Ruckus launches ‘world’s first’ purpose-built 802.11ac Wi-Fi router

ZoneFlex R700 aimed at high-capacity, ‘challenging’ Wi-Fi environments

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Ruckus launches ‘world’s first’ purpose-built 802.11ac Wi-Fi router Ruckus ZoneFlex R700.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 20, 2014

Ruckus Wireless, Inc this week announced the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700, said to be “the world’s first dual-band, three-stream indoor Wi-Fi product specifically designed from the ground up built on the new 802.11ac standard”.

Ruckus claims the R700 is the only 802.11ac router on the market that integrates patented Ruckus BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna array technology to extend the range, reliability and speed of indoor Wi-Fi services, giving enterprises and service providers the ability to offer reliable, gigabit-class Wi-Fi performance.

Operating as a standalone access point (AP) or part of a centrally managed wireless LAN (WLAN), the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 is purpose-built for the 802.11ac standard, and is aimed at high-capacity and “challenging” Wi-Fi environments such as airports, hotels, schools, hospitals, warehouses and high-density venues.

According to Ruckus, the ZoneFlex R700 is also the only 802.11ac product on the market to incorporate six custom smart antenna arrays, one for each band and spatial stream. This capability is aimed at allowing Wi-Fi transmissions to be focused and automatically directed over the fastest signal paths for each client. The result, Ruckus claims, is “better signal decorrelation, stronger signals to client devices, higher sustained data rates at longer distances, increased AP capacity and gigabit-class Wi-Fi performance”.

Backwards compatible with existing 802.11 devices, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 operates with full functionality using standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), delivering aggregate data rates of up to 1.75 Gbps using the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands while offering an improvement in Wi-Fi signal coverage, Ruckus said.

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