Ruckus Wireless Announces High and Low End APs

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Tim Higgins

Ruckus Wireless logoRuckus Wireless has announced two new 802.11n access points.

The ZoneFlex 7982 is a dual-band three-stream 802.11n access point designed for "high-capacity" environments such as stadiums, airports and schools. It is based on a "latest generation" Qualcomm Atheros three-stream N chipset and is said to be able to support 500 simultaneous clients with link rates up to 450 Mbps with three-stream clients.

Ruckus attributes the 7982’s performance to a patented, dual-polarized adaptive antenna array (photo below), beamforming and maximal ratio combining (MRC) techniques.

Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982

Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982

The ZoneFlex 7321 uses similar technology but supports only a maximum of 256 concurrent users and has a single dual-band two-stream radio supporting maximum link rates of 300 Mbps.

Ruckus ZoneFlex 7321

Ruckus ZZoneFlex 7321

Both APs support 802.3af power over Ethernet (PoE) and can be deployed as either standalone or as part of a centrally-managed WLAN. Other features of both products include bandsteering, airtime fairness and predictive, capacity-driven channel selection.

The ZoneFlex 7982 and 7321 are shipping now at MSRPs of $1099 and $349, respectively.

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