Ruckus unveils Wi-Fi mobile apps for wireless performance analysis

Four new, free mobile applications give network managers real-time Wi-Fi performance analysis of Ruckus and third party access points

Ruckus unveils Wi-Fi mobile apps for wireless performance analysis

Ruckus Wireless has unveiled a suite of four new Smart Wi-Fi mobile applications designed to assist system integrators, value-added resellers and network administrators in conducting site surveys and wireless LAN (WLAN) performance tests.

The apps will also enable them to remotely monitor Ruckus Smart WLAN environments and conduct performance comparisons between Ruckus and third-party Wi-Fi access points.

Developed by Ruckus, the suite of Smart Wi-Fi mobile applications includes the SpeedFlex, S.W.A.T., Zapper, and ZD Remote apps, and each are available now at no cost on the Apple iTunes App Store and other online outlets.

‘Anyone who has ever deployed a wireless network of any size clearly understands how difficult it can be to optimize Wi-Fi performance and coverage,’ said Rob Mustarde, VP of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless. “We wanted to radically simplify this process with tools that are intuitive to use and understand, and which offer a compelling value in the data they deliver.’

Network managers can use the apps to determine where to best place Wi-Fi access points (APs) for optimal coverage and performance. In addition, users can use these Ruckus tools, such as Zapper, as a mechanism for making statistically valid performance comparisons between different vendor systems, with the ability to view all the comparative performance data on the same screen.

SpeedFlex delivers real-time Wi-Fi performance data

For iOS and Android users, SpeedFlex is a wireless throughput performance-testing tool based on the Ruckus open source performance test tool that gives users a simple, easy way to collect site performance data.

This throughput based analysis tool can be used to validate the performance of an existing installation, or assist in planning a new site deployment. SpeedFlex captures real-time throughput (uplink/downlink), packet loss and site data, and lets users take pictures and send an email with the results packaged in a PDF file.

S.W.A.T. helps speed the site survey process

S.W.A.T. is a wireless assessment tool for performance testing, and site survey companion to Ruckus SpeedFlex. This app gives users a simple way to collect comprehensive site performance data. It can be used to validate the performance of an existing installation, or assist in planning a new site deployment.

By connecting to a SpeedFlex server, such as a Ruckus ZoneFlex AP or ZoneDirector controller, network managers can instantly test network throughput.  With S.W.A.T., users can also plot the results with a graphical representation of their actual test environment. The Android version of S.W.A.T. allows users to see RSSI, channel, frequency and data rates.

Zapper for best and worst case Wi-Fi performance analysis

Zapper is a real time performance analysis tool. Built on the open source ZAP wireless library, the application lets users test the performance of an existing network, validate APs, and perform competitive testing to help make accurate comparisons.

Zapper presents results in a cumulative distribution function (CDF) graph. The CDF representation visually communicates the full distribution of expected throughput rates against the percentage probability of that throughput at the specific test location.

This gives administrators a much more complete picture of the expected performance of their Wi-Fi network so they can adequately plan for worse case scenarios as well as compare the actual performance of different vendor access points.

ZD Remote brings simplified WLAN management to mobile devices

Designed for use with the Apple iPad, Ruckus ZD Remote is for users of the Ruckus ZoneDirector management appliance. ZD Remote offers real-time monitoring of Ruckus Smart WLANs to provide stats, dashboard widgets, client details and live logs.

With ZD Remote, administrators can easily monitor one or more ZoneDirector controllers on a mobile device. Going forward, ZD Remote will add select ZoneDirector configuration controls, allowing administrators to quickly and easily manage their Ruckus WLAN environments.

Availability

SpeedFlex is now available for the Apple iPad and iPhones (iOS 5.1 or later) via the Apple iTunes App Store, and will be available for Android smartphones by the end of March 2013 via the Google play store.

SpeedFlex S.W.A.T. is also currently available on the Apple iTunes App Store for Apple iPad (iOS 5.1 or later), and is also now available for Android tablets (7” and larger) via the Google play store.

Zapper is also available now via the Apple iTunes App Store, and is compatible with the Apple iPad (iOS 5.1 or later), with future support for Android devices.

ZD Remote will be available by the end of March 2013, with initial support for the Apple iPad (iOS 5.1 and higher), and with future support for Android devices.

Written by Wireless magazine
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