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Nomadix AG 5900 Access Gateway
High-Performance, Scalable Access Gateway, Offers High User Count and Great Throughput Speed

Nomadix AG 5900 Access Gateway

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The AG 5900 is a next generation, high-performance Internet access gateway that enables the creation of a public Internet access network. Designed with scalability in mind to accommodate medium to large sized venues — from hotels to airports to stadiums and convention centers — the AG 5900 features the flexibility to support from 500 up to 8,000 simultaneous devices, and up to tens of thousands of devices when using our clustering feature. With a throughput of 1.5 gigabits per second, the AG 5900 can meet growing bandwidth demands while keeping Internet traffic flowing.

The only moving part is the fan

The AG 5900 hardware platform is built upon Intel’s high-performance processors with built-in flash memory. Each system component in the AG 5900 was selected for its durability and lasting performance to ensure optimum uptime and deliver top speed regardless of user load. The AG 5900 is designed for intensive usage, supports multiple configurable wide area network (WAN) ports and multiple local area network (LAN) ports.

When the going gets tough, it keeps going

Unlike systems built on repurposed general-market computer platforms, the AG 5900 has been designed specifically to give reliable performance at every level of load up to its stated maximum. Based on the Wind River VxWorks real-time, multitasking operating system, the AG 5900 is architected to use less processing power and therefore runs faster. Its performance and throughput do not degrade when more features are enabled or the load is increased. Combined with the proven Nomadix Service Engine™ (NSE) core software, the AG 5900 is an ultra high-performance appliance with unparalleled reliability that can perform under a wide variety of network demands.

Bandwidth conservation and management

Venue operators are very comfortable with the idea of conserving utilities such as water, electricity and gas. The technology built into the AG 5900 allows them to apply that same conservation mindset to their Internet service provider (ISP) connections. This means that operators can extend the useful life of their existing level of connectivity and slow the pace of investments in bandwidth upgrades. But, since conservation itself is never enough, the AG 5900 also offers tools to manage bandwidth actively, efficiently and fairly. Bandwidth can be managed by class of user, by group, subscriber or device, or by a combination of all four. And the weighted fair queuing (WFQ) feature ensures that customers who pay more for better service actually receive better service, even when network capacity is under pressure.

Accommodates evolving usage patterns

In the early 2000s, guests carried one device. Now, they carry three or more. How many will they carry next year? With the AG 5900, it doesn’t matter. The platform is scalable from 500 up to 8,000 simultaneous devices — or up to tens of thousands of devices when using our clustering feature — and can be upgraded remotely with no truck roll required. No change of hardware or software design is required to upgrade to the desired device count.

Advanced security for network protection

The AG 5900 offers advanced security for network protection with Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packet blocking. Enhanced by utilizing Session Rate Limiting (SRL) to manage Denial of Service (DOS) attacks, the AG 5900 includes URL filtering, centralized RADIUS authentication and iNAT technology that allows multiple Virtural Private Network (VPN) tunnels to provide users with a seamless connection at higher levels of security. Additionally, the AG 5900 provides the ability to centrally monitor responsible usage and set policies to securely manage user access.

Gateway Software Modules

Nomadix offers a range of software modules for all of the Gateway models.

High availability failover module option

The High-Availability Failover Module pairs two Nomadix gateways, providing a backup to pick up users if one gateway is disconnected from the network. The settings (except IP addresses) between the two gateways synchronize automatically to enhance functionality.

Hospitality software module option

Nomadix offers a wide range of property management system (PMS) interfaces to allow for reliable, in-room guest billing for high-speed Internet access (HSIA) service. This module includes a two-way PMS interface for billing in Wi-Fi-enabled networks and uses “bill mirror” functionality, allowing records to be easily posted to multiple sources. The Nomadix Service Engine (NSE) also supports billing over a TCP/IP connection to select PMS interfaces.

Nomatic Load Balancing Module

With the Load Balancing Module from Nomadix, Internet traffic is balanced across multiple WAN/ISP connections to ensure that the traffic demands placed on HSIA are distributed based on the capability of each connection. This is of value when multiple links are used to optimize cost for Internet service, such as balancing traffic between one low-cost DSL WAN/ISP and one high-performance, high-capacity WAN/ISP. Hotels also have the option to enable tiered service reflecting the capacity of the WAN/ISP connection.

The Link Failover feature of the Load Balancing Module is designed to improve business continuity. In the event that one or more links fail, traffic is seamlessly rerouted to the remaining surviving links without missing a beat. When the failed links recover, new connections are routed toward the now-working links until a normal, balanced configuration is reached.

Easily configurable, integrated solution

Many load balancers on the market are offered as separate appliances, which can be difficult to set up. When two appliances are required, the Internet access gateway must be configured with the load balancer—a process that can lead to misalignment between the load balancer and the gateway. This, in turn, results in the load balancing features not functioning properly.

The Nomadix Load Balancing Module is an optional software module that can be easily enabled for Nomadix Service Engine (NSE) 8.2 software, making testing of additional ISP links possible in just a few minutes. By consolidating the Load Balancer within the gateway, you can rest assured that true load balancing is achieved by one appliance.

Cost-effective and reliable

With the Nomadix Load Balancing Module, the cost of the module is licensed as a one-time fee for that particular NSE. By eliminating the need for yet another appliance in the data path of the guest HSIA network, the Nomadix Load Balancing Module helps to improve overall system reliability.


AG 5900 Specifications
User True Plug and Play
  • Dynamic Address Translation (DAT)
  • Dynamic Transparent Proxy
Service Provisioning
  • Home Page Redirect
  • HTTP - Redirect
  • HTTPS - Redirect
  • Portal Page Redirect
  • Session Termination Redirect Information and Control Console
  • Pop-Up (Explicit) Logout Button
  • International Language Support
  • External Web Server Mode
  • Internal Web Server Mode
  • Secure XML API over SSL
  • Login Page Failover
Billing Plan Enablement
  • RADIUS Client
  • RADIUS (AAA) Proxy
  • Port-Based Policies
  • Port Mapping
  • Local Database
  • Property Management System (PMS)
  • Credit Card Interface
  • Bill Mirroring
Access Control and Authentication
  • Authorization, Authentication and Accounting (AAA)
  • Walled Garden
  • Group Accounts
  • Tri Mode Authentication
  • Universal Access Method over SSL
  • IEEE 802.1x
  • Smart Client Support (Boingo, iPass)
  • MAC Authentication
  • Remember-Me Login
Advanced Security
  • iNAT
  • IPsec Support
  • PPTP Support
  • Session Rate Limiting (SRL)
  • User Agent Filtering
  • Mac Address Filtering
  • URL Filtering
  • ICMP Blocking
  • Proxy ARP for Device-toDevice
  • Communication
Policy Based Traffic Shaping New Bandwidth Management Features Class Based Queuing Fair Weighted Queuing QoS Tagging Group Bandwidth Management
IP Address Management IEEE 802.3/3ul/3ab IEEE 802.1d DHCP Server DHCP Relay Multiple Subnet Support IP Upsell DHCP Client PPPoE Client
Intelligent Roaming Realm Based Routing Zone Migration
Branding Parameter Passing Enabling Branding
Network Management
  • Web Management Interface (WMI)
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Integrated VPN Client for Management
  • RADIUS-Driven Configuration
  • Multi-Level Admin Support
  • Centralized Radius Authentication
  • SMTP Redirection
  • Access Control
  • Bridge Mode
  • SNMPv2c
  • Syslog/AAA Log
  • TR069
Media Access Control CSMA/CA
  • 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, RJ-45
  • (UTP): WAN 5 – 10/100/1000 Base-T
  • Ethernet, RJ-45 (UTP): LAN
  • Front-Access RJ-45 Port for Serial
  • System Console
  • DB9 Serial Port: Property
  • Management Interface
  • 100 to 240 VAC
  • 50/60 Hertz
  • 220 Watts
Environment Operating Temperature: 0 to 40 C Operating Humidity: 5% to 90% RH Storage: -20 to 70 C Storage Humidity: 5% to 95% RH (non condensing)
  • FCC Class A
  • UL, UL (US and Canada) CE
  • EN 55022: 2010 Class A, EN 61000-3-2:2006/A1:2009/A2:2009, EN 61000-3-3:2008
  • EN55024:2010 (IEC 61000-4-2:2008, IEC 61000-4-3:2006/A1:2007/A2:2010, IEC 6100-4-4:2004/A1:2010, IEC 6100-4-5:2006, IEC 61000-4-6:2008, IEC 61000-4-8:2009, IEC 6100-4-11:2004), Australian Standard AZ/NZS CISPR
  • 22:2009 Class A
  • CB Scheme
  • RoHS
  • 1U Rack Mountable
  • 431 mm Wide x 305 mm Deep x 44.4 mm High 17”x 12” x 1.75”
  • Weight: 10.2 lbs.
    Weight: 7 kg
  • Power Indicator
  • Status Indicator
  • Memory Indicator
  • 10/100/1000 ACT/LINK for Each
  • Ethernet Port
  • 8,000 Concurrent Users and/or Devices
  • Throughput: Up to 1,425 Mbps as
  • Defined by RFC1242, Section 3.17

As defined by RFC1242, Section 3.17 - Nomadix Service Engine, Dynamic Address Translation and iNAT are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nomadix, Inc. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


Download the Nomadix AG 5900 Access Gateway Datasheet (PDF).

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