ZyXEL NWA5123-AC 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Point (3-Pack)

ZyXEL NWA5123-AC 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Point (3-Pack)

ZyXEL NWA5123-AC 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Point (3-Pack)




ZyXEL NWA5123-AC 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Point (3-Pack)

ZyXEL NWA5123-AC 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Point (3-Pack)

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ZyXEL NWA5123AC3PACK overview

  • 1Description

The pack of three, NWA5123-AC 802.11ac Dual-Radio Unified Access Points from ZyXEL feature a “smoke detector” ceiling-mount design that provides better coverage and performance. Each unit features a 2-in-1 standalone/managed Access Points (AP) design that enables users to initially use it as a standalone AP, and convert it to a controller-managed AP when Wi-Fi demand grows. 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 improved Wi-Fi experience.

The NWA5120-AC are a PoE AP with a multifunction design that offers 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 improved signal coverage especially for hospitality and education environments. The access points has been designed with plenum rating and made of non-toxic materials without hazardous emission, making it suitable for public indoor wireless deployments.

To streamline the management process, the NWA5120-AC access points come 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.

The ZyXEL One Network is designed to simplify the configuration, management, and troubleshooting, allowing our customers to focus on the business priorities. The One Network comes with the ZyXEL One Network Utility (ZON Utility) for speedy network setup. The 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. The One Network redefines the network integration across multiple networking products from switch to Wi-Fi AP and to gateway.

The NWA5120-AC Unified AP can be configured as a fully functional standalone AP. It is also capable of working with wireless LAN controller to form a 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 AP automatically looks for the wireless LAN controller and establishes connections. Utilizing the CAPWAP protocol, connections can be established between the controller and AP without needing to change the existing LAN infrastructure.

Featuring the 802.11ac standard, the NWA5123-AC access points not only provides data rates of up to 1200 Mb/s, but also optimizes signal with its antenna design to offer improved 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 suitable for high-density applications such as hospitality, education, and business.

The NWA5120-AC access points feature APFlex to simplify managed/standalone AP mode configuration to integrate with network environments automatically and to eliminate the need for pre-installed preparations. To deliver optimized wireless experience for users, the access point features DCS (Dynamic Channel Selection), Load Balancing, and Smart Client Steering.

The DCS (Dynamic Channel Selection) 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.

Ceiling and wall mountable
Plenum rated housing
Two-in-one standalone/managed AP design
CAPWAP management supported
Enterprise class 2x2 802.11ac AP supports combined data rates of up to 1200 Mb/s
APFlex and ZyXEL One Network utilities make deployment simple and fast

WPA2 Enterprise

The NWA5120-AC access points feature a WPA2 enterprise protection and supports a wide range of Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types. It can be seamlessly integrated with deployed corporate RADIUS servers.


The 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. The 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 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 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

The 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.
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ZyXEL NWA5123AC3PACK specs

Wireless Frequency 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Radio 2
Antenna Embedded 2x2 3 dBi/4 dBi antenna
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 (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
Max Transmit Power US (FCC) 2.4 GHz: 20 dBm, 2 antennas
US (FCC) 2.4 GHz: 26 dBm, 2 antennas
â¿¿EU (ETSI) 2.4 GHz: 20 dBm, 2 antennas
EU (ETSI) 5 GHz: 26 dBm, 2 antennas
Receive Sensitivity 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 dBm
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 Mb/s LAN ports: 1
PoE available
PoE power draw: 9 W
WLAN security Support data rate:
802.11 a/g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24,36, 48, and 54 Mb/s
802.11n: up to 300 Mb/s in MCS15 (40 MHz; GI=400 ns)

802.11ac: up to 866 Mb/s in MCS9(80 MHz; 2 spatial streams; GI = 400 ns)
WMM (Wi-Fi certified), WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA2 (Wi-Fi certified), WPA/WPA2-Enterprise available
IEEE 802.1X
Number of Multiple SSID: 16
MAC filtering
RADIUS authentication
Rogue AP detection


Network VLANs and DHCP client available
QoS WMM, WMM power saving
Utility 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 Select Discover neighboring devices
One-click remote management access to the neighboring ZyXEL devices
Management ZAC
Batch AP configuration
Batch AP firmware upgrade
Batch AP profile backup
Plenum Rated Yes
MTBF Per hour: 1,727,244
Standard Compliance Ethernet: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
PoE: IEE 802.3af
Radio Modulation:
IEEE 802.11a/g(OFDM/DSSS): 48/54 Mb/s, (QAM-64), 24/36 Mb/s, QAM-16, 12/18 Mb/s (QPSK), 6/9 Mb/s (BPSK)
IEEE 802.11b(DSSS): 5.5/11 Mb/s (CCK), 2 Mb/s (DQPSK), 1 Mb/s (DBPSK)
IEEE 802.11n (OFDM/DSSS): QAM-64, QAM-16, QPSK, BPSK
IEEE 802.11ac (OFDM/DSSS): 256-QAM, 64-QAM, QPSK, BPSK



Certifications & Approvals Radio: 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
EMC: 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
Safety: EN 60950-1: 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1: 2010 + A12: 2011, IEC 60950-1: 2005, BSMI
Power Requirement 12 VDC, 1 A
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 122°F / 0 to 50°C
Humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
Storage Environment Temperature: -22 to 158°F / -30 to 70°C
Humidity: 10 to 90%
Dimensions 5.1 x 5.1 x 2.1" / 130 x 130 x 54.5 mm
Weight 0.67 lb / 0.3 kg

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