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Zyxel NXC2500
Wireless LAN Controller


Final Buy, once this product is no long in stock it will no longer be sold, it is replaced by ATP/USG Firewalls.

Zyxel Products
Zyxel NXC2500
WLAN Controller w/8 AP Support (Max 64)
List Price: $424.99
Our Price: $299.99

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The All-in-One, Intelligent NXC Controller

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 latest 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.

The Zyxel NXC2500 Wireless LAN Controller supports the management of the Zyxel Unified, Unified Pro and NWA5000 Managed Series of Access Points to provide complete wireless LAN functions for the business. 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.

  • Centralized management for up to 64* APs
  • ZyMESH mitigates complex,inconvenient cabling Wi-Fi deployments
  • Client steering enhances efficiency of wireless spectrum utilization
  • Auto healing maximizes Wi-Fi service availability
  • Seamless integration with external AD, LDAP, RADIUS authentication
  • Best investment protection with built-in RADIUS server
*Management of 64 APs is supported with firmware version V4.10 or above


Adaptive and resilient Wi-Fi deployments with ZyMESH technology

Surpassing the mesh networking technology, ZyMESH creates wireless mesh links with easy configuration, better management and enhanced reliability. ZyMESH eases extending Wi-Fi coverage to places where cabling is difficult. In addition, each repeater APs can have multiple route selections to provide high resilience achieving non-stop Wi-Fi service. In the past, administrators had to assign channel and MAC addresses in each AP while setting up a WDS link to extend Wi-Fi service; now they can make initial provision and centralized management with ZyMESH and Zyxel NXC2500 controller to manage and deploy networks easily.

Enhanced RF management and WLAN optimization

All wireless networks face a major challenge: ensuring Wi-Fi clients get service levels they’d need. The difficulty to resolve is that different kinds of Wi-Fi clients exist on the network, and these users tend to make their own connectivity and roaming decision.

The Zyxel NXC2500 features with advanced WLAN optimization technologies that help administrators monitoring and maintaining health of the wireless network easily. Client steering utilizes functions of band steering and client signal threshold to match every Wi-Fi client to the best radio of the best AP. Band steering sets 5 GHz as the first priority to optimize network connectivity for dual-band clients. Client signal threshold ensures all clients connect to the APs with stronger signal. Auto healing is another WLAN optimization function that deployed APs detect status of nearby APs and adjust power automatically while failure occurred in neighboring AP. Auto healing provides reliable and always-on wireless coverage. The Zyxel NXC2500 also features dynamic channel selection to optimize Wi-Fi quality and performance while minimizing administration efforts by auto, instant channel selection.

Authentication with simplified management

The Zyxel NXC2500 uses comprehensive authentication methods to manage Wi-Fi accessibility for devices with AD, LDAP or RADIUS authentication servers. The NXC2500 also provides a built-in RADIUS server, a captive portal server and a DHCP server to facilitate small and medium businesses deploying secured employee and guest access services without any additional server. The user-friendly guest account generator can dynamically create user accounts for guests at reception or equally easy by office administrators. The NXC2500 also supports applying external customized portal pages which largely benefit the access authentication in hospitality venues like hotels. Also, with IETF standard-based CAPWAP, secured communication can be established between the NXC controller and access points without changing the existing LAN infrastructure. The NXC2500 can offer a secured Wi-Fi network with easy installation for your business.

Application Diagram:

Application Diagram


Model NXC2500
Port Density
10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports 6
USB Port 2
Throughput (Gbps) 1
Managed AP number (default/max.) 8/24
Fanless Yes
WLAN Features
Wireless security (WPA/WPA2-PSK, Enterprise) Yes
Dynamic channel selection Yes
Client RSSI threshold Yes
Wireless multicast setting Yes
Rogue AP detection Yes
AP load balancing Yes
Security Features
IEEE 802.1X Yes
Web authentication Yes
MAC filtering Yes
RADIUS authentication Yes
Microsoft AD authentication Yes
LDAP authentication Yes
Embedded RADIUS server Yes (256 user)
Rogue AP detection Yes
Identity-based user security management Yes
Wireless intrusion detection Rouge AP detection
Control and Provisioning
Managed AP discovery Broadcast/DHCP Option/DNS/Manual
AP data forwarding mode support Distributed (local bridge)
Management interface HTTP/HTTPS/Telnet/SSH/SNMP
Output power control Yes
Dynamic channel assignment Yes
AP planning and site-survey Yes (AP planning and coverage detection)
Wire/wireless packet capture Wired
DHCP client Yes
DHCP relay, server Yes
Static routing Yes
Policy routing Yes
Access Control
MAC filter list Yes
MAC authentication Yes
Customizable web login portal Yes
WMM/power save Yes
DiffServ marking Yes
AP load balancing Yes
Management Features
CLI with SSH Yes
Web UI with SSL Yes
Multi-level administration roles Admin, guest operator
User/Application Management
Authentication RADIUS/Microsoft AD/LDAP/Local
Local user database Yes (256)
MAC authentication Yes (Internal/External RADIUS)
User/group policy Yes
Captive portal Yes
External portal page Yes
Page upload Yes
Dynamic channel selection Yes
System diagnostic tool Yes
EMC FCC Part 15B
CE EN55022, EN55024: 2010
ERP Lot 6
C-tick AS/NZSCISPR22: 2009
BSMI CNS13438: 2006
Safety LVD EN60950-1: A12: 2011 BSMI CNS14336: 2010
Power Requirements
Power supply 12 VDC, 100 - 240 VAC
Physical Specifications
Item Dimensions (WxDxH)(mm/in.) 242.0 x 175.39 x 35.5/9.53 x 6.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg/lb.) 1.254/2.76
Packing Dimensions (WxDxH)(mm/in.) 395 x 238 x 101/15.55 x 9.37 x 3.98
Weight (kg/lb.) 2.49/5.49
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C/32°F to 104°F
Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C/-4°F to 158°F
Humidity 5% to 95%
MTBF (hr) 815,464

Access Point Compatibility List

Series NWA3000-N Series NWA5000 Series NWA5120 Series
Unified Pro Access Point Managed Access Point Unified Access Point
Model NWA3160-N
Auto provisioning over WAN & LAN Yes Yes Yes
CAPWAP Yes Yes Yes
Auto channel selection Yes Yes Yes
AP load-balancing Yes Yes Yes
Monitoring mode Yes Yes Yes
Rogue AP Detection Detection Detection (Standalone mode)
Packet capture Yes Yes Yes
Data forwarding Local bridge Local bridge Local bridge

Other Information

Item Description
Managed AP scalability The NXC2500 Managed AP License increases the number of APs that can be managed by the NXC2500 WLAN controller by increments of 8 APs at a time. The maximum number of APs supported is 24.

System Requirement
Zyxel Wireless Optimizer
Description Easy for AP planning, coverage detection and monitoring
Operating system Microsoft®
Windows XP Professional SP2+
Windows Vista (32-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Processor Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or higher recommended
RAM 2 GB recommended
Hard disk 100 MB of free disk space
Map import A site map in the following supported formats: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png


Download the Zyxel NXC2500 Series Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Zyxel Products
Zyxel NXC2500
WLAN Controller w/8 AP Support (Max 64)
List Price: $424.99
Our Price: $299.99
Zyxel iCard AP License Upgrade
8 AP License for NXC2500
List Price: $372.99
Our Price: $264.99
Zyxel Mesh Licenses
Mesh license for NXC2500
List Price: $372.99
Our Price: $264.99