January 24, 2017

Ruckus Unleashing Some Exciting New Updates!



By: Dennis Huang, WLAN Product Marketing


Here at Ruckus, 2017 is already off to a great start. Why is the team so excited you might ask? The release of our new Unleashed access points! Let’s get into what’s new:

Our Ruckus Unleashed access point line now includes our popular R510 802.11ac Wave 2 AP which is ideal for all enterprises and our wall-mount H510 802.11ac Wave 2 AP which works great as an in-room access point. In addition, with our upcoming 200.3 firmware release, Unleashed access points will now support Gateway Mode enabling direct connectivity to a cable or DSL modem leveraging built-in DHCP server and NAT support. This enables a service provide, owner or installer to deploy Unleashed APs in multi-dwelling units (MDU), small single-site retail shops and smart-homes.  Here are the highlights:

  • R510 / H510 Unleashed APs – Our popular 802.11ac Wave 2 APs now Unleashed
  • Gateway Mode – Ease installation of an Unleashed AP directly to a cable/DSL modem
  • SpeedFlex - Built-in speed test tool enabling troubleshooting between Mesh connected Unleashed APs
  • Unleashed Management App – Installation of Unleashed APs will now be even easier
  • Static Client IP Addresses – Connected clients can preserve assigned IP addresses

One of the updates we are most excited about is the launch of our Unleashed management app. This app will further simplify an already easy to install portfolio of Unleashed access points.

The app will be available in February 2017. Here is a sneak peek of the user interface.

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Our Unleashed access point line celebrated its first birthday back in November 2016 and we are super happy with how far the product line has come. Make sure to check out all the excitement 


December 12, 2016

Wifirst: Knocking Down WiFi Barriers Wherever You Are



By: Wendy Stanton, Marketing Manager


As I’ve been traveling around the globe, I’ve found that there’s nothing more frustrating than being out and about and not being able to connect to Wi-Fi. Whether I’m sitting at an airport bored with the desire to view social media sites, in a rent a car using Waze to find my way around, or in my hotel room wanting to watch Netflix, I have the need/want to be connected. It’s amazing to think that I ever survived without a mobile device. 

When I can’t connect, I find myself calling my service provider—well let’s be real—I call my husband to complain and make him call since I’m traveling—to acquire more data so that my phone will work wherever I am. Other times, I jot down which hotel I don’t want to stay at again because of lousy Wi-Fi.  My guess is that most of the world is right there with me in this type of dilemma.

There is a widespread expectation among consumers that they should be able to access Wi-Fi for free wherever they are – from hotels and retail stores to camp sites, military barracks, sports venues and public transportation. But there are often barriers to getting great coverage, and great coverage starts with having the right service provider. With consumers having the choice to go with any provider they chose, service providers need to provide their customers with high performing reliable Wi-Fi.

That’s exactly what Wifirst is all about. Wifirst is an international Internet service provider, headquartered in Paris, France, that specializes in the deployment and operation of high density managed Wi-Fi networks. Wifirst is one of the only Wi-Fi operators with dedicated solutions for student housing, hotels, military bases and camp grounds with its own core network.

Naturally Wifirst picked Ruckus Wireless as its supplier due to the superior products and the aligned vision in offering a high quality of service. This partnership has been amazing and customers are thrilled with the reliable coverage. Read the case study and watch the video on how Ruckus Wireless has enabled Wifirst to deliver first class customer service. I–for one—give a big round of applause, as I’m the customer who walks away if not given the ultimate best in customer service. If everyone provided this kind of service, my husband could continue his yard work without being interrupted in gathering more data for my travels.



December 09, 2016

Connected Classrooms: The Future of Education Technology



By: Mary Chen, Product Marketing Manager


As a parent to two kids in elementary school, I’m continually amazed at how quickly teachers and students are using technology to effectively teach and gain new 21st Century skills. Instead of being bombarded with handouts every week, I receive only the ones that require my attention and acknowledgment; all other communication is through email or educational apps. For example, my kindergartener’s teacher uses Seesaw to share my son’s work in the classroom with me. Changing from asking “What did you do at school today?” to saying “I love what you did at school this week!” always brings a smile to his face. BlogPerformance

Increasingly, schools are recognizing the value of using the network as a platform for enriching the learning environment and enhancing communication. As new media-rich education and applications are developed and used, our job is to help schools establish an infrastructure with the performance, reliability, and flexibility these new tools require. Our goal for education customers is to equip them with the rock-solid network foundation they need to support current and future applications, so they can enrich the learning and communication experience.

Brocade Ruckus switching and wireless solutions are playing an integral part in K-12 schools:

  • Brocade Ruckus Switches with PoE: Simplify wireless deployments and have the capability to carry all the user data, plus multimedia traffic.
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet: Enables schools to easily support streaming video, VoIP and other bandwidth-intensive applications that are becoming commonplace.
  • Reliable Wi-Fi: Ruckus wireless LAN solutions enable schools to cost-effectively implement faster, more secure and more dependable wireless connectivity.

When the time comes for infrastructure planning or upgrade, we often hear from our customers that they have to plan years out knowing they likely will not be able to replace whatever switch gets chosen initially. We get it, so we future-proof your network to support new advances in Wi-Fi technology and education applications.

The  new Brocade Ruckus ICX 7150 Switch is packed with features required to support 21st Century schools without the exorbitant price tag. Significant features include:

  • Stacking: Stacking up to 8 switches simplifies management and provides redundancy.
  • Upgradable 1G to 10G uplinks: These license upgradeable (SFP to SFP+ uplink ports) enable schools to easily connect a wide variety of cables to extend switching functionality throughout the network.
  • High PoE capacity: Makes the installation and distribution of network connections simple and effective.
  • Full-features L3 support: Depending on your network topology, this can improve VLAN performance.
  • Hot-insertion and removal of stack members: Simplifies operations and reduces downtime.
  • Auto-configuration: Ensures error free configuration and accelerates deployment.
  • Fabric Architecture: Enables an easy transition to Brocade Campus Fabric for network automation and management simplicity.

The ICX 7150 is a powerful switch for today’s modern school networks. All of us at Brocade Ruckus are excited to continue offering a high-performing and reliable edge portfolio for our education customers. What brings a smile to my face is seeing our students, teachers, and parents reaping the benefits of a robust network.

December 07, 2016

Doing More with Less: The Hotel Technology Challenge


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 By: Matthew FitzGerald, Director Systems Engineering

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By: Jeff Sejourne, Senior Manager


During many years of supporting the hotel industry, several of them while at Ruckus, we have always been amazed at the demands on technology in hotels. The push for more services that positively impact guest satisfaction and are cost effective with proven ROI for the Hotelier is a huge challenge. Plus, Hoteliers have to do this across a range of brands, properties and budgets.  The tech-savvy traveler has higher expectations that start with hotel IP Edge Networking, it is the on-ramp to the hotel technology services and the Internet.   Ruckus Wireless has been a leader in Hospitality due to our superior Wi-Fi (BeamFlex+ antenna system providing coverage and performance in guest rooms), next-gen purpose build wallplate access points (APs), first/fast to market 802.11ac Wave2 portfolio, flexible WLAN Controller options and now the powerful ICX Switch Line from Brocade.   We are excited about our support of the industry and our continued role in hotel technology. Shutterstock_495742231

Hospitality Technology Magazine said in their 2016 Lodging Technology Study; “In 2016, we see the emergence of an even bigger pain point for Hotel CIOs: measuring the return on investment”.  The challenge of doing more with less and measuring the value returned has never been higher.  Ruckus continues to listen to the hoteliers and the hospitality industry with the introduction of two new products to address common challenges faced by the industry:

  • Deploying high-speed Internet access in older buildings: Older hotels are not pre-wired for network access but many if not most have a coax cable infrastructure in place for TV/Video services. The new Ruckus ZoneFlex C110 DOCSIS Wallplate AP allows hoteliers that can’t afford pulling new cabling for Ethernet to use their existing coax plant and offer Wi-Fi and Ethernet cabling throughout the hotel. The C110 is a continuation of Ruckus’ leadership in the Wallplate AP Market. It is a high performance 802.11ac Wave 2 access point with integrated wall switch and DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem for backhaul connectivity. This can allow a hotel with no Ethernet to move to advanced services such as Wi-Fi and IP services such as IPTV, VoIP and more.
  • Future-proofing the network to support next generation guest services: Keeping up with rapidly evolving technology and fulfilling guest expectations to access the latest digital entertainment and HD video streaming from their hotel room is a common challenge for hoteliers. They need to deploy a high-performance network infrastructure today that won’t be obsolete in the next few years and can be easily upgraded as demand grows.   The new Brocade Ruckus ICX 7150 is the most cost effective and powerful switch on the market today, allowing hotels to cost-effectively upgrade their Ethernet Networking infrastructure.  The ICX 7150 is packed with features required by the industry at a great price point;
    • Stacking: ICX 7150 can stack up to 8 switches using standard SFP+ ports.
    • Upgradable 1G to 10G uplinks: ICX offers license upgradable SFP to SFP+ uplink ports.
    • High PoE capacity: The ICX 7150-48PF model delivers 740W PoE budget
    • Full-featured L3 support: ICX 7150 offers RIP L3 upgradable to full L3
    • Silent operation: The ICX 7150-24P and 7150-48P (PoE+) models offer the industry’s first fanless mode configuration setting for silent operation of PoE switches with a fan.
    • Additional Copper Uplinks: ICX 7150 offers two additional RJ45 1G uplink ports (non-combo)
    • Campus Fabric: The ICX 7150 offers simplified deployment with fabric PE mode support.
    • SDN: The ICX 7150 supports OpenFlow

Our team is very excited about these new additions to the Ruckus Wireless Product Suite. These new products address crucial needs in the industry.  The ZoneFlex C110 will allow hotels with limited budget to retrofit their property using DOCSIS and existing COAX cabling to allow Wi-Fi and Switch ports in the room and a path to advanced services. The ICX 7150 is a powerful, but well priced, switch that addresses the edge concerns of hotels large and small. At Ruckus we consider ourselves a partner to the Hotel Industry and we try to listen and provide product and services that meet the evolving technology needs in hotels.


December 02, 2016

6 Steps for a Successful E-rate Season


By: Carly Botelho, Marketing Communications Manager @carly_botelho


It’s officially December, and as no-shave November comes to a close and we recover from our turkey comas, we’re preparing to focus our attention on present buying and holiday cheer. While many of us recognize this as the season of giving, we can’t let you forget that E-rate season is still underway.

E-rate, a government funded program, allows schools and libraries to implement and update in-building network infrastructure. For most school districts, this funding is to make sure all students have reliable access to Wi-Fi to enable digital learning and improve student outcomes. However, the process to apply and receive funding can be a little tedious; therefore, many schools do not finish the process or submit forms incorrectly, leading to a loss in funding.

To help this season, we did extensive research to simplify and outline the 6 steps you need to follow to get your E-rate funding:

  1. Determine Technology Investments
  2. Start the E-rate Process by filing form 470
  3. Choose a bidder by filing for 471
  4. Complete a Compliance review with the Program Integrity Audit
  5. Start your project by filing form 486
  6. E-rate funds received by filing form 472 or 474

Follow these 6 steps to ensure you fill out every form required, correctly, and on time, while also fully understanding the process and what it entails.

Below, and here, view our infographic to access detailed instructions on how to complete each step. We included embedded links to bring you right to each form, as well as additional resources to make sure you have everything you need:


Get started applying today!

Not sure where to invest your E-rate dollars this year? Attend our live webinar on December 8th, Why Choose Ruckus for E-rate Networks, to learn how our E-rate eligible technology provides the highest performing solutions for schools.

You’ll learn:

  • How our technology provides the highest performing APs for schools
  • Why our stackable campus switches are easier to manage than others
  • The pros and cons of cloud vs. controller options

Register Now!

November 22, 2016

What The Evolution of APs and Cloud Means For The Next Generation of Enterprises

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By: Phal Nanda, Director Product Line Management


When it comes to cloud managed WLAN, it’s intriguing how the various vendors have architected their solutions. Years ago, in the controller-less days, the WLAN market consisted of fat APS  that did everything within themselves, and simple SNMP-like managers were written to talk to these APs in order to collect statistics and push configuration. There wasn’t muchinter-AP smarts at that time.

Shortly thereafter  came the “thin” AP architecture, where larger controllers were designed to offload non-critical tasks away from the APs. This allowed  APs to do their most important tasks: client RF, client throughput optimizations and policy enforcements. Controllers helped coordinations amongst APs in real-time, creating and optimizing policies, and helping with roaming assist. This became the de-facto deployment method for large campuses where hundreds or even thousands of APs were installed in a single large site; however, controller and licenses weren’t  budget-friendly for smaller sites. EvolutionOfCloud_v1-01

APs had improved CPU/RAM capabilities and some of the controller functions could be completed by the APs themselves, particularly if they had only a small number of clients to serve. This gave rise to the newer controller-less architectures of current generation, for example, Aerohive, Aruba Instant and Ruckus Unleashed. For a true enterprise WLAN offering, these APs need to provide similar  functions, as the controller andAP solution offers.

Vendors have  also evolved to deliver their own cloud managed WLAN solutions. One vendor offered a disruptive cloud-scale management solution that utilized big data technologies to aggregate data, configuration and analytics for hundreds, even thousands of APs. Over time, the vendor added some true controller type features in the cloud to help APs in real-time decision making; they evolved from a Cloud Manager to a Cloud Controller type architecture.

 There is a need for a highly scalable cloud controller solution that can deliver enterprise grade WLAN service for small sites as well as large AP campuses. Aruba, Aerohive and Cisco all offer these services; however, they either don’t work on larger sites or the offering doesn’t utilize any of their controller technologies in the cloud. Alternatively, the Ruckus Cloud offering, built on top of the virtual SmartZones, is hosted in the public cloud and managed by Ruckus NOC and aims to bring the best of controller scale to the simplicity-driven IT staff of the next generation enterprises. While there is a lot of work ahead of us, we’re excited about the existing components and strong roadmap for the future.

November 15, 2016

Expanding our Wave 2 Portfolio: Making Networks Efficient For All Devices



By: Devang Bhatt, Enterprise Product Marketing


Any technology company today will likely tell you we are in the midst of a massive digital transformation, and in order to keep up, businesses across the globe need things to be done faster than ever before. Whether it’s making decisions, getting a new product to market or serving customers, the need for speed is vital to succeed in today’s innovation climate. This is especially true for wireless networks.

The proliferation of Wave 2 11ac Wi-Fi technology embedded into client devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops continues to flood the market resulting in a diverse client mix ranging from slow, fast to high-speed clients. As indoor and outdoor wireless networks become more and more saturated with active users, the propensity to have a poor Wi-Fi experience increases. Research from Strategy Analytics predicts the number of connected devices per person will more than double to 4.3 by 2020.

It’s not just the multiple devices people now carry with them impacting Wi-Fi performance. It’s also the explosion of cloud-based applications such as video and voice that require robust network performance from the core to the edge.

Luckily, 802.11ac Wave 2 brings gigabit speed to wireless networks, eliminating the need to compromise between speed and performance. 802.11ac Wave 2 technology improves network efficiency by bringing MU-MIMO to Wi-Fi, enabling the access point (AP) to communicate with multiple client devices simultaneously. Before MU-MIMO, the AP would serve clients one at a time, in a round robin fashion. With MU-MIMO, network airtime efficiency increases because all clients (MU-MIMO and non MU-MIMO) are served faster. Picture1blog post

With 802.11ac Wave 2, you can stream Netflix to your mobile device without degrading the performance of the network for everyone else. In an outdoor scenario, several fans watching replays in a crowded stadium with their mobile devices will experience a good video experience.

Ruckus was first-to-market with Wave 2 APs in April 2015 and now has the industry’s broadest Wave 2 portfolio. We continue to expand that portfolio with today’s announcement of two new access points to the ZoneFlex™ family—the ZoneFlex R610 indoor access point (AP) and the ZoneFlex T610 outdoor AP. Both products are based on the IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 standard featuring multi-user MIMO technology, which optimizes airtime efficiency to client devices and increases aggregate network throughput in dense indoor or outdoor deployments.

Both of these new additions to the Ruckus Wave 2 portfolio deliver high performance and coverage and benefit from more traditional Ruckus technologies such as BeamFlex+, ChannelFly and flexible deployment options. For those of you seeking a solution for your poor Wi-Fi performance, whether it’s in your hotel room, your apartment or outdoors such as college campuses, stadiums or transit hubs, the R610 and T610 11ac Wave 2 APs with MU-MIMO are designed to meet the tough requirements of indoor or outdoor deployments.


November 11, 2016

Ruckus Sails Into Another Smart City



By: Wendy Stanton, Marketing Manager


Imagine being out on the ocean with the wind at your back, smelling the salty air and feeling the mist of water on your face, as you hang over the edge watching the bow of the boat slice through the waves. Some of us can only imagine this type of exhilaration and others have made a lifetime hobby out of sailing. However, we can all appreciate a great competition and everyone loves to gather on such occasions.

Located in Germany, Kiel is a traditional maritime and naval city famous for its sailing competitions and hosting the largest sailing event known as ‘Kieler Woche’ (Kiel Week). The festival takes place in June over the course of nine days, with more than 3 million guests attending. As is the case with any large event, cities need to prepare for the amount of visitors entering the area. So what do you think the city of Kiel’s main concern was for this event? You got it—fast and reliable Wi-Fi.

Nowadays, Wi-Fi isn’t just expected – it’s required, and Kiel Week was the perfect time to deploy a smart city Wi-Fi network. With the city of Kiel setting its sights on offering public Wi-Fi, they turned to Ruckus Wireless and partner ADDIX Internet Services to provide an innovative digital city experience to its citizens and visitors. Within two weeks, an elaborate network of Ruckus’ ZoneFlex access points enabled more than 50,000 users to simultaneously access the Internet via Wi-Fi throughout the entire event area.

In order to attract as many visitors to use the wireless network during Kiel Week, an app called Walk & Explore Kiel was developed. The app allowed visitors to plan their tour of Kiel. Users were given recommendations and instructions on more than 2,000 events in real time, enabling them to follow collateral events via live stream. This bandwidth-hungry application would have made the regular cellular network collapse during Kiel Week and would thus not be usable without comprehensive WLAN.

The City of Kiel’s use of Ruckus won’t stop there. They will continue to use the  WLAN solution by Ruckus Wireless in order to advance the project further and deliver reliable Wi-Fi for the other 51 weeks of the year.

Read more about how the city of Kiel became a smart city and check out the video on Kiel Week.

November 07, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday Unleashed!!



By: Nat Chidambaram, Director of Product Management


November is finally here and the disappointment shown by well, everyone, in the lack of red cups at Starbucks is just another reminder that it’s almost the most wonderful time of the year again.

Along the same lines, I can’t believe it is already one year since we launched Unleashed, a controller-less solution. At the time of launch,only two 11ac APs (R500 and R600) were supported as part of Unleashed.

In just one short year, the Unleashed portfolio has expanded to support 10 different models of 11ac APs including our WAVE-2 high end R710 (indoor) and T710 (outdoor). In summary, Unleashed portfolio now supports R310, R500, R600, R710, T300, T300e, T301n, T301s, T710, and T710s. Thanks to two features-rich releases we have delivered since the launch.

Nearly 5000 customers have successfully deployed Unleashed worldwide, in the last 12 months alone. You won’t hear from any disappointed customers or partners here, but you will hear about how easy it is to deploy and manage the Unleashed network while not having to compromise on the features. It is widely known to the world about our RF leadership in Wi-Fi industry. A powerful combination of superior RF performance, incredible ease of deployment, along with customer-required rich features is just a clear winning combination.

Stay tuned to hear more from us on Unleashed! In the meantime, you can check our Unleashed website https://www.ruckuswireless.com/products/system-management-control/unleashed to get more details.


November 06, 2016

Our Shared Values

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By: Dan Rabinovitsj, COO of Ruckus 


Not long ago, Ruckus Wireless was acquired by Brocade. This started our new adventure to build a stronger presence at the Network Edge with tight integration of the ICX family of switches and an even greater commitment to grow revenue while delighting customers. After this week’s news that Broadcom intends to acquire Brocade and divest its IP Networking assets, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what we’ve achieved, our value as the Network Edge business unit of Brocade, and why we value our partners and customers and intend to continue delivering the quality products and customer service Ruckus is known for.

Brocade’s IP Networking business was built on the dedication and hard work of a team of innovative and talented employees and was recently bolstered by the acquisition of Ruckus. The combination resulted in a new type of networking company for the digital age, one that delivers solutions from the data center to the wireless edge. Brocade is a recognized leader in the IP Networking market, offering best-in-class data center, edge and software infrastructure solutions for the world’s leading enterprise, cloud and service provider customers. Dog-glasses

The good news is that Ruckus has a strong, growing business with #1 market share positions in key verticals like hospitality and service provider Wi-Fi with a growing base in K-12, higher education and smart cities. I have confidence in our portfolio. With recent launches of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi and Cloudpath™ ES 5.0 software, we’ve proven we can deliver high-value software and services based on customer requirements and market needs.  

Additionally, we have built an enviable world-class portfolio of wireless and wired products for the edge of the network. The recent success we have shown in selling ICX switches alongside Ruckus Wi-Fi solutions demonstrates the power of a combined portfolio. Our rolling thunder on Wave 2 11ac access points continues, with strong adoption rates across our whole customer portfolio. Last but not least, our thought and execution leadership in OpenG™ technology comes at a perfect time to generate significant interest in the future of converged wireless technology.

For our partners, I cannot express enough how committed we are to remaining a strong player in this market, wherever our new home may be. Our first priority remains the relationships we’ve built with our partners and providing top-notch products and services to our customers.

For all of our channel partners, go-to-market partners and customers, let me say that the now expanded Ruckus team is committed to you, your mission and your success. We thrive off mutual achievements—that is what embodies the spirit of Ruckus. We live to serve. 

Stay tuned as we transition through what we intend will be a short period of uncertainty. 





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