R500 Indoor Access Point

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.
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.

Overview

  • 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

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Supported Rates
  • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 867Mbps (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 2 for VHT20/40/80)
  • 802.11n: 6.5 Mbps to 300Mbps (MCS0 to MCS15)
  • 802.11a/g: 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9 , 6Mbps
  • 802.11b: 11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps
Supported Channels
  • 2.4GHz: 1-13
  • 5GHz: 36-64, 100-144, 149-165
MIMO
2x2 SU-MIMO
Spatial Streams
2 SU-MIMO
Channelization
20, 40, 80MHz
Security
  • WPA-PSK, WPA-TKIP, WPA2 AES, 802.11i, Dynamic PSK
  • WIPS/WIDS
Other Wi-Fi Features
  • WMM, Power Save, Tx Beamforming, LDPC, STBC, 802.11r/k/v
  • Hotspot
  • Hotspot 2.0
  • Captive Portal
  • WISPr

RF

Antenna Type
  • BeamFlex+ adaptive antennas with polarization diversity
  • Adaptive antenna that provides up to 64 unique antenna patterns
Antenna Gain (Max)
  • 2.4GHz: 4dBi
  • 5GHz:4dBi
Peak Transmit Power (Aggregate across MIMO chains)
  • 2.4GHz: 22dBm
  • 5GHz: 22dBm
Minimum Receive Sensitivity
-101dBm
Frequency Bands
  • ISM 2.4-2.484GHz
  • U-NII-1 5.15-5.25GHz
  • U-NII-2A 5.25-5.35GHz
  • U-NII-2C 5.47-5.725GHz
  • U-NII-3 5.725-5.85GHz

2.4GHz Receive Sensitivity

MCS0 HT20
-92
MCS7 HT20
-76
MCS0 HT40
-89
MCS7 HT40
-73

5GHz Receive Sensitivity

MCS0 VHT20
-94
MCS7 VHT20
-76
MCS0 VHT40
-92
MCS7 VHT40
-74
MCS0 VHT80
-90
MCS7 VHT80
-69

5GHz Tx Power Target

MCS0 VHT20
22
MCS7 VHT20
18
MCS0 VHT40, VHT80
22
MCS7 VHT40, VHT80
18

2.4GHz Tx Power Target

MCS0 HT20
22
MCS7 HT20
15

Performance & Capacity

Peak PHY Rates
  • 2.4GHz: 600Mbps
  • 5GHz: 1300Mbps
Client Capacity
Up to 512 clients per AP
SSID
Up to 16 per AP

Ruckus Radio Management

Antenna Optimization
  • BeamFlex+
  • Polarization Diversity with Maximal Ratio Combining (PD-MRC)
Wi-Fi Channel Management
  • ChannelFly
  • Background Scan Based
Client Density Management
  • Adaptive Band Balancing
  • Client Load Balancing
  • Airtime Fairness
  • Airtime-based WLAN Prioritization
SmartCast Quality of Service
  • QoS-based scheduling
  • Directed Multicast
  • L2/L3/L4 ACLs
Mobility
SmartRoam
Diagnostic Tools
  • Spectrum Analysis
  • SpeedFlex

Networking

Controller Platform Support
  • SmartZone
  • ZoneDirector
  • Cloud Wi-Fi
  • Unleashed*
  • Standalone
Mesh
  • SmartMesh™ wireless meshing technology.
  • Self-healing Mesh
IP
IPv4, IPv6
VLAN
  • 802.1Q (1 per BSSID or dynamic per use based on RADIUS)
  • VLAN Pooling
  • Port-based
802.1x
Authenticator & Supplicant
Tunnel
L2TP, GRE, soft-GRE
Gateway & Routing
NAT/DHCP
Policy Management Tools
  • Application Recognition and Control
  • Access Control Lists
  • Device Fingerprinting
  • Rate Limiting
Notes
* Refer to Unleashed datasheets for SKU ordering information

Physical Interfaces

Ethernet
2 x 1GbE ports, RJ-45

Physical Characteristics

Physical Size
  • 15.8(L) x 15.8(W) x 4(H) cm
  • 6.2(L) x 6.2(W) x 1.57(H) in
Weight
350g (0.77oz)
Mounting
  • Wall, Drop ceiling, Desk
  • Secure bracket (sold separately)
Physical Security
  • Hidden latching mechanism
  • Kensington lock
  • T-bar Torx
  • Bracket (902-0108-0000) Torx screw & padlock (sold separately)
Operating Temperature
0ºC (32ºF) to 50ºC (122 ºF)
Operating Humidity
Up to 95%, non-condensing

Power Consumption

802.3af
10.5W max
12VDC- Powered
11.1W

Certifications & Compliance

Wi-Fi Alliance*
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ a, b, g, n, ac
  • Passpoint®, Vantage
Standards Compliance*
  • EN 60950-1 Safety
  • EN 60601-1-2 Medical
  • EN 61000-4-2/3/5 Immunity
  • EN 50121-1 Railway EMC
  • EN 50121-4 Railway Immunity
  • IEC 61373 Railway Shock & Vibration
  • UL 2043 Plenum
  • EN 62311 Human Safety/RF Exposure
  • WEEE & RoHS
  • ISTA 2A Transportation
Notes
  • * For complete list of WFA certifications, please see Wi-Fi Alliance website.
  • * For current certification status, please see price list

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)

Wired and Wireless Network Security

What it means:

Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (DPSK) is a Ruckus-patented technology that delivers secure network access by providing each device and user with a unique login credential. Users access the wired/wireless network using their own personal key, which is provided as part of the network onboarding process. In contrast, with conventional pre-shared keys (PSKs), multiple, or even all, users share the same key.

Why you should care:

Traditional pre-shared keys create a security hole in network defenses because multiple users access the network with the same key. Conventional PSKs do not give IT teams visibility and control over devices on the network or the ability to map access policies to specific users and devices. Users readily share conventional PSKs with others, and IT cannot revoke them for one user without revoking access for all. DPSKs address the security flaws of conventional PSKs to make users, devices, data and the network more secure.

DPSKs are an alternative to digital certificates that provide similar security benefits. They are appropriate in cases where user experience considerations make it impractical to install a digital certificate on the device. This applies in cases where the user will only need network access for a limited time—for example, in the case of guest users.