Solving the WLAN Problems of Tomorrow, Today
• Ceiling and wall mountable
• Plenum rated housing
• 2-in-1 standalone/managed AP
design
• CAPWAP management
supported
• Enterprise class 2x2 802.11ac
AP supports combined data
rates of up to 1200 Mbps
(NWA5123-AC)
• APFlexTM and ZyXEL One
Network utilities make
deployment simple and fast
The ZyXEL NWA5120 Series 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point is a highly
future-proof WLAN solution perfect for growing business, hospitality and
education environments. With a 2-in-1 standalone/managed AP design, users
can initially use it as a standalone AP, and convert it to a controller-managed
AP when Wi-Fi demand grows. The Series is designed with industry-leading
technology to provide trouble-free wireless quality to lower IT overhead.
The embedded antennas and signal output are fine-tuned to provide easy
RF planning and maximum signal coverage. It also supports such features as
dynamic channel selection, load balancing and pre-authentication for superb
Wi-Fi experience.
Benefits
Ceiling-mount design blends into environments
Different from traditional business routers, the slick “smoke detector” ceiling-mount
design of ZyXEL NWA5120 Series provides better coverage and performance. The
NWA5120 Series is a PoE AP with a multifunction design that solves all problems
by offering internal as well as external antennas to enhance wireless performance
and to eliminate coverage dead spots. Moreover, the signal outputs have been
fine-tuned to provide easy RF planning and excellent signal coverage especially for
hospitality and education environments.
The ZyXEL NWA5120 Series has been designed with plenum rating and made of
non-toxic materials without hazardous emission – the safe design makes it more
suitable for public indoor wireless deployments.
ZyXEL One Network experience
NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified
Access Point
Aiming for relieving our customers from repetitive operations of deploying and
managing a network, ZyXEL One Network is designed to simplify the configuration,
management, and troubleshooting, allowing our customers to focus on the
business priorities. ZyXEL One Network presents an easy-to-use tool, ZyXEL One
Network Utility (ZON Utility), to realize speed network setup. ZyXEL Smart Connect
allows ZyXEL networking equipment to be aware and recognize each other and
further facilitating the network maintenance via one-click remote functions such
as factory reset or power cycling. ZyXEL One Network redefines the network
integration across multiple networking products from switch to Wi-Fi AP and to
Gateway.
NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point
Effortless conversion from standalone to centrally-managed
The ZyXEL NWA5120 Series Unified APs can be configured as a fully functional standalone AP and also capable to work
with Wireless LAN Controller to form a robust controller-based WLAN solution with centralized management when Wi-Fi
demand grows, as well as auto AP provisioning over both LAN and WAN connections. After being installed and powered
on, the APs automatically look for the Wireless LAN Controller and establish connections. Utilizing the CAPWAP protocol,
connections can be established between the controller and APs without needing to change the existing LAN infrastructure.
Ultra-fast Gigabit Wi-Fi experience
Featuring the latest 802.11ac standard, the NWA5123-AC not only provides data rates of up to 1200 Mbps, but also
optimizes signal with its advanced antenna design to bring the best user experience through a higher number of parallel
video data streams for minimized latency on the network. Additionally, the concurrent dual-band support enables
NWA5123-AC to satisfy clients using both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the same time and is perfect for high-density applications
such as hospitality, education and business.
Streamlined deployments for optimized WLAN experience
The NWA5120 Series features APFlexTM to simplify managed/standalone AP mode configuration to integrate with network
environments automatically and to eliminate the need for pre-install preparations. To deliver optimized wireless experience
for users, the NWA5120 Series features Dynamic Channel Selection (DCS), Load Balancing and Smart Client Steering, etc.
Dynamic Channel Selection (DCS) avoids interference from co-channel and channel overlapping at initialization, while
Load Balancing enables administrators to set limits on the number of clients associated with each AP. Furthermore, Smart
Client steering features Band Select, Signal Threshold and Band Balancing for stable, reliable wireless connections. Band
Select and Signal Threshold monitor the capabilities of each wireless client and steer them to the less-congested band and
the AP with better signal. Band Balancing detects dual-radio clients and distributes clients across 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
on AP. These advanced functions ensure the NWA5120 Series to provide a smooth, consistent and uninterrupted wireless
access experience.
Controller Management
Application
Diagram
TE
HO
L
Hotel Lounges Café
GS1920-24HP
24-port GbE Smart
Managed PoE
Switch
NWA5123-AC
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual-Radio Unified
Access Point
Tablet PC
Laptop
Smartphone
NXC5500
Wireless LAN
Controller
Hotel Lobby
NWA5121-NI
802.11 b/g/n Unified
Access Point
Internet
GS1900-8HP
8-port GbE
Smart Managed
PoE Switch
USG110
Unified Security
Gateway
Tablet PC
Laptop
NWA5121-NI
802.11 b/g/n Unified
Access Point
Smartphone
Guestroom
NWA5123-AC
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual-Radio
Unified Access Point
Tablet PC
GS1920-24HP
24-port GbE Smart
Managed PoE
Switch
Laptop
NWA5123-AC
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual-Radio
Unified Access Point
Smartphone
Swimming
Pool
LMR200
Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz
NWA5121-N
802.11 b/g/n
Unified
Access Point
Wi-Fi 5 GHz
LMR
2
60°
ANT1314
Outdoor Antenna
NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point
Feature Highlights
Ultra-fast Speed
WPA2 Enterprise
NWA5123-AC is the 2x2 802.11ac AP which
provides Gigabit Wi-Fi experience. The
concurrent dual-band support meets the
incremental BYOD demands to support more
clients with equal signal coverage in both
2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. There’s no latency to
transmit high bandwidth data such as video
and voice streaming.
NWA5120 series features with industrial
strength WPA2 enterprise protection
and supports a wide range of Extensible
Authentication Protocol (EAP) types. It can
be seamlessly integrated with deployed
corporate RADIUS servers.
Wireless Layer-2 Isolation
The Layer-2 isolation protects private
networks among client users, allowing
users to access their shared devices without
entering the rest of a private network for
enhanced security. In addition, the intraBSS blocking prevents different Wi-Fi clients
associated with the same AP from seeing each
other and each other’s data.
ZyMesh
Wireless Mesh is an array of access points
automatically forming dynamic wireless links.
Built on this foundation of mesh networking,
ZyMesh is ZyXEL’s proprietary protocol
for creating wireless mesh links for easy
configuration, optimized management and
enhanced reliability.
ZyXEL One Network Utility
ZyXEL AP Configurator
To streamline the management process, the
NWA5120 series comes with the ZyXEL One
Network (ZON) utility, allowing administrators
to assign IP addresses to multiple APs through
just one platform.
Administrators can avoid the hassle logging
into each AP to change the default IP
addresses before physical installation.
While deploying a number of APs, repetitive
configuration of each unit takes time and
effort. ZyXEL AP Configurator (ZAC) builds
templates that allow users to copy one profile
to several APs, allowing batch firmware
upgrades and profile backups in three easy
steps to significantly reduce configuration
time and effort.
ZyXEL Wireless Optimizer
ZyXEL APFlexTM
ZyXEL Wireless Optimizer (ZWO) provides a
powerful tool for centralized management
covering initial planning, adjustment during
deployment and after-sale maintenance of
an AP network. Architects can simulate AP
deployment on a map displaying the number
of APs needed. During deployment, ZWO will
also map actual signal coverage for architects
to adjust their AP locations or configurations.
After-sale, network administrators can
access key performance details from ZWO,
including channel in use, transmit retry rate
and frame error rate, as well as the devices on
the environment map. ZWO’s user-friendly
presentation saves time and facilitates quick
response to the network problems.
ZyXEL APFlexTM includes Zero-touch
AP mode changing and Automatic IP
configuration functions. The Zero-touch AP
mode setting detects if there is an existing
ZyXEL controller and to choose stand-alone or
managed mode accordingly.
The Automatic IP configuration removes
manual configuration and allows the AP
to set itself to fixed or dynamic IP address
automatically. With these two intelligent
features, IT administrators can skip the two
critical settings that had to be handled
manually on legacy products and focus to
more critical configuration tasks instead.
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NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point
Specifications
Model
NWA5121-NI
NWA5121-N
NWA5123-NI
NWA5123-AC
802.11 b/g/n Unified
Access Point
802.11 b/g/n Unified
Access Point
802.11 a/b/g/n DualRadio Unified Access
Point
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual-Radio Unified
Access Point
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
1
1
2
2
Product name
Main Design
Wireless frequency
Radio
Embedded 2x2 7 dBi
antenna
Antenna
2 External 3 dBi dipole Embedded 2x2 5 dBi/
antenna
6 dBi antenna
Embedded 2X2 3
dBi/4 dBi antenna
RF Specifications
2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n)
USA (FCC): 2.412 to 2.462 GHz
Europe (ETSI): 2.412 to 2.472 GHz
Taiwan (TW): 2.412 to 2.462 GHz
2.4 GHz
(11 g/n)
5 GHz (IEEE 802.11
5 GHz (IEEE 802.11
a/n)
a/n/ac)
USA (FCC): 5.15 to 5.35 USA (FCC): 5.15 to 5.35
GHz;
GHz;5.725 to 5.850
5.725 to 5.850 GHz
GHz
Europe (ETSI): 5.15 to
Europe (ETSI): 5.15
5.35 GHz;
to 5.35 GHz;5.470 to
5.470 to 5.725 GHz
5.725 GHz
Taiwan (TW): 5.15 to
Taiwan (TW): 5.15
5.35 GHz;
to 5.35 GHz;5.725 to
5.725 to 5.850 GHz
5.850 GHz
Frequency
band
5 GHz
(11 a/n)
Max.
transmit
power*
-
US (FCC)
2.4 GHz
20 dBm, 2 antennas
20 dBm, 2 antennas
23 dBm, 2 antennas
23 dBm, 2 antennas
US (FCC)
5 GHz
-
-
26 dBm, 2 antennas
26 dBm, 2 antennas
EU (ETSI)
2.4 GHz
17 dBm, 2 antennas
18 dBm, 2 antennas
17 dBm, 2 antennas
20 dBm, 2 antennas
EU (ETSI)
5 GHz
-
-
26 dBm, 2 antennas
26 dBm, 2 antennas
2.4 GHz:
• 802.11b/g, min. up to -95 dBm
• 802.11n/20 MHz, min. up to -93 dBm
• 802.11n/40 MHz, min. up to -92 dBm
Received sensitivity
4
2.4 GHz:
• 802.11b/g, min. up
to -97 dBm
• 802.11n/20 MHz,
min. up to -93 dBm
• 802.11n/40 MHz,
min. up to -90
5 GHz:
• 802.11a, min. up to
-94 dBm
• 802.11n/20 MHz,
min. up to -93 dBm
• 802.11n/40 MHz,
min. up to -91 dBm
2.4 GHz
• 802.11b/g, min. up
to -99 dBm
•802.11n/20 MHz,
min. up to -93 dBm
• 802.11n/40 MHz,
min. up to -88
5 GHz
• 802.11a, min. up to
-95 dBm
• 802.11n/20 MHz,
min. up to -94 dBm
• 802.11n/40 MHz,
min. up to -92 dBm
• 802.11ac/40 MHz,
min. up to -92 dBm
• 802.11ac/80 MHz,
min. up to -89 dBm
NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point
Model
NWA5121-NI
NWA5121-N
NWA5123-NI
NWA5123-AC
1
1
1
1
PoE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
PoE power draw
4W
4W
7W
9W
802.11g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9,
11, 12, 18,
24, 36, 48 and 54
Mbps
802.11n: up to 300
Mbps in
MCS15 (40 MHz;
GI=400 ns)
802.11g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9,
11, 12, 18,
24, 36, 48 and 54
Mbps
802.11n: up to 300
Mbps in
MCS15 (40 MHz;
GI=400 ns)
WMM (Wi-Fi certified)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes(Compliance)
WEP
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WPA/WPA2-PSK
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WPA2 (Wi-Fi certified)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1X
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
LAN
Number of 10/100/1000
Mbps LAN ports
WLAN Security
Support data rate
Number of multiple SSID
802.11 a/g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6,
802.11 a/g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24,36, 48,
9, 11, 12,
and 54 Mbps
18, 24, 36, 48 and 54
802.11n: up to 300
Mbps
Mbps in MCS15(40
802.11n: up to 300
MHz; GI = 400 ns)
Mbps in
802.11ac: up to
MCS15 (40 MHz;
866 Mbps in MCS9
GI=400 ns)
(80 MHz; 2 spatial
streams;
GI = 400 ns)
8
8
16
16
MAC filtering
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RADIUS authentication
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
EAP types
TLS, TTLS, PEAP, FAST, AKA and SIM
Rogue AP detection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
VLANs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DHCP client
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WMM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WMM power saving
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Network
QoS
ZyXEL ONE Network
ZON Utility
• Discovery of ZyXEL switches, APs and gateways
• Centralized and batch configurations
IP configuration
IP renew
Device factory reset
Device locating
Firmware upgrade
Password configuration
One-click quick association with ZyXEL AP Configurator (ZAC)
■
■
■
■
■
■
■
■
Device reboot
Web GUI access
■
Smart Connect
• Discover neighboring devices
• One-click remote management access to the neighboring ZyXEL devices
Management Features
ZAC
CLI
• Batch AP configuration
Yes
• Batch AP firmware upgrade
Yes
5
Yes
• Batch AP profile backup
Yes
NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point
Model
NWA5121-NI
NWA5121-N
NWA5123-NI
NWA5123-AC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
627,152
627,152
781,396
1,727,244
Others
Plenum rating
MTBF (hr)
Standard Compliance
Ethernet
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
PoE
IEEE 802.3af
IEEE 802.11 a/g
(OFDM/DSSS)
• 48/54 Mbps (QAM64)
• 24/36 Mbps (QAM16)
• 12/18 Mbps (QPSK)
• 6/9 Mbps (BPSK)
IEEE 802.11b (DSSS)
• 5.5/11 Mbps (CCK)
• 2 Mbps (DQPSK)
• 1 Mbps (DBPSK)
IEEE 802.11n (OFDM/
DSSS)
• QAM-64
• QAM-16
• QPSK
• BPSK
Radio modulation
IEEE 802.11a/g
(OFDM/DSSS)
• 48/54 Mbps
(QAM-64)
• 24/36 Mbps
(QAM-16)
• 12/18 Mbps (QPSK)
• 6/9 Mbps (BPSK)
IEEE 802.11b
(DSSS)
• 5.5/11 Mbps (CCK)
• 2 Mbps (DQPSK)
• 1 Mbps (DBPSK)
IEEE 802.11n
(OFDM/DSSS)
• QAM-64
• QAM-16
• QPSK
• BPSK
IEEE 802.11ac
(OFDM/DSSS)
• 256-QAM
• 64-QAM
• QPSK
• BPSK
Certification
Radio
EMC
ETSI EN 300 328 V1.7.1: 11-2006
FCC Part 15.247
LP0002
EN 60601-1-2: 2007
ETSI EN 300 328 V1.7.1 : 11-2006
EN 301 893 V1.5.1
FCC Part 15.247
FCC Part 15E
LP0002
EN 60601-1-2 : 2007
EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1: 04-2008
EN 301 489-17 V2.1.1: 05-2009
EN55022: 2010
EN55024: 2010
EN61000-3-2/-3
FCC Part 15.107
BSMI CNS13438.99; CNS14336: 99
EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1: 11-2008
EN 301 489-17 V2.1.1: 05-2009
EN55022:2010
EN55024:2010
EN61000-3-2/-3
FCC Part 15.107
BSMI CNS13438.99; CNS14336:99
EN 60950-1: 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1: 2010 + A12: 2011
IEC 60950-1: 2005
BSMI
Safety
Power Requirement
Power supply
12 V DC, 1 A
12 V DC, 1 A
6
12 V DC, 1 A
12VDC, 1A
NWA5120 Series
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Unified Access Point
Model
NWA5121-NI
NWA5121-N
NWA5123-NI
NWA5123-AC
130 x 130 x 54.5/
5.12 x 5.12 x 2.17
130 x 130 x 54.5/
5.12 x 5.12 x 2.17
130 x 130 x 54.5/
5.12 x 5.12 x 2.17
130 x 130x 54.7/
5.12 x 5.12 x 2.17
0.23/0.51
0.23/0.51
0.25/0.55
0.30/0.67
282 x 207 x 71/
11.10 x 8.15 x 2.80
282 x 207 x 71/
11.10 x 8.15 x 2.80
282 x 207 x 71/
11.10 x 8.15 x 2.80
278 x 209 x 72/10.94 x
8.23 x 2.83
0.61/1.34
0.61/1.34
0.63/1.39
0.70/1.54
Physical Specifications
Item
Dimensions
(WxDxH)
(mm/in.)
Weight
(kg/lb.)
Packing
Dimensions
(WxDxH)
(mm/in.)
Weight
(kg/lb.)
Included accessories
• Power adapter
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature
environHumidity
ment
Storage
Temperature
environHumidity
ment
• Wall/ceiling mount plate
0°C to 50°C/32°F to 122°F
10% to 90% (non-condensing)
-30°C to 70°C/-22°F to 158°F
10% to 90%
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