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First IoT- and LTE-ready 802.11ax access point

First IoT- and LTE-ready 802.11ax access point

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By Wisse Hettinga



The high-capacity, 12 spatial-stream R730 works in concert with the latest Ruckus Ultra-High Density Technology Suite to smoothly 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.

Worldwide data and video traffic is growing at double-digit rates, driven by an increase in connected devices. ABI Research predicts that Wi-Fi device shipments will grow to nearly 35 billion by 2022. Data and video traffic also will surge due to increased per-device data consumption driven by applications like 4K video streaming, virtual and augmented reality and live-stream gaming.

“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.”

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.

“Train stations are especially challenging Wi-Fi environments due to spikes in client count each time passengers exit a train,” said Tetsuo Mukai, general manager, KDDI. “We challenged Ruckus to help us improve the in-station experience for subscribers with devices that were already on the network when the train arrives, and Ruckus came back with a solution that dramatically reduced the impact of these transient client events on affected subscribers, minimizing throughput degradation and shortening recovery time.”


The Ruckus Ultra-High Density Technology Suite addresses these challenges using techniques that go beyond the 802.11ax standard, including:

  • Airtime decongestion — Increases average client throughput in heavily congested environments by using patent-pending techniques to reduce unnecessary management traffic.
  • Transient client management — Maintains throughput levels for priority clients in high transient-client environments such as rail stations by using patent-pending techniques to delay AP association with low-priority transient clients.
  • BeamFlex™+ antennas — Patented technology improves AP coverage and capacity by continuously optimizing antenna patterns on a per-device, per-packet basis.

The R730 includes embedded Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Zigbee radios and can be augmented with Ruckus IoT modules to support additional physical layer protocols such as LoRa. Using the Ruckus IoT controller, these separate networks and the IoT endpoints associated with them, can be managed, coordinated and connected to IoT cloud services as part a single, converged IoT access network.

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