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Ruckus Wireless introduces new access points

ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7321 are designed for enterprises and telecom operators

The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7321 enhance the high and low ends of the Wi-Fi market and were developed for enterprises and telecom operators.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7321 enhance the high and low ends of the Wi-Fi market and were developed for enterprises and telecom operators.

Ruckus Wireless has announced its highest capacity three-stream (ZoneFlex 7982) and most affordable dual-stream (ZoneFlex 7321) 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi access points for carriers and enterprises in the Middle East.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7321 enhance the high and low ends of the Wi-Fi market and were developed for enterprises and telecom operators facing pressures from wireless-only mobile devices, accessing a richer mix of multimedia traffic.

The new solutions are designed to deliver consistent performance and maintain stable connections within high-capacity environments - and to smart mobile devices that constantly change their location and orientation. The simple variation of a device's orientation can account for up to a 5x performance degradation among Wi-Fi products unable to adapt to such changes, according to Ruckus.

The ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7321 are designed to solve these problems by integrating capabilities to increase signal gain, mitigate RF interference and allow each ZoneFlex AP to adapt to the changing nature of Wi-Fi signals from each connected mobile device.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 is one of the only three-stream 802.11n access point to combine dynamic polarisation diversity with adaptive antenna arrays and transmit beamforming technologies to give customers up to a 4x improvement in Wi-Fi performance, signal gain and reception.

The ZoneFlex 7321, an affordable dual-stream 802.11n access point, is designed for emerging markets and single AP deployments, while the ZoneFlex 7982 is designed for high-capacity environments.

The ZoneFlex 7982 is designed to be ideal for high-traffic locations such as hotspots, airports, stadiums, schools, hotels and public venues and is based on the latest generation Atheros three-stream high-performance chipset. It is capable of supporting up to 500 concurrent clients, offering a 2x to 4x increase in performance and range, and a 4dB improvement in receive sensitivity over alternative access points.

To ensure enhanced mobile device performance, the ZoneFlex 7982 is one of the only three-stream 802.11n AP that dynamically sends and receives Wi-Fi signals at different angles (polarisations).  When used with maximal ratio combining (MRC), a method where more receivers are used to gather signals from each channel and add them together to get the best result, the use of polarisation diversity can yield an addition 4dB of effective receive sensitivity.

By combining MRC with polarisation diversity, the ZoneFlex 7982 is designed to be able to capture the full signal of mobile devices even as they vary their orientation. This gives carriers and enterprises the unique benefit of stable connectivity at higher speeds delivered to mobile and moving devices at greater distances - particularly important for tablets and smartphones that tend to remain in constant motion.
Both ZoneFlex 7982 and 7321 support standard 802.3af power over Ethernet (PoE) and can be deployed as either standalone wireless routers or as part of a centrally managed Smart WLAN.

In addition, both products support features including bandsteering, airtime fairness, and predictive, capacity-drive channel selection (ChannelFly). When used with ZoneDirector, the ZoneFlex 7982 and 7321 offer a wide range of value-added applications such as SmartMesh networking, client load-balancing, time-based broadcasting, dynamic per-user rate limiting, guest networking, hotspot authentication, wireless intrusion prevention and dynamic pre-shared keys.

Available immediately, the ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7321 come with a limited lifetime warranty and are list priced starting at $1099 and $349, respectively.

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