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Ruckus Wireless: Access points with integrated WLAN controller

Ruckus Wireless is bringing a new variant of its existing WLAN access points for smaller installations. The so-called unleashed APs R500 and R600 therefore already contain a virtual WLAN controller that manages neighboring access points. A dedicated WLAN controller is therefore no longer necessary. In addition, Ruckus promises very easy installation and management for the new approach for the company.

  1. Winkelmann Group GmbH + Co. KG, Ahlen
  2. QUNDIS GmbH, Erfurt

With the unleashed variants, up to 512 WLAN clients can be brought into a network. The integrated controller is said to be similar to the Zone Director, Ruckus only mentions a few details. After all, 25 access points can still be managed in this way without incurring license costs. That is a comparatively large amount. Many other offers set the limit for sometimes less than ten access points and even some controller-based WLAN systems are limited to six access points. If you want more, you have to purchase an extra license, but then you can usually go much higher than with Ruckus' controllerless version and manage a three-digit number of APs. This is not possible with the unleashed APs.

In terms of radio technology, the unleashed versions do not differ from the R500 and R600 models. With a 2x2: 2 or 3x3: 3 configuration, they offer a maximum of 867 or 1,300 Mbit / s as data throughput via 802.11ac in the 5 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz band (802.11b / g / n) and Power over Ethernet (802.3af) are also supported. These are Wave-1-ac devices.

According to Ruckus, the APs can be purchased immediately. The company only provides prices as net US prices. The small model costs $ 645. The R600 Unleashed costs around $ 800.