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Smart Wi- Fi system supports up to 20,000 clients

Posted: 23 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi  multiple locations  wireless 

Ruckus Wireless unleashes the ZoneDirector 5000 and ZoneFlex software (v9.2) providing Wi-Fi access to diverse user groups across multiple locations.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi system adds essential hardware and software capabilities to scale, simplify and secure large Wi-Fi networks. According to the company, it is the industry's first controller-based system that can be flexibly deployed either in-line or out of the data path, supporting up to 20,000 clients, 1,000 access points (APs) and 2,048 WLANs in a single platform.

 Ruckus ZoneDirector 5000

Additionally, Ruckus has increased the client capacity of its ZoneFlex dual-band 802.11n APs to support 256 concurrent clients per AP, claiming to make them the ideal Wi-Fi solution for high-capacity environments, where reliable services and extended coverage are essential.

In addition to the ZD5000 platform, Ruckus has introduced a version of ZoneFlex 9.2 for its smart WLAN controllers. Features include AP groups for bulk configuration and simplified WLAN administration, smart mesh enhancements that increase overall network performance and reliability, and IPv6 support for virtually limitless IP addressing.

The software system also offers remote packet capture on Ruckus APs to streamline troubleshooting and network analysis, automatic proxy configuration to enhance security and network performance, and 802.1X wired Ethernet port security that protects against unauthorised network access through APs installed in public areas.

ZoneFlex claims to deliver configurable timeouts for idle clients that help increase network capacity and re-authentication grace periods that eliminate users from having to constantly re-authenticate, and Wireless Internet Service Provider roaming (WISPr) and L2TP tunnelling support on standalone ZoneFlex 802.11n APs for seamless integration and flexible deployment of hotspot services.

The ZoneDirector 5000 is available for Rs.15.70 lakh ($35,000) and comes with a lifetime warranty. Available this quarter, ZoneFlex 9.2 software is a free upgrade for existing customers.

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