability allows the NXC5500 to manage up to 512 access points centrally, and the NXC5500 also helps administrators to make auto provision without exhaustive configuration for each AP within few minutes. Auto Healing

The NXC5500 has Auto Healing feature that detects status of neighbor APs and adjust AP power automatically to provide enduring network services. If an AP is not functional, the nearby APs will increase output power to cover the void area. Once the AP outage recovers, the nearby APs decrease output power automatically. Client Steering

Client Steering sets 5 GHz as priority for dual-band devices to overcome heavy loading on 2.4 GHz, while client signal threshold transfer devices to APs with stronger signal. With these two functions, the NXC5500 ensures better radio resource usage to provide max wireless network performance for users. NAT Traversal

The NXC5500 can facilitate the connections traversing NAT gateways to solve connection issue for AP and WLAN controller deployed in different subnets and to ensure the highest robustness of WLAN networks. Wi-Fi Site Survey and RTLS

The NXC5500 partners with Ekahau to provide site survey and Real-Time Location Tracking (RTLS) to best assist site selection and expedite large scale or campus deployment. High Performance

The NXC5500 is equipped with 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports, enabling both high bandwidth and flexible deployments. The high performance and scalability ensure the NXC5500 provides robust networking for modern networks where one person is equipped with multiple devices. ZyMesh

The ZyMesh features of NXC5500 help extending Wi-Fi coverage to places where cable deployment is difficult. In addition, each repeater APs has multiple route selections to provide non-stop Wi-Fi services. ZyMesh enables to make auto provision and manage for multiple APs easily and centrally. Comprehensive Access Management

The NXC5500 offers easy dynamic account creation and versatile wireless user authentication methods for different application scenarios to provide smooth and secured access. The MAC authentication and customized captive portal adapted to suit the needs of enterprises, hospitability and public venues application. With captive portal via QR code access support, keyboard-less mobile devices are able to access Internet service instantly and securely. Secured Wireless Edge

The NXC5500 features with multiple network security functions to provide the most robust protection for the wireless network edge. The rogue AP containment and detection ensures to block malicious AP, while industry-standard WPA/WPA2-Enterprise authentication, a variety of Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) frameworks and built-in firewall feature enables secure access against unauthorized or malicious activities in enterprise network.
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Delivering a good wireless LAN service that stands up to the demands of connecting users to the latest high bandwidth applications is not easy. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), mobility and 3G Wi-Fi tablet and smart phone technology all present scalability, manageability and functionality challenges to business Wi-Fi installations. To enable businesses to addressing these challenges ZyXEL has developed the NXC2500, an all-in-one, intelligent Wireless LAN Controller. The ZyXEL NXC2500 is designed to provide resellers and businesses with a solution that works as an AP planning, deployment, monitoring and maintenance solution while offering management, authentication and guest access within an all-in-one device.As standard the ZyXEL NXC2500 supports the initial management of 8 APs and provides scalability with a maximum supported total up to 24 APs, the "pay-as-you-grow" principle provides reassurance and future proofing for small and medium-sized businesses, hotels and educational institutes to implement secured, centralized wireless LAN networks. Features: Centralized management for up to 24 APs
ZyXEL wireless optimizer for easily planning, deployment and maintenance
AP auto discovery and auto provisioning
Visualized AP service quality map
Comprehensive Internet guest account generator
Support of multiple authentication methods (AD, LDAP or RADIUS)
Simplifying BYOD The ZyXEL NXC2500 helps businesses to meet BYOD challenges. As more and more people are bringing their own devices to work, the workplace has gradually evolved from "one device for one person" to "multiple devices for many people". The NXC2500 has been designed to work with ZyXEL Unified, Unified Pro and Managed Series of Access Points with no pre-configuration required. The NXC2500 provides the business with multiple auto-discovery methods, Broadcast, DHCP option and DNS. With IETF standard based CAPWAP (Control And Provisioning of Wireless Access Points), secured communication can be established between the NXC controller and access points without changing the existing LAN infrastructure, this allows APs be deployed and provisioned quickly and securely within the network. The NXC2500 offers a non-stop wireless service, easy installation and secured Wi-Fi network for your business.
Visualized AP planning and WLAN health management Efficiently estimating the number of APs needed and fast deployment of stable, high quality Wi-Fi coverage are two unavoidable challenges for every WLAN installation scenario. Monitoring and maintaining the health of the wireless network after deployment is equally important and usually can consume a lot of effort. In order to simplify the planning, deploying and maintaining, the ZyXEL Wireless Optimizer works in unison with the NXC2500. The Wireless Optimizer provides a pre-installation AP planning function and after installation delivers innovation that allows your WLAN Access points to act as Wi-Fi sensors to perform coverage detection that simplifies and speeds up deployment. The AP Wi-Fi sensor also provides a wireless quality index, and can be visualized into the Wi-Fi quality MAP within the wireless optimizer application, where the maintenance and optimization of the Wi-Fi deployment is no longer an "invisible" and incredibly complicated challenge.
Optimal WLAN quality The ZyXEL NXC2500 comes with a range of advanced RF management functions that minimizes administrator efforts for optimized Wi-Fi quality and performance. The auto channel selection function can provide continuous, automated RF optimization to relieve administrators from the need to worry about channel settings and to determine the right channels. AP load-balancing parameters can also be set to distribute traffic, while the number of served clients among multiple APs can also be detected to improve overall efficiency.
Authentication with simplified management The ZyXEL NXC2500 uses comprehensive authentication methods to manage Wi-Fi accessibility for laptops, tablets or other mobile devices with AD, LDAP or RADIUS authentication servers. The NXC2500 also provides a built-in RADIUS server, captive portal server and DHCP server. It has the capability for fully customizable portal pages allowing you to deploy secured employee and guest access without the need for any additional servers and the user friendly guest account generator can dynamically create user accounts for guests at reception or as easily by the business office administrators. The flexible, powerful, yet friendly design all helps to demystify the professional Wi-Fi deployment and make the implementation of business class Wi-Fi easy.

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