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Zyxel NWA5123-AC
802.11ac and 11n Unified Access Point

Zyxel NWA5123-AC

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  • 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

Solving the WLAN Problems of Tomorrow, Today

The Zyxel NWA5120 Series 802.11n/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.

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

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.

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.


Ultra-fast Speed

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.

WPA2 Enterprise

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 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.

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 intra-BSS blocking prevents different Wi-Fi clients associated with the same AP from seeing each other and each other’s data.

Zyxel AP Configurator

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 One Network Utility

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.

Zyxel APFlexTM

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.

Zyxel Wireless Optimizer

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.

Application Diagram:

NWA5120 Series

NWA3000-N Series Unified Pro APs in a large campus deployment managed by the Zyxel NXC5200 WLAN Controller.

NWA3000-N Series Unified Pro APs in a large campus deployment


Model NWA5121-NI NWA5123-AC
Product name 802.11n Dual-Radio Unified Access Point 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Point
Main Design
Wireless frequency 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
Radio 1 2
Antenna Embedded 2x2 7 dBi antenna Embedded 2X2 3 dBi/4 dBi antenna
RF Specifications
Frequency band 2.4 GHz (11 g/n)
  • 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
5 GHz (11 a/n) -
  • 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac)
  • USA (FCC): 5.15 to 5.35 GHz;5.725 to 5.850 GHz
  • Europe (ETSI): 5.15 to 5.35 GHz;5.470 to 5.725 GHz
  • Taiwan (TW): 5.15 to 5.35 GHz;5.725 to 5.850 GHz
  • Conducted typical transmit output power US (FCC) 2.4 GHz 20 dBm, 2 antennas 23 dBm, 2 antennas
    US (FCC) 5 GHz - 26 dBm, 2 antennas
    EU (ETSI) 2.4 GHz 17 dBm, 2 antennas 20 dBm, 2 antennas
    EU (ETSI) 5 GHz - 26 dBm, 2 antennas
    Received sensitivity 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
  • 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
  • LAN
    Number of 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports 1 1
    PoE Yes Yes
    PoE power draw 4 W 9 W
    WLAN Security
    Support data rate 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)
    802.11 a/g:
    1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24,36, 48, and 54 Mbps

    up to 300 Mbps in MCS15(40 MHz; GI = 400 ns)

    up to 866 Mbps in MCS9(80 MHz; 2 spatial streams; GI = 400 ns)
    WMM (Wi-Fi certified) Yes Yes(Compliance)
    WEP Yes Yes
    WPA/WPA2-PSK Yes Yes
    WPA2 (Wi-Fi certified) Yes Yes
    WPA/WPA2-Enterprise Yes Yes
    IEEE 802.1X Yes Yes
    Number of multiple SSID 8 16
    MAC filtering Yes Yes
    RADIUS authentication Yes Yes
    EAP types TLS, TTLS, PEAP, FAST, AKA and SIM
    Rogue AP detection Yes Yes
    VLANs Yes Yes
    DHCP client Yes Yes
    WMM Yes Yes
    WMM power saving Yes Yes
    Zyxel ONE Network
    ZON utility
    • Discover Zyxel switches, APs and gateways
    • Centralized and batch configuration
      • IP configuration
      • IP renew
      • Device reboot
      • Device factory reset
      • Device locating
      • Web GUI access
      • Firmware upgrade
      • Password configuration
      • One-click quick association with Zyxel AP Configurator (ZAC)
    Smart Connect
    • Discover neighboring devices
    • One-click remote management access to the neighboring Zyxel devices
    Management Features
    • Batch AP configuration
    • Batch AP firmware upgrade
    • Batch AP profile backup
    CLI Yes Yes
    Plenum rating Yes Yes
    MTBF (hr) 627,152 1,727,244
    Standard Compliance
    Ethernet IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
    PoE IEEE 802.3af
    Radio modulation IEEE 802.11 a/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 802.11a/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
    • 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
    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
    FCC Part 15.107
    BSMI CNS13438.99; CNS14336:99
    Safety EN 60950-1: 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1: 2010 + A12: 2011
    IEC 60950-1: 2005
    Power Requirement
    Power supply 12 V DC, 1 A 12 V DC, 1 A
    Physical Specification
    Item Dimensions
    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
    Weight (kg/lb.) 0.23/0.51 0.30/0.67
    Packing Dimensions
    282 x 207 x 71/
    11.10 x 8.15 x 2.80
    278 x 209 x 72/10.94 x8.23 x 2.83
    Weight (kg/lb.) 0.61/1.34 0.70/1.54
    Included accessories Power adapter • Wall/ceiling mount plate
    Environmental Specifications
    Temperature 0°C to 50°C/32°F to 122°F 0°C to 50°C/32°F to 122°F
    Humidity 10% to 90% (non-condensing) 10% to 90% (non-condensing)
    Temperature -30°C to 70°C/-22°F to 158 -30°C to 70°C/-22°F to 158°F
    Humidity 10% to 90% 10% to 90%


    Download the Zyxel NWA3560-N Datasheet (PDF).