Ruckus Wireless expands 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi portfolio

ZoneFlex R610 and T610 access points are designed to optimise performance in dense indoor and outdoor deployments

Ruckus Wireless expands 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi portfolio

Ruckus Wireless, part of Brocade, has added two new Wi-Fi access points (APs) to its ZoneFlex family - the ZoneFlex R610 indoor AP and the ZoneFlex T610 outdoor AP (pictured). Both products are based on the IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 standard featuring multi-user MIMO technology, which optimises airtime efficiency to client devices and increases aggregate network throughput in dense indoor or outdoor deployments.

The R610 is an indoor Wave 2 11ac 3x3:3 AP with USB interface capable of supporting future IoT applications that fills the gap between the ZoneFlex R510 Wave 2 2x2:2 AP and the R710 Wave 2 4x4:4 AP, delivering data rates up to 1,900 Mbps.

The T610 is an outdoor Wave 2 11ac 4x4:4 AP with field accessible USB interface capable of supporting future IoT applications. The T610 is positioned between the ZoneFlex T300 Wave 1 2x2:2 outdoor AP and T710 Wave 2 4x4:4 AP and supports data rates up to 2.5 Gbps.

The R610 is aimed at high-density deployments for clients in need of guaranteed high throughput. High schools offering online digital learning with more than 30 kids per classroom and university lecture halls providing concurrent HD video streams to hundreds of student devices are great use cases for R610 deployment.

The T610 is targeted at high-density outdoor deployments. An example use case is a smart city, providing wireless access to hundreds of users, connectivity to smart meters and public utilities.

With the addition of these two new APs, Ruckus now claims to have the broadest 802.11ac Wave 2 portfolio in the industry. Both new APs can be managed via any Ruckus control and management platform, including SmartZone and ZoneDirector now, plus Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi beginning in December.

“The Ruckus ZoneFlex R610 AP enables secure, rock-solid connections whether you are streaming audio or video, transacting payments, keeping in touch via social media, or just browsing the web,” said Denton Meier, CTO, Firefly Technologies, a Ruckus partner based in Washington.

“We have been using the R610s in two high-use gym locations and the local Pybus Public Market. The 3x3 802.11ac Wave 2 APs provide dual concurrent streams to handle the influx of connections at these demanding locations.

“From Netflix, YouTube and Spotify at the gym locations, to Facebook, Instagram and Square transactions at the Public Market, these units haven’t missed a beat. Our clients love that they just work, and we love that we don’t need a truck roll.”

The ZoneFlex R610 is available now. The ZoneFlex T610 will be available starting in December.

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