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WiFi tech boasts up to 512 concurrent connections

Posted: 06 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiFi? access point? mobile devices?

Ruckus Wireless extended WiFi technology by expanding the capacity of its WiFi access points. Ruckus Smart WiFi 802.11n APs will be capable of supporting up to 512 concurrent client connectionsan important innovation as new WiFi-enabled mobile devices flood the enterprise and carrier markets.

IDC forecasts that over 50 million tablet devices, like Apple's iPad2, will ship this year. These devices aren't equipped with wired network connectionsrelying on wireless connectivity to connect users to the Internet and networked applications. The increase of these WiFi-enabled devices is placing heavy strains on corporate and carrier networks to support more users and higher levels of data traffic.

To help fix this problem, Ruckus has made system and software optimizations to its family of 802.11n access points to support a large number of simultaneous client connections, up to 256 client connections per radio. While dependent on environmental conditions, these advances, when combined with other innovations such as adaptive antenna technology, band steering, airtime fairness, and dynamic client load balancing, represent a leap forward in WiFi technology. This gives companies the confidence to service a large number of simultaneous WiFi users, mobile or stationary, with the fewest number of access points.

Ruckus Smart WiFi delivers higher capacity and reliable WiFi connections to client devices through patented BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology. Compliant with IEEE 802.11 standards, Ruckus' BeamFlex optimizes RF signal paths in real-time to increase signal strength and improve overall capacity. It is also capable of actively mitigating and rejecting RF interference to provide more reliable WiFi connectivity. Consequently, carriers and enterprise have the option to optimize their networks for either coverage or high capacity by deploying as few or as many Ruckus APs as desired to meet their goals.

Ruckus patents provide for full protection of its Smart WiFi innovations. The newest patents awarded to Ruckus founders Bill Kish and Victor Shtrom, and engineers Darin Milton and Bernard Baron, cover innovations in the areas of intelligent antenna arrays, smart antennas with polarization diversity, best path signal controls, and patterns for shaping RF emissions.

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