Zyxel Networks launches first enterprise-class 22Gbps (BE22K) WiFi 7 access point to address WiFi congestion, management and security.

By Simon Meredith | 16th October 2023

The new WBE660S WiFi 7 Access Point offers speeds five times faster than that of the previous generation, alongside cloud management and wireless edge security.

Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 16, 2023—Zyxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure and cloud-powered networking solutions, today announced the launch of its first WiFi 7 solution for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Small to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and Enterprise-Edge – the WBE660S WiFi 7 BE22K Triple-Radio NebulaFlex Pro Access Point. Offering enterprise-grade technology, exceptional performance, and seamless cloud-based management and security, this access point is designed to alleviate businesses’ most challenging WiFi problems. The WBE660S will be available to purchase from late October 2023.

Meeting evolving connectivity demands

Zyxel Networks’ WiFi 7 wireless access point is designed to help businesses address the growing demand of high-density areas like offices, classrooms, stadiums and transportation hubs. With its triple radio architecture, the WBE660S supports speeds of up to 22Gbps, five times faster than the previous generation of WiFi (WiFi 6/6E), thanks to the wider 320MHz channel (exclusive to WiFi 7 devices), that not only improves overall throughput but also increases in capacity (more devices), by leveraging from the 6GHz spectrum. Additionally, the inclusion of a Multi-Gig LAN uplink supporting up to 10GbE, unlocking the full potential of 10GbE networks.

Unrivaled performance

Powered by the Qualcomm® Networking Pro 1220 Wi-Fi 7 Platform the WBE660S delivers robust computing power and ensures smooth operations even in the most demanding scenarios. The three 4×4 Smart Antennas optimize WiFi performance by intelligently shaping antenna patterns to intelligently adapt to each environment by mitigating interference.

Zyxel Networks’ exclusive RF-first design, incorporating Advanced RF Filter and Advanced Cellular Coexistence technologies, further minimises interference from adjacent WiFi channels and 4G/5G mobile networks – which are often encountered in high-density environments. The design not only ensures optimal performance across all channels, but also makes the most of the throughput increases provided by 4K QAM (exclusively to WiFi 7).

Simplified management and stronger security with Nebula Cloud

Managing and securing a mission-critical, high-density network with minimal room for network problems can be extremely challenging. Seamlessly integrated with Zyxel Networks’ Nebula cloud, the WBE660S comes with enterprise-grade features e.g. WiFi Health, WiFi Aid and Connect & Protect Plus (CNP+) with a one-year Nebula Pro Pack license included.

The WiFi Aid automatically troubleshoots network access issues across the entire wireless client onboarding journey, and the CNP+ provides enhanced security against breaches at the access point – securing the wireless edge at the point where most user traffic enters the network.

“The Qualcomm Networking Pro 1220 Platform delivers next-gen Wi-Fi 7 features today, features powerful computing, an architectural design built for challenging infrastructure environments,” said Ganesh Swaminathan, vice president and general manager, Wireless infrastructure and Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Through our continued collaboration with Zyxel, we are proud to offer a platform that is ideal for highly-congested enterprise, small-to-medium businesses and sets industry benchmarks for networking performance.”

“The WBE660S is a true game-changer for MSPs seeking to solve WiFi congestion in the most challenging venues,” said Mr. Kell Lin, Senior Associate Vice President of Zyxel Networks. “As WiFi 7 pioneers, we’ve harnessed the power of wireless innovations and combine it with our unique product architecture to address the connectivity challenges faced by businesses. With Nebula cloud management enhancing ease of use, Zyxel Networks is proud to lead the way in bringing WiFi 7 to more businesses and helping them benefit from the new era of connectivity.”

The WBE660S’ power options include PoE++ and USB Type-C charging, with the latter offering an eco-conscious alternative by leveraging existing chargers. For more information, please visit https://www.zyxel.com/global/en/products/wireless/be22000-wifi-7-triple-radio-nebulaflex-pro-access-point-wbe660s.


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