Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ruckus Launches Dual-band, Three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi AP

Ruckus Wireless introduced the first dual-band, three-stream indoor Wi-Fi product specifically designed for the new 802.11ac standard.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 AP integrates the company's BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna array technology to extend the range, reliability and speed of indoor Wi-Fi services, giving enterprises and service providers the ability to offer Gigabit-class Wi-Fi performance. It can operate as a standalone access point (AP) or part of a centrally managed wireless LAN. It incorporates six custom smart antenna arrays—one for each band and spatial stream.

By using per-packet adaptive antenna control, polarization diversity, and active channel selection techniques, Ruckus said it is able to increase the useful uplink and downlink range, which is also boosted by the more efficient 256-QAM introduced by the 802.11ac standard.