Ruckus Smart WiFi technologies

Ruckus, unlike other wireless network vendors, never relied on off-the-shelf radio technology. Instead they developed their own patented solutions which make all the difference in the wireless world.

Ruckus Smart WiFi is actually a collection of technologies designed to extend the range, reliability, performance, and security of the WiFi network. These technologies eliminate much of the cost and complexity of conventional wireless LAN (WLAN) deployments. They combine reliable network performance and essential BYOD features in a single solution.

Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi includes recent technical advances in Ruckus’ adaptive antenna technology, novel approach to channel selection, quality of service, traffic classification, and fancy RF routing.

Ruckus Technologies

  • Ruckus Beamflex
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    A sophisticated smart antenna system.

  • Ruckus ChannelFly
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    Predictive Capacity Management for Optimal RF Channel Selection

  • Ruckus BYOD solutions
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    Move to a BYOD network with Ruckus Wireless

  • Ruckus secure hotspot
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    Providing unprecedented guest security for open hotspots, with Zero IT involcement.

  • Ruckus Wifi location services
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    Accurate indoor positioning for location based services and the inteligence they provide

  • Ruckus Smartmesh
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    A state-of-the-art RF routing system.

  • Ruckus Smartsec
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    A collection of advanced security mechanisms

  • Ruckus Smartcast
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    An advanced traffic engineering and quality of service system.

BeamFlex+

The Smart Wi-Fi Antenna Technology That Steers Signals to High-Quality Paths.

For greater speed, fewer errors, and instant bandwidth delivery, BeamFlex offers first-of-its-kind Adaptive Antenna Technology that maximizes signal coverage, throughput, and network capacity. It delivers MIMO benefits to 802.11a/b/g/n and .11ac Wave 2 devices, to further increase MIMO diversity gain and maximize spatial multiplexing potential—at minimal cost.

BeamFlex consists of a smart, compact antenna array with multiple elements, which can be combined in real time to form unique antenna patterns. The advanced BeamFlex system software continually learns the environment with all its hostilities and interference sources, including disruptive RF conditions, numerous communicating devices, network performance issues, and application flows. Then, it selects the optimum antenna pattern for each communicating device in real time, while actively mitigating interference and minimizing noise to nearby networks and devices.

BeamFlex Smart Antenna Array
BeamFlex Smart Antenna Array

BeamFlex offers:

  •  Over 3X increase in performance and range
  •  8X expanded coverage
  •  Stabilized wireless network performance, for picture-perfect video streaming and crystal-clear voice communications
  •  Maximized power efficiency
  •  Interference mitigation

Following test report demonstrates the advantage of BeamFlex technology:

BeamFlex Ruckus vs Cisco

Unlike omni-directional antennas that radiate signals in all directions, BeamFlex directs transmit energy towards the best path to the receiving device. And unlike fixed-positioned directional antennas, BeamFlex dynamically configures its "beam" on a per-station, per-packet basis, to achieve omni-directional coverage.

BeamFlex+ is an enhancement to Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology by providing adaptive support to mobile devices. BeamFlex+ enables antennas to adapt to client device orientation in addition to client device location.

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BeamFlex Demo
Dynamic Beamforming
Demystifying Beamforming

ChannelFly

Predictive Capacity Management for Smarter RF Channel Selection.

ChannelFly is a new approach to dynamic channel management. Most enterprise- or carrier-class WLAN vendors, Ruckus included, have for some time now offered the ability to change an AP’s channel automatically within either the 2.4 or 5 GHz bands when interference or contention conditions warrant it. Sensing that the channel an AP is using with its currently attached clients has become degraded is the easy part. Deciding which channel to switch to is much harder.

Ruckus new innovations in this area have been driven specifically by lessons learned in carrier Wi-Fi engagements, where APs are required to deliver good capacity in highly contentious public settings where channels are very busy. They started from the basic observation that changing channels makes sense only when you have some confidence that the target destination channel will improve capacity in practice — an assessment that cannot be accurately made based on spectrum analysis (based on energy levels) alone, given the nature of contention in a Wi-Fi context. Ruckus new and unique approach involves assessment across all available channels, based on actual realizable capacity, before making any decisions about changes. The net result has been observed in trials on large-scale carrier networks to be multiple-fold improvements in AP and overall network capacity in the most challenging situations.

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Observed Throughput (Mbps)

ChannelFly benefits include:

  •  Leverages patented principles from BeamFlex to learn and select the best RF channel
  •  Uses live channel activity to learn what channels will yield the most throughput
  •  Assesses true channel capacity, not subjective noise and traffic measurements
  •  Works with 2.4 GHz access and 5 GHz backhaul
  •  System constantly determines proper channel; no configuration or monitoring necessary
  •  Fast reaction (in seconds) to significant drop in throughput
  •  Significant capacity improvement observed in congested environments (25 -50%)
diagram channelfly

Videos:

Predictive Capacity Management

BYOD Solution

Ruckus has a fully integrated body of features to handle BYOD stress points for both administrators and users.

With the proliferation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), enterprises need to focus on two key aspects of their wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure; maintaining network performance and ensuring network security, even for user-owned devices.

As Wi-Fi devices and applications are now central to almost every business operation, the wireless network must be reliable. Yet, legacy solutions were not engineered to deal with the high density of devices and the throughput required to sustain a fast and reliable wireless experience. The wireless network must be designed for interference mitigation and high-density environments. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi delivers the best high capacity performance to handle the toughest workloads.

Equally important, network managers need to secure the connections of any Wi-Fi devices such as laptops, tablets, phones and even game consoles or Apple TVs.

Ruckus BYOD solution
BYOD steps

Handling BYOD with Ruckus

Cloudpath

Leading edge solution for environments that need to support a wide range of different devices or different onboarding policies or simply want to deliver the best user experience with superior security and control.

Dynamic PSK

Offers a per-user PSK, which finds an ideal balance between 802.1X and passphrases. It’s easy to implement, highly secure, and included at no extra cost with Ruckus controllers.

High Performance

Ruckus BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology optimizes throughput while ChannelFly automates channel selection. This robust wireless performance enables users to connect and stay connecting, allowing BYOD initiatives to drive the business.

Zero-IT Activation

Securely provisions and onboards wireless clients in an intuitive way, enabling network users to connect without IT staff intervention.

Client Visibility

Delivers granular monitoring and diagnostics so administrators and support staff can keep better tabs on, and make informed decisions about, usage trends and network behavior.

Flexibility

Granular reinforcement through device fingerprinting and access control features. Device-specific awareness can be used to enforce policy and improve network operations, troubleshooting, and policy changes over time.

Ruckus BYOD scheme

With Zero-IT and DPSK, Ruckus delivers basic out-of-the-box device provisioning and onboarding tools that are foolproof for users and simple to implement by IT staff. For larger-scale deployments, Ruckus Cloudpath delivers secure and automated device enablement that is easy to use for both end-users and IT administrators, and provides the most robust standards-based security via x.509 certificates and self-service workflows.

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Ruckus BYOD Solution

SecureHotspot

SecureHotspot delivers unique technology and differentiated features

How do you provide security to an open network without forcing the clients to register or use a cumbersome authentication system? It’s not a trick question. The answer is Ruckus SecureHotspot technology using Dynamic Pre-Shared Key or DPSK.

The Ruckus Wireless SecureHotspot is designed to create simple-to-deploy public Wi-Fi networks that can be used to self-provision into a more secure, encrypted network. It is based on the patented Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (D-PSK) encryption technology providing robust and secure wireless access while eliminating the arduous task of manual configuration and management of encryption keys on client devices.

Ruckus SecureHotspot

SecureHotspot benefits:

  •  No complicated sign-on process or registration
  •  Secure communication without the risk of data theft
  •  Doesn’t require complicated security equipment or configuration
  •  Zero-IT involvement, frees up IT time to deal with more pressing matters
  •  Provides additional security to guests and clients
  •  Built-in to ZoneDirector, doesn’t require additional hardware or licenses

SecureHotspot: Easy to setup and deploy

Ruckus SecureHotspot setup

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Securing Public Hotspot

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