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Ruckus flexes muscles with 802.11ac Wave 2 access point

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? 802.11ac? Wi-Fi? access point?

Ruckus unveiled the ZoneFlex R710, a Wi-Fi access point (AP) based on 802.11ac Wave 2 technology, which can support up to 500 clients simultaneously with a multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO).

Among the first organisations to deploy the ZoneFlex R710 is the city of San Jos, California, which sees big value in the migration to new 802.11ac Wave 2 technology.

"We are at an inflection point in the industry as we deal with insatiable demand for wireless capacity and speed," said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the city of San Jos. "We need to be able to plan and prepare for devices and services we haven't even seen yet. Wave 2 represents an investment in a platform that not only meets our current needs, it will also meet those in the future that we can't even predict. The Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 helps us take this (Wi-Fi service) to the next level. "

According to Sammeta, after installing the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710, the city was able to achieve dramatic performance improvements, reaching over 445Mbit/s speed with two-stream-capable laptops, and over 200Mbit/s with single-stream mobile smart phones.

ZoneFlex R710

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 access point supports up to four spatial streams and 500 concurrent clients. Additionally, each access point integrates Ruckus-patented BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology, designed to enhance antenna coverage on a per client, per transmission basis.

With four dual-band smart antenna arrays, the ZoneFlex R710 is capable of creating over 4,000 unique directional antenna patterns per radio, reducing up to 15dB of RF interference as well as co-channel interference. Dual-polarised smart antennas also allow the R710 to automatically adapt to the changing physical orientation of mobile client devices such as smartphones and tablets, thereby helping to maximise uplink performance and offer unmatched reception of weak mobile client signals.

With BeamFlex+, the ZoneFlex R710 also offers a significant increase in performance and range, delivering up to 5dB of signal gain and aggregate data rates of over 2Gbit/s, 1,733Mbit/s (@ 5GHz) and 800Mbit/s (@ 2.4GHz). Backwards compatible with existing Wi-Fi clients, the ZoneFlex R710 can operate as a stand-alone Wi-Fi access point or part of a smart Wireless LAN (WLAN).

Additionally, the ZoneFlex R710 is equipped with dual gigabit Ethernet ports and is able to support spatial multiplexing, adaptive antenna switching and transmit beamforming. The ZoneFlex R710 maintains full 4x4:4 802.11ac functionality with standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), eliminating the need for costly and cumbersome wired switch upgrades.

ZoneFlex R710 antenna arrays

The ZoneFlex R710 has a built-in USB port to accommodate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This, combined with Ruckus SPoT location-based services (LBS) and analytics, enables opportunities for enterprises and service providers to monetise their Wi-Fi investment in public venues through analytics and location-based user engagement.

Available this quarter, the new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 indoor access point has an MSRP of $1,295, and will be available through authorised Ruckus BiG DOG resellers worldwide.

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