SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless today
announced that it has been selected by one of the nation's largest
multi-service operators (MSO) to provide "Smart Wi-Fi" equipment for the
upcoming Republican national debate on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 in St.
Smart Wi-Fi is a new approach to Wi-Fi that leverages technical
breakthroughs to effectively double the range and increase the reliability
of Wi-Fi signals using highly-optimized antennas and quality of service
mechanisms. This results in higher and more consistent performance over
conventional access points that are unable to adapt in real time to Wi-Fi
problems such as interference. These impressive range and performance gains
are achieved through the automatic selection of the best path for each
Wi-Fi "beam" or signal -- constantly steering these signals around
interference as they occur.
"Carriers and MSOs understand the value that new Smart Wi-Fi technology
brings to building business-class hotspots that deliver predictable
performance and reliable connectivity to users now carrying a wide range of
Wi-Fi-enabled devices," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus
Wireless. "It's expected that over 150 million Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices
will be shipped by 2009. This raises the bar everywhere for Wi-Fi to live
up to the expectation of becoming the reliable medium everyone needs it to
The debate, to be hosted by CNN with questions coming from YouTube
users, will be held at the 2000-plus seat Mahaffey Theater in St.
Petersburg. Select attendees and media will be provided Wi-Fi access to
file stories, upload photographs, post BLOG entries and use the network for
a variety of Web-based applications.
Ruckus is deploying the new centrally-managed Ruckus ZoneFlex wireless
LAN system that takes advantage of Smart Wi-Fi technology.
The event will feature several high-density Ruckus ZoneFlex 2942 access
points to support approximately 500-plus attendees and media. The Ruckus
ZoneFlex wireless LAN is being used to cover a number of areas within the
Mahaffey Theater such as the ballroom, the Bay front room, the atrium and
the conference center. The Ruckus ZoneFlex access points are being managed
by a Ruckus ZoneDirector 1025 allowing centralized control and management
of users and access points. A redundant Ruckus ZoneDirector is available
for automatic failover.
"This is an important event that really requires a carrier-class Wi-Fi
system that can do more than just provide convenient connectivity," said
Eric Stresen-Reuter, technical director at Ruckus Wireless and the
consulting engineer on the GOP Wi-Fi project. "When it comes to Wi-Fi,
users have become much more sophisticated and want to move Wi-Fi beyond a
technology of convenience to a ubiquitous utility that they can count on."
Stresen-Reuter noted that because this is a one-time event, a key
criterion for the Wi-Fi system was simplicity. "They needed a
centrally-managed Wi-Fi system that is robust but also easy to use, quick
to deploy and mindless to manage. And they found exactly what they were
looking for," Stresen-Reuter concluded.
Providing ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage using a few number of access points
while delivering a carrier-class Wi-Fi experience was another key in the
selection of the Ruckus ZoneFlex system for the GOP debate. Through the use
of high-gain, directional antennas, the Ruckus ZoneFlex system can cover a
greater physical area using fewer access points than competitive solutions.
While providing better coverage, the Ruckus ZoneFlex system delivers
unprecedented signal quality and real-time adaptations to interference
problems that consistently lower the real throughput that users experience.
SOURCE Ruckus Wireless, Inc.