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Worldwide data and video traffic is growing at double-digit rates, driven by an increase in connected devices.
"Ruckus customers and partners demand more when it comes to their networks," said
The congestion of people, devices and bandwidth-hungry apps makes for challenges that current wireless tech cannot handle. Adding to the complexity of this environment are diversifying device categories and apps, such as instant messaging, IoT control messages and voice-over-Wi-Fi.
"Real-world use cases are bumping up against the limits of existing Wi-Fi standards, and the need for 802.11ax to address a wide variety of heterogeneous, high-density scenarios is clear," said
802.11ax: More connections and bandwidth, higher QoS
The new 802.11ax standard was designed for high-density connectivity, with the ability to support up to a four-fold capacity increase over its 802.11ac Wave 2 predecessor. With 802.11ax, multiple APs used in dense device environments are collectively able to deliver required quality-of-service (QoS) to more clients with more diverse usage profiles due to the use of orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) and multi-user multiple-in multiple-out (MU-MIMO) technologies.
Delivering expected service levels in ultra-high-density environments
Increased end-user expectations and application QoS requirements pose unique difficulties to network designers. Locations such as stadiums, public venues, train stations, and schools in which video content and applications are central to the curriculum, are representative examples. The R730, supporting eight spatial streams on 5 GHz and four spatial streams on 2.4 GHz, is better able to address those expectations through increased capacity, improved coverage and performance.
"Train stations are especially challenging Wi-Fi environments due to spikes in client count each time passengers exit a train," said
The Ruckus Ultra-High Density Technology Suite addresses these challenges using techniques that go beyond the 802.11ax standard, including:
- Airtime decongestion—Increases average client throughput in heavily congested environments by using patent-pending techniques to reduce unnecessary management traffic.
- Transient client management—Maintains throughput levels for priority clients in high transient-client environments such as rail stations by using patent-pending techniques to delay AP association with low-priority transient clients.
- BeamFlex™+ antennas—Patented technology improves AP coverage and capacity by continuously optimizing antenna patterns on a per-device, per-packet basis.
"At Golden 1 Center, we're committed to delivering the best fan experience in the industry. One of the ways we deliver value to our fans is to build a network that enables live streaming during the games. This is incredibly challenging to do in a venue like ours with as many live-streaming fans as we have," said
Converging IoT access networks
The R730 includes embedded Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Zigbee radios and can be augmented with Ruckus IoT modules to support additional physical layer protocols such as LoRa. Using the Ruckus IoT controller, these separate networks and the IoT endpoints associated with them, can be managed, coordinated and connected to IoT cloud services as part a single, converged IoT access network.
Preparing for private LTE
The R730 accommodates modular Ruckus OpenG™ LTE APs operating in the U.S. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz band, enabling existing Wi-Fi APs to provide LTE service. Using modular or stand-alone LTE APs, organizations will be able to build their own private LTE networks to improve the quality of indoor cellular service within their facilities.
Making users safer at home, in the office and in public
The R730 will implement the next-generation WPA3 wireless security protocol and Wi-Fi Enhanced Open. Users with compatible devices will benefit from significant security enhancements, including:
- Protection against brute-force dictionary attacks through use of a new key exchange protocol known as a simultaneous authentication of equals handshake.
- Protection against traffic-sniffing attacks common to unauthenticated networks associated with public venues.
Getting the most out of your 802.11ax deployment
The 802.11ax standard and the R730 offer a step-function increase in over-the-air throughput. To make the best use of that new capacity, network designers need to optimize the wired access infrastructure to support it, while minimizing upgrade costs. Ruckus helps network designers by:
- Offering two switches—the entry-level ICX 7150 Z-series and the ICX 7650—that meet the increased power-over-Ethernet (PoE) requirements of the R730.
- Providing the access port capacity needed to support multi-gigabit throughput on the ICX 7650 Z-series—with up to 24 auto-sensing 1/2.
5/5/10gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports—and the 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) uplink capacity required for ultra-high-density deployments.
- Enabling them to replace APs without extensive network redesign by using the adaptive Wi-Fi cell sizing feature included in the Ultra-High-Density Technology Suite.
"Many of our customers have future-proofed their networks with the Ruckus ICX 7650 switches, in anticipation of the upcoming 802.11ax access points," said
The R730 will be generally available this calendar quarter. The Ultra-High Density Technology Suite is available now for use with all Ruckus APs.
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