Ultra-fast, Ultra-slim 802.11ac Wi-Fi Access Point
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To Wi-Fi users, it is not uncommon to have bad experience on Wi-Fi performance, and antenna design plays an important role while evaluating wireless performance. Today, most access points on the market are designed with single static radiation pattern, typically for ceiling-mount. When an AP with ceiling-mount pattern is installed in wall-mount scenario, its signal coverage does not fit for wall-mount deployment. Adapting an AP with external antenna may be the alternative option, however, external antenna installation requires know-how for antenna selection, and would look awkward for interior decoration. A flexibly installed Wi-Fi AP with optimal performance and stylish outlook is a prerequisite today, but a satisfactory solution has been missing for a long time.
Zyxel’s WAC6103D-I is a high performance 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi AP featuring ultra-fast speeds of up to 1.75 Gbps with ground-breaking “dualoptimized” antenna design. Via the innovative adjustable antenna setting, the WAC6103D-I provides the best signal coverage fitting for either ceiling-mount or wall-mount deployments. Even better, the stylish, ultra-slim industrial design perfectly blends into modern decorations. Choose WAC6103D-I for constant, no-compromise Wi-Fi performance.
- Enterprise class 3x3 802.11ac AP supports combined data rates of up to 1.75 Gbps
- “Dual-optimized antenna” allows pattern optimization adapting to wall- or ceilingmount installations
- Dynamic Channel Selection, Load Balancing and Smart Client Steering ensure optimal wireless experience
- Stylish, ultra-slim ID design as the 32 mm height blends perfectly into modern interior decorations
- APFlex and Zyxel One Network utilities make deployment simple and fast
Zyxel’s innovative “Dual-optimized” antenna design is a ground-breaking technology for both wall- and ceilingmount installations. Instant antenna adjustment either by a hardware switch or software configuration, the signal pattern adjustment is completed in seconds without skillful experience for antenna accessory selection and installation. The WAC6103D-I embedded with a “Dualoptimized” antenna is able to deliver truly optimal Wi-Fi performance in a range of installation scenarios.
Zyxel APFlex 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.
WPA2 Enterprise Certified
Zyxel WAC6103D-I has been certified 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 WiFi clients associated with the same AP from seeing each other and each other’s data.
Zyxel One Network Utility
To streamline the management process, the WAC6103D-I 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.
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 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.
Superior Gigabit Wi-Fi performance with innovative “Dualoptimized” antenna
Ceiling-mount installation is the most common type of wireless deployments, and it is not surprising that most APs on the market are designed with single static radiation pattern for ceiling-mount installations. In wall-mount scenarios, the ceiling-mount radiation pattern would create interference with devices on upper and lower floors, meanwhile it delivers short-range signal for wireless clients at the AP front. Choosing an AP with external antenna may be the alternative option for wall-mount installation. However, the installation usually requires professional knowledge for antenna accessory selection and signal coverage fine-tune.
Designed with the innovative “Dual-optimized” antenna, the WAC6103D-I adapts to both wall- and ceiling-mount installations. To boost Wi-Fi speed of your network, WAC6103D-I is definitely an excellent choice.
Ultra-slim, stylish outlook aesthetics blends into environments
The WAC6103D-I inherits the stylish honeycomb product design of Zyxel WAC6500 Series; its low-profile white blends perfectly into all kinds of decorations in many buildings with extraordinary modern tastes. The compact and elegant aesthetics makes WAC6103D-I flexible for different decors – no matter to be outstanding or just invisible.
Streamlined deployment tools save valuable time
WAC6103D-I features APFlex to simplify managed/standalone AP mode configuration and to be integrated into the network environment automatically, which eliminates the need for pre-install preparation. Also, the ZWO (Zyxel Wireless Optimizer) Utility allows IT managers to perform AP planning, coverage detection and wireless health management centrally. ZWO’s user-friendly presentation saves time and facilitates quick response to the network problems.
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.
Optimized wireless experience with advanced feature settings
WAC6103D-I ensures to deliver optimized wireless experience for users with a range of wireless features such as Dynamic Channel Selection (DCS), Load Balancing, and Smart Client Steering etc. Dynamic Channel Selection (DCS) avoids the interference of co-channel and overlapping channel at initialization. Load Balancing enables administrators to set limits on the number of clients associated with each AP. Furthermore, Smart Client steering features with Band Select, Signal Threshold and Band Balancing for stable and reliable wireless connection. Band Select and Signal Threshold monitor the capabilities of each wireless client and steer them to the less congested band and better signal AP. Band Balancing detects dual-radio clients and distributes clients across 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands on AP. With these technologies, the WAC6103D-I delivers smooth, consistent and uninterrupted wireless access experience.
|Product Name||802.11ac Dual Radio Dual-optimized Antenna 3x3 Access Point|
|Wireless frequency||2.4 and 5 GHz|
|Frequency band||2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n)
5 GHz (IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac)
|802.11n/ac premium features||
|Antenna system||Dual-optimized internal antenna|
|Support data rate||
|Receive sensitivity||Min. Rx sensitivity up to -102 dBm|
|Typical Transmit Output Power (Conducted)|
|FCC 11n/a (ac)||27|
|EU 11n/a (ac)||24|
|Number of 10/100/1000M LAN||2 x switch ports|
|Console port||4-Pin serial|
|PoE power draw||12.48 W (802.3at PoE)*|
|WLAN maximum throughput||Up to 900 Mbps|
|Mesh AP (By license)||Yes|
|Mesh AP for multiple SSID with VLAN (through tunnel mode)||Yes|
|WLAN access control list||Yes|
|EAP types||EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, EAP-PEAP,
EAP-FAST, EAP-AKA and EAP-SIM
|Number of SSID||16|
|Microsoft AD authentication*||Yes|
|Rogue AP detection||Yes|
|Rogue AP containment||Yes|
|WMM power save||Yes|
|Zyxel AP configurator||
|Zyxel wireless optimizer||
|Standalone AP mode||Yes|
|Managed AP mode||Yes|
|Input power||802.3at PoE only (No DC jack)|
|Radio||FCC Part 15C, FCC Part 15E, ETSI EN 300 328, EN 301 893, LP0002|
|EMC||FCC Part 15B, EN 301 489-1, EN 301 489-17, EN55022, EN55024, EN61000-3-2/-3, EN60601-1-2, BSMI CNS13438|
|Safety||EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, BSMI CNS14336-1|
|Item Dimensions (WxDxH)(mm/in.)||203.9 x 191.7 x 34.7/8.03 x 7.55 x 1.37|
|Item Weight (g/lb.)||445/0.98|
|Packing Dimensions (WxDxH)(mm/in.)||235 x 246 x 60/9.25 x 9.69 x 2.36|
|Packing Weight (g/lb.)||938/2.07|
|Included accessories||Wall/ceiling mount plate|
|Operating temperature||0°C to 50°C/32°F to 122°F|
|Operating humidity||10% to 90% (non-condensing)|
|Storage temperature||-40°C to 70°C/-40°F to 158°F|
|Storage humidity||10% to 90% (non-condensing)|
*Max. power draw is 12.48 W. In extreme cases, the inrush current is greater than 802.3af limit, thus 802.3at PoE is required.
Hardware & Smart Antenna:
Tradiational APs typically are with single static ceiling-mount radiation pattern, while the APs deploy in wall-mount scenario, the radiation pattern would create interfloor interference and deliver short-range signal for wireless clients at the AP front.
Different from those traditional access points, Zyxel's innovative "Dual-optimized" antenna design is a ground-breaking technology, offering adjustable antenna patterns fitting for ceiling-mount or wall-mont scenario without compromising performance.
Fine art of RF design
Noises between RF circuits usually impact performance, and it's a critical EMI challenge too. The WAC6103D-I isolates RF circuits by solid shielding frames. Thus, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is mitigated while RF performance is enhanced as well.
Solid capacitor for longevity
All-solid capacitor design provides up to 6 times lifespan than electrolytic capacitors. No more exploding capacitors that fail the AP, so better stability and reliability can be expected.
Download the Zyxel WAC6103D-I Datasheet (PDF).
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