New Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi Innovations Take the Complexity Out of Optimizing Wi-Fi
Networks Overwhelmed with Mobile Devices
Unveils SmartWay™ and BeamFlex+™ Technologies that Improve the Performance and
Administration of Mobile Devices and Mobile Device Traffic over Wi-Fi Networks
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE:
RKUS) today introduced two new Smart Wi-Fi technologies, SmartWay™ and
BeamFlex+™, which simplify the administration and improve the performance of
mobile devices and traffic over Smart Wi-Fi networks.
The proliferation of mobile devices within organizations of all types is
creating new performance and management challenges for IT administrators. Not
only are users now armed with multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices that are much
more mobile in nature compared to traditional laptops, but network
infrastructure services and devices, such as printers, projectors, digital
media receivers and file servers, are becoming mobile with the integration of
"Network services devices that have historically been accessible through wired
Ethernet connections are now integrating Wi-Fi to provide greater deployment
flexibility," said Steve Martin, VP of Engineering for Ruckus Wireless. "For
these devices to be accessible by users on Wi-Fi networks, they must advertise
themselves. These advertisements, often performed by multicast protocols such
as Bonjour or UPnP, create unique challenges that administrators must struggle
Real Problems that Need Smarter Answers
New mobile devices such as Apple iPhones, iPads and AppleTV operating on Wi-Fi
networks can generate large volumes of traffic as these multicast protocols
constantly advertise the availability of the devices. This broadcast traffic
is transmitted at lower speeds and spills across the entire wireless local
area network (WLAN), slowing down the performance and capacity of WLANs.
Beyond controlling new mobile traffic on Wi-Fi networks, the use of mobile
devices such as tablets and smartphones present new performance and
connectivity problems as the orientation of these devices constantly change.
With the typical use of mobile devices, users don't always hold them perfectly
vertical or horizontal. Consequently, Wi-Fi signals are transmitted and
received improperly. This causes a signal imbalance between the communication
of Wi-Fi access points (APs) and client devices, resulting in the degradation
of Wi-Fi performance. The new Ruckus SmartWay and BeamFlex+ technologies were
specifically developed to solve these problems.
Introducing SmartWay: Beyond Bonjour Bridging
Ruckus SmartWay is a new Smart Wi-Fi software technology that not only
simplifies the administration and optimization of service discovery traffic,
such as Apple Bonjour and UPnP protocols over Smart Wi-Fi networks, it also
supports advanced facilities to restrict or "fence" these services to a given
access point, group of access points or a particular geographic area.
Ideally suited for K-12 and higher education environments, SmartWay helps
organizations enable users with Apple devices to exploit other resources on
their networks. For example, SmartWay makes Apple Bonjour services such as
AirPrint, AirPlay, and the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) used in wireless
printers and multimedia devices usable and controllable across subnets.
Current competitive approaches simply bridge all multicast traffic (e.g.
Bonjour) between two virtual LANs (VLANs) or bridge the traffic from a single
VLAN to all VLANs on a service-by-service basis. This means that a given
service, such as Apple TV, becomes available everywhere - creating security
concerns as resources are visible in undesired locations.
Without SmartWay a teacher, for instance, can use AirPlay to transmit from an
iPad to the Apple TV in the classroom only if both devices are on the same
subnet. But now, with SmartWay support for Bonjour, the teacher can access
any AppleTV as well as have any student transmit from their iPad (on the
student Wi-Fi network) to the Apple TV (on a different Wi-Fi network).
Wi-Fi deployments supporting multicast traffic such as Bonjour or UPnP can
quickly get out of control if not scaled properly. Rather than flooding the
network with traffic from all devices and subnets, Ruckus SmartWay selectively
bridges this traffic to the subnets of choice.
Ruckus is natively integrating SmartWay support for bridging Bonjour and other
multicast traffic directly into its ZoneFlex software system. This allows
service discovery traffic to be selectively bridged across subnets to enable
large-scale deployments without overloading the network.
Introducing BeamFlex+: Adapting Wi-Fi Signals to Changing Device Orientation
Another Smart Wi-Fi innovation, Ruckus BeamFlex+ adds essential technology to
Ruckus-patented BeamFlex adaptive antenna arrays. BeamFlex+ is
"polarization-agnostic" and automatically adjusts to deliver the best
performance, regardless of the way in which client devices are sending Wi-Fi
As mobile devices change their orientation, BeamFlex+ enables Ruckus access
points to ensure the highest possible throughput. Simply altering the
orientation of a mobile device or the angle of a laptop can cause dramatic
changes in Wi-Fi performance and reliable connectivity. Traditional access
points typically don't have the ability to optimize or adapt to these types of
changes within new, mobile device-rich Wi-Fi environments.
BeamFlex+ also enables better reception of communications from low-powered
mobile devices that don't have strong Wi-Fi transmission capabilities.
BeamFlex+ uniquely leverages maximal ratio combining (MRC) technology in
combination with polarization diversity to improve the reception of signals
from different orientations for more reliable communication. This enables
BeamFlex+ enabled Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access points to "listen" to Wi-Fi
transmissions that are sent in different ways from client devices, ensuring
more consistent Wi-Fi connections. With BeamFlex+, customers can effectively
optimize the signal strength to realize significant improvements in
performance and reliable connectivity.
Recent advances in Wi-Fi standards, such as 802.11n, now allow several
parallel data streams to be transmitted from multiple antennas, thereby
increasing Wi-Fi network throughput. At the receiver, these streams are
effectively combined to gain higher data rates. Unlike conventional access
points, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs with BeamFlex+ have complete control over how
Wi-Fi signals are transmitted and in what orientation. This improves the
chances to increase throughput in virtually any environment.
BeamFlex+ has the unique ability to control the shape of Wi-Fi signals to
increase the probability that multiple data streams can be effectively
combined within a given environment, improving Wi-Fi performance.
Pricing and Availability
Available immediately, Ruckus BeamFlex+ is supported at no cost in select
Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access points that integrate Ruckus-patented dual-polarized
adaptive antenna systems.
Generally available in Q2, Ruckus SmartWay is a new, free software capability
supported within the Ruckus ZoneFlex software operating system. SmartWay can
currently be tested using existing Ruckus ZoneFlex systems by requesting a
simple beta software upgrade.
ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA,Ruckus Wireless(NYSE: RKUS) is a global
supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile
Internet infrastructure market. With 2011 revenues of $120 million, the
company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi"products to
mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and
has more than 18,000 customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi
capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of
traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices
such as smartphones and tablets.Ruckus invented and has patented
state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such
as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data
rates, and avoid interference, ensuring consistent and reliable distribution
of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi.
For more information, visithttp://www.ruckuswireless.com.
SOURCE Ruckus Wireless
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