Ruckus Wireless and Slim Devices Team to Help Consumers Reliably Distribute Digital Music Throughout the Home New System Combines Best-in-Class Products and Technology to Solve Problems

With Streaming Digital Music Over Standard Wi-Fi in the Home



    DIGITAL LIFE EXHIBITION, NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Slim
 Devices, Inc., makers of the affordable Squeezebox wireless streaming audio
 players, and Ruckus Wireless, Inc., pioneers of "smart Wi-Fi" technology,
 today announced a marketing partnership under which the companies will
 offer the first in-home wireless digital music system that effectively
 eliminates audio artifacts, extends the range and ensures the highest
 reliability of digital music distribution within the home.
     The companies also announced that they are demonstrating the new system
 in their joint "Digital Domicile" (Stand 447) and will begin offering a
 bundled solution at the Digital Life Exhibition this week in New York City.
     The new digital music distribution system pairs the Ruckus MediaFlex
 multimedia Wi-Fi router with the popular Squeezebox from Slim Devices. This
 gives consumers, for the first time, high-quality, stutter-free music
 playback throughout their home over standard Wi-Fi.
     With the advances made in digital content and data compression,
 consumers are now looking for an easy and reliable way to move music around
 the home. While Wi-Fi has become the de facto medium for accessing data
 content, it wasn't designed to support reliable whole-home multimedia
 streaming. Having become accustomed to the location-freedom that Wi-Fi
 affords, consumers are now looking to extend this anytime, anywhere access
 to all other types of multimedia, particularly digital music.
     "Moving any kind of streaming multimedia over Wi-Fi is plagued with
 problems," said Rick Thompson, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. "Consumers
 love and want Wi-Fi for all their digital content but have no way to deal
 with the vagaries of Wi-Fi, such as RF interference, that can ruin music
 playback. Slim Devices and Ruckus have really focused on helping consumers
 solve these problems with an affordable and easy-to-use system."
     Music Stuttering Over Wi-Fi a Thing of the Past
     Unlike any other products on the market, Ruckus Wireless and Slim
 Devices have created a highly-reliable digital music home distribution
 system that prioritizes digital music streaming to the Squeezebox,
 automatically steering it around Wi-Fi interference.
     The unique solution leverages technical advances in Wi-Fi that deliver
 longer range and unprecedented Wi-Fi stability by directing signals over
 the best path through the air at any given time. When interference is
 experienced, the system automatically steers music traffic over a better
 path in the air without effecting music playback.
     Unlike other systems on the market, the Ruckus Wireless part of the
 solution also supports data and video streaming over the same network.
 Digital music traffic will receive higher priority over other traffic, such
 as file downloads, to ensure the highest quality user experience.
     With the new solution, consumers are now able to reliably stream
 digital music to any corner of their home over standard Wi-Fi without
 experiencing audio "artifacts" or music stuttering caused by Wi-Fi
 interference from microwave ovens, cordless phones, neighboring networks,
 Bluetooth devices, hair dryers and other household items.
     "Given a choice, people want to use Wi-Fi for moving their music around
 the home but have no idea about all the things that can cause problems,"
 said Patrick Cosson, vice president of sales and marketing for Slim
 Devices. "With Ruckus Wireless, we're solving a huge industry problem
 facing consumers while giving them a uniquely differentiated solution that
 increases reliability and ensures the highest quality experience when
 streaming music over Wi-Fi in the home."
     No Configuration Installation
     With built-in support for 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Slim Devices' Squeezebox is
 easy-to-use and set up, letting users access any song in their music
 collections, from any room in their home. It delivers pure digital sound,
 in all of today's leading and emerging formats (e.g. FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA
 Lossless, Apple Lossless, MP3 and AAC), without the hassle of shuffling
 through CDs. From its simple remote control, Squeezebox gives instant
 access to any music on a single or multiple computers, plus hundreds of
 crystal-clear Internet radio stations.
     Based on revolutionary new smart antenna and quality of service
 technology that increases the reliability of Wi-Fi, the Ruckus MediaFlex
 router is a purpose-built in-home multimedia Wi-Fi system that connects to
 any DSL modem or broadband gateway via a standard Ethernet cable.
     To install the system, consumers simply power on the Ruckus MediaFlex
 and plug it into the Ethernet port on their DSL modem or broadband gateway.
 No configuration is necessary. Squeezebox owners merely place the
 Squeezebox in the desired room and perform the simple installation of the
 system. Within minutes, users are streaming music to any room without
 cumbersome setup or disruptive wiring.
     Pricing and Availability
     Available immediately, Slim Devices is bundling the Ruckus MediaFlex
 router with its Squeezebox player for $359. Slim Devices and Ruckus
 Wireless will be providing Digital Life attendees with a special, one-time
 offering with free shipping. Visit the Digital Domicile stand (No. 447) for
 more details.
     About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
     Founded in June 2004 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Ruckus
 Wireless is credited with developing the first "smart Wi-Fi" system that
 enables reliable transmission of digital video over standards-based in-home
 wireless networks. The company's patent-pending hardware and software
 technologies improve the performance, range and predictability of wireless
 networks in the home, extending all the benefits of Wi-Fi to consumers'
 television viewing and enabling service providers to deliver "triple play"
 services of voice, video and data over one broadband connection. The
 company, named to the 2006 "Fast 50" by Fast Company magazine and the 2006
 Red Herring 100, has raised approximately $30 million from top investors
 including Sequoia Capital, Motorola Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures,
 T-Online Venture Fund, WK Technology Fund and Investor AB. Ruckus Wireless
 is led by Selina Lo, CEO, named in 2005 by Light Reading magazine as
 "Industry Statesman of the Year" and Dominic Orr, Chairman of the Board.
 For more information, visit the company's web site at
 http://www.ruckuswireless.com
     About Slim Devices
     Slim Devices, founded in 2001, is the worldwide pioneer of network
 entertainment products for users of personal computers and the Internet.
 Slim Devices' innovative hardware and Open Source software are setting the
 standard for an exciting new product category. The Slim Devices logo,
 Transporter and Squeezebox are trademarks or registered trademarks of Slim
 Devices, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective
 holders.
     Media Contacts
     David Callisch
     Ruckus Wireless
     david@ruckuswireless.com
     408-504-5487 mobile
 
     Jez Hildred
     Slim Devices
     650-210-9400 x712
     jez@slimdevices.com
 
 

SOURCE Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

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