Ruckus Wireless has expanded its line of Smart 802.11ac ZoneFlex access points (APs) with the launch of four new models. The expanded line up includes the new Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 (2x2:2) and ZoneFlex R600 (3x3:3) indoor dual-band (2.4/5GHz) mid-range models.
It also includes two new Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor 802.11ac APs, the ZoneFlex T300e omni-directional model, which includes support for optional external 5GHz antennas, and the ZoneFlex T301s 120 degree sectorised beam model with a sector adaptive antenna.
These new Smart Wi-Fi access points are the only concurrent, dual-band indoor and outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market to integrate patented Ruckus BeamFlex+ technology for optimal performance and interference mitigation in challenging RF environments.
They feature Ruckus ChannelFly dynamic channel management technology for predictive channel selection based on real-time capacity analysis of all RF channels. The new outdoor ZoneFlex T300 Series APs also provide the industry’s smallest and lightest form factors.
“Our latest ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor APs provide even more options and flexibility for customers desiring carrier-class, high-capacity, high-density outdoor 11ac Smart Wi-Fi radio technology, including industry-leading lightweight and compact form factors,” said Greg Beach, vice president of product management, Ruckus Wireless.
“Our new indoor, mid-range APs are exceptional, high-performance options for deployments in small to mid-size retail businesses, branch offices of large enterprises, hotel common areas, classrooms and libraries, delivering best-in-class performance and reliability at competitive prices.”
ZoneFlex R500 and R600 indoor APs
The ZoneFlex R500 dual-band (2.4/5GHz) 2x2:2 802.11ac access point (pictured above) is designed to deliver high quality wireless connectivity in medium density wireless networks in sites such as mid-size enterprises, hotels, and warehouses.
The ZoneFlex R500 is also suitable for retail stores to provide inconspicuous, reliable wireless connectivity for video, wireless IP phones and data access for handheld point-of-sale (POS) bar code scanners.
The ZoneFlex R600 dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) 3x3:3 802.11ac access point delivers even higher performance with an additional MIMO spatial stream. It is ideal for medium to high client density deployments such as enterprises, branch offices, and retail locations, especially those serving three-spatial stream clients. The ZoneFlex R600 is also a perfect fit for K-12 classrooms and college campus networks.
Both the new ZoneFlex R500 and R600 APs are able to operate with full functionality when powered by a standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af switch, eliminating the need for costly switch upgrades. Their sleek, elegant designs are easily concealed and support a variety of mounting options.
Additional features include: dual-band support that allows for concurrent Internet and IP-based video services; wired ports that enable easy connections to laptops, VoIP phones, cash registers, printers, and other business devices, and; multiple SSIDs for differentiated user services (e.g., guest Wi-Fi, POS, voice).
ZoneFlex T300e and T301s outdoor APs
Like the Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 omni-directional and ZoneFlex T301n 30 degree narrow beam models, the new ZoneFlex T300e and T301s APs are incredibly lightweight and feature ultra compact form factors.
At just 2 and 2.1 pounds (0.9 kg and 1 kg), respectively, including built-in BeamFlex antennas, the ZoneFlex T300e and T301s are significantly lighter than other outdoor 802.11ac APs, Ruckus claimed.
With total dimensions, including their internal antennas, of 5.9”w x 7”d x 3.4”h (15cm x 18cm x 8.6cm) for the ZoneFlex T300e, and 7.6”w x 9.4”d x 4.3”h (19.5cm x 23.9cm x 11cm) for the ZoneFlex T301s, these are among the smallest outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market.
Form factor is a critical requirement for many outdoor Wi-Fi applications where aesthetic considerations or minimal visual impact is required. The lightweight feature of the ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor APs dramatically eases installation and reduces deployment time and labour costs.
The ZoneFlex T300e (pictured below) is equally well suited for high-density outdoor deployments. It includes all of the features of the T300 model, plus offers the ability to attach a wide variety of external 5GHz antennas for great deployment flexibility. It’s ideal for mounting on poles, street corners, and rooftops, and in situations where the AP is remote from antennas or where the AP requires custom engineered RF coverage, the company said.
The ZoneFlex T301s is similar in features to the T301n model, and has a sector adaptive antenna that is designed specifically for providing the best coverage and capacity at wider 120 degree sectors. The T301s AP is well suited for mounting on poles and ideal for mounting on exterior walls.
Both models are rugged outdoor APs purpose-built to withstand harsh environments, with IP-67 water and dust proof plastic enclosures, operating temperatures of from -4 up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (from -20 up to 55 degrees Celsius), and wind survivability of up to 165 mph. Both models are easy to install, and support co-location operation with distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell radios.
All four of these new Ruckus APs also feature 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), support up to 500 clients each, and can operate as a standalone AP, or be centrally managed by a Ruckus ZoneDirector controller, or Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG) 200 or virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG) for maximum scalability.
Pricing and availability
The ZoneFlex R500 indoor 802.11ac AP has an MSRP of $645 and the new ZoneFlex R600 indoor 802.11ac AP has an MSRP of $795. The ZoneFlex T300e outdoor 802.11ac AP has an MSRP of $1,395, and the ZoneFlex T301s outdoor AP has an MSRP of $1,495.
Ruckus ZoneDirector-managed and standalone availability, and Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG) 200 and Ruckus virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG) support, for all four of these new ZoneFlex access points, will occur worldwide in Q4 2014.
All of these new Ruckus ZoneFlex access points are available through authorised Ruckus Big Dog resellers.