R500

Indoor 802.11ac Wi-Fi Access Point for Dense Device Environments

With an explosion of new mobile devices and applications, even small and midsize venues now need big-league Wi-Fi. But finding the right balance between performance, features, and cost isn’t easy.

The Ruckus R500 802.11ac indoor access point delivers the ideal combination of capacity, reliability, and affordability for medium-density locations. It’s the only 802.11ac AP in its class that includes patented Ruckus antenna optimizations and interference mitigation technologies—the same ones used in our premier high-density APs—in a low-profile form factor designed and priced for smaller venues.

In small and midsize businesses, hotels, retail outlets, branches, and other medium-density venues, the R500 delivers consistently great Wi-Fi experiences—at a price that makes sense.

 

Stunning Wi-Fi Performance
Provide a great user experience no matter how challenging the environment with BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology and a library 64 directional antenna patterns.
Get Optimal Throughput
ChannelFly dynamic channel technology uses machine learning to automatically find the least congested channels. You always get the highest throughput the band can support.
Multiple Management Options
Manage the R500 from the cloud, or with on-premises physical/virtual appliances.
Better Mesh Networking
Reduce expensive cabling, and complex mesh configurations by checking a box with SmartMesh wireless meshing technology to dynamically create self-forming, self-healing mesh networks.
Expanded Backhaul
Pair two onboard 1GbE ports with link aggregation (LACP) to maximize throughput between the AP and wired switch.
More Than Wi-Fi
Enhance your network with Cloudpath security and management software, SPoT real-time Wi-Fi location engine and analytics software, and SCI network analytics.
  • Description
    Mid-range 802.11ac AP with BeamFlex+
  • Maximum PHY rate
    867 Mbps (5GHz)
    300 Mbps (2.4GHz)
  • Wi-Fi technology
    802.11ac (5GHz)
    802.11n (2.4GHz)
  • Concurrent users
    512
  • Radio chains:streams
    2x2:2
  • BeamFlex gains
    4dB
  • Max. interference mitigation
    10dB
  • PD-MRC
    Yes
  • Rx sensitivity
    -100dBm
  • ChannelFly
    Yes
  • Smart meshing
    Yes
  • USB
    No
  • Ethernet ports
    2

BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Smart, compact adaptive antenna systems containing multiple elements that electrically manipulate antenna properties so as to create optimal antenna patterns for each device with which they communicate.

Why you should care:

Traditional wireless antennas are either “omnidirectional” (radiating signals in all directions) or “directional” (radiating signals in one direction). Ruckus BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology takes a more adaptable approach. BeamFlex technology enables the antenna system within a Ruckus AP to continually sense and optimize for its environment.

This antenna system mitigates radio interference, noise and network performance issues, and improves application flows. The results:

  • Increased performance and range
  • Crystal clear video and voice communications
  • Maximized power efficiency

BeamFlex+ is an enhancement to Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology by providing adaptive support to mobile devices. BeamFlex+ enables antennas to adapt to client device orientation in addition to client device location.

Dynamic Pre-shared Key (DPSK)

Security and Onboarding

What it means:

Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (DPSK) is a Ruckus developed technology that provides secure access and simplicity by providing each device or user with a unique PSK credential. Traditional Pre-shared keys (PSK) are shared by all users on a WLAN, giving it inherent vulnerabilities. If the passphrase is compromised, traffic for the entire WLAN is subject to eavesdropping and decryption by any passive observer. Further, to maintain security, all devices on the WLAN will need to be re-provisioned—this is true for all forms of passphrase compromise, including intentional or unintentional sharing, cracking, or device theft. DPSK is a Ruckus extension to the standard by which each and every associated device is issued its own unique passphrase, which is used for authentication and to create encryption keys. By provisioning each device uniquely, you get the benefits of per-device or per-user credentials found in 802.1X, but you maintain the usability and network simplicity benefits of PSK. Credentials can be created and revoked individually, and controlled with expiration intervals. Each DPSK can also be tied to a unique role or policy (even on a single WLAN), such as VLAN, ACLs, rate limits, and more.

Why you should care:

DPSK strengthens the security of the wireless network by vastly reducing the attack footprint of PSKs. It also reduces IT overhead, adds policy flexibility, and improves administrator visibility and control.