SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless today announced that its ZoneFlex(TM) Smart WLAN system outperformed seven leading enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) systems in an independent test report published by Jones-Petrick and Associates (JPA), one of the industry's most respected experts in wireless networking. The WLAN testing, conducted over a two-month period, benchmarked the latest generation of enterprise WLAN systems within a real-world office environment. The tests measured single client throughput, multiple (20) client throughput and voice quality performance with multiple (19) Voice-over-WiFi (VoFI) clients and background data traffic at varying distances, levels of obstruction and interference. In every test, the Ruckus ZoneFlex consistently delivered significantly higher throughput at the greatest distances and in the most challenging locations, with and without interference. Additionally, in the VoFI tests, ZoneFlex demonstrated the highest and most consistent voice quality, measured by mean opinion score (MOS) and R-Value -- two standard performance metrics for evaluating VoIP technologies -- across all the test locations, making it the only WLAN system able to continuously deliver "toll quality" voice traffic. The wireless testing was performed by Al Petrick, the vice chairman of the IEEE 802.11 working group and co-author of the book IEEE 802.11 Handbook, A Designer's Companion. Mr. Petrick is widely considered a Wi-Fi authority. "The innovations in centralized wireless LAN systems have enabled enterprises to deploy, manage and secure their WLANs to mobilize the workforce and reduce overhead costs associated with constant wiring and re-wiring," said Al Petrick, principal of Jones-Petrick. "However, when it comes to delivering reliable, predictable performance for users everywhere, our testing shows that systems with inherent, RF-optimized APs outshine those that rely only on WLAN controllers for RF management. "With Wi-Fi now becoming users' preferred connectivity method, enterprises are looking for systems that can deliver wired-like performance, particularly in hard-to-reach locations and for delay-sensitive applications like voice and video. Based on our testing, we determined that the performance benefits offered by the Ruckus ZoneFlex system, combined with its centralized management tools, make ZoneFlex the ideal solution for the mid-size enterprise," Petrick concluded. As the centralized WLAN model becomes accepted as the de-facto standard for enterprise WLANs, the focus will turn to fixing the neglected RF issues that negatively affect performance and stability. The historical approach of throwing more APs and controllers into the network to address range and performance limitations increases WLAN cost and complexity, in addition to being ineffective in combating RF interference. "The biggest complaints we hear from companies aren't about deployment, management or security any more. They are about RF problems -- poor coverage, unstable Wi-Fi signals, and sporadic drops in Wi-Fi performance," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. "JPA's test results show how important RF-optimized APs are to overall system performance and stability. The technical advances we've made are paving the way for wire-class Wi-Fi." Test Details and Results JPA conducted a variety of wireless LAN tests in a single-story, 18,000-square-foot office complex in Fremont, California, using the latest equipment from seven leading enterprise WLAN vendors and standardized test tools such as Ixia's IxChariot and IPerf. For each device under test, JPA tabulated TCP throughput results for both single client and multiple clients in different locations throughout the test facility, with and without interference. JPA also captured the MOS and R-Values in a VoFI test with multiple dispersed VoFI clients and varying AP locations. The tests performed were:
1) TCP downlink performance on a single client in six different locations with four client rotations per location, with and without interference introduced 2) Aggregate TCP downlink performance on 20 dispersed clients and six AP locations at varying distances, with and without interference introduced 3) Voice quality of 19 VoFI clients and 1 client PC generating background data traffic Ruckus Wireless, the Clear Winner JPA's WLAN testing determined that the Ruckus ZoneFlex system performed better than all leading alternatives in providing extended range, consistent performance across all locations, support for multimedia and the ability to automatically adapt to environmental changes caused by interference and other obstacles. Highlights of the test results include:
-- The Ruckus ZoneFlex system continually demonstrated significantly higher TCP throughput at the farthest and most challenging locations. -- With ZoneFlex, an 802.11g Centrino client exhibited 2.5x higher average TCP throughput when positioned 175 feet from the Ruckus AP, than any other product tested. -- At the furthest distance, Ruckus ZoneFlex delivered 15.66 Mbps of aggregate TCP throughput to 20 clients, nearly 3x more than that of the nearest competitor. -- In single 802.11g client testing, ZoneFlex exhibited the highest average TCP downstream throughput across all locations. -- In VoFI tests, Ruckus ZoneFlex achieved the highest quality MOS (4.33) and R-Value (90.47) scores across all locations over all competitive systems. Ruckus' "smart Wi-Fi" technology, which is based on a multi-antenna array, enables real-time signal path selection and interference rejection, resulting in a consistently reliable connection -- even for high-bandwidth applications and in challenging environments. The complete JPA test report results on the Ruckus ZoneFlex system are available at http://www.ruckuswireless.com. About Jones-Petrick Associates Jones-Petrick and Associates, LLC is a high technology marketing and technology consulting firm focused on assisting new-venture startup companies, large corporations, and carrier service providers that develops semiconductors, products and provides services to wireless home networking, enterprise networking, wireless broadband and hospitality markets. Jones-Petrick and Associates offers strategic marketing, product definition, technology due diligence, business plan development, and competitive product testing and systems design as part of the Company's services to clients worldwide. Jones-Petrick and Associcates, LLC was founded in 2002, and is privately held and headquartered in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.jpasoc.com or send email to email@example.com. About Ruckus Wireless, Inc. Based in Sunnyvale, California, Ruckus Wireless is a next-generation Wi-Fi company credited with pioneering "Smart Wi-Fi" technology. Named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Ruckus Wireless was formed in 2004 at Sequoia Capital. The company designs, develops and markets industrial-strength Wi-Fi systems that provide reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 technology. Its flagship product, ZoneFlex, is the first wireless LAN system to combine the best in 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 is used by more than 125 broadband operators around the world to extend 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. The company has raised approximately $42 million in financing from premier venture capital investors, consumer electronics companies and broadband operators such as Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus, Sutter Hill Ventures, Mitsui, Sequoia and others. Ruckus Wireless is led by President and CEO Selina Lo. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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