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Aerohive AP250 and AP245X 802.11ac Wave 2 Wireless Access Point

Posted April 3, 2017

Aerohive AP245X Access PointsAs WLAN capacity requirements soar, the AP250 and AP245X are excellent choices to provide instant adaption to ever-changing capacity needs. New high-performance mobile devices and demanding applications continue to change how connected enterprises do business. With a constantly changing client landscape and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the horizon, enterprises are challenged to have network infrastructure for the clients and devices of today while anticipating the connectivity needs of the future.

To address escalating connectivity demands today, Aerohive introduced the AP250 and the AP245X, two new cloud-managed 802.11ac Wave 2 access points that are the first to deliver enterprise-class capabilities and uncompromised wireless functionality while operating on existing standard wired infrastructure of 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE). The access points also feature integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Both the AP250 and the AP245X are built on Aerohive’s proven RF-IQ technology to deliver great Wi-Fi. RF-IQ incorporates distributed control radio intelligence, such as automated channel and power selection, load balancing, band steering, and other capabilities that enable complex radio functionality.

The AP250 is the only Wave 2 and BLE solution that can operate in dual 5GHz mode with uncompromised performance for increased capacity, without PoE switch upgrades. Aerohive’s patent-pending RF-IQ antenna and the first-of-its-kind network technology provide polarization and spatial diversity which ensures performance even in dual 5GHz mode, delivering uncompromised performance under 802.3af power budget.

The AP245X delivers Wave 2 with external antennas and a rugged design for challenging environments, such as warehouses, manufacturing floors, and extreme temperature environments. Both the AP250 and the AP245X access points feature integrated BLE and a USB port to enhance location-driven services and provide additional wireless connectivity options for IoT and other devices.


Meraki’s MS225 Cloud Managed Switches

Posted March 29, 2017

The MS225 Series is Meraki’s newest generation of stackable access switches with 10G SFP+ uplinks and field-replaceable power options. Designed to replace the MS220 Series, it’s a perfect solution for branch and campus applications that require flexibility and a deep features set without a high price tag.

The Cisco Meraki MS225 series switches provide layer 2 access switching and are ideal for deploying to branch locations. With stacking capabilities and 10G SFP+ uplinks on every model, performance is guaranteed. This family also supports an optional, rack-mountable remote PSU (Cisco RPS-2300) for power redundancy requirements

Cisco Meraki switches are built from the ground up to be easy to manage without compromising any of the power and flexibility traditionally found in enterprise-class switches.

The Meraki MS is managed through an elegant, intuitive cloud interface, rather than a cryptic command line. To bring up a Meraki switch, just plug it in; there’s no need for complicated configuration files, or even direct physical access to the switch.


Ruckus Adds ZoneFlex 7781-CM Outdoor Access Point to its Smartcell Product Line

Posted February 23, 2017

Ruckus ZoneFlex 7781-CM Access PointsRuckus has launched its new Ruckus ZoneFlex  7781-CM outdoor access point (AP) with Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology. The ZoneFlex 7781-CM is another key ingredient in the Ruckus SmartCell Architecture, which provides a proven recipe for building carrier class Wi-Fi networks to deal with the wireless data challenge sweeping across the industry. The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7781-CM can be strand-mounted on a multiple system operator’s (MSO’s) aerial cable plant or it can be pedestal, wall or pole mounted as required. The ZoneFlex 7781-CM supports the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.0, EuroDOCSIS 3.0, and JCTEA STD-005 (Japan).

The integrated DOCSIS modem technology in the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7781CM allows Wi-Fi traffic to be backhauled over the Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) cable plant and powered from the cable plant at the same time. The ZoneFlex 7781-CM features an extremely compact, lightweight form factor that is consistent with the requirements for strand mounting on aerial plant.

Leveraging Ruckus BeamFlex technology, the ZoneFlex 7781-CM offers a greatly improved user experience in a wide variety of outdoor deployment scenarios. It can increase subscriber gain by as much as 6 dB and interference mitigation by as much as 15 dB, both of which are important in high-density applications. MSOs have been moving aggressively to deploy Wi-Fi technology as a way to provide additional services for their subscribers, reduce churn, and improve their competitive position.

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Ruckus Redefines High-Speed, High Capacity Wi-Fi with R710 Industry’s First 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point

Posted July 6, 2016

Ruckus Wireless has unveiled the ZoneFlex R710 Access point, the industry’s first Wi-Fi AP based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard that extends Wi-Fi to enable multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and unprecedented capacity.

The new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 is the first Wi-Fi access point to now support major technical advances in the 802.11ac standard that allow the simultaneous transmission of multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, a highly anticipated new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO). This enables over two times the density of mobile devices versus Wave 1, and aggregate data rates exceeding two gigabits per second.

Among the first organizations to deploy the ZoneFlex R710 within a production environment, the City of San José, CA sees big value in the migration to new 802.11ac Wave 2 technology.

“We are at an inflection point in the industry as we deal with insatiable demand for wireless capacity and speed,” said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the City of San José. “We need to be able to plan and prepare for devices and services we haven’t even seen yet. Wave 2 represents an investment in a platform that not only meets our current needs, it will also meet those in the future that we can’t even predict. Delivering our Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi service has become a distinct competitive advantage for the City of San José. The Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 helps us take this to the next level.  It’s simply the best performing Wi-Fi access point we’ve ever deployed, even without multi-user MIMO clients.”

According to Sammeta, after installing the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710, the City was able to achieve dramatic performance improvements, reaching over 445 megabits per second speed with two-stream-capable laptops, and over 200 megabits per second with single-stream mobile smart phones.

“The R710 is an extraordinary feat of engineering that marks a new era for our industry,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “The work and innovation we’ve put into the R710 reflects our leadership in delivering the world’s best in class wireless products that stand the test of time.”

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IoT Pioneer Zebra Shares Vision for the Next Wave of Industrial Age

Posted May 23, 2016

Eighteen months after its acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business, Zebra today shares its vision for the company moving forward within a growing industry category, Enterprise Asset Intelligence (EAI). By providing “Visibility that’s Visionary,” Zebra increases businesses’ ability to track critical assets within their operations and know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.

For more than 40 years, Zebra has developed the building blocks of today’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology with its global leadership in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) market including sensors, barcodes, RFID and wireless networks. The arrival of the cloud and the ubiquity of wireless networks have made connecting devices and mining their data much easier, and the IoT is bringing us into a new industrial age in which the line between the physical and digital is blurring.

The evolution of the AIDC market to a more strategically oriented EAI focus is being driven by technology trends: IoT, cloud-based data analytics and mobility. Zebra is leading this evolution through its operational framework of “sense, analyze, and act.” Its solutions automatically “sense” information from enterprise assets, such as packages moving through a supply chain, equipment in a factory, workers in a warehouse, and shoppers in a store. Operational data from these assets, including status, location, utilization, or preferences, is then “analyzed” to provide actionable insights. These insights can then be mobilized to the right person at the right time so they can be “acted” upon to drive better, more timely decisions by users anywhere at any time. Today, 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies benefit from this framework using Zebra’s solutions in retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics (T&L), and healthcare.

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Jacksonville State University Chooses Zebra to Overhaul Campus-Wide Wireless Network

Posted February 12, 2016

Zebra has announced that Jacksonville State University (JSU) has deployed a Zebra Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) for campus-wide Wi-Fi connectivity for faculty, students and visitors. The university decided to overhaul its aging Wi-Fi infrastructure in response to increased demand for Internet connectivity. After a multi-vendor assessment, JSU chose a Zebra 802.11ac WLAN to support their current and future wireless needs.

JSU required a high-performance WLAN as classroom assignments are incorporating smartphone apps while tablets and phablets are replacing the binder and composition notebook. In addition, most students are using at least three Internet-connected devices during the typical campus day and maybe more at night in dorms. With such specific needs, JSU sought a vendor that could provide a strong suite of solutions in one portfolio and chose Zebra’s latest 802.11ac WLAN – including NX7500 controllers, AP7502, AP7522 and AP7532 access points – to ensure reliable high-speed Internet access across the 459-acre campus.

The university now offers connectivity for heavy bandwidth applications anytime and everywhere, from the parking lot, campus buildings and housing units to student lounges, eateries, libraries, athletic facilities and even the dorm laundromat. Zebra provided a cost-efficient solution that is easy for JSU’s IT staff to manage. Previously, JSU had a multi-vendor wireless architecture that had become more complex and less interoperable, while failing to provide the level of connectivity needed to keep up with mobile device adoption.


Zebra’s Newest Wireless Controller the NX-5500

Posted September 17, 2015

Zebra NX-5500e Wireless ControllersZebra has announced the launch of NX-5500 Services Platform. The NX-5500 brings next generation in WLAN speed, security, reliability and flexibility to the midsize enterprise, providing comprehensive management and control of up to 512 Access Points and network devices through a single pane of glass. With the NX-5500, all network infrastructure is empowered with the intelligence to make the best routing decisions, you get maximum speed and throughput — the congestion and latency associated with routing traffic through a centralized controller is eliminated.

A highly cost-effective platform for
 optimized WLAN performance


The NX-5500 multi-core networking platform supports up to 512 access points, well suited for small to mid-sized deployments. Its rich set of integrated services
 — including router, firewall, VPN, AAA/Radius server and DHCP/DNS server — eliminates the need for any additional hardware without compromising system performance. The integrated application visibility engine (AVC) provides the necessary intelligence to identify, categorize and filter/block/control network bandwidth usage based on your business needs.

Centralized Management and control from
 the NOC through NX / VX


The network of distributed, multi-network NX 5500 deployments can be controlled and managed at the NOC through your NX9XXX/NX75XX/VX9000 — giving you a single-pane-of management for easy provisioning and day-to-day monitoring and troubleshooting of your entire WLAN infrastructure. The NX-5500 will be launched with the WING 5.8 release.




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