ZyXEL Communications has introduced its WAC6103D-I 802.11ac dual-radio Wi-Fi access point (AP) with dual-optimised antenna. The company is claiming the AP is the industry’s slimmest (32mm) and first AP ‘that can be mounted on ceilings and walls without compromising wireless performance’.
ZyXEL said that position matters when it comes to AP placement, as it determines the wireless coverage area and connectivity performance. The company pointed out that most wireless APs on market today are designed for a single method of installation.
When they are placed in a way other than they are designed for, signal strength is often noticeably compromised. Using external antennas along with extra configurations might help, but that also means extra cost and additional tech barriers.
ZyXEL’s WAC6103D-I AP is designed to overcome these limitations thanks to its dual-optimized antenna, which enables the antenna settings to be adjusted according to the way it is installed.
It is switchable two-ways, whether it is on a ceiling or wall, to provide the best possible signal coverage for the deployment scenario. Switch modes with one click on the AP or with the easy to use web user interface.
The 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point can achieve a combined data rate of up to 1.75 Gbps and is proven to give up to 5 times better performance than same-level competitor products (according to statistics based on ZyXEL lab test results comparing the ZyXEL WAC6103D-I with same level products for 5GHz connectivity performance on wall-mount condition).
ZyXEL is also claiming the industry’s slimmest AP design - only 1.26 inches in height (32mm). It adds that the AP’s simple and low profile appearance allows it to easily blend in any modern office, hotel, classroom or cafe.
AP deployment is also made simple with the built-in APFlex function, which allows the WAC6103D-I to automatically detect and work with the AP controller deployed in the network.
In other words, the WAC6103D-I works with the wireless network on its own, freeing users from tricky configuration settings. The WAC6103D-I is also compatible with the ZyXEL One Network and the ZON utilities that make business network management time-efficient.
“The WAC6103D-I has overcome the installation limits usually met when placing APs – we know how much trouble it is and WAC6103D-I is our answer to it,” said Crowley Wu, AVP of ZyXEL Network Business Unit.
“The WAC6103D-I is a holistic combination of function, performance and design. It is an enterprise class professional AP, but using it does not require too much technical knowledge, which makes it a just-fit solution for businesses looking to build or manage the wireless networks on their own.”