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Ruckus launches industry first 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point

Zafirah Salim | April 2, 2015
The new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 delivers multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance to help enterprises and service providers meet demand for more wireless capacity and speed.

Ruckus Wireless launched today the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 access point (AP), which it claims to be the industry's first Wi-Fi AP based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard that extends Wi-Fi to enable multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and unprecedented capacity.

According to the wireless systems provider, the new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 is the first Wi-Fi access point to now support major technical advances in the 802.11ac standard. It allows the simultaneous transmission of multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, a new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO). This enables over two times the density of mobile devices versus Wave 1, and aggregate data rates exceeding two gigabits per second.

It added that the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 AP supports up to four spatial streams and 500 concurrent clients. Additionally, each AP integrates Ruckus-patented BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology, which enhances the operation of Wave 2 802.11ac technology by optimising antenna coverage on a per client, per transmission basis.

With four dual-band smart antenna arrays, the ZoneFlex R710 is capable of creating over 4,000 unique directional antenna patterns per radio, mitigating up to 15dB of RF interference while also reducing co-channel interference.

Dual-polarised smart antennas also allow the R710 to automatically adapt to the changing physical orientation of mobile client devices such as smartphones and tablets, thereby helping to maximise uplink performance and offer unmatched reception of weak mobile client signals.

With BeamFlex+, the ZoneFlex R710 also offers a significant increase in performance and range, delivering up to 5dB of signal gain and aggregate data rates of over two gigabits per second (Gbps), 1,733 Mbps (@ 5 GHz) and 800 Mbps (@ 2.4 GHz). 

Compatible with existing Wi-Fi clients, the ZoneFlex R710 can operate as a standalone Wi-Fi access point or part of a centrally managed Ruckus Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN). Additionally, the ZoneFlex R710 is equipped with dual gigabit Ethernet ports that can be aggregated to satisfy peak throughput requirements for maximum investment protection. 

The ZoneFlex R710 is also unique in its ability to support spatial multiplexing, adaptive antenna switching and transmit beamforming to ensure that Wi-Fi performance and reliability are never compromised.


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