ZyXEL Communications has introduced a series of Internet Access Gateways designed for hospitality environments to deliver high speed, always-on, manageable Internet services. The series includes UAG2100 (supports up to 200 devices) and UAG5100 (supports up to 800 devices) and features dual-WAN interfaces for service reliability, host data retention for security, bandwidth management, and billing capabilities.
"Consumers today are accustomed to anywhere, anytime and always-on connectivity and expect the same from the hospitality venues they visit," says Steven Joe, executive vice president for channel business for Americas at ZyXEL. "ZyXEL's latest Internet Access Gateways were designed with this current Internet usage behavior in mind. Providing hospitality venues, and the solution providers supporting them, with a solution that is easy to deploy and manage, the new gateways offer best-in-class services to guests and open up new revenue opportunities for facility owners."
ZyXEL service gateways are designed with advanced billing, user authentication, and access control features that help hospitality locations manage guest accounts, block unauthorized access, and limit access abuse through per-account bandwidth management. Specific features of the new series include:
- Supports 800 concurrent devices
- Comprehensive billing features help hospitality venues monetize Internet services or offer them for free
- Dual-WAN support with load balancing and failover protection
- Integrated WLAN controller manages up to 32 Wi-Fi Access Points
- 10 IPSec VPN tunnels allows Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to remotely manage and service customer deployments
- Support for recording user access information like MAC addresses, source and destination IPs, and more, to facilitate auditing requests from security agencies
- Supports up to 200 concurrent devices
- Built-in dual-radio 802.11n Access Point
- Comprehensive billing features with Web-based authentication help hospitality venues monetize Internet services or offer them for free
- Integrated WLAN controller manages up to 8 Wi-Fi Access Point
- Supports ticket printer for password generation and billing
- Support for recording user access information like MAC addresses, source and destination IPs and more, to facilitate auditing requests from security agencies
The UAG5100 (MSRP: $1299) is available for purchase from all authorized ZyXEL partners. The UAG2100 (MSRP: $599) will be available beginning August 1, 2014. The UAG5100 supports up to 500 devices out of the box and is upgradable to 800. The UAG2100 supports up to 100 devices out of the box and is upgradable to 200.