Zyxel NR5101 (NEBULA) High Speed 5G Router with SIM Slot


Zyxel NR5101 NEBULA 5G Router offers the capacity to enable additional smart home and office capabilities that require high-bandwidth and low-latency. This assists the Internet of Things (IoT) expand rapidly. 5G coverage of the network is proliferating, which is destined to transform the tech in your home and office. NR5101 has 5G downlink speeds of up to 5 Gbps*, which can be the cornerstone of your smart life construction. Get up to speed with 5G now!

This is the NEBULA version so is compatible with the Zyxel Nebula Management Platform.

NOVEMBER 2023 UPDATE – Zyxel Have launched the NEBULA FWA510 – New High Speed 5G Router with 4 x TS9 external antenna connectors on the rear – CLICK HERE


Zyxel NR5101 NEBULA- Empower the Way of Your Smart Life With 5G

Get a head start on building your smart home and office. It’s time to upgrade your network to constant reliable 5G connectivity, improve your network capacity to handle a greater number of connected devices. Empower your future with NR5101, let it be your backbone of your network and begin to live a smarter life!

What is Nebula Cloud Networking Solution?

Nebula Cloud Networking solution allows you to just connect, protect, and manage Zyxel’s compatible Nebula access points, security firewalls and switches with our centralised Cloud platform, Zyxel Nebula.

Next-Gen Connectivity – 5G meets WiFi 6

When 5G meets WiFi 6, they can boost larger bandwidth and capacity than legacy solutions. These two cutting edge technologies come together in the NR5101, bringing new heights to performance and capacity for mobile users and IoT devices in homes and commercial buildings. NR5101 deploys AX1800 WiFi 6, which can deliver up to 4x the speed compared to WiFi 5. NR5101 makes the networking power stronger than ever!

Multifunction Router, All Up to You

NR5101 is not only a simple network router, but it also combines WLAN AP, LAN gateway, and USB 2.0 functions all into one box. Its WiFi 6 can share up to 64 wireless devices simultaneously. Operates both in bridge and router mode, making the device easy to deploy and integrate into your existing environment. NR5101 offers more than just 5G, the variety of usages are entirely up to you!

Non-Stop Connectivity

The Zyxel NR5101 router is equipped with the highest-level 5G technology, connections for downlink speeds can go up to 5 Gbps* with 6 built-in 5G/LTE/3G antennas. It’s designed for those who need a consistent high-speed connection when traditional wired broadband is slow, spotty or unavailable. Its failover capability ensures that you’ll have internet access even during a network outage, which you can make it serve as a primary or backup option for home or business internet. Its external antenna ports also allow you to improve signal reception. Get 24/7 non-stop connectivity!

Security without Compromise

Protect your smart home and office. When these places are full of connected network devices, they become possible entry points for cybercriminals. NR5101 is shipped with essential security features!

  • Multiple SSIDs/hide SSIDs
  • Application-level firewall
  • NAT/NAPT firewall
  • LAN MAC filtering
  • DoS attack detection
  • IP filtering
  • WPA2 and WPA3
  • URL filtering
  • SPI

NR5101 Hardware Specifications

5G NR interface

  • 3GPP Release 15 standard-compliant
  • Supports both NSA and SA modes
  • Supports frequencies: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n41/n77/n78/n38/n40
  • DL 4×4 MIMO: n1/n3/n7/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78
  • Data rates:
    • 5G SA: DL 4.2 Gbps; UL 900 Mbps
    • 5G NSA: DL 5 Gbps; UL 650 Mbps
  • Supports DL modulation QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM and 256-QAM
  • Supports UL modulation QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM and 256-QAM
  • Output power:
    • Class 2 (26 dBm) for 5G NR n41/n77/n78
    • Class 3 (23 dBm) for 5G NR n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40

4G LTE interface

  • 3GPP UE Category 20 standard-compliant
  • Supports frequencies:
    • LTE-FDD: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28/B32/B38/B39
    • LTE-TDD: B40/B41/B42
  • DL 4×4 MIMO:
    • LTE-FDD: B1/B3/B7
    • LTE-TDD: B38/B40/B41/B42
  • Peak data rates:
    • Max. DL 2 Gbps/UL 200 Mbps
  • 4 internal antennas
  • Supports DL modulation QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM and 256-QAM
  • Supports UL modulation QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM and 256-QAM
  • Output power:
    • Class 2 (26 dBm) for LTE B38/B40/B41/B42
    • Class 3 (23 dBm) for FDD/TDD LTE bands

UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM Air interface

  • Standard-compliant: DC-HSDPA/HSPA compliant
  • DC-HSDPA/HSPA standards-compliant
  • Supports frequencies: B1/3/5/8
  • Peak data rates:
    • DC-HSPA downlink data rates up to 42 Mbps
    • HSUPA uplink data rates up to 5.76 Mbps
    • UMTS data rates up to 384 Kbps

WiFi Air Interface

  • Wireless standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac/ax
  • Wireless speeds:
    • Link rates up to 573 Mbps for 2.4 GHz
    • Link rates up to 1.2 Gbps for 5 GHz
  • Internal WiFi antenna:
    • Dual-band & concurrent 2×2 2×2
  • WiFi antenna gain:
    • ~3 dBi for 2.4 GHz
    • ~5 dBi for 5 GHz

5G/4G/3G antennas

  • 2 SMA connectors for external antennas
  • 6 embedded omni-directional antennas
  • Ultra-high band:
    • Up to 4 dBi peak gain
  • High band and middle band:
    • Up to 4 dBi peak gain
  • Low band:
    • Up to 2 dBi peak gain

Hardware interface

  • Two 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 LAN ports, LAN1 can be configured for Ethernet WAN port
  • LEDs:
    • Power indication
    • LTE connection status
    • LTE signal status
    • WiFi connection status
    • USB host status
    • LAN status
  • Two external antenna connectors (SMA type)
  • One 3FF/Micro SIM card slot
  • One power on/off button
  • One WPS/WiFi on/off button
  • One LED on/off button
  • One reset button
  • One USB 2.0 host port for file sharing

Power consumption

  • 24 W (peak)

Physical Specifications

Item dimensions (W x D x H)

  • 100 x 100 x 205 mm (3.94 in. x 3.94 in. x 8.07 in.)

Item weight

  • 600 g (1.32 lb.)

Environmental Specifications

Operating Environment

  • Temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
  • Humidity: 10% to 90% (Non-condensing)

Storage Environment

  • Temperature: -30°C to 70°C (-22°F to 158°F)
  • Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)


  • CE
  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive certification
  • RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive certification
  • HSF (Hazardous Substance Free)
  • European Parliament and Council Directive 94/62/EC of 20 December 1994 on packaging and packaging waste

Package Contents

  • Zyxel NR5101 Indoor WiFi 6 5G NR/4G LTE Cat 20 Router
  • Multiple-plug power adaptor
  • Ethernet cable 1.8 m 8P8C
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card
  • DoC
  • Safety warranty

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NR5101 Quick Start Video Guide

Watch the following video which shows the first time installation of the Zyxel NR5101 5G Router and shows how to configure the APN setting and shows where to find features like port forwarding, remote access and IP Passthrough.  Some features such as remote access and port forwarding will require a Fixed IP SIM Card.

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