Multi-Gigabit Wired and Wireless Access

Multi-Gigabit Speeds—Without Cable Plant Retrofit

Ready for more? More powerful, always-connected mobile devices. More bandwidth-hungry, latency-sensitive video and cloud applications. More mobility - to work and play anywhere, and everywhere.

To deliver more, network access infrastructure—from access points to switches—must work together like never before.

The problem: 802.11ac Wave 2 access point performance now exceeds the connection performance of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch ports. Some vendors will say the only option is to upgrade to 5 or 10 GbE at the network edge—at a huge cost, with huge disruption. But there's a way to unleash multi-gigabit access speeds without mass retrofits of Cat 5e cabling infrastructure - 2.5 GbE.

Using Ruckus optimized wireless and wired solutions with 2.5 GbE technology, you can get multi-gigabit access capacity over your existing cable plant—at the right price, without the disruption.

Liberate 802.11ac Wave 2

The latest, fastest Wi-Fi technology was built to handle the explosion in mobile devices and bandwidth-hungry applications. But 802.11ac Wave 2 APs can be too much of a good thing, as a single 802.11ac client can quickly overtax existing 1 GbE backhaul links. Ruckus multi-gigabit access switches and APs beef up capacity—to just the right level—delivering up to 2.5 Gbps per port and up to 1480 Watts Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) budget to connect more devices and more demanding applications.

Keep Existing Cabling

You need to replace your Cat 5e Ethernet plant to get the higher speeds associated with 5 GbE and 10 GbE ports. And when you do, you're looking at huge upgrade costs to pull new Category 6 cabling. With support for 2.5 GbE on both the Ruckus R720 AP and ICX 7150 Z-series switches, you can more than double capacity per port without touching your existing cabling.

Better Performance at the Right Price

While the latest 5 GbE and 10 GbE technologies deliver a huge capacity boost—that boost comes with the price tag to match. Ruckus multi-gigabit access delivers "just right" cost/performance for today's demanding requirements without breaking the bank.

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Multi-gigabit Technology

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What it means:

Multi-gigabit technology and specifically the IEEE 802.3bz standard, formally introduced as 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T in 2016. IEEE 802.3bz is a standard for Ethernet over twisted pair copper wire at speeds of 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps.

Why you should care:

Gigabit connections have served us well for many years, delivering fast low-latency data to laptops, smartphones and other devices. However, the latest generation of APs can overwhelm a 1 GbE connection so that the wired network becomes a performance bottleneck. Multi-gigabit technology, which operate above 1 Gbps supports new data rate of 2.5 Gbps, while still leveraging commonly deployed Cat 5e cabling. Thus, enterprises can maximize the performance of their Wi-Fi networks in the most cost-effective, least-disruptive manner. The Ruckus ICX Z-series switches and the ZoneFlex R720 access point support multi-gigabit technology / 802.3bz to help organizations maximize their Wi-Fi network performance.