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Ruckus Unleashed Promotion for Primary Schools

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Ruckus Unleashed is a cost-effective and powerful managed WiFi solution and for a short period of time, we’re running discounted pricing across the Unleashed portfolio.

Ruckus Unleashed provides you with scalability allowing up to 50 APs on the network and 1,000 concurrent clients. Ruckus requires less APs than competitive products meaning less port requirement and cheaper installation costs.

The Unleashed APs deliver Ruckus’ patented technologies including; BeamFlex+—Adaptive Antenna Technology. ChannelFly—Machine Learning Auto Channel Selection. SmartMesh—Self-Forming, Self-Healing Mesh. Zero Touch Mesh – Form mesh connections over the air.

You get all of this whilst being able to take advantage of the Unleashed controller-less architecture meaning your schools can save on the cost of a controller, whilst still getting super-fast and reliable WiFi.

Unleashed Promotion

We’re currently offering schools a special discounted rate for the newly released R320 Access Point. This is an indoor 802.11ac wave 2 2×2:2 Access Point.

For a limited time, you can get the Ruckus Unleashed R320 (RRP £314.00) for £175.00 per AP.

We have been extremely impressed with this AP. It has a concurrent client count of 256. It’s Wave 2 AC and is extremely capable to deliver great WiFi.

Net-Ctrl Approach to Delivering WiFi

Net-Ctrl will take away all the stress of the installation utilising a consultative approach. We will run a free-of-charge predictive survey so you know how many APs your site requires and where they would be located. We are able to cable and hang APs, and provide on-going engineer support for your deployment giving you peace of mind if any issues occur.

This pricing is only available for a limited period of time whilst stocks last.

If you have any questions, please submit a contact form.

How to configure Ruckus Unleashed in 5 minutes or less

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Over 30 billion connected “things” are expected by 2020, while applications such as 4K video are projected to drive internet traffic to 278,108 petabytes per month by 2021 – with users generating a staggering 163 zettabytes of data on an annual basis by 2025. Clearly, consumer-grade Wi-Fi routers are no longer capable of meeting the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs).

These days, even smaller businesses are demanding fast, reliable, always-on connectivity for dozens or hundreds of connected devices. This is precisely why we are making Wi-Fi easy for SMBs with Ruckus Unleashed. Our controller-less, high-performance and affordable portfolio of access points (APs) can be up and running in five minutes or less. In addition, Ruckus Unleashed enables anyone to manage their network from an intuitive Unleashed mobile app for Android and iOS or website browser

Ruckus Unleashed Mobile App

In this video, we will demonstrate how easy it is to install and manage a Ruckus Unleashed network using your smartphone

First, let’s briefly review the installation process. Simply connect to the ‘configure me’ network and open the Ruckus Unleashed mobile app. Then follow the on-screen instructions to install the access point (AP). Once your Unleashed access point is up and running, there are several things you can do with your mobile app:

  • You can be notified of any changes on your network like an unresponsive access point.
  • Restart your AP from the Ruckus Unleashed mobile app.
  • Get a quick snapshot about clients connected to the network, WLANs and access points in your network through the dashboard.
  • Quickly add a new WLAN just by clicking on the plus button over the total WLAN dashboard icon.
  • Touch on the client symbol to learn about all the clients connected to your network.
  • Rename a client to easily identify the connected device and mark it as a favorite to receive instant notifications about that client.

If you run into any trouble, Ruckus can jump in to assist you using our remote management system. For additional information about Ruckus Unleashed and SMB Wi-Fi, please check out some of our previous articles:

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New ESG webinar discusses risk areas for BYOD and guest access

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

A while back, Ruckus Networks sponsored a white paper from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) titled “Does Your Method for BYOD Onboarding Compromise Network Security?” This thought-leadership piece did a great job of calling attention to the security flaws in the ways organizations typically get BYOD and guest users connected to the network.

We’d like to share with you a brand new on-demand ESG webinar published under the same title featuring Senior Analyst and Practice Director Bob Laliberte. No registration is required to view the webinar. As much as we like white papers, hearing Bob cover this subject matter in webinar form really brings it to life. You can think of the white paper and webinar as companion pieces that reinforce one another. The webinar builds upon the white paper content to reach new heights of insight. Even if you have read the white paper, the webinar is well worth viewing.

What does the new ESG webinar cover?

As you probably know, ESG is a highly regarded and influential IT industry analyst firm with practice areas that include networking and IT security. Many IT professionals look to them to provide insights into trends in the world of IT. Those of us on the vendor side also follow them to keep tabs on what’s going on in the broader IT landscape. You can check out some of ESG’s videos on their YouTube channel and follow them on the major social media platforms.

The new ESG webinar contains a little over 34 minutes of great content from Bob Laliberte, placing network access security in the broader context of industry topics like digital transformation and IoT adoption. It argues that the attack surface for potential data compromise is growing and suggests some root causes for that dynamic. Bob goes on to cite several drivers for making IT purchase decisions, referencing ESG research to back up his assertions.

Then things really get going as he delves into the core of the subject matte — how commonly used methods for getting BYOD and guest users connected to the network can leave you vulnerable to data and network compromise. (This is something we at Ruckus have been trying to raise awareness about for some time, so it’s great to have ESG validate that perspective.) Bob covers some questions you should ask yourself in relation to network access security. He also makes specific recommendations about how IT teams can improve security in this area.

The Ruckus take on secure network access

Since this is a vendor-sponsored webinar, you probably expect that Ruckus will have something to say on the subject matter, as well. If so, you are correct. Please note that we don’t claim the lion’s share of the airtime though—less than half of the time that Bob spends presenting. The focus here is on his thought-provoking and educational content.

We do take some time at the end to discuss our take on how to plug the security holes inherent to the default methods for getting users and devices connected to the network. This may be giving too much away about the ESG webinar content, but Cloudpath Enrollment System, our SaaS/software for secure onboarding, has security features that address precisely the issues discussed in the webinar.

Conclusion

We’ll wrap up this blog by inviting you again to watch the new on-demand webinar featuring ESG, and reiterate that you don’t need to provide any contact details to view it. It’s a great resource to learn more about network access security issues and how to address them. It can also be a good place to refer others in your organization, who may influence IT strategy, to help them understand the issues. You can also access the companion white paper, either in the form of a dynamic website or a PDF. After that, feel free to check out other resources on the Cloudpath product page. You can even request a live online demo there when you’re ready for a closer look at the product.

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Poor Wi-Fi Can Cause Teachers to Disconnect from Digital Learning

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Are teachers really on board (and online) with digital learning? Students look so fearless swiping and tapping on iPads and Chromebooks. Teachers, on the other hand, can look a little shell-shocked when things don’t go as expected. Like when the Wilton middle school in Connecticut debuted online math testing. And the school’s entire Wi-Fi network crashed.

On paper (or tablet), the Wilton Public Schools had done everything right. All the schools were equipped with Wi-Fi before a digital learning curriculum was launched. Sure, there were complaints about connectivity and wait times. But the problems were intermittent, so the school forged ahead.

But think of Wi-Fi as the road in the digital learning roadmap. If the road isn’t designed for heavy traffic, prepare for crashes. When that happens, you may find that teachers are more resistant to digital learning. It’s understandable, when you consider the time that teachers put into creating lesson plans. How precious classroom time is. And the incredible pressure schools face around testing.

The digital learning plan

Lesson learned! The Wilton school administration brought together an IT manager and a digital learning curriculum designer to create an integrated plan: road + roadmap.

Before the next school year began, the new plan was underway. Every classroom in the four schools was equipped with Ruckus APsRuckus ICX switches were installed in wiring closets. The district-wide network is managed from one system— over 9,000 personal devices and over 14,000 wireless devices (including Chromebooks and iPads) were registered in the first school year.

Now if you visit the middle school, you might find fifth graders video chatting with a peer class in Africa. The two classes are collaborating on designing and building a product prototype to solve an energy-related problem. In another school, third graders are learning about Native Americans. As part of the curriculum, each student will take an iPad from a mobile cart and use an online design program to reproduce an archaeological artifact to represent the life of indigenous people, record an audio description using an online voice recorder and create a QR code for an interactive museum.  

Across the district, students produce about half a million documents each month using a wide variety of Google suite applications. And, if you’re wondering, the district easily supports online testing—not just in a single school but district-wide. No traffic congestion. No crashes. And every lane on the new Wi-Fi is a high-speed lane.

When teachers have confidence that applications will load and tests will be administered, they’re more willing to go outside their comfort zones. Would you like to learn more about the Wilton Public Schools Ready Access plan? Or how the district actually saved money on this Wi-Fi project? Read the full case study or watch the video below.

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How Wi-Fi 6 is changing the hospitality landscape

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

I always liked the name Wi-Fi. Some say it comes from Wireless Fidelity. Others say the name was just a fun word play off High Fidelity (for those of us who may own/owned music albums). Wi-Fi was originally designed to support basic network connectivity for limited services such as retail point of sale (POS) transactions in proprietary business environments. Early consumer adoption kicked off in 1999 when Apple adopted the wireless standard, then branded as AirPort, for its iBook, with IBM announcing its support of Wi-Fi a year later for the ThinkPad 1300. Wi-Fi acceptance quickly accelerated with Intel’s launch and branding of the Centrino platform in 2003. Intel’s endorsement and integration significantly simplified connecting wireless clients and helped make Wi-Fi a standard requirement at hospitality suites across the world.

These early iterations of the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard were relatively limited in terms of speed, spectrum utilization and the efficiency of communications between the access point (AP) and client devices. In fact, the very first iteration of the Wi-Fi standard specified only two raw data rates of 1 and 2 megabits per second (Mbit/s). Fortunately, Wi-Fi has rapidly evolved over the years, bolstered by dedicated memory, faster throughput, and more sophisticated algorithms. Put simply, we’ve been putting bigger engines in our cars. 

The latest Wi-Fi iteration – Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) – offers a four-fold increase in speed over its Wi-Fi 5 predecessor, enabling hotels to smoothly stream a range of guest applications including 4-8K video, VR/AR applications, and eSports games. In addition, Wi-Fi 6 supports many devices and systems – including IoT infrastructure, smartphones, tablets, and laptops – in high-density environments such as hospitality rooms, convention centers, gyms and pools.

It is important to emphasize that Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is revolutionary, rather than simply evolutionary. This is because Wi-Fi 6 isn’t just faster than its predecessors, it is smarter (deterministic) and moves away from a ‘first come, first served’ model. Put simply, Wi-Fi 6 isn’t about brute force speed increases, as the new wireless standard prioritizes more effective utilization of spectrum for both Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) APs and clients. 

To better understand this concept, let’s think about a carpool lane, with the first two lanes dedicated to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) devices. Let’s imagine 50% of the devices are Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and 50% are Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). We put all the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) devices in the carpool lane, allowing them to operate more efficiently. The remaining Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) clients benefit because we took half the cars from all the lanes – which frees up contention for the Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) devices. This provides higher throughput and performance for networks, allowing everyone to move at 15 miles an hour instead of 10.  

The impact of Wi-Fi 6 in hospitality

Next-generation Wi-Fi 6 APs (802.11ax) have already begun shipping, with IDC forecasting Wi-Fi 6 deployment ramping significantly in 2019 and becoming the dominant enterprise Wi-Fi standard by 2021. Hotels must plan now for the coming tide of guest devices expecting Wi-Fi 6. This new wireless infrastructure is for hospitality guests and property alike, as Wi-Fi 6 significantly improves operational efficiency.

Wi-Fi 6 access points are already changing the hospitality landscape. This is the first major change in Wi-Fi architecture and the long-term benefits will last for years to come. The bottleneck used to be on the client device. Then APs became more powerful and moved the bottleneck back to the client. Now with Wi-Fi 6, the client device and AP are optimized – and the conversation will change to switching in support of these faster communications. I still like the name Wi-Fi and think it keeps getting better with age.

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Manage twice the number of APs and clients with Ruckus Unleashed

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Ruckus Unleashed is our easy-to-install, simple-to-manage portfolio of access points (APs) built with the same patented technologies that are present in our enterprise-grade deployments. The eighth version of Unleashed software is a much-anticipated launch for us as we are bringing a major breakthrough in Unleashed scale.

Ruckus Unleashed

With this release, we are doubling the number of clients that a Ruckus Unleashed network can support in a single site. Now, you can deploy up to 50 APs in a single site to support up to 1,024 clients. We are also adding features that will help further simplify the management of Unleashed networks and provide stronger network control.

Let me get into some of the key highlights:

  • Captive portal customization: Connect customers to your brand through a personalized access to Wi-Fi.
  • AP groups: Apply multiple configuration profiles to different groups of APs.
  • Bonjour Fencing: Provides a mechanism to limit the scope of Bonjour service discovery in the physical/spatial domain.
  • Favorite client support: Mark a client as “favorite” to receive notifications when the client connects or disconnects.
  • Merge guest and social media WLAN types: Social media WLANs are now a subcategory of guest WLAN rather than being a separate WLAN type as in previous releases.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Visit the Ruckus Unleashed support site to learn about all the 200.7 features in detail.

In addition, we have also updated our mobile app with the new 200.7 features. Upgrade your Unleashed APs and Ruckus Unleashed Mobile App to the latest version to find out more. We take great pride in our APs—the best in business.

We are expanding the Unleashed portfolio with following APs:

  • M510: Mobile Indoor 802.11ac Wave 2 2×2:2 Wi-Fi AP with LTE Backhaul
  • R320: Indoor 802.11ac Wave 2 2×2:2 Wi-Fi AP

Now, who says you can’t have an enterprise Wi-Fi that is easy to deploy, simple to manage and affordable? Make sure to check out all the excitement here.

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Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Fundamentals: What is MU-MIMO?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has ratified five major iterations of the 802.11 Wi-Fi protocol, culminating with Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) in 2013. However, despite a significant increase in speed, many organizations still find themselves limited by the Wi-Fi 5 standard, particularly in high-density venues such as stadiums, convention centers, transportation hubs and auditoriums. To meet the challenges of high-density deployments, the IEEE recently introduced the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard – which is the first to bridge the performance gap towards 10 gigabit speeds. With an expected four-fold capacity increase over its Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) predecessor, Wi-Fi 6 is successfully transitioning Wi-Fi from a best-effort endeavor to a deterministic wireless technology that is fast becoming the de-facto medium for internet connectivity.


Indeed, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) deployed in dense device environments supports higher service-level agreements (SLAs) with more concurrently connected users and devices and more diverse usage profiles. This is made possible by a range of technologies that optimize spectral efficiency, increase throughput and reduce power consumption. These include Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), Target Wake Time (TWT), Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), BSS Coloring and 1024-QAM. In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at how the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) MU-MIMO mechanism addresses the challenges of dense device environments by adding uplink support for simultaneous (upstream and downstream) client data transmissions.

MU-MIMO describes a set of multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technologies for wireless communication. MU-MIMO was first introduced to the wireless world in 2015 as part of the Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) standard, with the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) protocol adding MU-MIMO support for uplink. MU-MIMO can be used in networks where a single access point (AP) must communicate with multiple clients simultaneously to improve overall efficiency.

MU-MIMO (Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac)

MU-MIMO allows an access point to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. It is part of the Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Wave 2 standard. With MU-MIMO, an access point or a wireless router can communicate with multiple network clients at the same time – thus increasing the speed of the data transfer without congestion. A significant advantage of MU-MIMO is its support for transmitting data from an AP to devices in a downlink connection. In addition, MU-MIMO reduces the delay for each end-device receiving the data and enhances the device connectivity between multiple end users.

However, MU-MIMO also has certain limitations. Its functionality works only within the 5GHz band, as Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) is defined only in this band. In addition, MU-MIMO works only when transmitting data from an AP to a client in downlink transmissions – and does not operate in reverse. Moreover, MU-MIMO supports only a limited number of simultaneous data streams.

MU-MIMO (Wi-Fi 6 / 802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) leverages the multi-user version of OFDMA and MU-MIMO for better efficiency of uplink and downlink transmissions. OFDMA allows the transmission of big chunks of data over a single noisy channel. This technique works by splitting a single signal into multiple smaller signals that are transmitted. The combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO allows Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) to achieve increased capacity, improved coverage and performance in ultra-high-density environments.

UL MU-MIMO is a new key feature introduced with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). By leveraging UL MU-MIMO, multiple clients connected to the access point will be able to send acknowledgement responses (ack) simultaneously, thus saving airtime. This ultimately improves network throughput and efficiency.

Another important Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) feature is its support for 20MHz-only clients. This is particularly beneficial for low-cost IoT devices that require low power and pack very small batteries. In contrast, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) mandates 80MHz clients. The Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) protocol enables simultaneous upstream and downstream MU-MIMO data transmissions on the same frequency. This results in higher Wi-Fi performance, especially in higher-density environments such as stadiums, convention centers, transportation hubs and auditoriums.

It should be noted that MU-MIMO and OFDMA provide complementary techniques to concurrently serve multiple users. More specifically, MU-MIMO is most effective at close to mid-range, whereas OFDMA is effective at all ranges, close, medium and far. Moreover, MU-MIMO best serves multiple user with full buffer traffic, while OFDMA is utilized when multiple connections transmit relatively limited amounts of data.

Conclusion

Christian Kim, Senior Analyst IoT, Connectivity and Telecom Electronics at IHS Markit, estimates that total Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) device shipments will increase to 58 million units in 2021. Meanwhile, IDC sees Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) deployments ramping significantly in 2019 and becoming the dominant enterprise Wi-Fi standard by 2021. This is because the new Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard offers up to a four-fold capacity increase over its Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Wave 2 predecessor.

With Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), multiple APs deployed in dense device environments can collectively deliver required quality-of-service (QoS) to more clients with more diverse usage profiles. This is made possible by a range of technologies, such as the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) iteration of MU-MIMO, which enables simultaneous MU-MIMO data transmissions on the same frequency. From our perspective, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is playing a critical role in helping Wi-Fi evolve in to a collision-free, deterministic wireless technology that dramatically increases aggregate network throughput to address high-density venues and beyond. Last, but certainly not least, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) access points are also expected to enhance the overall Wi-Fi experience by providing tangible performance benefits for legacy wireless devices.

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The top 3 drivers of wireless convergence in the enterprise

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

According to IDC, worldwide IoT market spend will increase to $1.1 trillion in 2021, while the installed base of IoT endpoints is expected to reach over 36 billion units by the end of the same year. However, the heterogeneous nature of the IoT has created multiple complexities for deployments in the enterprise. While the price of sensors has trended downward over the years, there is now a significant cost associated with building out multiple networks to support endpoint communication. Moreover, enterprises are contending with the steep, long-term cost of managing, securing and maintaining separate networks for disparate wireless protocols. Although ultimately unsustainable, the above-mentioned paradigm is serving as an unintended catalyst for the trend of wireless convergence in the enterprise. Let’s explore this concept in detail below.

1) Multiple Wireless Radio Technologies

Wi-Fi isn’t always the default choice for companies marketing IoT devices such as smart door locks or wearable staff alert buttons. This can be attributed to a range of factors such as power constraints, the demand for more compact form factors and relatively limited data transfers (no need for a big data pipe). Consequently, there are a diverse number of radio types that are being deployed in the enterprise IoT space. In addition to Wi-Fi, these include BLE, Zigbee, and LoRa. These deployments often result in the creation of separate wireless networks, driving up TCO due to redundant wiring, power, and management tools.

2) The Demand for Unified Management

The unified management of wired (LAN) and wireless (WLAN) networks has become an important selling point over the past decade. This is because administrators are notoriously unforgiving to vendors that force them to work with a separate management system for each network element. It simply isn’t cost effective to have one management system for switches, another for access points and yet more for additional wireless IoT endpoints. The lack of appetite for disparate management systems – whether for switches, APs or security – has long been a catalyst for network vendor consolidation. Put simply, IT departments are no longer willing to work with multiple management systems and strongly prefer vendors that provide a unified pane of glass for network management.

3) Deployment Issues: Lack of Physical Space

With a separate network for each wireless IoT protocol, enterprises are rapidly running out of physical real-estate to house additional network components. This is because each disparate network requires space to house an IoT gateway, a separate firewall, as well as switches, powering and cable infrastructure. A lack of physical space poses a significant barrier to adoption – except for those with the most to gain or the most to lose.

The Solution: The Converged Access Point

Unifying multiple wireless protocols – such as BLE, Zigbee and LoRa – within a single AP enables IT administrators to save physical space and streamline secure device onboarding. Moreover, a converged AP allows administrators to more easily view, manage and secure their entire wireless infrastructure with a single pane of glass. This facilitates network automation, the generation of actionable analytics and the creation of custom dashboards with open APIs.

From our perspective, the converged access point is the antithesis of the trend towards ‘commoditized’ APs, allowing support for new services and potentially lucrative revenue streams. The once humble access point is becoming a hotbed of new and exciting innovation, with more and more technologies being built directly into the AP. For example, the R730 packs embedded Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Zigbee radios, along with support for IoT modules that can accommodate additional physical layer protocols such as LoRa.

Conclusion

Disparate wireless IoT networks such as BLE, Zigbee and LoRa are expensive to deploy, operate, secure and manage. Unifying multiple wireless protocols within a single AP allows IT administrators to save physical space and streamline secure device onboarding. In addition, a converged AP allows administrators to more easily view, manage and secure their entire wireless infrastructure with a single management console. However, it is important to emphasize that incorporating non-Wi-Fi standards into a conventional ‘Wi-Fi only’ AP creates a slew of technological challenges that range from coexistence interference to traffic coordination. This is a topic we’ll explore in-depth in a future blog post.

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Connect customers to your brand with personalized guest Wi-Fi

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Small businesses are constantly striving to delight their customers. Providing customers with good Wi-Fi connectivity goes a long way—be it in a restaurant, retail store or a hotel. Guest Wi-Fi features play a huge role in providing seamless Wi-Fi access to customers.

Not all Wi-Fi vendors offer guest Wi-Fi features. Of the ones that offer them, not all are the same. Ruckus is excited to announce that with the latest software update, a gamut of customization options boosts an already strong set of Ruckus Unleashed guest Wi-Fi features.

Guest Wi-Fi features

Guest Wi-Fi features enable small businesses to create guest-specific Wi-Fi networks and provide guests easy and secure ways to access Wi-Fi in a personalized manner. Let us walk through some guest Wi-Fi features that Ruckus Unleashed offers:

  • Create special Wi-Fi network(s) dedicated for guests.
  • Provide access to the special guest Wi-Fi network(s) through the guest’s Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft or WeChat credentials.
  • Provide access to the special guest Wi-Fi network(s) with email- or a text message-based guest pass.
  • Onboard guest devices with zero-IT device registration.
  • Secure guest data with encryption.
  • Personalize the guest login to the Wi-Fi network through a captive portal.

With the latest launch, you can modify a range of fields on the captive portal to provide customers an easy and personalized experience. The following pictures show all the changes one can make on the captive portal.

Here is a sample of a customized captive portal for a coffee shop.

Even with all these features, we strive to make it easy to manage Ruckus Unleashed networks. It is very easy to set up the personalized guest Wi-Fi. Anyone can instantly create personalized guest networks just with few taps on their phone through the Ruckus Unleashed mobile app.

Ruckus Unleashed™ delivers affordable Wi-Fi using the same APs we deploy for our largest customers that support enterprise-class features such as BeamFlex+™ and SmartMesh to deliver higher speeds and reliable coverage.

To learn more about Ruckus Unleashed please contact our sales team by web, email or call us 01473 281 211.

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The Evolution of Wi-Fi 6: Part 6

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

In part five of this series, we discussed the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for new and legacy devices, as well as the expected Wi-Fi feature, set arriving in Wave 1 and Wave 2. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at Wi-Fi Alliance certification and how Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) will benefit high-density wireless deployments in locations such as stadiums, convention centers, MDUs and student dormitories.

Wi-Fi Alliance Certification

Wi-Fi Alliance certification of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is expected in mid to late 2019, with the standard due to be publicly ratified and released sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. It should be noted that Wi-Fi 6 devices presented at CES 2018 clocked in at a top speed of 11 gigabits per second. Commercial activity around Wi-Fi 6 has already started, with Ruckus and other companies announcing Wi-Fi 6 APs. As we’ve reiterated throughout this series, Wi-Fi 6 will bring about a profound change in the Wi-Fi industry with faster speeds, increased range and improved performance.

Wi-Fi 6 Device Rollouts

While there aren’t any certifiable Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) clients on the market today, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AP residential router and carrier gateway announcements have already kicked off, with various companies announcing Wi-Fi 6 products throughout late 2017 and 2018. Moreover, several companies have begun shipping Wi-Fi 6 APs, including Ruckus, which was the first to market with the industry’s first 8×8 5g+ 4 x 4 2.4 G Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) access point.

Wi-Fi 6 Use Cases: Stadiums and Convention Centers

As we noted earlier, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology will benefit a wide range of wireless deployments. However, the new standard is particularly useful for high-density environments in which many users and devices are competing for limited spectrum. Examples include large public venues such as stadiums and convention centers. Indeed, stadiums are increasingly offering fast and ubiquitous Wi-Fi to improve fan or attendee experiences, bolster customer interaction and create value-added services (VAS) such as streaming instant replays on fan devices and allowing attendees to order food from their seats.

It should be noted that stadiums and convention centers typically host tens of thousands of users, many of who attempt to connect to Wi-Fi simultaneously. This scenario poses unique scale and density challenges for access points. Fortunately, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) advancements around OFDMA, 1024-QAM, BSS Coloring and the faster PHY rates will make it easier for large public venue owners to create new business opportunities by offering enhanced services to guests.

Wi-Fi 6 Use Cases: Transportation Hubs and Stations

Similarly, transportation hubs and stations offer public Wi-Fi to passengers and shoppers. Like stadiums, transportation hubs can host tens of thousands of users and devices that attempt to connect to the network simultaneously. However, transportation hubs face additional unique challenges posed by transient devices. These devices aren’t necessarily connecting to the Wi-Fi network, although they still send management traffic and contribute to spectrum congestion. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) advancements such as OFDMA and BSS Coloring provide tools to manage the above-mentioned challenge.

Wi-Fi 6 Use Cases: MDUs, Dormitories & Classrooms

Multiple Dwelling Units (MDUs) and university dormitories are often challenged by hundreds of users competing for limited wireless spectrum to stream 4K video or play eSports. This is also the case for libraries, auditoriums, lecture halls and student union buildings. In addition, primary K-12 education trends such as video-based learning, one-to-one computing, connected classrooms and a mass deployment of IoT devices have created an airtime capacity crisis that stresses network reliability.

Wi-Fi 6 Use Cases: IoT and Smart City Deployments

Like stadiums and transportation hubs, IoT and smart city deployments face a wide variety of connectivity challenges. For example, there may be a high volume of devices (sensors) at a manufacturing site that attempt to communicate simultaneously with a limited number of access points. Or, a small number of devices may be idle and programmed to ‘phone home’ once a day. This is precisely why the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11x) standard features a power saving feature known as target wake time (TWT), which enables devices to go into deep sleep mode and turn on their transmitter at predefined intervals to prolong field time without maintenance.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is designed for high-density connectivity and offers up to a fourfold capacity increase over its Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) predecessor. With Wi-Fi 6, multiple APs deployed in dense device environments can collectively deliver required quality of service to more clients with more diverse usage profiles. This is made possible by a range of technologies such as OFDMA, MU-MIMO with eight uplinks and eight down links, target wake time (TWT), 1024-QAM, Long OFDM Signal and BSS Coloring. As we discussed in this series, these technologies are all playing a critical role in helping Wi-Fi evolve into a collision free deterministic wireless technology. Moreover, the IEE is looking to integrate future iterations of the above-mentioned mechanisms into additional wireless standards to support the future of Wi-Fi and beyond.

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