Ruckus Wireless announced today its new ZoneFlex™ 7982 Smart Wi-Fi access point (AP) took top marks in a unique, non-vendor sponsored, enterprise Wi-Fi stress test study performed and published by Wireless LAN Professionals, Inc., (WLAN Pros) based in Orem, Utah.
Unlike many common industry Wi-Fi performance tests, WLAN Pros set out to determine how much traffic was needed to “break” access points from nine of the industry’s leading enterprise suppliers including: Aruba Networks, Aerohive, Cisco, HP, Juniper, Meraki, and Ruckus Wireless.
“With so many new Wi-Fi devices with which to contend, organizations are now demanding a well-performing wireless network and are, at times, confused and misled by vendor claims,” said Keith Parsons, a certified network engineer and managing director of Wireless LAN Professionals. “Our ultimate goal was to keep everything constant and the tests repeatable by only changing the access point. This way we could determine the edge at which these ‘best in class’ access points fall over.”
According to WLAN Pros, as each AP neared the maximum utilization of the RF spectrum, all of the tested APs failed. The differences between the APs were determined by how well they managed “air time.”
While winners and losers varied from test to test, the overall results of the WLAN Pros testing showed the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 outperforming all other devices under test in each ranked area.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 was the only access point able to support 25 concurrent unicast HD video streams to 25 individual iPads — delivering the highest overall aggregate throughput and lowest number of iPad video errors compared to all wireless access points tested.
“Because Wi-Fi is a shared medium, the key to good performance, as we found with our testing, was the ability for any access point to optimize the available spectrum in real time,” said Parsons.
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