Ruckus Wireless (News - Alert) recently introduced a handful of new advanced Smart Wi-Fi products, technologies, professional services and training packages meant to address the growing challenges service providers face in supporting thousands of Wi-Fi users within high-capacity venues and locations. The main featured solution among these is the ZoneFlex 7782-N, an ultra high-capacity outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access point.
This lightweight, compact system combines specialized smart sector antenna technology that narrowly focuses Wi-Fi signals within a 30-degree beamwidth, while advanced software optimizes capacity and minimizes interference via ChannelFly predictive channel selection. Such specialized technology is needed for high-density environments where the goal is to deliver consistent performance to thousands of simultaneous users.
The number of Wi-Fi devices being used is on the rise as well, increasing the average number of clients on a network dramatically. When considering extremely dense venues such as a stadium or exhibit hall, the density of the population requires even more specific design considerations.
High-speed wireless broadband provider Towerstream is a company known for dealing with high-density Wi-Fi deployments and was one of the first customers to deploy the new ZoneFlex 7782-N access point.
"For Towerstream, being able to explicitly focus RF energy in a specific direction and automate channel selection is essential to providing Wi-Fi connectivity within high-density metro deployments where APs are mounted in close proximity to each other," said Arthur Giftakis, VP of engineering for Towerstream. "Ruckus has taken a more holistic approach to the high-density problem, by combining a number of essential hardware and software technologies into a carrier-class solution that is highly scalable and delivers the highest Wi-Fi performance we've seen within some of the most contentious Wi-Fi environments on earth."
The ZoneFlex 7782-N features a custom-designed internal sectorized antenna array based on Ruckus' BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology, while ChannelFly predictive channel selection software provides better use of the Wi-Fi spectrum.
In October, Ruckus filed papers to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).
Edited by Brooke Neuman