Ruckus Wireless develops industry's first outdoor 802.11ac access points with embedded adaptive antennas
Supporting 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), the ZoneFlex T300 Series omnidirectional and ZoneFlex T301n narrow band models are among the smallest and lightest 802.11ac high-density outdoor access points on the market.
Ruckus Wireless has added two new models to its ZoneFlex™ Series of outdoor 802.11ac access points (APs). The ZoneFlex T300 omnidirectional and ZoneFlex T301n narrow band models are concurrent, dual-band APs featuring the industry's smallest and lightest form factors.
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™ controller, Ruckus SmartCell™ 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 high performance, directed coverage applications. The narrow beam antennas in the ZoneFlex T301n are ideal for high density venues, 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.
In addition, the ZoneFlex T300 Series access points utilize the Ruckus BeamFlex+™ technology for optimal performance and interference mitigation in challenging RF environments as well as ChannelFly™ for predictive channel selection based on real-time capacity analysis of all RF channels.
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 otheoutdoor 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 on 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 eases installation and reduces deployment time and labor costs.
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 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 802.11ac outdoor access points are well suited 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 new Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 has an MSRP of $1,295 (USD), with Ruckus ZoneDirector-managed and standalone availability in North America and EMEA. The new Ruckus ZoneFlex T301n has an MSRP of $1,495 (USD), with Zone Director-managed and standalone availability in North America and EMEA starting August 1, 2014.
Both the ZoneFlex T300 and T301n are available through authorized Ruckus Big Dog resellers.
For more information, visit the ZoneFlex T300 access point product page
Author: Garth Miller Published: 02 Jul 2014