Ruckus Expands 802.11ac Lineup

Ruckus Wireless, a supplier that sells gear and software to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, has expanded its family of 802.11ac-powered indoor and outdoor access points.

The expanded lineup includes the Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 (2x2:2) and ZoneFlex R600 (3x3:3) indoor dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) mid-range models, and new Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor 802.11ac access points – the ZoneFlex T300e omnidirectional model (pictured), which includes support for optional external 5 GHz antennas, and the ZoneFlex T301s 120 degree sectorized beam model with a sector adaptive antenna.

Ruckus’ new access points integrate the company’s patented BeamFlex technology, used to mitigate interference in “challenging RF environments,” and ChannelFly dynamic channel management technology, a predictive channel selection technique based on real-time capacity analysis of all RF channels.

Ruckus said the ZoneFlex R500 AP is tailored for medium density wireless networks in sites such as mid-size enterprises, hotels, and warehouses, as well as in retail stores. The Ruckus ZoneFlex R600 is designed for medium-to-high client density deployments such as enterprises, branch offices, retail locations,  classrooms and college campus networks, the company said.

The new ZoneFlex T300e and T301s APs for outdoor use, with the T300e well-suited for high-density deployments. Both models can be mounted on poles, street corners and rooftops.

The new Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 indoor 802.11ac AP has an MSRP of $645, while the Ruckus ZoneFlex R600 indoor 802.11ac AP carries and MSRP of $795.  The Ruckus ZoneFlex T300e outdoor 802.11ac AP fetches $1,395, and the new Ruckus ZoneFlex T301s outdoor AP carries a suggested price of $1,495.