Zyxel NWA50ax Access Point with OpenWRT

Can I do everything with OpenWRT on the NWA50AX that I can do with the stock firmware?

I am a long time linux user but am new to home networking, which I am trying to set up. I have a OPNsense firewall, TP-Link managed 16 port switch and the above mentioned NWA50AX access point. I am looking at setting up vlans on all three devices.

I have a lot to learn. On the NWA50AX with stock firmware there are ways to set up multiple SSIDs and vlans but I would prefer OpenWRT if it has all the functionality of the stock firmware.

I have used OpenWRT previously successfully on my routers. Most of the use I made of OpenWRT was router based features. I was wondering if OpeneWRT would have all the features of the stock firmware on a dedicated access point device.

Thanks for any and all thoughts, directions and suggestions.


PS I hope I put this in the correct category.

I doubt that many users know what all of the stock firmware's features are. The question is: what features do you need and/or expect?

Hi andyboeh

Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what I am going to need. I am trying to set up a home network with the equipment I mentioned in my opening post.

I am in the very early stages of this setup and have much to learn. I've been watching Youtube videos on vlans and home networking but don't feel comfortable enough yet to set them up. I just wanted to know if OpenWRT would have the features I need to add the NWA50AX to my network with vlans and multiple SSIDs when the time comes.

Thanks again for your reply.


OpenWrt has vlan support and multiple SSID.

Thanks Fabiano.

I suspected that. Just wasn't sure because I have only used OpenWRT for basic router functions.

Zyxel APs with stock firmware are programmed to phone home so they're manageable on Zyxel's cloud platform, Nebula. You have to purchase support licenses annually for this function. OpenWRT will allow you to make use of every other function of the device like multiple SSIDs, VLANs, mesh connections, fast roaming between multiple access points, etc..