SUNNVYALE, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless today
announced that its ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN system earned a first place
ranking in new competitive 802.11n testing performed by Computer Reseller
News (CRN), the industry's foremost technology periodical for channel
partners and value-added resellers. The results of the 802.11n testing were
reported in CRN's March 25, 2008 issue.
The CRN 802.11n testing was one of the first independent competitive
evaluations of next-generation enterprise wireless LAN equipment that
examined a full range of features, functions and performance. Testing
invitations were extended to Aruba Networks, Bluesocket, Cisco Systems,
Meru Networks and Trapeze Networks.
Participating 802.11n products were ranked in the areas of automation,
management, ease of deployment, logging and reporting, price/performance
and profit potential. CRN reviewers ran a battery of TCP uplink/downlink
performance tests using Ixia's IxChariot software to generate encrypted
traffic (WPA2-PSK) streams to multiple 802.11n and 802.11g clients. The
reviewers also tested the 802.11n wireless LAN systems at different
orientations (45 and 90 degrees).
According to the CRN test report, the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart WLAN system
impressed reviewers with its "strong feature set and performance, earning
it a first place finish." Ruckus outscored others in areas including
quality and reliability, automation features and price/performance.
Reviewers also gave Ruckus high marks for ease of use and deployment, as
they were able to initially configure the Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11n system in
less than five minutes. "802.11n is one of the most exciting new advances
in Wi-Fi since Wi-Fi was created," said David Callisch, vice president of
marketing for Ruckus Wireless.
"However, vendors of 802.11n products are making huge claims regarding
performance benefits that users rarely, if ever, experience. This has
caused massive confusion in the market and has been detrimental to the
advance of this exciting new Wi-Fi technology. 802.11n is a much more
sophisticated technology than previous 802.11 standards and therefore
requires more than merely a pedestrian approach to system architecture to
fully exploit its potential benefits. With unique and adaptive smart Wi-Fi
technology, we are making 802.11n more useful in delivering the performance
gains that everyone craves," he concluded.
Test results with the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart WLAN system using 40 MHz
channelization within the 2.4 GHz spectrum (not published by CRN reviewers)
showed both downlink and bi-directional TCP performance ranging from 125 to
over 149Mbps. Within a single 20MHz channel the Ruckus ZoneFlex system
realized TCP throughputs in excess of 65Mbps.
Delivering the Promise of 802.11n with Smart Wi-Fi
802.11n is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
wireless standard that dramatically improves throughput and range as
compared with older 802.11 standards. 802.11n exploits advances and new
techniques such as spatial multiplexing, channel bonding, frame aggregation
and block acknowledgement to deliver theoretical data rates at the physical
layer up to 11 times faster than the 54Mbps maximum defined by IEEE for
Smart Wi-Fi describes the ability to control the transmission and
reception of radio signals within different frequencies, adapting them to
real-time changes in the RF environment such as interference and physical
obstructions. Because of the ability to provide complete control over the
form and direction of Wi-Fi signals, Smart Wi-Fi technology uses these
techniques to ensure consistently higher throughput over both time and
By independently steering or routing each spatial stream over the
optimal RF path, smart Wi-Fi exploits the utility of spatial multiplexing
by maximizing the probability that spatial multiplexing communication is
Additionally, smart Wi-Fi optimizes the path to each client, mitigates
interference, increases range and provides superior receive sensitivity. In
this way, the technology helps realize and maximize the potential of
MAC-layer enhancements and increases the likelihood that the access point
and client will negotiate a more aggressive frame aggregation and block
About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Based in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is a Wi-Fi company credited
with pioneering "Smart Wi-Fi" technology. The company develops and markets
Wi-Fi systems that provide reliable distribution of delay-sensitive
multimedia content and services over standard 802.11a/b/g/n technology. Its
flagship product, ZoneFlex, is the first wireless LAN system to combine
centralized wireless LAN principles with state-of-the-art Wi-Fi advances
such as smart antenna arrays and wireless meshing. Its MediaFlex line of
multimedia wireless routers extends digital services such as IPTV
throughout the home without wires. The company's patented hardware and
software technologies deliver predictable performance, extended range and
real-time adaptability to changing Wi-Fi environments. To date, the company
has raised approximately $42 million in financing.
Nancy MacGregor Hill
SOURCE Ruckus Wireless, Inc.