La Quinta Holdings Selects Ruckus's Smart Wi-Fi Products and Technology to Address the Evolution of Guest High Speed Internet Access
Jun 23 14
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, that its Smart Wi-Fi products and technology have been selected by La Quinta Holdings Inc. as the Wi-Fi standard for next generation high-speed Internet access (HSIA) services within its corporate-owned hotel segment, and as a preferred provider for franchised La Quinta hotels. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products deliver higher capacity Wi-Fi services that address the growing requirement by guests to view and consume their own personal content when traveling. For hotels aiming to deliver an online experience that rivals or exceeds the guest experience at home, a best-in-class wireless network architecture is no longer a negotiable requirement.
Scandic Hotels Selects Ruckus Wireless's Smart Wi-Fi products and technology as Brand Standard in Massive Wireless Upgrade of 135 Properties Across Eight Countries
Jun 23 14
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, that its Smart Wi-Fi products and technology have been selected as the brand standard by Scandic Hotels to satisfy growing guest requirements for pervasive and high-speed wireless connectivity that will continue to differentiate the hotel chain as one of the most loved and respected consumer brands in the Nordics. In partnership with Swisscom Hospitality Services, the project lead, Ruckus Wireless has already supplied 12,800 Ruckus ZoneFlex(TM) access points (APs) for more than 130 Scandic properties across eight countries, along with advanced wireless LAN (WLAN) management systems. The new infrastructure now serves as the foundation for delivering next generation high-speed Internet access (HSIA) to guests as well as supporting new service optimization applications for Scandic staff. The first hotel chain in Europe to offer wireless Internet access in all its hotels free of charge, Scandic has long led the hospitality industry in delivering a best-in-class online experience to guests through the use of innovative new technology and systems. For many hoteliers, Wi-Fi implementations based on conventional enterprise technology are no longer able to meet the stringent demands driven by a deluge of wireless-only devices and bandwidth-greedy applications being used by guests and staff. Additionally, as many new services and hotel devices embrace IP as the preferred method of connectivity and management, the requirement for more scalable, flexible and industrial strength Wi-Fi systems has quickly become a non-negotiable necessity.
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. Launches First Two Models in a Line of New Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 Series
Jun 17 14
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced the launch of the first two models in a line of new Ruckus ZoneFlex(TM) T300 Series outdoor 802.11ac access points (APs), the ZoneFlex T300 omnidirectional and ZoneFlex T301n narrow band models. These are concurrent, dual-band APs featuring the its smallest and lightest form factors. Both are designed specifically for high density user environments such as stadiums, railway station platforms, dense metro/urban hot zones, and other outdoor venues such as outdoor college campuses, business parks, and town squares. The ZoneFlex T300 Series access points are the only outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market to integrate patented Ruckus BeamFlex+(TM) technology for optimal performance and interference mitigation in challenging RF environments as well as ChannelFly(TM) for predictive channel selection based on real-time capacity analysis of all RF channels. The most groundbreaking features of both the ZoneFlex T300 and ZoneFlex T301n are their lightweight and ultra compact form factors. At just 2 and 2.1 pounds (0.9 kg and 1 kg) respectively including built-in BeamFlex antennas, the ZoneFlex T300 and T301n are significantly lighter than other outdoor 802.11ac APs. With total dimensions, including their internal antennas, of 7"w x 5.9"d x 3.4"h (18cm x 15cm x 8.6cm) for the ZoneFlex T300, and 7.6"w x 9.4"d x 4.3"h (19.5cm x 23.9cm x 11cm) for the ZoneFlex T301n, these are among the smallest outdoor 802.11ac APs in the market. Form factor is a critical requirement for many outdoor Wi-Fi applications where aesthetic considerations or minimal visual impact is required. The light-weight feature of the ZoneFlex T300 and T301n dramatically eases installation and reduces deployment time and labor costs. The Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 is an entry-level outdoor 2x2:2 stream 802.11ac access point with an omnidirectional aggregate antenna coverage pattern, featuring a compact form factor and 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE). It can operate as a standalone AP, or be centrally managed by a Ruckus ZoneDirector(TM) controller, Ruckus SmartCell(TM) Gateway (SCG) 200, virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG), or FlexMaster software for maximum scalability. The ZoneFlex T300 is ideal for providing coverage over a wide outdoor area. In addition to the features of the ZoneFlex T300, the Ruckus ZoneFlex T301n outdoor 2x2:2 stream 802.11ac access point also features internal narrow beam antennas (30 x 30 degree aggregate coverage pattern @ 2.4 GHz, 15 x 15 degrees @ 5 GHz) in order to provide narrow sector coverage for very high performance, directed coverage applications. The narrow beam antennas in the ZoneFlex T301n are ideal for very high density venues like stadiums, where RF energy must be very narrowly focused to maximize capacity. High density Wi-Fi network design typically calls for a large number of APs to get the needed capacity, but care must be taken to limit co-channel interference. The narrow beam, adaptive antennas in the ZoneFlex T301n are able to focus RF energy into a specific area while delivering flexible, directed coverage that adapts in real time to reduce interference and increase network performance. The ZoneFlex T301n is well suited for extremely high density deployments, delivering the best coverage and capacity, and is highly scalable, making it cost-effective for high density network deployments. Both the ZoneFlex T300 and T301n are rugged outdoor APs purpose-built to withstand harsh environments. They feature IP-67 water and dust proof plastic enclosures, operating temperatures of from -4 up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (from -20 up to 55 degrees Celsius), and wind survivability of up to 165 mph. Both models also offer flexible wall, pole or ceiling mounting options that ensure no distortion of Wi-Fi signals is introduced, delivering performance of up to 1,200 Mbps total WLAN RF capacity, with up to 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n), and up to 900 Mbps at 5 GHz (802.11ac). The ZoneFlex T300 and T301n also include/ship with mounting brackets, and the integrated antennas in the ZoneFlex T301n eliminate the need to buy external antennas, reducing cost and making installation easier. Both models also support up to 500 concurrent users per AP and are easy to install using standard 802.3af PoE switches or PoE injectors. They also support co-location operation with distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell radios. The ZoneFlex T300 Series 802.11ac outdoor access points also meet stringent EN 61373:2010, EN 50121-1:2006, and EN 50121-4:2006 test requirements overseen by CENELEC, through its close collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), for use by various U.S. railway systems in their commuter train and subway stations and platforms across the country. The ZoneFlex T300 Series APs feature Ruckus BeamFlex+ technology, which enables their antennas to adapt to a mobile device's orientation and location. All antennas have a property called polarization, which refers to the physical orientation of the wireless signal that each antenna is configured to receive or transmit. For best performance, the antenna polarizations of the two sides of a wireless link (e.g. AP and client) should be aligned. In practice, the respective antenna polarizations of APs and clients are seldom aligned, especially for mobile device clients that users frequently rotate and hold in different orientations. BeamFlex+ adaptive antennas feature a mix of two distinct polarizations (vertical and horizontal) across antenna elements. The signals received on these antennas, across the two distinct polarizations of BeamFlex+, are combined by the AP in such a way as to maximize the received signal-to-noise ratio, allowing the best possible performance. This has the same effect as if the AP were physically aligning its antennas with the client device. The adaptive nature of BeamFlex+ means that the antennas adapt to client device orientation in real-time.