Ruckus announces IoT/LTE 802.11ax access point
R730 will handle increased traffic and volume demands from IoT and modern applications
Ruckus Networks has announced the Ruckus R730, IoT and LTE-ready 802.11ax wireless access point.
The R730, which Ruckus says is an industry first, has been developed to cater to booming demand for data and video, and increased per-device data consumption driven by applications like 4K video streaming, virtual and augmented reality and live-stream gaming. The AP will also help to manage the diversification of end point devices including IoT sensors and related traffic.
The high-capacity, 12 spatial-stream R730 works in concert with the new Ruckus Ultra-High Density Technology Suite to deliver high-resolution, latency-sensitive video in ultra-high density user environments such as stadiums, train stations and schools. In addition, the R730 complies with both the new WPA3 security protocol and Wi-Fi Enhanced Open for more secure connections on public networks.
The new 802.11ax standard was designed for high-density connectivity, with the ability to support up to a four-fold capacity increase over its 802.11ac Wave 2 predecessor. With 802.11ax, multiple APs used in dense device environments are collectively able to deliver required quality-of-service (QoS) to more clients with more diverse usage profiles due to the use of orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) and multi-user multiple-in multiple-out (MU-MIMO) technologies.
Increased end-user expectations and application QoS requirements pose unique difficulties to network designers. Locations such as stadiums, public venues, train stations, and schools in which video content and applications are central to the curriculum, are representative examples. The R730, supporting eight spatial streams on 5 GHz and four spatial streams on 2.4 GHz, is better able to address those expectations through increased capacity, improved coverage and performance.
"Ruckus customers and partners demand more when it comes to their networks," said Ian Whiting, president of Ruckus Networks. "We have a long history of delivering products and technologies that go beyond the current state of the art to meet the world's most demanding network requirements while driving down the cost-per-connection. Ruckus R730 and Ruckus Ultra-High Density Technology Suite are the latest examples."
"Real-world use cases are bumping up against the limits of existing Wi-Fi standards, and the need for 802.11ax to address a wide variety of heterogeneous, high-density scenarios is clear," said Chris DePuy, founder and technology analyst at 650 Group. "Ruckus has already differentiated itself in the realm of network consolidation. With this launch, Ruckus is reinforcing that by setting the stage for converged Wi-Fi, IoT and LTE deployments."
The R730 will be generally available this calendar quarter. The Ultra-High Density Technology Suite is available now for use with all Ruckus APs.