By: Devang Bhatt, Enterprise Product Marketing
Any technology company today will likely tell you we are in the midst of a massive digital transformation, and in order to keep up, businesses across the globe need things to be done faster than ever before. Whether it’s making decisions, getting a new product to market or serving customers, the need for speed is vital to succeed in today’s innovation climate. This is especially true for wireless networks.
The proliferation of Wave 2 11ac Wi-Fi technology embedded into client devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops continues to flood the market resulting in a diverse client mix ranging from slow, fast to high-speed clients. As indoor and outdoor wireless networks become more and more saturated with active users, the propensity to have a poor Wi-Fi experience increases. Research from Strategy Analytics predicts the number of connected devices per person will more than double to 4.3 by 2020.
It’s not just the multiple devices people now carry with them impacting Wi-Fi performance. It’s also the explosion of cloud-based applications such as video and voice that require robust network performance from the core to the edge.
Luckily, 802.11ac Wave 2 brings gigabit speed to wireless networks, eliminating the need to compromise between speed and performance. 802.11ac Wave 2 technology improves network efficiency by bringing MU-MIMO to Wi-Fi, enabling the access point (AP) to communicate with multiple client devices simultaneously. Before MU-MIMO, the AP would serve clients one at a time, in a round robin fashion. With MU-MIMO, network airtime efficiency increases because all clients (MU-MIMO and non MU-MIMO) are served faster.
With 802.11ac Wave 2, you can stream Netflix to your mobile device without degrading the performance of the network for everyone else. In an outdoor scenario, several fans watching replays in a crowded stadium with their mobile devices will experience a good video experience.
Ruckus was first-to-market with Wave 2 APs in April 2015 and now has the industry’s broadest Wave 2 portfolio. We continue to expand that portfolio with today’s announcement of two new access points to the ZoneFlex™ family—the ZoneFlex R610 indoor access point (AP) and the ZoneFlex T610 outdoor AP. Both products are based on the IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 standard featuring multi-user MIMO technology, which optimizes airtime efficiency to client devices and increases aggregate network throughput in dense indoor or outdoor deployments.
Both of these new additions to the Ruckus Wave 2 portfolio deliver high performance and coverage and benefit from more traditional Ruckus technologies such as BeamFlex+, ChannelFly and flexible deployment options. For those of you seeking a solution for your poor Wi-Fi performance, whether it’s in your hotel room, your apartment or outdoors such as college campuses, stadiums or transit hubs, the R610 and T610 11ac Wave 2 APs with MU-MIMO are designed to meet the tough requirements of indoor or outdoor deployments.