SmartCell Gateway 200

The World’s Most Scalable 3GPP WLAN Platform

The SmartCell™ Gateway (SCG) 200 represents the first in a new category of scalable and versatile WLAN controllers with support for 3GPP compatible WLAN gateway functionality.

It has been designed to eliminate the difficulties service providers and enterprises are experiencing when building and managing large-scale Wi-Fi radio access networks and integrating them into their core networks. It can run in the Cloud or on an external appliance when required. The following is a brief description of some of the features that come with the appliance-based SCG implementation.

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Scalable WLAN Controller Functionality
The SCG 200 offers one of the industry’s most scalable WLAN controller architectures, through a unique, dynamically scalable clustering model that maintains carrier-class availability and resiliency through N+1 redundancy and hot-swappable components. An SCG 200 cluster can support tens of thousands of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs and hundreds of thousands of concurrent Wi-Fi subscribers, with an aggregate throughput of 20Gbps per 2RU’s of rack space.
Scalable WLAN Gateway Functionality
The SCG 200 can provide Trusted WLAN Gateway functionality per 3GPP TS 23.402. Trusted WLAN Gateway functionality allows a Wi-Fi radio access network to connect to a P-GW (or GGSN) in the mobile packet core over industry standard interfaces and using standard protocols like GTP and PMIP.
SWIPE (Smart Wireless Installation and Provisioning Engine)
SWIPE is a mobile application running on Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. It makes deploying a new AP as simple as scanning the barcode of the AP, entering its name, taking a picture of the AP once installed, using a default WLAN to automatically download the IP address of the host SCG 200 to the AP being installed, and uploading the correct zone for that AP to the host SCG via a standard cellular modem.
SPoT Location Based Services
This release introduces support for Ruckus’ Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT) location-based services. Ruckus SPoT™ is the industry’s first cloud-based location technology suite that enables service providers and enterprise customers to deliver a wide range of location-based services.
Smartway Bonjour Gateway Support
The SmartWay Bonjour Gateway allows customers to discover Bonjour services (such as AirPlay, Apple TV and other Apple network services) and other mDNS based products like ChromeCast across VLANs and subnets.
Hotspot 2.0 based Automatic and Secure Roaming
Hotspot 2.0 enables seamless network discovery and selection along with seamless authentication using 802.1x/EAP. It represents the future of Wi-Fi roaming and has picked up a tremendous amount of support throughout the wireless industry.
Carrier-class Element Management System
The SCG 200 provides an integrated carrier-class element management system (EMS) that can be used for rapid deployment and eliminates the need for separate and expensive management systems.
  • Number of APs supported
    10,000
  • Clients
    300,000 per cluster
  • Physical size
    2RU
    45.53 cm (W) x 50.8 cm (L) x 8.76 cm (H)
  • Ethernet ports
    2x 10GbE; serial ports
  • Authentication support
    Refer to data sheet
  • Guest networking / captive portal
    Yes
  • DHCP server
    Yes
  • AP discovery and control
    L2/L3
  • Management interface
    Web, CLI, SCI
  • Management protocol(s)
    SNMP v3
  • VLAN support
    Dynamic VLANs
  • Deployment
    Tunneled and Local Breakout
  • Power supply
    DC or AC
  • Fans
    Six redundant, not hot swappable

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.