Managed Service Provider (MSP)

Grow Your Business with Simple, Scalable Managed Wi-Fi Services

A few years ago, Wi-Fi was a “nice-to-have” amenity. Today, it’s seen as a utility, as much a luxury as electricity or indoor plumbing. Whether it’s employees in enterprises large and small, shoppers in retail stores or visitors in large public venues, we’re addicted to our Wi-Fi. And businesses and venue operators better deliver.

This insatiable thirst for Wi-Fi is a huge business opportunity for managed services providers (MSPs). Because let’s face it: businesses may know they need to deliver reliable Wi-Fi; that doesn’t mean they’re excited about taking on the costs and administrative overhead of doing it themselves. MSPs can make great Wi-Fi as simple for their customers and flipping on a light switch. Ruckus can help.

Deliver Faster, Easier, More Stable Wi-Fi to Customers

Ruckus makes it easy to deliver great Wi-Fi in practically any business or public venue. Take advantage of high-capacity 802.11ac, mesh networking, adaptive antenna technology and other Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology breakthroughs to provide fast, reliable connections to every user, even in high-density environments.

Boost Revenues

For MSPs, managed Wi-Fi is a monthly recurring revenue stream for a service their customers desperately need. But it’s also an opportunity to up-sell other services like broadband backhaul, securityand location based services. . And it gets an MSP’s foot in the door at new sites ahead of competitors, providing a sustainable competitive advantage.

Use a System Built for Growth

Taking the complexity out of Wi-Fi is great for your customers, but it’s not sustainable for your own business if your services are a nightmare to operate and scale. The solution is network functions virtualization (NFV)—virtualizing managed WLAN instances so you can turn them up and down for your customers quickly, at scale, at the lowest possible cost.

Ruckus’ virtual SmartZone solution, the virtualized version of our industry-leading SmartCell™ Gateway 200, provides a platform for “pay as you grow” managed Wi-Fi. Designed to integrate seamlessly with VMware and KVM environments, you can control flexible WLAN services for all of your customers. You can simplify your managed services practice by automating scale-up and scale-out functions for multiple tenants. And you can continually adapt to the changing needs of your business and customers, while ensuring a superior wireless experience.

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802.11ac vs. 802.11n

General Wireless Technologies

What it means:

802.11 is a family of wireless standards created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 802.11n is the older version of Wi-Fi, launched in 2009. It improved over previous versions of Wi-Fi with multiple radios, advanced transmit and receive techniques, and the option to use 5 GHz spectrum—all of which translate to a data rate of up to 600 Mbps.

802.11ac, introduced in 2014, is the latest generation. It adds wider channels and the ability to utilize up to eight data streams (“spatial streams”) with downlink using multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) techniques for simultaneous transmission on up to four devices. These are changes over the previous standard that yield a maximum data rate of more than 3 Gbps, and even higher in the future. It also operates exclusively in the cleaner, capacity-rich 5 GHz frequency band.

Why you should care:

Older 802.11n technology is now widely deployed, and still does a good job for many applications. But if you’re deploying wireless infrastructure today, especially in a new, “green field” deployment, 802.11ac is the way to go. You might have heard some grumbling about real-world 802.11ac throughput gains not living up to expectations. And that was sometimes true for early products. But the second generation of 802.11ac—known as “Wave 2”—delivers major advantages over 802.11n, with room to grow. To get the most from 802.11ac, however, you need solutions built with solid wireless fundamentals, thoughtful radio design and very good antennas.

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802.11ac Wave 2

What it means:

802.11ac Wave 2 is the newest version of the newest Wi-Fi standard. It builds on first-generation 802.11ac technology by delivering faster data rates and the ability to communicate with four different clients simultaneously, instead of one at a time.

Why you should care:

Since rolling out in 2015, 802.11ac Wave 2 has become the Wi-Fi technology of choice, seeing double-digit growth in its first two years after launch. With wireless speeds as fast or faster than wired networks, many businesses now use it as the primary way to connect to the LAN.

Ruckus got in early on the 802.11ac game, offering one of the leading Wave 2 access points and the industry’s first commercially available Wave 2 outdoor access point. Today, we offer one of the largest Wave 2 portfolios on the market. By combining Wave 2 capacity with our technology breakthroughs in Smart Wi-Fi intelligence and antenna design, we’re making the dream of super-fast 802.11ac a reality in thousands of locations worldwide.

Mesh Networking and SmartMesh

Performance Optimization

What it means:

You’re not crazy if you think that wireless networks should be… wireless. But in traditional WLANs, you still have to run cables to each AP. In mesh networks, individual APs connect with each other wirelessly.

Why you should care:

Who wouldn’t want to eliminate the need for expensive Ethernet cabling across their facilities? But making mesh networks work in enterprises is easier said than done. Traditionally, it’s required a lot of complex configuration, and it’s been hard to assure consistent, reliable connectivity.

With Ruckus SmartMesh Networking technology, we’ve made mesh networks enterprise-grade. Instead of navigating complex configurations for each AP, just check a box. The mesh forms automatically. And with our BeamFlex technology, APs can dynamically change antenna patterns on a packet-by-packet basis to adapt to conditions and ensure a solid connection. Enterprises get self-forming, self-healing mesh networks at half the time and cost of traditional wireless deployments.

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.