In what is being claimed as an industry first, Ruckus Wireless has today launched a Wi-Fi AP based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 access point (AP), the company claims, boosts multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and delivers unprecedented capacity.
Users will be able to simultaneous transmit multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, a new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO).
This will enable over two times the density of mobile devices versus Wave 1, and aggregate data rates exceeding two gigabits per second.
One of the first organisations to adopt the ZoneFlex R710 within a production environments was the City of San José, California.
The City recorded a speed of 445 megabits per second with two-stream-capable laptops, and over 200 megabits per second with single-stream mobile smartphones after deploying the solution.
"We are at an inflection point in the industry as we deal with insatiable demand for wireless capacity and speed," said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the City of San José.
"We need to be able to plan and prepare for devices and services we haven’t even seen yet. Wave 2 represents an investment in a platform that not only meets our current needs, it will also meet those in the future that we can’t even predict.
"Delivering our Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi service has become a distinct competitive advantage for the City of San José. The Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 helps us take this to the next level. It’s simply the best performing Wi-Fi access point we’ve ever deployed, even without multi-user MIMO clients."
The router will also work with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices through a built-in USB port combined with Ruckus SPoT location-based services (LBS).
By using rich analytics and location-based user engagement, enterprises and service providers will then be able to monetise their Wi-Fi investment.
The company announced it would sell its new product in authorised Ruckus BiG DOG resellers worldwide at a price of $1,295.
Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless, said: "The R710 is an extraordinary feat of engineering that marks a new era for our industry.
"The work and innovation we’ve put into the R710 reflects our leadership in delivering the world’s best in class wireless products that stand the test of time."
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