802.11ac Dual Radio Smart Antenna 3x3 Access Point
Smart Antenna Wi-Fi Access Point The Perfect Choice for Easy 802.11ac Migration
In the Gigabit era in Wi-Fi connectivity, upgrading to the 802.11ac standard represents the next step in wireless evolution. Many enterprises looking to break the 1-Gbps Wi-Fi speed barrier face the challenge of replacing existing 802.11n access points. While 802.11n operates on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency band, 802.11ac predominantly uses the 5 GHz band which by its nature traditionally reduces coverage when compared to 2.4 GHz. This led to costly and time consuming efforts for installers to ensure that sufficient APs were installed to give complete coverage.
Zyxel Smart Antenna technology is a groundbreaking feature of the WAC6500 Series of wireless APs that solves the coverage problem by adaptively adjusting antenna patterns to fit a variety of wireless environments. The Smart Antenna’s industry-leading RF output power and sensitivity combine to offer greater coverage and performance over traditional networks, making Zyxel’s WAC6500 Series the ultimate one-to-one AP upgrade choice.
As well as Zyxel Smart Antenna technology, the WAC6500 Series includes several other new features including the innovative APFlexTM, tool-less mounting bracket, and many other software enhancements such as the Zyxel One Network utilities, making the WAC6500 a complete product designed to streamline network installation and speed deployment for the best possible Wi-Fi experience.
- Zyxel smart antenna provides enhanced performance anywhere
- Advanced IEEE 802.11ac delivers up to 1.75 Gbps combined data rates
- Industry-leading receive sensitivity as low as -102 dBm
- APFlexTM, DCS and tool-less bracket design streamline deployment
- Zyxel One Network is supported
Zyxel Smart Antenna
Zyxel Smart Antenna continuously applies a unique algorithm to compute the best physical-layer path for every individual client. It not only considers best signal, but also mitigates RF interference on over 700 optimized antenna patterns. The “switch-beam” technique mitigating RF interference runs at the physical layer, requiring no effort on the part of the end-user. The adaptive antenna design handles a variety of tough deployments, including high-capacity, high-performance and interference-laden environments like conference rooms, airports, classrooms and other crowded venues.
WAC6500 Series features a creative mounting bracket design allowing installation of the AP in a variety of suspended ceiling tracks without the need for tools. The variable width of ceiling tracks makes our bracket universally adaptable to any building structure. Individual end-users can easily install the hardware, saving valuable time that could be better spent deploying additional APs.
Zyxel APFlex includes Zero-touch AP mode changing and Automatic IP configuration. The Zero-touch AP mode setting detects if there is an existing Zyxel controller and chooses stand-alone or managed mode. The Automatic IP configuration removes manual configuration, allowing 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 were handled manually on legacy products, shifting focus to more critical configuration tasks.
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 WAC6500 Series has been certified with industrialstrength 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 intra-BSS blocking prevents different WiFi clients associated with the same AP from seeing each other and each others data.
Zyxel One Network Utility
To streamline the management process, the WAC6500 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.
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 allows 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.
* ZyMesh feature on WAC6500 Series will be available in future release.