Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ruckus Wireless Offers Predictive Capacity Mgt to Improve RF Channel Selection

Ruckus Wireless is introducing a statistical adaptive channel selection technique to automatically determine the best radio operating frequency (RF channel) in noise Wi-Fi environments. The new "ChannelFly" feature leverages the same Ruckus-patented adaptive antenna approach, BeamFlex, that constantly learns and selects the best signal path for any given Wi-Fi transmission. ChannelFly applies similar principles to yield the highest client throughput.

ChannelFly is based on a predictive model that uses actual channel activity to learn what channels will yield the most capacity to provide the highest client speeds. The technology is delivered as a software upgrade for existing Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi APs.

"Historical approaches to Wi-Fi channel selection use spectrum analysis or packet sniffing techniques to basically guess the impact of interference on Wi-Fi capacity,�? said Bill Kish, co-founder and chief technology officer at Ruckus Wireless. “But with Wi-Fi, what an AP hears doesn't necessarily determine capacity. We skip those needless and disruptive steps and just measure the wireless capacity directly."